How to Get There
The Nakdonggang Bike Path crosses several large cities and a bushel of rural counties. Each offers intercity bus terminals, train stations, and subway stops.
These four transportation methods will get you and your bike to the Nakdonggang Bike Path:
Like every other certification bike path in Korea, intercity buses provide the simplest way to get to the Nakdonggang Bike Path with your full-size bicycle (road, MTB, hybrid).
Let’s explore the useful terminals.
The Nakdonggang Bike Path begins in Andong City, 70 kilometers east of the Saejae Bike Path’s end.
Andong Bus Terminal (안동터미널) is the city’s main terminal. It’s intercity (timetable) and express (timetable) buses drive to most metropolitan cities and surrounding provinces. Because Andong is the capital of North Gyeongsang, a good portion of buses visit the province’s settlements.
Unlike other bus terminals in similar sized cities, Andong’s sits just outside of the downtown area, on the opposite side of Andong Dam, the Nakdonggang Bike Path’s start line.
Get to the Start
You have two options to grab this stamp if you just rode the Saejae Bike Path:
- Take a bus up the Nakdong River, then cycle downriver.
- Cycle upriver, then take a bus back.
- (Or go super-cyclist. Ride up to Andong and back on grit and power bars.)
The Nakdonggang Bike Path ends in Busan Metropolitan City. This sprawling city on Korea’s southwest tip boasts three useful intercity bus terminals.
Want to bike to the terminal from the finish line? You’ll need to conquer two hours, two hills, and 33 kilometers (directions).
Though far, Central Terminal runs buses to every metro city and province in Korea (timetable).
This terminal doesn’t offer a diversity of routes, however (timetable). Most buses visit the cities and towns in South Gyeongsang Province, which surround Busan. Only two morning buses run to Seoul. None visit any other metropolitan city.
The Beach Terminal
Because Busan spreads over a vast patch of territory, it holds a handful of small intercity stops, helping locals get to and from their isolated nooks.
- Each day, ten buses navigate to Dong (East) Seoul Bus Terminal and three head to Nam (South) Seoul Terminal.
The Nakdong River courses through several major cities during its run. In its midsection, find counties and cities with useful intercity bus terminals, including:
Like Busan, Daegu offers three intercity bus terminals. Each sits in the metro city’s downtown. However, the Nakdonggang Bike Path passes the western border of the city. Both a bike or subway ride costs about an hour.
Dongdaegu Bus Transfer Center
Daegu’s buses filter out to every metropolitan city. Most of the provincial routes focus on the North Gyeongsang settlements.
Daegu’s largest terminal sits the farthest from the bike path. To reach it, you can either:
The Other Two
Daegu’s other two bus terminals offer limited service to nearby provinces and select metro cities.
Daegu West Bus Terminal (대구서부정류장) sends many of its intercity buses southward to Busan, Ulsan, and Gwangju Metro cities. It also services a healthy selection of provinces, like South Gyeongsang, North and South Jeolla, and more (timetable).
Nakdonggang Bus Terminals
- Andong Bus Terminal — (안동터미널) — Start
- Gyeongbuk Bus Stop — (경북도청시외버스정류장)
- Sangju Bus Terminal — (상주종합버스터미널) — Cross-Country Start
- Gumi Bus Terminal — (구미종합터미널)
- Dongdaegu Bus Transfer Center — (동대구복합환승센터)
- Daegu West Bus Terminal — (대구서부정류장)
- Daegu North Bus Terminal — (대구북부시외버스터미널)
- Hyeonpung Bus Terminal — (현풍시외버스터미널)
- Namji Bus Terminal — (남지버스터미널)
- Yangsan Intercity Bus Terminal — (양산시외버스터미널)
- Busan West Bus Terminal — (부산서부시외버스터미널) — End
- Busan Central Bus Terminal — (부산종합버스터미널) — End
- Haeundae Intercity Bus Terminal — (해운대시외버스정류소)
Daegu Subway System
The Daegu Subway System offers three lines.
Line 1 and Line 2 cross the city east and west, and offer access to the city’s intercity bus terminals and train stations. Each allows full-size bicycles on weekends and public holidays. Riders may ride weekdays if they detach their wheels and hold their bikes securely.
Line 3 is a monorail that runs north and south. It does not allow full-size bikes any time. However, operators may allow you to ride with your bike’s wheels removed.
(Collapsed folding bikes may board any train any day of the week.)
Busan Subway System
- Line 1 offers a direct route from the end of the Nakdonggang Bike Path to Busan Central Bus Terminal (directions) and Busan Station (directions).
- A transfer from Line 1 to Line 2 will bring you to Haeundae Beach, Korea’s most popular sandy surface and home to Haeundae Intercity Bus Terminal (directions).
- Line 2 runs alongside the Nakdonggang Bike Path between Yangsan City’s Hopo Station (호포역) and Sasang Station (사상역) in Busan. Along this stretch, nine stations lie less than a kilometer from the bike path.
- Gumi Station (구미역) — 6.6 km from the bike path
- Waegwan Station (왜관역) — 800 m from the bike path
- Daegu Station (대구역) — 22.5 km from the bike path (subway access)
- Dong Daegu Station (동대구역) — 24.4 km from the bike path
- Miryang Station (밀양역) — 8.8 km from the bike path
- Samrangjin Station (삼랑진역) — 1.9 km from the bike path
- Mulgeum Station (물금역) — 1.0 km from the bike path
- Gupo Station (구포역) — 930 m from the bike path
- Busan Station (부산역) — 10.9 km from the bike path (subway access)
The Gyeongbu Line first intersects the bike path in Gumi City, about halfway through its run.
Like its bus terminals, the train stations in Daegu don’t land near the bike path. However, on weekends and holidays, the city’s subways can bring you closer to the cycling route.
Closer to Busan, the Gyeongbu Line mirrors the Nakdonggang Bike Path. Three train stations sit less than two kilometers away, including Samrangjin Station in Miryang City, Mulgeum Station near Yangsan City, and Gupo Station in Busan.
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.
Or, you can grab that final stamp, ride to the airport, disassemble your bike, and fly out the same day.
Heading somewhere else? The airport hosts a couple of intercity buses that flow into Busan and a handful of surrounding cities (timetable).