Transportation in Daegu, South Korea

Category : Surviving in Korea / Travel/Events
Nov 28, 2014

The local transportation in Daegu is comprised of a small subway system, an extensive bus network and taxis. The buses and the subway system both start at around 5:30 in the morning and finish around midnight, with the exception of local buses which finish around 23:00. Take care to look up your route if you’re traveling at 5:30 or after 23:30 because not every bus and subway starts or finishes exactly on the hour.


Methods of Payment

In Daegu you can buy a single journey ticket for the subway, use cash for the buses or use a transportation card to take the bus, subway or taxis. Daegu uses the Daekyung Transportation Card (2,000KRW) or the Toppass (2,500KRW), purchased from the subway ticketing machines or in convenience stores. This technology is the same as the T-money technology used in Seoul. All passes are accepted all over the country. You can use these transportation cards to take the bus (both regular and express), the subway, and taxis. By using a transportation card you can save a 100KRW on your journey.



In Daegu, rates are not calculated by the distance ridden on the subway or buses. There is a flat fee that is charged regardless. You can buy a single journey ticket or use a transportation card.



General Buses and Subway Fare

Limited Express Buses Fare

Transportation Card (KRW)

Single Journey Ticket or Cash (KRW)

Card (KRW)

Cash (KRW)

Adult (19+)





Youth (13-18)





Children (6-12)





Baby (0-5)



The Subway System

The subway system in Daegu has two lines that form an ‘X’ through the city. Like the Seoul subway, Daegu has tried to make the stations more than just a place to take transportation. Seondang-mot Station, Banwoldang Station, Daegu Station and Dong-Daegu Station all have art galleries inside the stations. Most subway stations have rest areas, benches, vendors and small cafes.


Lost Items

If you lose something in a subway train go directly to the subway office inside the train station to report your lost item. Try to remember the station you got off, the time you got off, the train number and the carriage number. The offices that deal primarily with lost items are:

  1. Banwoldang Station: 053-640-3334
  2. Daegok Station: 053-644-7723
  3. Ansim Station: 053-584-6826
  4. Sawol Station: 053-813-0767


Subway Information

For more information about the Daegu subway like the timetable and the map, check the website. Download ‘Subway Korea’ for information on all the subway lines in Korea. You can plan your route, check the times of arrival and departure and use the interactive map. Please see our comprehensive guide to using the subway system in the Seoul’s Subway System.


Daegu Subway Information

Subway Line (hoseon/호선)

Area of Service

Starting Station

Ending Station

Number of Stations

Line Operator

Line 1 호선

Color: Red

Runs from the north east across the city to the south west. Crosses in the middle at Banwolddang




Daegu Metropolitan Transit Corporation

Line 2 호선

Color: Bright Green

Runs from the north west across the city to the south east. Crosses in the middle at Banwolddang




Daegu Metropolitan Transit Corporation



There are two types of buses in Daegu: local buses and limited express buses. There isn’t much difference between the two types of buses. Both buses run within the city and then across or within districts. The limited express buses have more seats and are slightly more expensive. The bus numbers are three digits. The numbers correspond to the zones (areas) that the bus travels through.

à For example: The bus number 407 goes from zone 4 to zone 0 to zone 7. Buses starting with the digits 1 to 3 travel in a circular route. For example bus 242 goes from zone 2 to zone 4 and back to zone 4. Bus 242-1 travels the same circular route in the opposite direction.



The Daegu Metropolitan City Bus Line Guide is a helpful website that lets you search routes and plan your trip. It also provides more information on the timetables for each route and general information about the bus network in Daegu. They have also created an application for smart phones called ‘The Daegu Bus Trip Planner/ 대구버스운행정보’. It supports English and provides all the same information as the website.


Daegu Bus Customer Service line: 053-254-5000



There are regular taxis and deluxe taxis in Daegu. Regular taxis are silver or black with blue or green lights on top. These taxis are the general taxis servicing the Daegu area. At the beginning of 2013, the base fare was raised to 2,800KRW for the first 2km. The fare goes up every 143m or 34 seconds by 100KRW.


Deluxe taxis are used mainly for corporate service. They are black with yellow lights. The base price 4,500KRW for the first 3km and it goes up by 200KRW every 160m or 38 seconds. All taxis charge an additional 20% between midnight and 4am.


In Daegu there is also a call taxi service. Hanmaeum Call Taxi will pick you up. You can use this service for regular taxis use or if you are going to a more remote location. The number is 053-424-1111. It’s also great if you have to travel home late at night. This way, there is a record of the call and information about your whereabouts in case anything goes wrong.



Tags : Travel. Transportation.

Lindsey lived and worked in Seoul, South Korea for over 5 years. While there, she dabbled in different areas of work and explored the culture. She spent time teaching elementary students, business English to adults and high school students about college preparation. She also studied Korean, wrote blogs and tasted as many foods as she possibly could including fermented skate fish. Over the years, Lindsey developed a love for Korea and the culture. She is keen to share her knowledge of Korea with others and she will always consider Korea a second home.