Seoul buses are divided into blue, green, yellow, red, customized, and nightrider buses.
Airport buses also operate in Seoul.
- Yellow Bus : 1st number (Area where bus is operating) / 2nd number (serial number (1~))
- Blue Bus : 2nd number (Departure area) / 2nd number (Arrival area) / 3rd number (serial number (0~))
- Green Bus : 1st number (Departure area) / 2nd number (Arrival area) / 3rd number (serial number (11~))
- Red Bus : : 1st number (9) / 2nd number (Departure area) / 3rd number (serial number (00~))
- Customized Bus : 1st number (8) / 2nd number (Departure area) / 3rd number (Arrival area) / 4th number (serial number (0~))
- Airport Bus : 1st number (6 (0~7)) / Third Number (serial number (00~))
- Midnight Bus : 1st number (N) / 2nd number (Departure area) / 3rd number (Arrival area)
Seoul Bus Numbers
- 0 area (Major Districts : Jung-gu, Jongno-gu, Yongsan-gu / Extension Line : none)
- 1st area (Major Districts : Seongbuk-gu, Gangbuk-gu, Dobong-gu, Nowon-gu / Extension Line : Gyeonggi-do Yangju-si, Uijeongbu-si, Dongducheon-si, Pocheon-si)
- 2nd area (Major Districts : Seongdong-gu, Gwangjin-gu, Dongdaemun-gu, Jungnang-gu / Extension Line : Gyeonggi-do Guri-si, Namyangju-si, Gapyeong-gun, Yangpyeong-gun)
- 3rd area (Major Districts : Songpa-gu, Gangdong-gu / Extension Line : Gyeonggi-do Gwangju-si, Hanam-si, Icheon-si, Yeoju-si)
- 4th area (Major Districts :Seocho-gu, Gangnam-gu / Extension Line : Gyeonggi-do Seongnam-si, Yongin-si, Anseong-si)
- 5th area (Major Districts : Geumcheon-gu, Dongjak-gu, Gwanak-gu / Extention Line : Gyeonggi-do Anyang-si, Gunpo-si, Uiwang-si, Ansan-si, Gwacheon-si, Suwon-si, Hwaseong-si, Osan-si, Pyeongtaek-si)
- 6th area (Major Districts : Yangcheon-gu, Gangseo-gu, Guro-gu, Yeongdeungpo-gu / Extension Line : Incheon Metropolitan City, Gyeonggi-do Gimpo-si, Bucheon-si, Gwangmyeong-si, Siheung-si)
- 7th area (Major Districts : Eunpyeong-gu, Seodaemun-gu, Mapo-gu / Extension Line : Gyeonggi-do Goyang-si, Paju-si, Yeoncheon-gun)
Fare & Transfer System
- Fares can be paid with cash or transportation card for a flat rate each time you board
- Fares for Seoul city buses and Maeul (Village) buses can be paid with T-money, U-Pass, EB Card, Cashbee, and Korail Membership Cards. Deferred payment transportation cards, which are compatible with T-Money and U-Pass, can be used as well.
- Seoul city buses are free for a maximum of 3 children under the age of 6 if they are accompanied by a guardian. Legal free riders who are defined in the Passenger Transport Service Act of Korea are also able to ride for free.
- Seoul, Gyeonggi Province (Gyeonggi-do), Incheon buses and metropolitan subways are under the Metropolitan Integrated Fare System, so they charge a basic fare for distances up to 10 km. Using Seoul metropolitan buses, Gyeonggi Province general buses, non-stop deluxe buses, Incheon buses, and red buses for no more than one transfer will cost the basic fare up to 30 km, and an extra KRW 100 for each additional 5 km (for adults).
- Multiple passengers on one card and transfer discounts are available only on city buses, and only if those passengers are traveling to the same destination.
- T-money is a transport card issued by Korea Smart Card. It can be used as a transport card and e-currency. It is commonly used in the metropolitan area, along with Cashbee.
- T-money transport cards come in two types: a common T-money card and a Smart T-money card. Smart T-money cards are sold in various forms, such as key rings and cell phone rings. All T-money cards can be recharged at subway stations and convenience stores.
Express buses are one way of getting to the outskirts of Seoul. There are several express bus terminals in Seoul: the Seoul Express Bus Terminal, the Central City Terminal, Nambu Terminal, the Dong Seoul Terminal, and the Sangbong Intercity Bus Terminal.
Seoul Express Bus Terminal
- This terminal is also called Gangnam Express Bus Terminal. It is Seoul’s main bus terminal, and is attached to the Subway Line 3 Express Bus Terminal.
- Lines: Gyeongbu Line, Guma Line, and Yeongdong Line. From Banpo-dong, Seoul, it goes to Gangneung, Gyeongju, Gongju, Gumi, Geumsan, Gimcheon, Gimhae, Daegu, Daejeon, Government Complex-Daejeon, Donghae, Masan, Busan, Busan Sasang, Samcheok, Sangju, Seonsan, Sokcho, Anseong, Anseong Gongdo-eup, Anseong Jungdae, Anseong Pungrim, Anseong Hangyeong, Yangyang, Yeoju, Yeongcheon, Onyang (Asan), Yongin, Ulsan, Wonju, Icheon, Jeomchon, Jecheon, Jochiwon, Jinju, Changwon, Cheonan, Cheongju, Tongyeong, Pyeongtaek, Pohang, Hwanggan, and Hoengseong.
- There is also an underground shopping mall where shops sell clothing at reasonable prices, drawing many people to the mall.
Central City Terminal
- This terminal is operating the Honam Line after it was moved from Seoul Express Bus Terminal.
- The Central City Terminal has department stores, theaters, synthesized terminals, and hotels within the building. It is located next to the Seoul Express Bus Terminal, and is connected to the Express Bus Terminal Station on Subway Line 3.
- It is like a leisure complex where visitors can do some shopping at the department stores and watch a movie at a theater located within the terminal.
- This terminal was constructed to operate the intercity bus lines that used to run at the Seoul Express Bus Terminal. It is located at the Nambu Terminal Station on Subway Line 3.
- It operates lines going to the metropolitan area, North and South Chungcheong Provinces, North and South Jeolla Provinces, and North and South Gyeongsang Provinces. The Gangwon Province Line, which goes to Jumunjin, opened on May 27, 2013.
- The terminal is located near the Seoul Arts Center and the International Electronics Shopping Mall, so visitors can go shopping and take in some entertainment.
Dong Seoul Terminal
- This terminal is located in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul. It provides convenient transportation to residents in the eastern and northern areas of the city, and has helped to revitalize the Jungbu Expressway.
- It is connected to 15 express bus lines (Daegu, Daejeon, Masan, Busan, Jinju, Changwon, Cheongju, Gangneung, Gwangyang, Sokcho, Donghae, Samcheok, Yangyang, Jeonju, and Jeongeup), as well as 110 intercity bus lines. A total of 35 bus companies operate here.
- It has major intercity bus lines that go to Gyeonggi and Gangwon Provinces. The terminal also operates lines that go across the nation such as to North and South Gyeongsang Provinces, North and South Jeolla Provinces, and North and South Chungcheong Provinces. It operates 1,200 buses daily, moving an average of 30,000 passengers. Its maximum daily transport capacity is 70,000 passengers.
Sangbong Intercity Bus Terminal
- This terminal opened on Sep. 2, 1985.
- It operates intercity buses that go to Gaegun, Gwangtan, Gyomun-ri, Guri, Guksu-ri, Daesin, Sinwon-ri, the Asia Center for Theological Studies and Mission, Yangpyeong, Yeoju, Yongdu, Yongmun, and Cheonseo-ri in the metropolitan area; as well as to Gangneung, Naksan, Danwol, Dunnae, Munmak, Mulchi, Bokjigol, Saemal, Sokcho, Sinnam, Yangdeokwon, Yangyang, Osaek, Wonju, Wontong, Yuhyeon, Inje, Jangsudae, Jangpyeong, Jinbu, Pungsuwon, Hangyeryeong, Hongcheon, Hoenggye, and Hoengseong in the Gangwon Province area.