From ICN Airport to KAIST

Summary

  1. Purchase a bus ticket to Daejeon Government Complex with your credit card or Korean cash.
  2. Email or call/sms your host at the airport, before departure.  (Wifi is FREE / use a payphone with 100 won coins)
  3. Get off at the Daejeon Government Complex bus stop.
    Either you meet your host at Hollys Coffee right at the bus stop or you proceed to your hotel or KAIST by taxi.
Note. KAIST is pronounced as Kah–East among locals.

Detail

1. Take an airport limousine bus at ICN.

Buy a ticket for Daejeon at Booth 9 in the map left.

Email (or call) your host.

Cross the road and wait for the bus at Bus Stop 9D.

Bus schedule and Fare :
22,100 Won (After 22:00, 24,300 Won)
06:00 06:20 06:40 07:00 07:20 07:30 07:50 08:10 08:25 08:50 09:10 09:30 09:50 10:20 10:40 11:00 11:20 11:50 12:20 12:40 13:00 13:40 14:10 15:00 15:20 15:50 16:10 16:30 16:50 17:10 17:30 17:50 18:10 18:40 19:00 19:20 19:40 20:00 20:20 20:50 21:20 21:50 22:10 22:40 23:10


2. Get off the bus at Daejeon Government Complex stop.

It takes about 2:30 hours to get to this stop.

You will see Hollys Coffee near the stop.

It would be safe to ask the driver “Is this stop Jeng–Boo–Cheng–Sah?” or show the following, meaning “Is this Government Complex?”:

“여기가 대전 정부청사입니까?”

At the bus stop, either you meet your host at Hollys Coffee (usually), or take taxi to your hotel or KAIST.  Taxi is generally cheap in Korea and many taxi’s accept credit cards (watch “Card” sign). Tipping is not necessary.


Note 1. Occasionally, there is a short break (15 min) at a highway resting area before getting to Daejeon.
Note 2. Often, “Government Complex” is the 2nd bus stop, unless there is a 0th bus stop:
0th stop (if someone requests): right after the tollgate: a few people might get off there.
1st stop: Do-Ryong-Dong: a few people get off here. Sometimes the driver simply asks to the passengers and if no one requests, the bus might continue.
2nd stop: Government Complex Building (Jeng–Boo–Cheng–Sah): in a busy downtown. Most people get off here.
3rd stop (final): Daejeon Eastern Express Bus Terminal

To take taxi to KAIST: If needed, show the following taxi card. It says “Please go to KAIST, Natural Sciences building. Take a right at the main gate, and you’ll see on your left the building E6-1.

카이스트 자연과학동으로 가 주세요.
정문에서 우회전해서 직진 후  왼쪽에 있는 E6-1 빌딩입니다.

3. Buses from Daejeon to the ICN Airport

Daejeon Government Complex Bus Stop (across from the bus stop from ICN)
Rates are the same as the bus from ICN. It may be good idea to buy the ticket right after arrival.

Reservation: https://www.busterminal.or.kr/

03:30 03:50 04:15 04:25 04:35 04:45 04:55 05:15 05:25 05:45 05:55 06:15 06:45 07:15 07:45 08:15 08:35 08:45 08:55 09:25 10:05 10:45 11:15 11:45 12:15 12:45 13:15 13:35 13:55 14:05 14:15 14:35 14:55 15:15 15:55 16:15 16:45 17:15 17:45 18:15 19:25 

4. Alternative method: Train

You can first go to Seoul station by train (every 30 minutes) and then go to Daejeon station by KTX train. You can buy a combined train ticket to Daejeon at Incheon airport. This method will be more expensive and yet save you at most half an hour. On Friday evening, KTX to Daejeon is usually full.