The ultimate guide to go from Incheon Airport to Daejeon: Airside and Landside

Welcome to South Korea! If you’ve just arrived at Incheon Airport and you’re wondering how to get to Daejeon, you’ve come to the right place. This guide will take you through the entire process, step by step, making your journey smooth and stress-free.

Airside – Exiting Incheon Airport

Once your plane lands, everyone is usually eager to get off and start their adventure. The airport process can be broken down into four steps to move from the ‘air’ side to the ‘land’ side:

Step 1: Health Control

As you land, you’ll pass through health control. Make sure you have your QCODE ready, which you should have filled in beforehand. If you forgot, don’t worry; you can still complete it online using the airport’s WiFi. It won’t take more than 1~2 mins when you have all the information ready. Otherwise, you can choose to fill in the paper form in case your phone is dead.

Step 2: Immigration

Depending on your visa status, you’ll go through either automatic immigration machines (if you have an Alien Registration Card) or the regular lane if you’re a visitor. 

If you’re a registered foreigner, going through immigration is a breeze – just like it is for Korean nationals. It’s super quick and simple! All you have to do is scan your passport, give your fingerprint a little tap, and smile for the camera to snap your photo. And the best part is, you won’t even need to interact with airport staff. 

The regular lane is for visitors, and if you fall into this category, complete the yellow Arrival card distributed on the plane or obtain one upon arrival if you forget it. This lane usually has a longer queue.

At the counter, submit both your passport and the arrival card. The airport personnel will examine your document and grant approval; this is applicable to visitors arriving without a visa (from countries with visa exemptions).

Officials may inquire about the purpose and duration of your visit. If you’re traveling with family or friends, and some of them are not fluent in English, it’s better to approach the counter together to make sure that you can answer their questions and get through the immigration smoothly. 

Step 3: Luggage Claim

After immigration, head downstairs to collect your luggage. It usually takes a while, giving you time for a restroom break or changing clothes.

Step 4: Customs

Go through the ‘no declaration’ lane; you usually won’t need to fill in a customs declaration form unless you have something to declare. Feel free to use any of the open exits near you as they all lead to the arrival hall.

Exit to landside, Terminal 1, Incheon Airport
Exit to landside, Terminal 1

Landside – Traveling to Daejeon

Once you’re in the arrival hall or landside, it’s time to head to Daejeon. The best way to reach your destination is by taking the airport limousine bus that goes directly to Daejeon without any stops.

Bus Schedule from Incheon Airport to Daejeon

Buses depart regularly from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, starting around 6:00 am and ending at 10:00 pm. However, be prepared for the buses to fill up quickly, so there might be a short wait for a vacant seat.

Bus Schedule when departing from Terminal 2: 

6:20, 6:50, 7:20, 7:50, 8:30, 8:50, 9:30, 9:50, 10:10, 10:30, 11:00, 11:20, 11:40, 12:20, 13:00, 14:00, 14:40, 15:40, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:30, 21:20, 21:50, 22:20

Bus Schedule when departing from Terminal 1:

6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:10, 8:30, 9:10, 9:30, 9:50, 10:10, 10:40, 11:00, 11:20, 12:00, 12:40, 13:40, 14:20, 15:20, 15:40, 16:10, 16:40, 17:10, 17:40, 18:10, 18:40, 19:10, 19:40, 20:10, 21:10, 21:00, 21:30, 22:00

How long does it take from Incheon Airport to Daejeon by bus?

The average time it takes from Incheon Airport to Daejeon is 3 hours. However, it could be as quick as 2 hours, or more than 3.5 hours depending on traffic.

Where to Buy the Bus Ticket

At Terminal 1, look for the ticket booth near exit gate 11.

At Terminal 2, go downstairs to basement B1 floor and follow the ‘Bus’ sign to find the ticket booth.

Exit 11 at Terminal 1, Incheon Airport
Exit 11 at Terminal 1
Bus Ticket Booth at Terminal 1, Incheon Airport
Bus Ticket Booth at Terminal 1

How much does the bus ticket to Daejeon cost

The ticket prices vary based on the type of bus, with the cheapest option costing approximately 26,300 KRW for adults.

  • Regular Bus (Woodeung): Adult 26,300 KRW, Teenager 21,000 KRW, Children 13,200 KRW
  • Night Bus  (Shimya): Adult 28,900 KRW, Teenager 23,100 KRW, Children 14,500 KRW
  • Premium Bus (Premium): Adult 34,200 KRW, Teenager 27,400 KRW, Children 17,100 KRW

Where to Take the Bus

For Terminal 1, the bus stop to Daejeon is 11 A-3. 

For Terminal 2, the bus stop to Daejeon is Gate number 5, the bus stop area for regional cities.

Bus stop to Daejeon, Terminal 1, Incheon Airport
Bus stop to Daejeon, Terminal 1

Getting on the Bus

When the bus arrives, the driver will show you where to store your luggage in the compartment under the bus. He may ask where you get off so that you put your luggage in the right place. 

For early stops, the space for luggage is usually on the left side. Most passengers usually get off at the Government Complex stop. So, if you’re planning to get off before that stop, it’s a good idea to put your luggage last. That way, you can easily grab it later.

After putting in your luggage, scan your ticket and proceed to your assigned seat, which should be indicated on the ticket.

Enjoy the Comfortable Ride

Limousine buses are comfortable, and some even have premium options with reclining seats and privacy curtains. Remember to buckle up before departure and relax during the journey.

Toilet Breaks

The bus may or may not make a rest stop if the trip is over three hours. If it does, you’ll have around 10 to 15 minutes to freshen up and buy snacks at the rest area.

Arriving in Daejeon

The bus makes four stops in Daejeon: North Daejeon IC, Doryeong, Daejeon Government Complex, and Daejeon Terminal. Pay attention to announcements and get ready to get off, especially at shorter stops. 

Bus Stops at the following:

  1. Incheon Terminal 2
  2. Incheon Terminal 1
  3. North Daejeon IC
  4. Doryeong
  5. Daejeon Government Complex 
  6. Daejeon Terminal

Connecting to Your Final Destination

Upon arriving in Daejeon, you’ll find taxis waiting near the Daejeon Government Complex or Daejeon Terminal. If you prefer the subway, the Government Complex station is your best option, located just a 2-minute walk away. 

Other Transportation Options

While buses are the most convenient option, there are some other options to get to Daejeon. 

1. Skip the Taxis: Save Your Wallet

Taxis might be tempting for their convenience, but they can seriously dent your travel budget. Fares can be quite steep, especially for long distances like going to Daejeon from the airport. So, it’s best to avoid taxis unless you’re ready to splurge.

2. Take a train from Incheon Airport to Daejeon

There is no direct train from Incheon Airport to Daejeon. If you would like to take a train, you will need to first go to Seoul by Airport Railroad or AREX, then take a KTX train to Daejeon. This is not recommended especially with luggage because that’s a lot of walking.

Train schedule from Incheon Airport to Seoul

The first train from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station is 8:00 am from Terminal 1, and the last bus from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station is 22:40 pm from Terminal 1. 

There are two types of trains: the Express train and the All stop train. The Express train will take 40 minutes to Seoul Station and will cost 9,500 KRW. The Express train leaves every 20~40 minutes.

The All Stop train will take around 60 minutes to Seoul Station and will cost around 4,150~4,750 KRW. The All Stop train leaves every 5~10 minutes. 

Train schedule from Seoul to Daejeon

The first train from Seoul Station to Daejeon Station is 5:05 am, and the last train from Seoul to Daejeon Station is 22:10 pm. 

It typically takes 2 hours from Seoul to Daejeon by KTX train, and the ticket will cost around 23,700 KRW. 

3. No Buses or Trains Available? Stay Overnight Near the Airport

Sometimes, you might find yourself in a situation where no buses or trains are running at the time you arrive. Consider spending a night at a hotel nearby the airport. This way, you can catch the first bus or train in the morning, saving you time and money.

4. Seoul Stopover: Double the Adventure

Turn the journey to Daejeon into a mini-adventure by making a stopover in Seoul. Spend a night exploring the vibrant capital city before hopping on a morning KTX train to Daejeon. Not only will this be a cost-effective option, but it will also add an extra layer of excitement to your trip!

Conclusion

Now that you know how to travel from Incheon Airport to Daejeon, it’s time to enjoy your trip to this vibrant city. Have a fantastic time exploring Daejeon and all it has to offer!

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