Ski Purple Bus from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort Pyeongchang

If you are in Seoul from late November to early March, don't miss the opportunity to experience skiing and snowboarding at Korean's favourite slopes at Alpensia Resort. Alpensia Resort is about 3 hours plus of driving from Seoul but take it easy. There is a comfortable shuttle bus service named "Ski Purple Bus" that can take you from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort, but make sure you BOOK IN ADVANCE.
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HOW TO TAKE THE SKI PURPLE BUS TO ALPENSIA RESORT FROM MYEONGDONG SEOUL?

Ski Purple Bus to Alpensia Resort picks up passengers right in front of Prince Hotel, Myeongdong, Seoul, which is located just 20 meters from EXIT 2 of Myeongdong Subway Station (Line 4 of Seoul Metropolitan Subway). The location map of this bus stop for Ski Purple Bus is shown below.

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[CLICK TO ENLARGE] Location map of Prince Hotel Near EXIT 2 of Myeongdong Subway Station where you can take bus to Alpensia Resort. 

Wait for Ski Purple Bus to Alpensia Resort in front of Hotel Prince in Myeongdong, Seoul. 
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BUS SCHEDULE / TIMETABLE FROM MYEONGDONG SEOUL TO ALPENSIA SKI RESORT

There is only one bus trip daily to Alpensia Resort from Seoul. If you are boarding the bus at Myeongdong, the departure time is 7:55AM in front of Hotel Prince. Make sure you are there 10 minutes before departure time to be safe. If you miss the bus, the next pick up point is Dongdaemun Gate at 8:15AM. The last pick up point is Sports Complex Station at 9:00AM. After Sports Complex Station, the bus will be on express non-stop trip to Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang. The Whole journey is about 3 hours plus but it is worth it once you arrive at the beautiful Alpensia Resort to enjoy skiing and snowboarding. For your information, the bus will stop at the Welcome center of the Alpensia Hotel Resort upon reaching its destination.
For returning trip to Myeongdong, you can use the same bus service. There are two bus trips daily from Alpensia Resort back to Myeongdong Seoul. The first bus trip departs at 12:30PM from the bus Stop at Welcome center of the Alpensia Hotel Resort. The second and last bus trip returning to Myeongdong departs at 4:30PM also from the Welcome center of the Alpensia Hotel Resort. If you miss the 4:30PM bus, you will have to stay overnight at Alpensia Resort. The best choice of accommodation here will be Holiday Inn Resort Alpensia Pyeongchang
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BUS TICKET FARE TO ALPENSIA RESORT FROM MYEONGDONG SEOUL

The one way bus ticket from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort cost US$19 for adult and US$16 for child below 12 years old (free for baby below 24 months). For return tickets (round trip) from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort and back to Myeondong or any stop in Seoul, the bus ticket fare is USD34 for adult and USD28 for child. Therefore, it is more worth it to buy the round trip with return ticket because you can save USD4.
It is important to note that upon arrival at Alpensia, you can buy the day pass Ski Lift Pass at USD$46 per person which include the gondola. On the other hand, ski gears like ski, pole and boots can be rented at the rate of US$19 per person. If you go in a group, you can get ski coaching lesson at USD200 per group. 
Since there is only one trip a day from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort, you must book your bus seat no later than 7 days before your trip via the Ski Purple Bus website. Payment can be done via Credit Card (Paypal) or wire transfer. Upon confirmation, you will be given a BAR CODE for your booking which you must show to the driver to take the bus. Booking less than 7 days before the bus trip to Alpensia Resort can still be done by calling the Ski Purple Bus call center at +82-2-335-5889. The cut off time of booking is 5:00PM the day before the bus trip. 
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How to go to Alpensia Resort Pyeongchang from Myeongdong Seoul

In summary, you just need to book yourself a Ski Purple Bus ticket for a bus trip from Prince Hotel Myeongdong, Seoul to Alpensia Resort in Pyeongchang. Advance booking via website or phone call is required. Buy the round trip ticket to Myeongdong to get discount. If the shuttle bus from Myeongdong Seoul to Alpensia Resort is too expensive for your family, you may consider Vivaldi Park Ski World which provide free shuttle bus from Myeongdong. 

13 comments:

  1. Hi Chicken Share,

    Good evening to you. I would like to know if there is any bus directly from Gimpo Airport to Alpensia and do I need to make reservation in advance. Beside Ski Purple Bus is there any other bus from Alpensia to Skypark Myeongdong Hotel?

    Thank you in advance.

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    1. Hi Pilot0612,
      Yes, you can take Gangneung Bus from Gimpo Airport to Alpensia. The bus starts at Incheon Airport and will stop over at Gimpo Airport to pick up passengers before going to Alpensia resort. Ski Purple bus will bring you from Alpensia to Myeongdong station which is very near to Skypark Myeongdong Hotel. There may be some private tour bus going from Alpensia to Seoul but I am not sure if they stop in Myeongdong.

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  2. Hi Chicken Share
    I will be coming to seoul in late march next year. I'm just wondering if it is possible to ski during that time. Is it still open for ski during that time?
    Thank you ^_^

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    1. hello 새 라 이
      It depends on the winter season this time but normally it is until early march. The ski resorts will normally announce on the website when the ski and snowboarding season ended.

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  3. Hi Chicken Share

    I am traveling from Gimpo Airport to Alpensia, it there a shuttle bus direct from Gimpo Airport to Alpensia? How much does it costs, do I need to make a reservation in advance?

    Thank you for your assistance.

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  4. Hi Chicken Share,

    I am visiting Alpensia in early December.

    Do I need to make reservation of ski lift and gear or ski lesson in advance? Can I purchase on the spot?

    Thank you
    Michelle

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  5. Hi Chicken Share,

    My group will visit Alpensia in Jan 2017 & reserved rooms at Casaville Sinchon Residence for a night before going to Alpensia . Is this hotel near to the Ski Purplr bus pick up point? Please advise.

    Thanks
    Elinor

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    1. Hello Elinor,
      Yes, you can board the the Purple Ski Bus to Alpensia at Sinchon Station near Casaville Sinchon Residence. Enjoy skiing and snowboarding in Alpensia Pyeongchang!

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  6. I cannot find the bus line that stop at myeongdong on the Ski Purple bus website. Which line should I book? There isn't any myeongdong <-> alpensia bus line there. please assist.

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    1. Hello C,
      It is SA Line 5, Myeongdong Station. Make sure you click on "Alpensia" on the left menu. Otherwise you will only see the schedule for Yong Pyong Resort.

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  7. hi chicken share

    if i am from seoul station where can i take the bus going to alpensia holiday inn hotel

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    1. Yes, you can take purple ski bus from Seoul Station to Alplensia resort. SA LINE5 shuttle bus will stop at Seoul Station at 7:55am daily. Advance booking is required. You can make booking for your bus trip to Alpensia here h t t p : / / www . purpleskibus . com .

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  8. Hi Chicken Share,
    My group of 4 plans to stay in Alpensia or Yongpyong for skiing in 01 day. The day after, we love to visit Seoraksan but so far we could not find any bus to there. Would you kindly advise how to reach Seoraksan from Alpensia/Yongpyong. Many thanks.

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