How to Get There
The Bukhangang Bike Path collides with the Hangang Path near Seoul. The mega-city’s extensive transportation tentacles give cyclists two terrific options to hop on and off the North Han River’s bike path:
Lugging around a full-size bike? Intercity buses are the transportation option in Korea… most of the time. On the Bukhangang Bike Path, trains have a slight advantage.
Two train lines offer the closest entry and exit points to cycling route’s start and finish lines.
Let’s look at each.
The Gyeongchun Line
The Gyeongchun Line (경춘선) connects Seoul and Chuncheon Station (춘천역). It hugs the northern two-thirds of the cycling route, between Chuncheon (춘천역) and Cheongpyeong (청평역) Stations, providing excellent access for bikers and their bikes.
Operating on the Seoul Subway Network, the line runs two types of trains:
First, let’s explore the best entry and exit points for bikers on the Gyeongchun Line.
Want to start the Bukhangang Bike Path in Chuncheon City? Compared to intercity buses, the Gyeongchun Line has a slight advantage.
Chuncheon Station, the line’s last station, loiters in downtown Chuncheon. A ride to Sinmae Bridge Certification Center (신매대교인증센터), the cycling route’s start line, weaves 8.2 kilometers and 30 minutes through city streets and along the riverside (directions).
Want to use the Gyeongchun Line to get home? Maseok Station (마석역) is the closest to the end of the cycling route, marked by the Balgeun Gwangjang Certification Center (밝은광장인증센터). However, it lies 20.2 kilometers away from (directions).
Too far? Check out the Gyeongui–Jungang Line. Its stations sit meters away from the finish line. Not kilometers.
Gyeongchun Commuter Trains
Commuter trains (수도권전철경춘선) run by the Seoul Subway System are the most common on the Gyeongchun Line. They run from either Cheongnyangni (청량리역) or Sangbong (상봉역) Stations in northeast Seoul to Chuncheon Station (춘천역).
Each train stops at 24 stations along its route, creating a 1 hour and 40 minute journey from the start to the end of the line.
Commuter Train Bikes
Like other subway lines, these trains allow full-size bikes (road, MTB, hybrid) on weekends and public holidays. They also accept your greasy wheels between 10:00 and 16:00 on weekdays, unlike other Seoul subway lines.
“Cheongchun.” Funny name. It’s a portmanteau, created by slamming together “Gyeongchun” and “Chuncheon.”
What’s different about the ITX-Cheongchun?
- Commuter trains start in eastern Seoul at either Cheongnyangni or Sangbong Stations. ITX-Cheongchun trains begin at Yongsan Station (용산역), near the capital’s heart.
- ITX trains are faster, topping out at 180 km/h (112 mph), compared to the commuter train’s do-you-even-lift-bro’s 110 km/h (68 mph).
- Commuter trains stop at 24 stations on its way to Chuncheon. ITX trains pause at a maximum of 14 and minimum of 6 stations.
From the middle of Seoul, the ITX takes 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Chuncheon. If we time the ITX from the commuter train’s start in northeast Seoul, it takes only 58 minutes.
ITX-Cheongchun & Bikes
Because the ITX-Cheongchun is on Korail’s network, not on Seoul Subway’s system, passengers can’t scan transportation cards and hop on a train. They need to buy tickets.
Have a foldable bike? Just purchase a ticket at the station, collapse your wheels, then jump on the next train.
The ITX train’s first and last cars hold four bicycle seats, making eight per train.
When boarding, find a bike rack for your bike in an adjoining car and a cushioned seat for your full-size derrière in a normal passenger car.
- Yongsan Station (용산역) — Seoul (far off path)
- Oksu Station (옥수역) — Seoul (far off path)
- Wangsimni Station (왕십리역) — Seoul (far off path)
- Cheongnyangni Station (청량리역) — Seoul (far off path)
- Sangbong Station (상봉역) (No Weekends or Holidays) — Seoul (far off path)
- Toegyewon Station (퇴계원역) (No Weekends or Holidays) — Namyangju (far off path)
- Sareung Station (사릉역) (No Weekends or Holidays) — Namyangju (far off path)
- Pyeongnae Hopyeong Station (평내호평역) — Namyangju (far off path)
- Maseok Station (마석역) (No Weekends or Holidays) — Namyangju (far off path)
- Cheongpyeong Station (청평역) — Gapyeong — 370 m from the bike path
- Gapyeong Station (가평역) — Gapyeong — 540 m from the bike path
- Gangchon Station (강촌역) — Chuncheon — 2.2 km from the bike path
- Namchuncheon Station (남춘천역) — Downtown Chuncheon — 9.6 km from the bike path
- Chuncheon Station (춘천역) — Downtown Chuncheon — 11.3 km from the bike path
Like the Gyeongchun Line, Seoul Metro’s commuter trains operate on the Gyeongui–Jungang Line. But no ITX trains.
Want to get home after collecting the Bukhangang Bike Path’s last stamp? If you’re riding on a weekend or public holiday, the Gyeongui–Jungang Line lives right next to the finish line.
Not riding on the weekend or holiday? Can’t book train tickets? Intercity buses offer anytime, on-the-spot access to the Bukhangang Bike Path for you and your bike.
Though farther than rail stations, intercity terminals lie close to the cycling route’s start, end, and middle sections.
Two intercity bus terminals dwell at the bottom of downtown Chuncheon. Sharing a city block with a supermarket, each lives in separate buildings 300 meters apart.
How far is the Bukhangang Bike Path’s start? From the bus terminal’s parking lot, cycle 11.5 kilometers and 43 minutes through city streets, along the riverside, and across two bridges to the Sinmae Bridge Certification Center (신매대교인증센터; directions).
Chuncheon City is Gangwon Province’s capital. Its intercity terminal acts as a hub for provincial cities and towns. Buses from Chuncheon also flow to Gyeonggi Province and the nation’s metropolitan cities (timetable).
The express terminal offers more limited but speedy service to Seoul, Daegu, and Gwangju (timetable).
Hanam’s terminal is small. It only offers nine routes, including Incheon, Daejeon, Gangneung, Cheongju, and more (timetable).
Notice something? No Seoul. Hanam is a satellite town, just east of Seoul. Some of the capital’s city buses and subway lines reach Hanam, making intercity buses a smidge redundant.
Hanam City’s tiny terminal doesn’t work for you. Here are three alternatives from the Balgeun Gwangjang Certification Center:
- Cycle 22.8 kilometers east to the slightly larger Yangpyeong Intercity Bus Terminal (timetable; directions).
- Ride 30.6 kilometers west to Dong (East) Seoul Bus Terminal, the nation’s largest (intercity timetable; express timetable; directions).
Two smaller intercity bus terminals lie in the middle of the Bukhangang Bike Path. Each lies less than a kilometer from the cycling route.
- Gapyeong Bus Terminal (가평터미널) sits a third of the way down from Chuncheon. It connects with Seoul, Incheon, and cities and counties in Gyeonggi and Gangwon Provinces (timetable).
- Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal (청평터미널) hangs two-thirds of the way down from Chuncheon. Like Gapyeong’s terminal, buses run to Seoul, Incheon, and settlements in Gyeonggi and Gangwon Provinces (timetable).