Getting around in Daejeon

International arrivals will have to use the Incheon International Airport and then travel to Daejeon independently since the local airport, Cheongju Airport has no international facilities apart from services to Taiwan, Japan, and China. Travel from the airport is provided by intercity bus.

Excellent rail services are offered from both of the Daejeon’s rail stations. The main Daejeon station or the secondary Seo-Daejeon rail station both provide a service to Seoul via the high speed bullet service (KTX) which will get you to Seoul in 50 minutes or to Busan in 100 minutes.

There are three bus terminals available, the Ding-bu intercity service, the Seo-bu terminal located in Yucheong-dong, and the Yuseong-gu bus station all of which provide bus transport to all regions of the country.

There may be local difficulties for tourists trying to use the Subway system since ‘Hankkumi’ transoort cards are used for payment which are only available from the Hana bank and cost 2,500 Won, but you can check this out on your arrival in Daejeon.

There is an extensive bus service operating throughout the city but it tends to be a bit slow. Watch out for different colored buses depending on your destination. Taxi fares can run up quickly with a typical cross town trip costing about 10.000 Won. Weekend and evening road travel can be a problem due to traffic congestion, so try to use the Subway if you can get the necessary transport card.

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