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How to Get There

Geumgang Bike Path
Unearth Korea's lesser known historic treasures along the Geum River.

The Geumgang Bike Path begins (or ends) in Daejeon Metropolitan City. Though equipped with subways, intercity bus terminals, and train stations, getting to the start line requires planning and pedaling.

Here are your transportation options to get you and your bicycle to the Geumgang Bike Path:

Intercity Bus

For most of Korea’s cycling routes, intercity bus terminals are cyclists’ best points of entry and exit. For the Geumgang Bike Path, that’s true for the finish line. Fast for the start.

A picture of an intercity bus with the luggage compartment open.
Pop your bike in the luggage compartment and hop on board the intercity bus.

The Start

Daecheong Dam Certification Center (대청댐인증센터) opens the Geumgang Bike Path. It lives near Daecheong Dam and Lake on the northwest border of Daejeon Metropolitan City (대전광역시).

This far-flung region wedges between three major cities: Daejeon, Cheongju, and Sejong. Over 20 kilometers separates their major bus terminals and the start line.

Let’s check them out. (Spoiler: trains are better.)

Sejong Bus Terminal

Perhaps the simplest option, the Sejong Bus Terminal (세종고속시외버스터미널) sits less than a kilometer from the Geumgang Bike Path. It accepts intercity (timetable) and express (timetable) buses from nearby metro cities and towns.

Though it is the closest to the cycling route, the terminal lies 36.6 kilometers downriver from the Daecheong Dam Certification Center (directions). So if you jaunt upriver to the first stamp, then cycle back down, you’re staring down a 71.2-kilometer round trip (directions).

The plus side? No navigating city streets. Only one crucial turn

Daejeon’s Bus Terminals

Daejeon Metropolitan City holds plenty of intercity bus terminals and stops within its borders. Most require a 20-plus-kilometer ride to Geumgang Bike Path’s start.

However, a series of major streams flow through the downtown area. All hold bike paths that bypass normal traffic, allowing cyclists to speed to the Geumgang River.

Here are some major intercity bus stops in Daejeon:

Cheongju Bus Terminals

A provincial capital, Cheongju City dwells north of the Geumgang’s start. But its southern border lies just across the river from the Daecheong Dam Certification Center.

Its terminals sit closer than Sejong City’s and handle more buses. However, city streets and boundless farm fields separate them from the bike path’s start.

Nevertheless, they can be useful drop-off points.

One advantage cycling from Cheongju: the Musim Stream’s (무심천). It holds a bike path that leads to empty farmer roads, ushering cycles south to the Geum River.

The End

Loads of useless terminals litter the bike path’s start. But only one intercity and one express bus terminal sit at the finish line.

Both terminals settle two blocks from each other in downtown Gunsan City near the Yellow Sea. The Geumgang Estuary Bank (금강하구둑 인증센터), the end of the Geumgang Bike Path, rests 7.2 kilometers away (directions).

Gunsan’s express buses visit Seoul and a highway transfer stop (timetable). Intercity buses also visit Seoul, Daejeong, and Gwangju. Local buses stop in South Chungcheong, Gyeonggi, and more provinces (timetable).

The Middle

Gongju City and Buyeo County form the two big population centers in the middle of the Geumgang Bike Path.

Gongju Bus Terminal (공주종합버스터미널) sends out intercity (timetable) and express buses (timetable) to metro cities and South Chungcheong Province settlements. It lies 800 meters from the bike path (directions). 

Buyeo Intercity Bus Terminal (부여시외버스터미널) only works with intercity buses, but offers similar service to Gongjo (timetable). It dwells 1.5 kilometers from the bike path (directions).

The Ganggyeong Intercity Bus Stop (강경시외버스터미널) is a tiny outpost near on the edge of Nonsan City, 900 meters from the bike path (directions). Only a few buses a day depart for downtown Nonsan and Daejeon.

Geumgang Bus Terminals

Subways

The Geumgang Bike Path passes Daejeon Metropolitan City (대전광역시). It’s single line subway system (Line 2 may arrive in 2027) travels east/west and doesn’t touch the Geumgang Bike Path.

Daejeon’s Metro System offers one useful route, however.

Daejeon Bus Terminal (대전복합버스터미널) and Daejeon Station (대전역), two major transportation hubs, sit near Line 1. From them, hop on a train at Daejeon Station (대전역1호선) and ride it to Banseok Station (반석역), the end of the line.

Here, find the start of North Star Road (북유성대로), a highway with 10 kilometers of solar-panel-topped bike path wedged in the middle, connecting Daejeon to Sejong.

Cycle up North Star Road 11.2 kilometers and you’ll roll onto the Geumgang Bike Path… near Sejong Bus Terminal (세종고속시외버스터미널), 36 kilometers from the start (directions).

Remember these rules when riding Daejeon’s Subway with your bike:

  • Line 1 allows full-size bicycles on weekends and public holidays.
  • On weekdays, outside of rush hour (7:00~10:00 & 16:00~17:30), you can bring your full-size bike onto Line 1.
  • Folding bikes can board at any hour.
A picture of a Busan subway train crossing over the bike path in the city of Yangsan along the Cross-Country bike path.
The Busan subway crosses over the bike path in the city of Yangsan along the Nakdonggang Bike Path and Cross-Country Route.

Trains

Only a handful of Korea’s trains allow regular bikes on board. And each designates between 4 to 8 total spots per train.

So why bother? The closest entry point to the start of the Geumgang Bike Path is a train station. Let’s look closer.

A picture of a mugunghwa train arriving at a station in South Korea.
Though limited and require reservations, trains offer an alternative way to get you and your bike to Korea's bike paths.

Sintanjin Station

As we explored earlier, Daecheong Dam, the first certification center, lies at the end of an isolated stretch of river. No subway stations. No intercity bus stops. Just one train station (and city buses) enables those without cars access to the area.

Sintanjin Station rests on the Gyeongbu Line (경부선), which travels from Seoul Station (서울역) to Busan Station (부산역).

It sits 7.5 kilometers from the Geumgang Bike Path’s start (directions); a 14 kilometer return (directions). That’s far closer than any intercity bus terminal.

Train Trials

Want to ride a train with your full-size bike (MTB, road, hybrid)? You’ll need to book a ticket that includes a bike cradle.

How? Download the Korail app or search their website. Find one of the select trains with bicycle seats and purchase it in advance.

Read our guide to the app here and check bike-friendly train timetables here.

  • Booking online or by using the app requires an ARC number or a kind Korean friend.
  • All bicycle tickets come with a seat for the human and a cradle for the bike in an adjoining train car. 
  • All trains accept folding bicycles. No special ticket. Just compact and stuff it in the luggage compartment.

Other Stations

Five train stations lie close to the Geumgang Bike Path. Let’s explore each.

  • Bugang Station (부강역) sits on the Gyeongbu Line north of Sintangjin Station near the start of the bike path. Farther than Sintanjin, it requires a 2.2-kilometer cycle to the bike path (directions). 
  • Sintanjin Station (신탄진역) sits on the Gyeongbu Line. As mentioned above, it’s the best option to get to the start of the bike path (directions).
  • Nonsan Station (논산역) is Honam Line station on the bottom third of the Geumgang Bike Path. Because it’s in downtown Nonsan, you’ll need to navigate 9.9 km of country roads to get to the bike path (directions).
  • Ganggyeong Station (강경역), on the Honam Line, rests only 1.1 kilometers from the Geumgang Bike Path. Though 35 kilometers away, it’s the best train station to get to or from the finish line (directions).
  • Hamyeol Station (함열역) uses the Honam Line. It’s the closest to the end of the bike path. But 8.6-kilometers of country roads lie between it and the bike path (directions).

At Daejeon Station (대전역) in downtown Daejeon, the Honam Line (호남선) splinters off from the Gyeongbu Line and continues southwest to Mokpo Station (목포역).