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Using the 20-Bus from Humphreys to Pyeongtaek

I’m so happy, I finally did it! I made 20-Bus maps.Why did I make these maps? I’ve been here a year and I had no idea you could get to the Three Story Daiso or Lotte Mart from the 20-Bus until a month ago. Why didn’t I know that? Cause I’m lazy and I wait until I can get the car from the husband and drive there instead. But the 20-Bus is your ticket to everywhere and you don’t have to worry about parking.

20-bus humphreys pyeongtaek hours

According to Naver Maps, the hours for the 20-Bus as of May, 2017 are 0500-2300 every day.

I don’t like that everyone has to re-invent the wheel when they move here. I like online resources, I like doing research beforehand and everything I’ve used in the past got me lost in a back alley somewhere. So here you go, another installment to make your life easier!

I Love your Maps but why isn’t my Favorite Restaurant on it?

These maps are the beginner’s guides to exploring Korea. The first questions I see when new people arrive are:

“What’s the Waze ID for Lotte Mart/ 3-story Daiso/ AK Plaza?”

“How do I ride the 20-Bus to AK?”

“Is the 5 fingers my Right hand or my Left?”

If the maps are missing something you want to find, have a friend mark it down for you. When you are ready to go, email them to yourself for quick reference or print them out and fold them into your wallet.

When you are feeling adventurous, Google “How to use Naver Maps for the bus” and learn how to get through the Korean GPS Smart Phone apps to get to new destinations.

Can I share these maps with my FRG/ Best Friends/ Facebook Group?

Yes! Please share and print these to your hearts desire. If you are sharing them with a larger group of people, such as an organization or FRG, please send me a message first at sigflipsthetable@gmail.com or comment here.

How and Where do I get a T-Money Card?

Just like trash bags, traffic tickets and electric bills, your local convenience store is your one stop location for T-Money cards. T-Money cards can be used for the bus, subways and to pay your taxi fare.

Step 1: Buy a T-Money Card at a convenience store.

T-Money Card Kakao Friends

2,000 won more for Kakao Friends? Yes, please.

There will be a T-Money sticker on the outside of stores where you can purchase one. Cards cost around 3,000 won unless you want to pay a little more for a fancy Kakao friends card. Check your balance at at an electronic station at the bus stop and get it recharged at a T-Money terminal or a convenience store.

Kids and seniors get a discount so bring them with you when buying their cards. When they get on the bus and swipe their card, there will be a beeping sound indicating that the driver should look over and make sure it’s a kid or senior using that card.

Step 2: Charge the damn card.

“Sig, why are you cursing?” Did you ever feel like that kid in class who didn’t get why everyone was laughing and you find out the joke is on you? After you buy a card you have to charge it. That’s right, it comes with a zero balance. I don’t know why I didn’t figure this out after the first 2-3 times I got on a bus with an error. I thought all T-Money cards came with a starting balance.

It’s safe to start with 10,000-20,000 won on your first card and about half that for kids.

Here’s the Maps!

I have three 20-Bus maps available. There are other buses that go to AK Plaza from Paengseong but the most well known is the 20. It’s the most reliable because there are multiple 20-buses so the wait time is on average 15-30 minutes. Click each map for full resolution.

20 bus humphreys paengseong aka plaza

20-Bus from Humphreys to the Bust Depot

20 bus humphreys paengseong aka plaza

AK Plaza and the Five Fingers

20 bus humphreys paengseong aka plaza

20-Bus Loop in Paengseong

~Sig

Updated May 22, 2017 – Added updated maps.

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  1. Sara

    Thanks Sieg!! I will use this to venture out a bit more on Bus 20!

    1. Sig

      Thank you Sara! I hope it helps 🙂

  2. Debbie

    Great maps and information provided. I have never seen this explain so thoroughly! You are really good at this.

    1. Sig

      Thank you Debbie!

  3. Delilah

    Awesome. I’m in the middle of making an adventure book with travel instructions!!!

    1. Sig

      I’m intrigued!

  4. Kristie

    When I’m going to Camp Humphreys from Pyeongtaek Train Station, I see that I use the stop in front of McDonald’s. How do I know if the bus is going the right direction or does it matter?

    1. Sig

      It is very easy because there is only one stop in front of McDonalds, no stop on the opposite side of the road. This McDonald’s bus stop does accommodate other numbered buses so just wait for the 20. Remember, the 20-1 or other similar numbers are not the same bus. You want to get on the 20 only. Hope this helps!

      ~Sig

  5. Kristie

    I just want to make sure I’m getting on the one headed to Humphreys and not the one that just came from there. But the route is a circle right? So even I get on the one going away from base, I’ll eventually get there, it will just take longer?

    1. Sig

      No, when you look at the 20 bus route for all of Pyeongtaek it ends at the bus depot about an hour bus ride away from Humphreys. You HAVE to get off the bus when you get to the depot and get back on another 20 bus to go back. If you look closely at the 20bus map for AK Plaza, there are arrows pointing in the direction that the bus goes. Get on any bus stop that is heading back towards Humphreys (west) and you’ll get home. The one in front of McDonalds is the easiest to walk to and figure out because there is only one bus stop there.

      ~Sig

  6. LML

    Thank you Sig! Your site is by far the most helpful I’ve come across as we prepare to PCS to Korea in 2018. Please keep the posts coming on anything and everything you learn. Again, thank you so much for taking the time to teach others.

    1. Sig

      Thank you for the kind words! It’s what keeps me going 🙂
      I have a whole list of posts I am working on so stay tuned.

  7. Sean

    This is awesome, the only question I have is: what are the beginning and end times?

    1. Sig

      According to Naver Maps, the 20 bus from K6 to the bus depot runs from 0500 to 2300. That’s a great question, I’m going to update the post with the answer now.

  8. Faith

    Thanks. This is very helpful.

    1. Sig

      No problem, Faith. 🙂

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