How to Get There
The Gangwon (East Coast) Bike Path slithers through resort cities and port towns on Gangwon Province’s shores. While their train stations don’t accept bikes, their wide reaching intercity bus terminals do.
There’s just one way to get to the Gangwon Bike Path with your bike: Intercity buses. (Unless you undertake an epic cycle or own your own car.)
The largest cities on Gangwon Province’s coast lie midway up. Not near the start or finish lines. Therefore, you may need to make connections to get to your final destination.
The start of Gangwon Bike Path? It’s complicated.
Technically, the Gyeongbuk and Gangwon Bike Paths don’t meet. Route engineers are still piecing together the route between the Uljin Sweet Fish Bridge Certification Center, Gyeongbuk Bike Path’s finish line, and Imwon Certification Center, Gangwon Bike Path’s start line.
What can you do about the bike route gap? Two options.
Skip the Gap
Want to begin the Gangwon Bike Path on the Gangwon Bike Path? The closest bus station is:
The Imwon Terminal lies less than two kilometers from the Imwon Certification Center (directions), the start line. However, the terminal is fun-sized. Just connecting stop for short-hop, regional buses.
Arriving from off the coast? Connect with the Imwon Terminal at one of these terminals:
Skip the Gap to Gangwon Bike Path
Cycling north on the East Coast Route? Did you collect the last Gyeongbuk Bike Path stamp in Uljin? Want to skip the gap and ride the Gangwon Bike Path?
Head to the Uljin Bus Terminal (울진종합버스터미널). It doesn’t run buses to the Imwon Bus Terminal. But between 8 AM and 11 PM, it sends six buses to Hosan Bus Stop (호산버스정류장), 6.7 kilometers south of the Imwon Certification Center (directions).
Cycle the Gap
Maybe the bus timetables don’t line up with your schedule. Or, you’d like to conquer every inch of the East Coast. Then cycle the gap between the Gyeongbuk to Gangwon Bike Paths.
The gap is officially a break in the cycling route. But it looks like any other east coast biking section: coastal roads. A handful of hills. Beaches. Port towns.
Plus, it’ll spritz that sweet completionist musk around your neck.
Five of the 13 buses offer nonstop service to Seoul. The others also head to the capital, but make a handful of stops along the way, picking up passengers as they carve inland (timetable).
Total travel time? 3 to 3.5 hours.
Not heading to Seoul? Dong Seoul Terminal is a terrific pivot point, sending buses to the farthest reaches of Korea at all hours.
(Want to start the Gangwon Bike Path at the DMZ? Dong Seoul Bus Terminal sends nine buses a day to Daejin Bus Terminal between 7 AM and 7 PM; timetable.)
Gangwon Bus Terminals
- Uljin Bus Terminal — (울진종합버스터미널) — Start
- Bugu Bus Terminal — (부구터미널) — Start
- Hosan Bus Stop — (호산버스정류장) — Start
- Imwon Bus Terminal — (임원시외버스터미널) — Start
- Samcheok Intercity Bus Terminal — (삼척종합버스터미널)
- Samcheok Express Bus Terminal — (삼척고속버스터미널)
- Donghae Bus Terminal — (동해시종합버스터미널)
- Gangneung Intercity Bus Terminal — (강릉시외버스터미널)
- Gangneung Express Bus Terminal — (강릉고속버스터미널)
- Jumunjin Bus Terminal — (주문진버스종합터미널)
- Yangyang Bus Terminal — (양양시외종합터미널)
- Sokcho Express Bus Terminal — (속초고속버스터미널)
- Sokcho Intercity Bus Terminal — (속초시외버스터미널)
- Ganseong Bus Terminal — (간성시외버스터미널)
- Geojin Bus Terminal — (거진종합버스터미널)
- Daejin Bus Terminal — (대진시외버스터미널) — End
Gangneung, Donghae, Sokcho, and Samcheok Cities, the largest along Gangwon’s coast, offer entry, exit, or connection hubs. Let’s glance at their intercity bus terminals.
Gangneung is Gangwon Province’s largest coastal city. Sitting midway up the bike path, its terminals provide the most routes and connecting buses to shoreside settlements.
The express and intercity terminal aren’t in the same building. But they share a courtyard.
Gangneung Intercity Bus Terminal’s buses visit every metro city and province, other than Jeju. Local buses frequent coastal destinations, like Imwon Bus Terminal, Gangwon Bike Path’s start (timetable).
Donghae & Samcheok Cities
The downtowns of Donghae and Samcheok Cities press near the bottom of the Gangwon Bike Path. Only 14 kilometers separate their intercity bus terminals (directions).
Perhaps because of their proximity, Donghae’s single jonghap (종합; combined) terminal supplies far more routes than Samcheok’s express and intercity terminals put together.
Intercity buses from Donghae visit Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, and surrounding provinces (timetable). Useful bike path connections include Imwon (Gangwon Bike Path’s start), Yeongdeok (Gyeongbuk Bike Path’s start), Uljin (Gyeongbuk’s end).
Express buses run to the same cities as the intercity terminal. A handful of buses filter to Gyeonggi, Gangwon, and North Gyeongsan Provinces (timetable).
Samcheok’s intercity and express terminals live in separate buildings. But only a sidewalk separates them.
The Gangwon Bike Path’s first terminal is in Samcheok. However, it lies 37.7 kilometers from the first certification center (directions).
Northern Sokcho is the last big city before the DMZ. A popular resort town along the coast, it holds two separate express and intercity terminals.
The terminals don’t live on the same block. They’re separated by 3.4 kilometers or a 15 minute bike ride (directions).
Sokcho’s express terminal sends non stop buses to Seoul and Incheon (timetable).