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How to Get There

Ocheon Bike Path
Cruise five streams beneath towering peaks.

How do you get you and your two wheels to the Ocheon Bicycle Path? It’s harder than most.

Well, that’s only half true. The finish line dwells near Sejong City and its bus and train terminals. But its start line in Goesan County offers two bitter pills: hills or distance.

Here are your transportation options.

Intercity Bus

Intercity bus terminals offer cyclists and their bikes the most hop on and off points along the Ocheon Bike Path.

The settlement at the end of the cycling route provides a large, nearby terminal. However, Ocheon’s opening village lacks bus access. 

Let’s learn more.

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

The Haengchon Crossroads Certification Center (행촌교차로 인증센터) in Goesan County’s Yeonpung Village (연풍면) marks the start line of the Ocheon Bike Path.

The sleepy village lists an intercity bus stop near its town hall. However, a thorough web scraping for its timetable bears no fruit. Service may be temporary or permanently suspended.

Yeonpung sits in a valley along the Saejae Bike Path, between the Sojo (소조령; 380 m) and Ihwa (이화령; 539 m) Passes, two of the most arduous climbs on Korea’s certification paths.

Three not-so-ideal intercity drop-offs offer the nearest access to the starting point. Each offer unique challenges to reach start line.

Let’s take a closer look.

Suanbo Intercity Bus Stop

Suanbo Township (수안보면) lives northwest of Yeonpung, Ocheon’s start line, on the Saejae Bike Path. The Sojo Pass (소조령) separates the tiny towns.

This quaint resort town boasts the quainter Suanbo Intercity Bus Stop (수안보시외버스터미널), which is the most convenient access point for the Ocheon Bike Path.

Only a handful of intercity terminals feed buses into Suanbo’s bus stop.

From the Suanbo to the start of the Ocheon Bike Path in Yeonpung travels, you’ll need to cycle 12.6 kilometers (directions) and climb the Sojo Pass, which peaks at 380 meters.

But because Suanbo is 197 meters above sea level, you only need to ascend 183 meters of the high pass.

Mungyeong Bus Terminal

Southeast of Yeonpung Towns hangs Mungyeong Town (​​문경읍), the second largest settlement in the Mungyeong City (문경시).

Mungyeong Bus Terminal (문경버스터미널) accepts buses from Seoul, Incheon, Busan, North Gyeongsang Province (timetable), much more than Suanbo. But it lies south of the mightest climb among all certification bike paths: the Ihwa Pass.

The route from the bus station to Yeonpung runs 14.4 kilometers and ascends 377 meters to a 539 meter peak (directions).

Compared to a Suanbo start, you’ll cycle two more kilometers and climb 200 more meters of switchback incline.

Goesan Intercity Bus Terminal

Want to avoid. Start at the Goesan Intercity Bus Terminal (괴산시외버스공용터미널) in Goesan County (괴산군).

Like Suanbo, the terminal is tiny. It accepts buses from a few cities:

No hills? What’s the tradeoff? Distance.

The Geosan Terminal sits a third of the way down the Ocheon Bike Path. A one-way trip to Goesan runs 26.9 kilometers (directions). Double that distance on the return, what do you get? 54.1 kilometers (directions).

But, hey. No mighty passes.

The End

Sejong Bus Terminal (세종고속시외버스터미널) lives on the south side of the Geum River in Sejong City, only an 8.1 kilometers cycle from Hapgang Park Certification Center (합강공원 인증센터), the Ocheon Bike Path’s finish line (directions).

The terminal includes both express and intercity buses, each with different routes.

The express routes roll nonstop to Seoul, Incheon, Gwangju, and districts in Gyeonggi, and North and South Chungcheong Province (timetable).

Intercity buses drive to the same cities, plus smaller settlements in South Chungcheong and more provinces (timetable).

The Middle

Between the start and finish lines, the Ocheon Bike Path passes a city and a pocket full of pocket-sized settlements, each with their own intercity terminal.

Pocket-Sized Settlements

The first three downtown’s along the cycling route offer small intercity terminals.

  • Goesan County
  • Jeungpyeong County
  • Jochiwon Town (a town in Sejong City’s borders)

Goesan Intercity Bus Terminal (괴산시외버스공용터미널) is the smallest along the route. An express bus drives to Seoul, while local buses visit Cheongju, Jeungpyeong, Suanbo, Chungju, and more (timetable).

West of Goesan, Jeungpyeong Intercity Bus Terminal (증평시외버스터미널) operates more routes. Express buses drive to Seoul, Incheon, Daejeon, and Gwangju (timetable). Intercity buses hit the same metro cities, plus North Chungcheong and Gyeonggi and more provinces (timetable).

Sejong City absorbed Jochiwon Town upon its founding in 2012. Isolated in the city’s northeast near the end of the Ocheon Bike Path, Jochiwon Bus Terminal (조치원터미널) offers limited service to Seoul, Cheongju, Sejong, Gongju, and Buyeo along the Geumgang Bike Path.

Cheongju

Cheongju City is the capital of North Gyeongsang Province. The bottom third of the Ocheon Bike Path skims the northern edge of its downtown.

Cheongju’s main intercity and express terminals don’t lie near the bike path. However, a few bus stops sit near cycling route:

Ocheon Bus Terminals

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.

Trains

Want to ride the rails? Trains ride to the Ocheon Bike Path. But they only make one naearby stop:

Gyeongbu Line (경부선), which travels from Seoul (서울역) to Busan (부산역) Stations, passes through Jochiwon Station in an isolated outpost in Sejong City’s northeast.

Jochiwon station hums 3.7 kilometers from the bike path (directions) and 12.5 kilometers from the bike path’s finish line (directions).

The Honam and Joella Lines, which lead to Mokpo and Yeosu Cities, share the same rails as the Gyeongbu Line until Daejeon Station (대전역). They also land in Jochiwon Station.

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.