There are 7 ways to get from Seoul to Gwangju by train, bus, subway, car or plane

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Train via Gwangju Songjeong Station  •  2 h 18 min

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

$37 - $91

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Bus  •  3 h 20 min

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

$18 - $35

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Subway, train  •  3 h 46 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

$33 - $68

Train  •  3 h 59 min

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

$25 - $45

Drive  •  3 h 15 min

  1. Drive from Seoul to Gwangju 188 miles

$35 - $55

Fly to Gwangju  •  2 h 40 min

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

$36 - $97

Fly to Yosu, bus  •  4 h 19 min

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

$58 - $147

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The cheapest way to get from Seoul to Gwangju is to bus which costs ₩21,000 - ₩34,000 and takes 3 h 20 min.

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The quickest way to get from Seoul to Gwangju is to train which costs ₩41,000 - ₩110,000 and takes 2 h 18 min.

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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.

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

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The distance between Seoul and Gwangju is 268 km. The road distance is 300.8 km.

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The best way to get from Seoul to Gwangju without a car is to train which takes 2 h 18 min and costs ₩41,000 - ₩110,000.

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It takes approximately 2 h 18 min to get from Seoul to Gwangju, including transfers.

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Seoul to Gwangju bus services, operated by Easy Ticket, depart from Seoul Central City Bus Terminal station.

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Seoul to Gwangju train services, operated by Korail, arrive at Yongsan Station.

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The best way to get from Seoul to Gwangju is to train which takes 2 h 18 min and costs ₩41,000 - ₩110,000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ₩21,000 - ₩34,000 and takes 3 h 20 min, you could also fly, which costs ₩40,000 - ₩110,000 and takes 2 h 40 min.

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Map of how to get from Seoul to Gwangju.
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  • Distance: 167.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 18 min

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

Korail operates a train from Seoul to Gwangju hourly. Tickets cost $35 - $90 and the journey takes 1 h 53 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 Yongsan Station to Gwangju Songjeong Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $90
Schedules at
letskorail.com
First Class
$89
Economy Class
$64
Train from Yongsan Station to Gwangju Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 59 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$25 - $45
Schedules at
letskorail.com
Economy Class
$30
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
$30 - $65
Schedules at
srail.co.kr
Standard Class
$30 - $45
First Class
$45 - $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
bus Tago
Website
bustago.or.kr
Bus from Yeocheon to Gwangju
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$13
Schedules at
bustago.or.kr

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The quickest flight from Seoul Gimpo Airport to Gwangju Airport is the direct flight which takes 50 min.

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Seoul to Gwangju bus services, operated by Easy Ticket, arrive at Gwangju station.

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Seoul to Gwangju train services, operated by Korail, arrive at Gwangju Station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Seoul to Gwangju is 301 km. It takes approximately 3 h 15 min to drive from Seoul to Gwangju.

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Asiana Airlines offers flights from Seoul Gimpo Airport to Gwangju Airport.

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There are 87+ hotels available in Gwangju. Prices start at $31 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Seoul to Seoul Gimpo Airport is to train which takes 18 min and costs ₩1,400 - ₩2,000.

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