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Andong is north of Deagu and there is no real express connection from either Seoul or from Busan. Most frequent and express connections are through Daegu. Therefore I have to say, it is not really that convenient from either.
To/From Seoul - you can find a direct bus between Andong and Seoul (I believe from Dong-Seoul station). It goes perpendicular to the mountain ranges, so it may look shorter on a map, but takes a while.
To/From Busan - you will have to transfer in Deagu.
From either Busan or Seoul by train, you will have to transfer Dong-Deagu.
Buses are more frequent and cheaper, but you cannot get up and walk around to stretch your legs. Train schedules are a bit more limited, but are more comfortable than the bus.
Written Feb 3, 2012
The Express bus terminal is no longer downtown but now located in the western part of the city. To get downtown you will need to take a taxi or a local bus. Buses #1 and #2 go to the train station, and take about 20-30 minutes, 1200 won.
Updated Apr 15, 2011
There are three ways to arrive in Andong really . . .you can rent a car and drive here (though only a suicidal fool would try that method), take a bus, or a train. Both the bus and train terminal for Andong are on the same street, central to downtown and just north of the river. Buses are usually faster and only slightly more expensive, and go more places. On some occasions though, especially holidays when the roads to major cities like Seoul get clogged (BEWARE NEW YEAR, CHUSEOK, AND CHILDREN'S DAY!) the train is a good alternative. Train tickets between Andong and Seoul are about 10-20,000 won depending on type of train and takes about 4 hours, while buses are 15,000 (deluxe class only) and theoretically take 2.5 hours. Usually the ride is closer to 3 hours long, and can take as much as 4 or 5 hours if there's heavy traffic. Finally, while transportation on north-south lines in Korea is very good, east-west is a little more difficult. Going from Seoul to Pusan isn't hard at all, but try to get from Gyeongbuk to Jollabuk can take all day! Finally, most bus transportation to Andong goes through Daegu. Daegu is an evil transportation nightmare with multiple intercity bus terminals. Buses to Andong leave from Dong Daegu (NOT Dongbu!) and Bukbu Bus Terminals.
Updated Jan 3, 2004
. . .when you can pay 800 won for a ride just as thrilling on the Andong city buses?^^ They seem to hire former Nascar drivers to sit behind the wheels of these aging metal monsters. There doesn't seem to be a fixed timetable for them, but most of them will swing by every twenty minutes or so. It's easy to get from most places in town to the downtown, but getting from one place on the outskirts to another place outside of the center will sometimes take a transfer . . .or two. Stops on the route are listed on the front and side of the bus, but only in hangul.
Updated Mar 11, 2003
There is also a train going from Seoul to Andong.
But there is only one direct train a day as far as I know.
Written Oct 20, 2003