How to get to Jeonju from Seoul

Finding out how to get to Jeonju from Seoul can be a bit tedious. So we have compiled all the information we have found to help you make planning your trip as easy as possible and show you all the different prices and times to get there.

The easiest way to get to Jeonju from Seoul appears to be via train. It is a bit quicker, more comfortable, and of course a bit more expensive. There are three different types of trains you can take. Going from fastest and nicest to slowest and not as nice.

TIP: Except for some holidays, locals buy their train tickets on the day of. So if you get overwhelmed just go down an hour before and purchase a ticket!

Here is a timetable of the current routes and times offered from Seoul to Jeonju. Here you can see the train types, indicated by the color, its origin (either Seoul or Yongsan terminals) it’s departure time and arrival time.

How to get to Jeonju from Seoul train sheet

Here are the three different times and ticket prices to help you decide what’s in your budget and fits your time frame.

KTX Ticket Prices

DivisonTravel Time ~ 2 Hours 20 minutes
1st classStandard classStanding/Not assigned
AdultChildAdultChildAdultChild
Preceding
42,800
27,500
30,600
15,300
29,100
14,500
Escorting

 

Saemaeul Ticket Prices

DivisonTravel Time ~ 3 hours
1st classStandard classStanding/Not assigned
AdultChildAdultChildAdultChild
Preceding
25,000
12,500
Escorting

 

Mugunghwa Ticket Prices

DivisonTravel Time ~ 3 hours 20 minutes
1st classStandard classStanding/Not assigned
AdultChildAdultChildAdultChild
Preceding
16,800
8,400
14,300
7,100
Escorting

 

If you are ready to buy your ticket click the link to visit the Korail site in english.
If you are curious about how to get to Jeonju from Seoul by bus for comparison than here you are :).

Unless you know Korean buying bus tickets to Jeonju online is currently frustrating. The main site to buy tickets in english goes through a third party website for tickets to Jeonju and like two other locations. So we highly recommend either having a friend help you book them online, or go to a bus station and just get the ticket before. They leave so regularly that you shouldn’t have any problems.

Below are the bus stations, time tables and prices you can expect any and everyday. Remember, locals buy their tickets same day with no fear of not being able to go. So try not to stress out too much.

Bus leaves from Seoul Express Bus Terminal  – Arrives at Jeonju Express Bus Terminal
Type of BusFirst BusLast BusIntervalsFare
(won)
Distance
(km)
Duration
(h:m)
Non-Stop Bus05:3021:3010 min11000~16000202.62:50
Bus leaves from Seoul Nambu Terminal – Arrives at Jeonju Intercity Bus Terminal
Type of BusFirst BusLast BusIntervalsFare
(won)
Distance
(km)
Duration
(h:m)
Non-Stop Bus06:1020:3030 min95002:50
Bus leaves from Seoul Sangbong Terminal – Arrives at Jeonju Express Bus Terminal
Type of BusFirst BusLast BusIntervalsFare
(won)
Distance
(km)
Duration
(h:m)
Non-Stop Bus06:0018:005 times/day18800243.82:50
From any of these bus stations you are about a 20 minute cab ride at the most to your hanok village. It should be about 6,000-8,000 won for your taxi to your final destination.

We took the tickets from Nambu bus terminal and it was great and easy. For under 10$ we got to Jeonju and were happy with the bus. The only thing we’ll say is that it was closer to 4.5 hours! However we did travel during the lunar new year so we’re not sure if that influenced it.

We absolutely loved our stay in the traditional hanok village jeonju. If you’re curious about where to stay you can check out our stay at the Dukmanjae Hanok hotel. If your curious about what to do, check out our recommendations for what to do in Jeonju.

Well we hope we helped you figure out how to get to Jeonju, it’s a lovely town and we hope to visit it again during the summer or spring. Let us know in the comments below if this helped you book your trip, or if there is anything we can add to make it easier.

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  • Hi there! This is super helpful! I am stressing out a bit over travelling around since I just spontaneously decided to leave Seoul and didn’t do research before. Do you know how to get from Jeonju to Andong and then Sokchu? Would a day for each place be enough or should I rather focus on 2 places? Thanks. 🙂

    • Hi Annemarie! Thanks for your comment. You can do a day in Jeonju, we spent 2 and went snowboarding in Muju nearby for the last 2 days. We have never been to Andong, but I suggest going to Jeonju’s Express Bus Terminal and buying your ticket for the next day. When in doubt we always found it easy to rely on the bus system. If you mean Sokcho we would spend a few days there. You cannot miss Seoraksan National Park, nearby beaches (Naksan Beach & Hajodae Beach) both of which are easy to get to by bus. Sokcho itself doesn’t have TOO much going on other than it’s fish market and beach, but I would make a special trip to this area when the weather warms up a bit more. We went last year in mid may and it was gorgeous and probably our favorite place in Korea. We have informational posts on Seoraksan, Sokcho, Naksan Beach, and Hajodae Beach on our blog as well! If you only have 3 days for this trip enjoy it in Jeonju and Andong. We really enjoyed staying in a hanok in Jeonju and finding restaurants with bibimbap and makgeolli! Good luck on your trip! And hopefully you can have a longer trip to enjoy the area of Sokcho & Seoraksan 🙂

  • Joy

    Thanks for your blog post! it is really helpful 🙂 would the ktx be covered by the KR Pass if you are a foreigner travelling to korea? Also with the KR pass, is it possible to lock this in advanced or would you have to rock up on the day to use it to travel to Jeonju (from Seoul?) Thanks!

    • Joy,
      We never booked in advance so we aren’t 100% sure on that. We always just showed up to the KTX about 20 minutes before we wanted to board and never had a problem getting a ticket. When we would arrive to our destination we would then book our KTX ticket back while we were there. I am sure it is possible to do in advance.

  • Jessica YT

    Hi there, thanks for this post! I’m planning a day trip to Jeonju from Seoul & I was wondering if the KTX tickets are return tickets or one-way (I can’t seem to google out any information on this somehow)? ‘Cos otherwise, I’d have to plan a return route separately.

    • Jessica, they are just one way! Hope you have a fun trip!

  • Kris

    How do I get a ticket back to Seoul?

    • When you arrive into jeonju you will be dropped off at a bus/train station. Just ask there and there will be a time table. You can either just buy it right when you arrive or take a photo of the timetable so you can get on whatever bus/train for the time you want.

      • Kris

        Thanks for the info :3