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

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Train  •  2h 3m

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

₩17,304 - ₩45,393

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Train via Suseo SRT  •  2h 41m

  1. Take the train from Suseo SRT to Gwangju Songjeong Station SRT Suseo

₩38,358 - ₩71,451

Bus  •  3h 20m

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

₩19,000 - ₩29,000

Bus via Gunsan  •  4h 45m

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

₩23,800 - ₩37,100

Drive  •  3h 9m

  1. Drive from Seoul Express bus terminal to Gwangju 293.4 km

₩43,000 - ₩65,000

Fly to Gwangju  •  2h 44m

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

₩30,357 - ₩69,769

Fly to Yosu, bus  •  4h 19m

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

₩87,257 - ₩106,669

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The cheapest way to get from Seoul to Gwangju is to bus which costs ₩19,000 - ₩29,000 and takes 3h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Seoul to Gwangju is to train which costs ₩17,000 - ₩46,000 and takes 2h 3m.

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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 3h 20m.

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No, there is no direct train from Seoul station to Gwangju station. However, there are services departing from City Hall Station and arriving at Gwangju Songjeong Station via Yongsan Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 3m.

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The distance between Seoul and Gwangju is 268 km. The road distance is 293.4 km.

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The best way to get from Seoul to Gwangju without a car is to train which takes 2h 3m and costs ₩17,000 - ₩46,000.

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It takes approximately 2h 3m to get from Seoul to Gwangju, including transfers.

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

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Seoul to Gwangju train services, operated by Korail, depart from Yongsan Station.

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The best way to get from Seoul to Gwangju is to train which takes 2h 3m and costs ₩17,000 - ₩46,000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs ₩19,000 - ₩29,000 and takes 3h 20m, you could also fly, which costs ₩30,000 - ₩70,000 and takes 2h 44m.

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Map of how to get from Seoul to Gwangju.
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  • Distance: 268.2 km
  • Duration: 2h 3m

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

Korail operates a train from Yongsan Station to Gwangju Songjeong Station hourly. Tickets cost ₩38,000 - ₩44,000 and the journey takes 1h 31m. Korail Mugunghwa also services this route 5 times a day. Alternatively, Ko Bus operates a bus from Seoul Central City Bus Terminal to Gwangju every 15 minutes. Tickets cost ₩19,000 - ₩29,000 and the journey takes 3h 20m.

Airlines
Asiana Airlines
Website
us.flyasiana.com
Flights from Seoul Gimpo to Gwangju
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
₩47,000 - ₩130,000
Flights from Seoul Gimpo to Yosu
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
₩65,000 - ₩85,000
Korean Air
Website
koreanair.com
Flights from Seoul Gimpo to Yosu
Ave. Duration
57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
₩260,000 - ₩850,000
Train operators
Korail Mugunghwa
Website
letskorail.com
Train from Yongsan Station to Gwangju Songjeong Station
Ave. Duration
4h 13m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
₩16,000 - ₩20,000
Website
http://www.letskorail.com
Standing
₩16,400 - ₩16,700
Economy Class
₩19,300 - ₩19,600
Suseo High Speed Railway
Website
srail.co.kr
Train from Suseo SRT to Gwangju Songjeong Station
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
₩37,000 - ₩70,000
Website
http://www.srail.co.kr/
Book at
https://etk.srail.co.kr/hpg/hra/fr/01/selectScheduleList.do?pageId=TE0101000000
Standard Class
₩37,000 - ₩47,000
First Class
₩55,000 - ₩70,000
Bus operators
Ko Bus
Website
kobus.co.kr
Bus from Seoul Central City Bus Terminal to Gwangju
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
₩19,000 - ₩29,000
Schedules at
kobus.co.kr
Book at
kobus.co.kr
Excellent Express
₩28,100
Economy Express
₩19,000
Easy Ticket
Website
hticket.co.kr
Bus from Seoul Central City Bus Terminal to Gunsan
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
₩13,000 - ₩21,000
Schedules at
hticket.co.kr
Excellent Express
₩20,100
Economy Express
₩13,800
Jeonbuk Express
Website
jbexpress.co.kr
Bus from Gunsan to Gwangju
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
₩10,000 - ₩17,000
Schedules at
jbexpress.co.kr
Book at
txbuse.t-money.co.kr
TxBus
Phone
1644-3070
Website
txbus.t-money.co.kr
Bus from Gunsan to Gwangju
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
₩13,000
Schedules at
txbuse.t-money.co.kr
bus Tago
Website
bustago.or.kr
Bus from Yeocheon to Gwangju
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
₩15,300
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 Ko Bus, arrive at Gwangju station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Seoul to Gwangju is 293 km. It takes approximately 3h 9m 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 72+ hotels available in Gwangju. Prices start at ₩112,500 per night.

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The best way to get from Seoul to Seoul Gimpo Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs ₩1,900 - ₩3,400.

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