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Recommended option

Train via Gwangju Songjeong Station  •  2 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Seoul Station to Gwangju Songjeong Station KTX Seoul

$37 - $94

Cheapest option

Bus  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Seoul Central City Bus Terminal to Gwangju

$18 - $35

5 alternative options

Subway, train  •  3 h 24 min

  1. Take the subway from Euljiro 3-ga Station to Suseo Station 3-Orange
  2. Take the train from Suseo SRT to Gwangju Songjeong Station SRT Suseo

$37 - $69

Train  •  3 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Yongsan Station to Gwangju Station ITX-Saemaeul / ...

$26 - $50

Drive  •  3 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Seoul to Gwangju 188 miles

$35 - $55

Fly to Gwangju  •  2 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Seoul Gimpo (GMP) to Gwangju (KWJ) GMP - KWJ

$38 - $99

Fly to Yosu, bus  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Seoul Gimpo (GMP) to Yosu (RSU) GMP - RSU
  2. Take the bus from Yeocheon to Gwangju

$58 - $147

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

Korail operates a train from Seoul to Gwangju every 4 hours. Tickets cost $35 - $95 and the journey takes 1 h 48 min. Alternatively, Easy Ticket operates a bus from Seoul to Gwangju every 15 minutes. Tickets cost $18 - $35 and the journey takes 3 h 20 min.

Airlines
Asiana Airlines
Website
us.flyasiana.com
Flights from Seoul Gimpo to Gwangju
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$40 - $190
Flights from Seoul Gimpo to Yosu
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $230
Korean Air
Website
koreanair.com
Flights from Seoul Gimpo to Yosu
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $550
Train operators
Korail
Phone
(82) 1544-7788 + 7
Website
letskorail.com
Train from Seoul Station to Gwangju Songjeong Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $95
Schedules at
letskorail.com
First Class
$92
Economy Class
$66
Train from Yongsan Station to Gwangju Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Schedules at
letskorail.com
Economy Class
$31
Standing
$26
Suseo High Speed Railway
Website
srail.co.kr
Train from Suseo SRT to Gwangju Songjeong Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $65
Schedules at
srail.co.kr
Standard Class
$35 - $45
First Class
$50 - $65
Bus operators
Easy Ticket
Website
hticket.co.kr
Bus from Seoul Central City Bus Terminal to Gwangju
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$18 - $35
Schedules at
hticket.co.kr
Kumho Bus Lines
Website
usquare.co.kr
Bus from Yeocheon to Gwangju
Ave. Duration
1 h 42 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13
Schedules at
bustago.or.kr

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Seoul and Gwangju is 268 km. The road distance is 301 km.

The cheapest way to get from Seoul to Gwangju is to bus which costs ₩20,000 - ₩34,000 and takes 3 h 20 min.

The quickest way to get from Seoul to Gwangju is to train which takes 2 h 12 min and costs ₩40,000 - ₩110,000.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Yongsan Station and arriving at Gwangju Station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 59 min.

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Seoul Central City Bus Terminal and arriving at Gwangju. Services depart every 15 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 20 min.

It takes approximately 2 h 12 min to get from Seoul to Gwangju, including transfers.