Seoul to expand night bus service later this month


The Seoul city government will expand night bus routes later this month, in line with the country’s gradual return to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said Tuesday.

Night bus routes operating from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. will increase from nine to 14, with 100 buses to run on the lines, up from 28 from now, according to the city government.

The N65 road, which currently connects Gaehwa-dong in western Seoul to Siheung-dong in southern Seoul, will also become longer and split into two – N51 and N64.

Four of the new roads — N51, N64, N72 and N75 — will open on April 18 and the other two — N32 and N34 — in May.

N51 will run 77.4 kilometers from Siheung-dong to Hagye-dong in northern Seoul; N64 from West Gangseo District to South Seocho District; N72 from Eunpyeong West District to Sinseol-dong in central Seoul; N75 from Eunpyeong to South Gwanak District; N32 from Songpa Southeast District to Sinseol-dong; and N34 from eastern Gangdong district to southern Gangnam district.

Night bus fees will remain at 2,150 won ($1.77) and daily passenger capacity will increase from 5,000 to 20,000 as service is expanded, the city government said. (Yonhap)

Melvin Z. Madore