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Are you planning to travel in Korea? One of the most convenient and best ways to travel between cities in Korea is by rail. Buses can be unreliable because of traffic, but it is never the case when traveling by rail! (Koreans are mega good at keeping on schedule). In Korea, trains operate on a fixed schedule, which allow passengers to arrive at their destination in a brisk 😀
▶ Types of Trains ◀
Before you go on your adventure throughout Korea, know which train you want to take. There are three types of trains:
1.) ‘KTX’ Express Trains – Price is high ↔ travel time is FAST ↔ moderately comfortable
2.) *Saemaeul Train (새마을) – Price is moderate ↔ travel time is MODERATE to LONG ↔ very comfortable
3.) *Mugunghwa Trains (무궁화) – Price is low ↔ travel time is LONG ↔ moderately comfortable
*Non-express trains, aka slowpoke trains.
Ticket prices vary on which train you travel by! If you are broke and want to save money, KTX trains will not be your best bet (requires a lot of $), whereas the Saemaeul and Mugunghwa trains will be cheaper (longer travel times :().
There are two main railways in Korea: the Gyeongbu Line connecting Seoul to Busan, and the Honam Line from Yongsan Station in Seoul to Mokpo. Other railroads include the Jeolla and Gyeongjeon lines, which reach areas such as Yeosu or Changwon.
▶Korea Rail Pass (KR Pass) ◀
It’s also worthwhile to note the “KR Pass,” which is an EXCLUSIVE railway pass for foreigners which allows unlimited use of trains, including all KTX express trains. Isn’t that one heck of a deal?! 😀 Of course, you only get a certain number of days (one, three, five, seven, or ten day passes available).
Oh! But there’s a catch to it: passengers using the pass aren’t designated general seating on all thee types of trains during the major Korean holidays and peak seasons, such as Lunar New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, etc; however, standing room is offered. So make sure you do TONS of leg stretching done! 😛
→ 1 day: Adults – 58,200 Won, Children (4-12 y/o) – 29,100 Won
→ 3 day: Adults – 84,600 Won, Children (4-12 y/o) – 42,300 Won
→ 5 day: Adults – 127,000 Won, Children (4-12 y/o) – 63,500 Won
→ 7 day: Adults – 160,400 Won, Children (4-12 y/o) – 80,200 Won
→ 10 day: Adults – 185,100 Won, Children (4-12 y/o) – 92,500 Won
• NORMAL Pass: Adults and children, Children under the age of 4 ride free of charge.
• SAVER Pass: For groups of 2 – 5 people. **Each group member’s information (full name and passport identification) must be given at the time of reservation**
• YOUTH Pass: For passengers holding a valid International Student ID Card.
Official Website / Reservations:
http://www.korailtours.com (English Available)
▶ Major Train Stations ◀
1.) Seoul Station (서울역) – You’ll probably be going here for most of your domestic traveling in Korea. Seoul Station is the starting point of the Gyeongbu Line, a duet track line that connects directly from Seoul ↔ Busan. The major train stations on Gyeongbu Line include Daejeon, Singyeongju, and Busan Station. Many other rail lines start directly from Seoul Station, except for the Honam line, which travels to the southwest part of Korea!
→ Telephone: +82-1544-7788
→ Directions: Seoul Station (Subway Lines 1, 4, AREX, and Gyeongui Lines), Exits 1 and 14.
2.) Yongsan Station (용산) – Yongsan Station is the start of the Honam Line (travel to southwest of Korea), another dual track similar to that of the Gyeongbu Line. This connects Seoul to Mokpo (목포). Major stations on Honam Line are Nonsan, Gwangju, and the Mokpo stations. The Jeolla Line from Yongsan to Yeosu via Iksan line is also currently up and running. Be sure you check your ticket to make sure you go to the right station!!!
• Telephone: +82-1544-7788
• Directions: Yongsan Station (Subway Line 1).
3.) Yeongdeungpo Station (영등포) – Yeongdeungpo Station covers the passenger demand in the southwest area of Seoul (for you lazy folks that don’t want to go to Seoul Station :P). At Yeongdeungpo Station, all non-express trains make stops, and the Seoul-Busan KTX train stops at the station twice a day.
• Telephone: +82-1544-7788
• Directions: Yeongdeungpo Station (Subway Line 1).
Remember to plan accordingly! 😉 If you have any questions or any concerns, shoot us a comment below in the section below ↓ Happy riding