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From Incheon International Airport (ICN)

There are two main ways from Incheon Int'l Airport to the Institute for Basic Science (IBS): a direct Airport Limousine bus to Daejeon, and an Airport Limousine bus or subway (AREX) with bullet train (KTX) transfer at Seoul Station. The third option; a direct KTX route to Daejeon Station, was suspended in March 2018 and officially closed in September 2018 due to low ridership. The most convenient way to get from Incheon Airport to IBS HQ in Daejeon is to use a direct airport limousine bus to Daejeon, and we strongly recommend this method.

Terminal 2 at Incheon Airport opened January 18, 2018 and bus and rail methods mentioned above are available at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Terminal 2 is effectively the SkyTeam terminal. It initially housed Korean Air, Delta Air Lines, Air France, and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and later included Aeromexico, Alitalia, China Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, XiamenAir, Czech Airlines and Aeroflot in late 2018. The remaining SkyTeam members that serve Incheon Airport, including Vietnam Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines, will relocate after Phase 4 construction is completed in 2020. Before arriving in Korea, knowing which terminal you will arrive in isn't necessary, but when you leave Korea it will be important as transportation between the two terminals is not very convenient. When your plane lands at Incheon Airport, just take note of which terminal you arrive at, as that will be the terminal you depart from.

If you need to get from one terminal to the other, you can take a free airport shuttle bus. Boarding is on the 3rd floor and located near Exit 8 in Terminal 1, and in between Exit 4 and 5 in Terminal 2. Shuttles come every 5 to 8 minutes, stop by the Hyatt Hotel in route from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1, stop by the Incheon Airport Fire Station in route from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2, and take approximately 20 minutes. Some but not all of the buses are low-floor buses which make them easier to board, but there is limited space for suitcases and travelers are expected to move their own bags. The Airport Railroad Express (AREX) also goes between terminals but is not free and the boarding location is located farther than the shuttle buses. More information on the AREX system is on the next tab as it involves the second method of departing from Incheon Airport. There is a maglev system, named the Incheon Airport Maglev, which will be an island-wide maglev in the future. Phase 1 of construction is complete and phases 2 and 3 are planned. Phase 1 does not go between terminals but transfer might be possible in the future when phase 2 opens. As of this writing, it is too early to say if and when a transfer to Terminal 2 will be provided.

Method 1 Incheon International Airport → Airport Limousine Bus to Daejeon → IBS HQ

Airport Limousine buses for Daejeon cost KRW 23,700 or KRW 28,500 for late night (early morning) hours. Tickets are difficult to purchase online or via smartphone as the process requires the Korean language and several different bus companies cover this route. Buy tickets for "Daejeon" and confirm tickets do not say "Daejeon S.W." as the route is slightly different. Travel time will take about 180 ~ 200 minutes. There is no bathroom on buses but you will get one 20-minute rest stop visit near the destination; both Daejeon bound and airport bound. If you need to use a bathroom before the scheduled rest stop, please show the following message to the driver asking him to stop at the nearest rest stop. Please note that it might be 10 or 20 minutes until the next rest stop as they are not very frequent. 죄송합니다. 화장실이 급한데 다음 휴게소에서 내려주세요. If you cannot wait upwards of 20 minutes, the driver might be able to stop at a smaller area to the side of the road within a few minutes. If you cannot wait, please show this message to the driver. 죄송합니다. 화장실이 급한데 내릴 수 있는 가장 가까운곳에서 세워주세요.


Once in Daejeon, get off at Doryong or Daejeon Government Complex (pronounced Jeongbu Chongsa) and take a taxi to IBS. Note: The Government Complex Bus Terminal has several locations and Daejeon bound buses and airport bound buses are at different locations. Please see the Daejeon City map further down to avoid confusion when you conclude your trip and return to the airport. Although Doryong is slightly closer to IBS, there are not many taxis available. Regardless of the bus stop you exit at, once in a taxi the distance is roughly 2~3 km, will last around 5 minutes, and will cost around KRW 3,000. The drivers covering this Daejeon route try to save time where possible. Some drivers will ask where you will exit the bus in Daejeon and require passengers to group their luggage under the bus by destination. Other drivers will only ask your destination as you enter the bus. And yet other drivers will ask (only in Korean) while they are driving if passengers wish to exit at the next stop and will skip stops if no one replies. If you do not understand the driver’s announcement, your stop may be skipped and drivers are not allowed to stop at locations between official stops. To save yourself some grief, we included a map, pictures, and the names of each bus stop in English and Korean further down this page. Regardless of the driver, when you are getting on the bus we suggest you visually show the driver the stop you wish to exit at.

ICN bus map to Daejeon
ICN Terminal1 1F
  • In Terminal 1, arrivals are on the first floor. After collecting your checked bags, head toward Exit 11 as the Daejeon bus is located directly outside at 11A. Bus tickets are sold inside the airport near Exit 4 and in between 8 and 9; and outside just left of Exit 11. Outside ticket office usually has two staff members and several multilingual bus ticket vending machines are on the side of the ticket office. The bus departure time and seat number will be on your ticket. The first bus leaves at 6:20 AM and the last bus leaves at 23:50.
  • Inside ticket office (Gate 8/9)
    Inside ticket office (Gate 8/9)
  • Gate 11
    Gate 11
  • Outside ticket office (Gate 11)
    Outside ticket office (Gate 11)
  • Bus platform 11A
    Bus platform 11A
  • Bus to Daejeon
    Bus to Daejeon
ICN Terminal2 Basement1
  • In Terminal 2, arrivals are on the first floor and most of the transportation options are in the Transit Center Basement 1. Buy your bus ticket at the kiosks or manned ticket office. Pass the rail options (AREX) and your bus is located to the left at platform 5. There is seating near the platforms and you can recharge your phone or other electronics at one of the outlets. Your bus departure time and seat number will be on the ticket. The first bus leaves at 6:00 AM and the last bus leaves at 23:30.
  • Directions for tickets
    Directions for tickets
  • Bus ticket kiosks
    Bus ticket kiosks
  • Bus ticket office
    Bus ticket office
  • Doors to bus platforms
    Doors to bus platforms
  • Bus platform 5
    Bus platform 5

Welcome to Daejeon. You’re almost at IBS. As the airport bus stops are confusing even for Daejeon citizens, we made this map to help you get to IBS, and then get back to Incheon Airport after your visit. The map should help you find your bearings, and the Korean names are written below in the key in case you get lost. Simply get someone’s attention, and point to the wording in Korean to get assistance.


Over view

  • Airport bound buses Doryong
    ⓐ Airport bound buses Doryong
    (도룡 정류장)

    This bus stop used to be called Daedeok Culture Center, and some maps mistakenly state this.

  • Daejeon bound buses Doryong
    ⓑ Daejeon bound buses Doryong
    (도룡 공항버스 하차장)

    Leaving Incheon Airport, this is the closest bus stop to IBS. You’ll need to wait upwards of 5 minutes before a taxi comes.

  • Airport bound buses Daejeon Gov’t Building Dunsan Intercity Terminal
    ⓒ Airport bound buses Daejeon Gov’t Building
    Dunsan Intercity Terminal
    (대전청사시외버스둔산정류소)

    The Daejeon Government Building (sometimes written as "Complex") has multiple bus terminals (intercity to the west, intercity drop off to the south, and express to the east). To go to Incheon Airport, go to this terminal just west of the government complex. Dunsan is the name of the area so you’ll see this written above the terminal. Tickets bound for airports cannot be purchased from the kiosks; they must be purchased at the counter. The movie theater Lotte Cinema is located directly across the street.

  • Daejeon bound buses
    ⓓ Daejeon bound buses
    (공항(시외)버스 내리는 장소)

    Buses used to stop across the street from ⓒ but the sheer number of buses stopping created traffic issues and they relocated the bus stop here. Other than a very small sign, there is no written signage and this bus stop doesn't appear on many maps. Don't let that stop you as many people get off buses here; so many that there is always a queue of taxis waiting to pick up passengers.

  • Government Complex, Daejeon Station
    ⓔ Government Complex, Daejeon Station
    (정부청사역 Jeongbu Cheongsa-yeok)

    Exit 3 (top left exit) is near a large police station and Exit 4 (top right exit) is next to a local bus stop. Is it not uncommon for taxis to wait around bus stops.

  • National Science Museum
    ⓕ National Science Museum
    (국립중앙과학관)

    The National Science Museum is located near IBS. Current information is available on their website www.science.go.kr.

  • Daejeon Convention Center
    ⓖ Daejeon Convention Center
    (대전컨벤션센터)

    Frequently written as DCC, the convention center hosts a large number of events in Daejeon. Current information is available on their website www.dcckorea.or.kr.

To avoid any potential confusion with a taxi driver, we recommend you say “hello” in Korean when entering the taxi (Ann-young-ha-say-oh) and then show them this note in Korean stating you wish to visit IBS.

기사님, 과학로에 있는 한국기초과학지원연구원 말고
유성구 엑스포로 55 기초과학연구원으로 가주세요.
Please take me to the Institute for Basic Science (IBS)
located at 55, Expo-ro, Yuseonggu.
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Last Update 2019-07-26 14:04