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There are 5 ways to get from Busan to Gwangju by bus, train, car or plane

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Bus Ko Bus  •  2h 55m

  1. Take the bus from Busan Sasang Bus Terminal to Gwangju

$18 - $23

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Train  •  6h 2m

  1. Take the train from Sasang Station to Gwangju Songjeong Station Mugunghwa Bujeon

$16 - $42

3 alternative options

Bus Gurye Bus Terminal  •  5h

  1. Take the bus from Busan Sasang Bus Terminal to Gurye
  2. Take the bus from Gurye to Gwangju

$20

Drive  •  2h 43m

  1. Drive from Busan to Gwangju 159.1 miles

$30 - $45

Fly  •  4h 15m

  1. Fly from Gimhae (PUS) to Gwangju (KWJ) PUS - KWJ

$103 - $163

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The cheapest way to get from Busan to Gwangju is to bus which costs ₩23,122 and takes 5h.

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The quickest way to get from Busan to Gwangju is to drive which costs ₩35,000 - ₩55,000 and takes 2h 43m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Busan Sasang Bus Terminal and arriving at Gwangju. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 55m.

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The distance between Busan and Gwangju is 193 km. The road distance is 254.5 km.

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The best way to get from Busan to Gwangju without a car is to bus which takes 2h 55m and costs ₩20,000 - ₩26,000.

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The bus from Busan Sasang Bus Terminal to Gwangju takes 2h 55m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Busan to Gwangju bus services, operated by Ko Bus, depart from Busan Sasang Bus Terminal station.

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The best way to get from Busan to Gwangju is to bus which takes 2h 55m and costs ₩20,000 - ₩26,000. Alternatively, you can train, which costs ₩18,000 - ₩48,000 and takes 6h 2m, you could also fly, which costs ₩110,000 - ₩190,000 and takes 4h 15m.

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There is no direct flight from Gimhae Airport to Gwangju Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 45m and has one stopover.

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Busan to Gwangju bus services, operated by Ko Bus, arrive at Gwangju station.

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Map of how to get from Busan to Gwangju.
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  • Distance: 120.9 miles
  • Duration: 2h 55m

What companies run services between Busan, South Korea and Gwangju, South Korea?

Ko Bus operates a bus from Busan to Gwangju hourly. Tickets cost $18 - $23 and the journey takes 2h 55m. Alternatively, Korail operates a train from Busan to Gwangju once daily. Tickets cost $15 - $40 and the journey takes 5h 35m.

Airlines
Asiana Airlines
Website
us.flyasiana.com
Flights from Gimhae to Gwangju via Cheju
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $450
Flights from Gimhae to Gwangju via Seoul Gimpo
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Korean Air
Website
koreanair.com
Flights from Gimhae to Gwangju via Cheju
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $700
Flights from Gimhae to Gwangju via Seoul Gimpo, Cheju
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Jeju Air
Website
jejuair.net
Flights from Gimhae to Gwangju via Cheju
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $340
Jin Air
Website
jinair.com
Flights from Gimhae to Gwangju via Cheju
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $160
Train operators
Korail
Phone
(82) 1544-7788 + 7
Website
letskorail.com
Train from Sasang Station to Gwangju Songjeong Station
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$15 - $40
Schedules at
letskorail.com
Economy Class
$18
Standing
$16
Bus operators
Ko Bus
Website
kobus.co.kr
Bus from Busan Sasang Bus Terminal to Gwangju
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Schedules at
kobus.co.kr
Gurye Bus Terminal
Website
tour.gurye.go.kr
Bus from Busan Sasang Bus Terminal to Gurye
Ave. Duration
3h
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
tour.gurye.go.kr
Bus from Gurye to Gwangju
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
tour.gurye.go.kr
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bustago.or.kr

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Yes, the driving distance between Busan to Gwangju is 255 km. It takes approximately 2h 43m to drive from Busan to Gwangju.

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Jeju Air, Jin Air, Air Busan and two other airlines offer flights from Gimhae Airport to Gwangju Airport.

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There are 81+ hotels available in Gwangju. Prices start at $30 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Busan to Gimhae Airport is to subway which takes 2m and costs ₩1,300 - ₩1,500.

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