Osan Air Base is a hidden gem on the Space-A circuit. The culture, cuisine, shopping, and sites of South Korea rival major destinations around the world, plus the civilian airport is easily accessible from the base. Shuttle service from Osan AB to Seoul (the capital of South Korea) is inexpensive and convenient, making a hop to Osan a cheap and easy way to start your adventures in Asia.
Whether Korea is your destination, or you’re just passing through, here’s what you need to know about flying Space-A to Osan AB, South Korea.
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1. Most flights to and from Osan are via bases in the Pacific and the western United States.
Osan has regular flights to and from several Pacific bases: Yokota AB (Japan); Misawa AB (Japan); Kadena AB (Okinawa, Japan); and JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam (Hawaii).
Osan also has flights to and from Seattle-Tacoma International (Washington), Travis AFB (California), and, less frequently, JB Elmendorf-Richardson (Alaska).
2. Osan Air Base is on the Patriot Express route originating at Seattle-Tacoma International airport.
There are two Patriot Express routes that fly to Osan Air Base.
The first departs Seattle on Sundays and Osan on Tuesdays. The route is: Seattle > Misawa > Osan > Misawa > Seattle.
The other Patriot Express route departs Seattle on Tuesdays and Osan on Thursdays. The route is: Seattle > Yokota > Osan > Yokota > Seattle.
3. Korean customs agents stamp your passport at the Osan AB terminal.
Osan AB makes passing through customs a breeze. The Korean customs agent is located in the passenger terminal, and it takes only a few minutes to get your documents stamped and processed for entry into Korea.
4. Osan has an Air Force Inn called Turumi Lodge.
Turumi Lodge is a 10- to 15-minute walk from the Osan passenger terminal. It’s also only a few minutes from the Base Exchange, food court, movie theater, and other base facilities.
Turumi Lodge offers standard rooms, business suites, and Temporary Lodging Facilities (TLFs). They also have free laundry facilities, a cardio fitness room, a coffee shop, and a 24/7 Shoppette.
If lodging is not available at Turumi Lodge, the Osan AMC Gram lists several hotels in the area. Research hotels and find the best deals online. The closest hotels to the base are near Songtan Station.
There are also many reasonably-priced Airbnb rentals near Osan AB, some of which are significantly cheaper than the local hotels (and Turumi Lodge).
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5. Osan has shuttles to other military facilities in Korea and to Seoul Incheon airport.
The bus between Osan AB and Incheon Airport stops at the Turumi Lodge and at the Information, Tickets, and Travel (ITT) office. It runs three times per day, and tickets are $15/pp for leisure travelers. You can buy tickets at ITT or pay the driver in U.S. dollars. Here is the full schedule to and from Incheon.
You can also travel to downtown Seoul by taking the shuttle to Yongsan Garrison, which is in the middle of the city. The shuttle runs 6 times per day and costs $6.80. This shuttle also services Camp Humphreys.
6. Trains and taxis are inexpensive.
You will find that cabs in Korea are clean, efficient, and very cheap. The base fare is generally around $3.
The Songtan subway station is also very close to Osan AB, and from there, you can travel to downtown Seoul in about an hour for less than $10 per person. Use Rome2Rio to plan your trip.
7. Consider flying Space-A to Osan if your final destination is Japan.
Seoul Incheon airport is very close to Japan, and it is easy to find cheap one-way commercial flights to many Japanese cities. The shuttle from Osan makes it easy and convenient to get to Incheon.
If Japan is your destination, and the first Space-A flight you can get is to Osan, take it! It could prove to be less expensive than paying for lodging while waiting for a Space-A flight to Japan.
Also, if you want to visit cities that are not close to one of the air bases in Japan, flying there directly from Seoul may be cheaper than taking the Japanese trains.
Ready to fly Space-A to Korea?
A military hop to Osan AB is the perfect way to explore South Korea or gain easy access to many other countries in Asia. Start following flight schedules for the bases in #1 above, and get ready for a great adventure!
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