Transportation in Daejeon, South Korea

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

The local transportation network in Daejeon is smaller than Seoul and Busan’s networks; however, it still has its own subway line and loads of buses to get you from A to Z.


Methods of Payment

In Daejeon, you can buy a single journey ticket, use a transportation card to take the bus, subway or taxis or pay with cash for buses and taxis. Daejeon uses the Hankkumi Transportation card (about 3,000KRW) 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 Daejeon, there are two fees for the subway, an initial block one fare and then a second, block two fare. Block one fare is charged for the first 10km traveled. The block two fare is applied when you travel more than 10 km on the subway. The buses have a flat rate fee.


Daejeon has a transfer program which enables passengers to transfer up to three times within a 30 minutes period without being charged again. If you transfer more than three times or after 30 minutes from your initial ride you will be charged full fare once more.



Subway Fare

City Buses

Transportation Card (KRW)

Single Journey Ticket (KRW)



Cash (KRW)

Block 1

Block 2

Block 1

Block 2

Adults (19+)







Youth (13-18)







Children (6-12)







Senior Citizens (65+), handicapped, Veterans, Babies (0-5)



The Subway System

The subway system in Daejeon has one line which runs straight across the city (east to west). It takes 40 minutes to go from one end to the other. The first subways start at Banseok (Chilsungdae) Station and at Panam (Daejeon University) Station, headed in the opposite directions at 5:30. The last two trains finish at Banseok (Chilsungdae) Station and Panam (Daejeon University) Station at 00:12. The subway runs every five minutes during peak hours (morning, noon and evening rush hours) and every ten minutes during the rest of the day. There aren’t as many amenities in the Daejeon subway stations as in Seoul, but most stations do have rest areas or benches, vendors and small cafes as well as parking areas and bike racks.



For more information about the Daejeon subway like the timetable and the map, check the website, however the site is in Korean only. There is a map with the station names in English on the site but that is it. 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 the comprehensive guide to using the subway system in Korea in the article Seoul’s Subway System.


Daejeon Subway Information

Subway Line (hoseon/호선)

Area of Service

Starting Station

Ending Station

Line Operator

Number of Stations

Line 1호선

Color: Orange

Runs from north-west to south-east

Banseok (Chilsungdae)

Panam (Daejeon University)

Daejeon Metropolitan Transit Corporation




There are four types of buses in Daejeon which are differentiated by color. The buses run from about 5:00 to 24:00. Not all buses run from the same times nor do they all finish at midnight. Some run later while others stop earlier.

  1. Red Buses (Geubhang Line): There are two express routes that the red buses follow, route 1 and route 2. They stop at major locations within the city but not anywhere else.
  1. Blue Buses (Ganseon Line): These are the regular routes that connect downtown Daejeon to the suburbs, but they do not go outside of the city. They make more stops than the red buses.
  2. Green Buses (Jiseon Line): These buses reach all corners of a neighborhood within Daejeon. They make many stops within a neighborhood.
  3. Green Buses (Oegwak Line): These buses connect neighboring countryside areas to Daejeon. These buses are also slower and make multiple stops.


Here are some helpful numbers if you have a problem while taking the bus in Daejeon:

  1. Emergency: (042)539-3210 –The Total Control Room
  2. Lost and Found Center: (042)539-3939 –located within the Daejeon Government Complex)
  3. Bicycle Information: (042)539-3226
  4. Main Operator: (042)539-3114 (day time), (042)539-3288 (night time)
  5. Cultural Events: (042)539-3213
  6. Information Center at Galma Station: (042)483-6113


This is a website that helps you track the buses and public transportation in Daejeon.

They have also created an application for smart phones called ‘Daejeon Bus/대전버스’. It has English and provides information about routes, schedules, buses en route and a trip planner.



There are regular taxis and deluxe taxis in Daejeon, just like in the rest of Korea. Regular taxis are silver with blue or green lights on top. These taxis are the general taxis servicing the Daejeon area. It costs about 10,000KRW to get across the city. The base fare has just gone up to 2,800KRW for the first 2km. The fare goes up every 150m or 36 seconds by 100KRW. Taxi drivers in Daejeon rarely speak English, so you’ll either need to bust out your Korean skills, have the address written down or use the FREE INTERPRETATION translation service. The number should be written on the inside of the cab. Alternatively, you can say “Free Interpretation” to the driver and he will call the translator.


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


There are also three call taxi services in Daejeon. Hanbat S. Call (042-242-8800), Hanbit Call (042-540-8282) and Yangban Call (042-586-8000) will pick you up wherever you are. You can use these services for regular taxi use or if you are going to a more remote location. 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.


City of Bicycles

If subways and buses aren’t your cup of tea, Daejeon has a public bike rental programs set up around the city. It’s called ‘Tashu’ and it’s very cheap. The metropolitan government implemented the program in hopes to promote eco-friendly activities and develop a bike culture in Daejeon. The service is open daily from 5:00 to 24:00. However, you can return bikes anytime. You can rent bikes as a paid member, a general member or as a non-member.


Paid Member

Becoming a paid member is ideal for someone who will use the service often. It also allows you to take bikes as you want without paying on the spot. You will receive a pass to use when you rent a bike. Once you have paid your membership fees, you do not have to pay when you use a bike.

  1. First, you must register on the Daejeon-City U-Bike Homepage with your Alien Registration Card (ARC) and your mobile phone number. At the point you can pay the basic fee for the following options based on use for one hour per day:
  • 7 Days (7 Days) / 2,000KRW
  • 1 Month (30 Days) / 5,000KRW
  • 12 Months (365 Days) / 30,000KRW


General or Non-Member

A general membership is ideal for someone who wants to register but who will not be using the service daily or multiples times within a week. To become a general member you can register at a kiosk when you pick up a bike with your ARC and mobile phone number. It’s worth registering so you can use your transportation card to grab a bike whenever you want. If you remain a non-member you have to give your mobile phone details each time you want to rent a bike. A non-member is for tourists visiting Daejeon, while the general membership is for people living in Daejeon or visiting frequently. It costs 500KRW for 1 hour as a general or non-member. You can use a transportation card, a debit card to pay or a mobile phone to pay.


For all memberships, you must pay a small fee if you exceed one hour:

  1. Over one hour and up to three hours: 500KRW per 30 minutes over
  2. Over three hours: 1000KRW per every 30 minutes over


Learn more about the Tashu program on the website.


Photo Credit: TeachESL

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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.