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KAIST is located in Daedeok Science Town, the home to more than 60 government-supported and private research institutes, 4 universities, and numerous venture businesses. The Science Town is situated in the northern part of Daejeon, which is approximately 150 km south of Seoul. Daejeon has a population of over 1.3 million citizens. Taking advantage of its geographical location, KAIST provides abundant opportunities for research and learning through collaboration and exchanges with institutions and organizations in the immediate vicinity. Also, KAIST has the College of Business, which is located in Seoul. It provides education programs related to management practice and technology policy.

KAIST main campus is in Daejeon, 140 kilometers (90 miles) south of Seoul.

From Incheon International Airport to Daejeon

There is only one way to travel from and to Incheon airport, by using Airport Limousine bus.

The bus leaves the airport at regular intervals and arrives in Daejeon first at Lotte Hotel, then near the Government Complex Building as the second stop before terminating at the Daejeon Eastern Express Bus Terminal. There will be a short break at a highway resting area before getting to Daejeon.

Once the bus exits from the high way, prepare to get off at the second stop "Government Complex Building" (in Korean, 정부 청사) where is the convenient stop to take a taxi to KAIST campus. (cost for the taxi ride is around $3 or 3,000won)

Bus boarding place in Incheon International Airport : Bus stop #8B in front of the arrival terminal during normal operating hour (boarding stop may be different after hours)

Ticket prices for two kinds of buses :

  • (1) Airport Limousine(standard) : 14,500 won/person, one-way
  • (2) Airport Limousine(deluxe) : 21,800 won/person, one-way

For more information, please contact : (042) 624-4451
http://tour.daejeon.go.kr/english/tourguide/transportation/airportlimousine.jsp

Time table :

From Incheon International Airport To Daejeon Government Complex Building
departure arrival
06:00 08:50
06:20 09:10
06:50 09:40
07:10 10:00
07:30 10:20
07:50 10:40
08:10 11:00
08:25 11:15
08:50 11:40
09:10 12:00
09:30 12:20
09:50 12:40
10:20 13:10
10:40 13:30
11:00 13:50
11:20 14:10
11:50 14:40
12:20 15:10
12:40 15:30
13:00 15:50
13:40 16:30
14:10 17:00
14:40 17:30
15:10 18:00
15:40 18:30
16:10 19:00
16:40 19:30
17:00 19:50
17:20 20:10
17:50 20:40
18:10 21:00
18:40 21:30
19:10 22:00
19:50 22:40
20:20 23:10
20:50 23:40
21:20 24:10
21:50 24:40
22:10 01:00
22:40 01:30
23:10 02:00

KAIST is about a 15-minute taxi ride away from the stop of Daejeon Government Complex Building.
The taxi fare will cost app. 3,000 won.

From Daejeon to Incheon International Airport

  • - Bus boarding place in Daejeon: bus stop near Daejeon Government Complex Building
  • - Ticket prices for two kinds of buses:
    • (1) Airport Limousine(standard) : 14,500 won/person, one-way
    • (2) Airport Limousine(deluxe) : 21,800 won/person, one-way

Time table :

From Daejeon Government Complex Building To Incheon International Airport
departure arrival
03:30 06:20
03:50 06:40
04:15 07:05
04:25 07:15
04:35 07:25
04:45 07:35
04:55 07:45
05:15 08:05
05:25 08:15
05:45 08:35
05:55 08:45
06:15 09:05
06:45 09:35
07:15 10:05
07:45 10:35
08:15 11:05
08:35 11:25
08:45 11:35
08:55 11:45
09:25 12:15
10:05 12:55
10:45 13:35
11:15 14:05
11:45 14:35
12:15 15:05
12:45 15:35
13:15 16:05
13:35 16:25
13:55 16:45
14:05 16:55
14:15 17:05
14:35 17:25
14:55 17:45
15:15 18:05
15:55 18:45
16:25 19:15
16:45 19:35
17:15 20:05
17:45 20:35
18:15 21:05
19:25 22:15

There are three kinds of trains in Korea. KTX is the high-speed train with very comfortable seats, which also is the most expensive one. Saemaeul-ho and Mugunghwa-ho are ordinary trains but tickets are much cheaper. There are two railway stations in Daejeon: Daejeon Station (Tel. 042-253-8150~4) and Seodaejeon Station (042-522-7789)

KTX Routes

If you travel to Seoul by KTX, you should check your station carefully as there are two options.

  • KTX Honam Line: Seoul-Seodaejeon (West Daejeon)
  • KTX Gyeongbu Line: Seoul-Daejeon

You can check out http://info.korail.com/2007/eng/eng_index.jsp
for the train schedule and reservation.

1. From Incheon Airport to Seoul Station

Destination Bus Stop No. Bus Stops First Bus Last Bus Intervals (min.) Travelling Time Fare (won) Bus Service Companies/ Phone No.
Seoul Station 4A, 10B Incheon Airport ↔ Yongsan Station ↔ Seoul Station To Seoul and Yongsan 05:25 To Seoul and Yongsan 22:20 10~20 60 13,000 Central City 02-6282-0606 Airport Express 02-592-4943
To the airport (Seoul Station) 05:20 (Yongsan Station) 05:30 To the airport (Seoul Station) 21:40 (Yongsan Station) 21:50

2. From Seoul Station to Train Stations in Daejeon

KTX Routes Major Stop Distance (km) Travelling Time (min.) Fare (won)
Honam Line Seoul Station ↔ Seodaejeon Station (West Daejeon) 160.8 49 19,800
Gyeongbu Line Seoul Station ↔ Daejeon Station 159.8 49 19,700

3. From Each Stations to KAIST (By General Bus)

Destination Departure Bus Number Travelling Time (min.) Fare (won)
KAIST Seodaejeon Station (West Daejeon)c It should transfer. 50 900 (Standard) 1,300 (Seated)
135-1 → 185 (in Seogu Health center)
Seodaejeon Intersection
828, 828-1, 851 → 185 (in Chung-ang-lo Intersection) 102, 104, 170 → 162 (in Yuseong Intersection) 140 → 162 (in Chungnam University) 35-1 → 185 (in Seogu Health center)
KAIST Daejeon Station 185 (Standard) 509 (Seated) 45 900 (Standard) 1,300 (Seated)

Travel to another city is very simple in Korea as the inter-city bus system is very well organized. Tickets are purchased at Daejeon Express Bus Terminal where the bus departs for virtually all major cities in Korea. There are two kinds of tickets (for standard and deluxe buses). Deluxe bus tickets are more expensive but of course provide more comfortable ride. Reservation is available.

Daejeon Express Bus terminal is right next to Yuseong open market. The cost for a taxi ride from KAIST to the terminal is around 3,000 won.

You can check out the schedule on : http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto

1. From Incheon Airport to Seoul Station

Destination Bus Stop No. Bus Stops First Bus Last Bus Intervals (min.) Travelling Time Fare (won) Bus Service Companies/ Phone No.
Seoul Station 4A, 10B Incheon Airport ↔ Yongsan Station ↔ Seoul Station To Gangnam Express Bus Terminal 05:20 To Gangnam Express Bus Terminal 22:20 10~20 60 13,000 Central City 02-6282-0606 Airport Express 02-592-4943
To the airport 05:20 To the airport 21:40

2. From Gangnam Express Bus Terminal to Daejeon

Destination Bus Stops First Bus Last Bus Intervals (min.) Travelling Time Fare (won)
Eastern Express Bus Terminal Gangnam Express Bus Terminal ↔ Eastern Express Bus Terminal To Eastern Express Bus Terminal 06:00 To Eastern Express Bus Terminal 00:10 (Nightbus from 22:10) 5~10 110 8,200 (Standard) 12,000 (Deluxe) 13,200 (Nightbus)
Kumho Express Bus Terminal (Yuseong) Gangnam Express Bus Terminal ↔ Kumho Express Bus Terminal (Yuseong) To Kumho Express Bus Terminal (Yuseong) 05:30 To Kumho Express Bus Terminal (Yuseong) 00:00 (Nightbus from 22:00) 15~30 130 8,300 (Standard) 12,200 (Deluxe) 13,400 (Nightbus)

If express bus you ride travels by way of Daejeon Government Complex Building, It will be spended about a 15-minute from the stop of Daejeon Government Complex Building to KAIST by taxi. The taxi fare will cost app. 3,000 won.

3. From Each Terminals to KAIST (By General Bus)

Destination Departure Bus Number Travelling Time (min.) Fare (won)
KAIST Eastern Express Bus Terminal 190 (Standard) 103 (Standard) 170 (Seated) 40 900 (Standard) 1,300 (Seated)
KAIST Kumho Express Bus Terminal (Yuseong) 140 (Standard) 715 (Standard) 10 900 (Standard)

The Daejeon Subway operates from 05:30 a.m. until midnight, at 5-minute intervals during peak hours, and every 8-10 minutes at other times. Fare is 900 won for less than 10km and 1,000 won for more than 10km trip.

The nearest subway station to KAIST is: Wolpyeong Station (KAIST Station). There is a shuttle bus between Wolpyepng (KAIST) Station and KAIST (except for national holiday and weekends).

Transportation cards

Hankkumi Card

The Hankkumi Card is an “electronic cash card,” created by Hana Bank, which can be used in the Greater Daejeon Area and on Daejeon city buses. The Hankkumi Card can be used to pay for bus fares, also as a credit card, digital certificate (form of ID), debit card, and for accessing the Hana Bank Internet banking. The initial fee to register for a Hankkumi Card is 4,000 won (rechargeable).

T-money Card

A T-Money card is like a pre-paid card and can be use for bus and subway (and even for taxi in the near future), everywhere in Korea. It can also be used to pay for public parking lots and tours of culture facilities such as old palaces and museums.

Initial purchase of the card costs 11,500 won including 9,000 won for your travel. The card is rechargeable. You can get it at any GS25 convenience store or subway ticket counters.

Shuttle Bus between KAIST and Weolpyeong Subway Station

Timetable:

Shuttle Bus Departing from Weolpyeong Subway Station(Weolpyeong Station →KAIST)

  • Weekdays: 08:28(commuting bus), 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
  • Take the bus at: Exit No. 3, Weolpyeong Station →50m →Next to the bus stop

Timetable:

Shuttle Bus Departing from KAIST (KAIST →Weolpyeong Station)

  • Weekdays: 09:40, 10:40, 11:40, 12:40, 13:40, 14:40, 15:40, 16:40, 18:00(commuting bus)
  • Take the bus at: In front of Grand Auditorium (E15) →In front of the information booth next to the Education Support Building (W8) →In front of Duck’s Lake (toward the main gate)

Train: Daejeon has two train stations:

(a) Daejeon Train Station (1588-7788)
which is part of the Gyeongbu Line that links Seoul and Busan; and

(b) West Daejeon Train Station (1588-7788), which belongs to the Honam Line linking Seoul and Mokpo.
Both lines provide express train service, KTX; for ticket reservation, visit the official website (http://www.korail.com English and Japanese versions are also available) or the on-campus travel agency (Gyeongin Air). Both train stations are accessible by subway.

City buses going via KAIST

There are numerous bus routes in Daejeon. Note that the service guide is fully in Korean and drivers cannot speak English at all. Bus frequency can be really bad sometime with irregular intervals. So it is not recommended for first time traveler and in the rush hour situation. However, it is a very cheap way to get around and have fun to explore

Cost for a bus ride is 900 won to 1,500 won regardless the travelling distance. Around KAIST, you can catch the bus right in front of the Main Gate.

Transportation cards

Hankkumi Card

The Hankkumi Card is an “electronic cash card,” created by Hana Bank, which can be used in the Greater Daejeon Area and on Daejeon city buses. The Hankkumi Card can be used to pay for bus fares, also as a credit card, digital certificate (form of ID), debit card, and for accessing the Hana Bank Internet banking. The initial fee to register for a Hankkumi Card is 4,000 won (rechargeable).

T-money Card

A T-Money card is like a pre-paid card and can be use for bus and subway (and even for taxi in the near future), everywhere in Korea. It can also be used to pay for public parking lots and tours of culture facilities such as old palaces and museums.

Initial purchase of the card costs 11,500 won including 9,000 won for your travel. The card is rechargeable. You can get it at any GS25 convenience store or subway ticket counters.

Seat bus No. 104 (Sutonggol ↔ Tanbang Station)

First Station Sutonggol Final Station Tanbang Station
Buses Stop Every: Weekdays:16~18 minutes / Saturday:17~19 minutes /Sunday:18~20 minutes
Stations Sutonggol → Hanbat University → Samsung → Gooam dong 8th Neighborhood → State Cemetery Station → Yuseong Market → Jangdae Middle School → Chungnam Nat’l University → Yuseong District Office → KAIST → Daejeon Regional Meteorological Office → National Science Museum → West District Public Health Center → Mugunghwa Apartments → Hanareum Apartments → Seongryong Elementary School → Nuri Apartments: Rear Entrance → Galma Station → Doonsan Girl’s High School → Galleria Time World → Daejeon City Hall → Nokwon Apartments → Tanbang Station

Seat bus No. 121 (Tabrib District ↔ Songrim Village)

First Station Tabrib District Final Station Songrim Village
Buses Stop Every: Weekdays:18~20 minutes / Saturday:19~21 minutes /Sunday:20~22 minutes
Stations Tabrib Neighborhood → Tabrib Bridge → Water Resources Training Center → Daedok Park → Jeonmin dong Neighborhood Office → Jeonmin 4th Street → Expo Apartments → MBC Broadcasting Station → National Science Museum → Daejeon Regional Meteorological Office → KAIST → Yuseong District Office → Chungnam Nat’l University → Yuseong Hot Springs Station → Yuseong Inter-city Bus Terminal → ‘Sky Hill’ Orphanage → Memorial Station → Noeun Agricultural Market → Noeun Station → Hagi Middle School → Songrim Village

Seat bus No. 604 (Jaeun Neighborhood ↔ Shinheung Neighborhood)

First Station Jaeun dong Neighborhood Final Station Shinheung dong Neighborhood
Buses Stop Every: Weekdays:15~17 minutes / Saturday:16~18 minutes /Sunday:17~19 minutes
Stations Jaeun Neighborhood → Korean Institute of Machinery and Materials → Daedok University → Korean Research Institute of Chemical Technology → Daejeon Public Observatory → Korean Aerospace Research Institute → Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology → KAIST → Daejeon Regional Meteorological Office → National Science Museum → West District Public Health Center → Doonsan Police Station → Keunmaeol Apartments → Tanbang 4th Street → Yongmun dong Neighborhood Office → Dongseoro 4th Street → Oryong Station → Hansarang Apartments → Joongchon 4th Street → Daejeon Girl’s Commerical High School → Choongmoo Gymnasium → Hyo dong Neighborhood Office → Shinheung Intersection → Shinheung dong Neighborhood