Planning a Trip
Located at the end of the Gyeongchun rail line, it connects the city to Cheongnyangni Station in Seoul (which you can access via Seoul subway, line 1). It costs about W5,500 ($5.90/£2.95) to take the train from Seoul to Chuncheon Station, 190, Geunhoe-dong, Chuncheon-si (tel. 033/255-6550) or Namchuncheon Station, 366, Toegye-dong, Chuncheon-si (tel. 033/257-7022). Trains run every hour and take about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
You can also take a bus from Seoul's Express Bus Terminal or the Sangbong Terminal to the Chuncheon Bus Terminal. Buses take about 90 minutes. From Incheon Airport, you can catch a bus directly to Chuncheon. Wait for the bus at platform 8A. Buses cost about W13,700 ($15/£7.35). There are also buses available from Yangyang and Heongseong (Wonju) airports.
Driving to Chuncheon, the city is the northern end of the Jungang Expressway (road 55) which runs through Wonju and continues down south to Busan.
There are two train stations in town: Chuncheon Station, which is the end of the Gyeongchun Line, and Namchuncheon Station (formerly called Seongsan Station), which is the main station and located about 2km (1 1/4 miles) from the city center. There are no buses that run to the town center from the Namchuncheon station, so you'll have to take a taxi or walk (30 min.). The Express Bus Terminal and the Intercity Bus Terminal are in the same place near the city center. Most of the city is concentrated around the shoreline of the lake.
There is a tourist information center (tel. 033/255-3896; www.chuncheon.go.kr) near the bus terminal. Open daily 9am to 6pm, the English-speaking staff will provide maps and brochures of the city and all of Gangwon-do. There is also free Internet access. Smaller tourist information booths are near Uiam Lake and in front of Chaum Beach, which are also open daily from 9am to 6pm. The city's official website is www.chuncheon.go.kr.
Banks, Foreign Exchange & ATMs -- Most of the major banks in the city are located in the downtown area. The Korea Exchange Bank, 655, Hyeoja 2-dong, Chuncheon-si (tel. 033/252-2407), is located a little ways from the main post office. Most banks are open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm. A few banks have limited Saturday hours.