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Flying Space-A to Osan Air Base, Korea: 7 Things You Need to Know

26 June 2019 by

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.

If you are new to Space-A flying, read this Quickstart Guide to Space-A Flights first to get a basic understanding of how the process works.

Table of Contents

  • Bases with flights to and from Osan AB
  • Flying the Patriot Express to Osan
  • Immigration process
  • Lodging at Osan
  • Shuttles to other military facilities and Incheon airport
  • Other ground transportation
  • Flying to Japan via Osan

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.

(Click here for more information about the Patriot Express)

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.

About the author
Hi, I’m Stephanie! In 2015 my husband retired from the Army and we took a year off to travel. I quit my job, and we set off on an adventure to break from our routine and explore the world. Military resources and Space A travel were a major part of our strategy for making our voyage affordable. The other part – immersing ourselves in the local economy – not only saved money, but gave us unique experiences we never would have shared if we followed the tourist circuit or stayed exclusively on military bases.
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