Sea Train Tour
The coastal cities of Gangneung, Donghae, and Samcheok in Gangwon-do offer a chance to ride the wonderful ocean-facing Sea Train, which runs along the coastline of the East Sea. The Sea Train presents unobstructed views as its windows are larger than those in standard trains. The region's well-known places like Jeongdongjin Beach, Mukho Port, and Samcheok Beach have a distinct impression when viewed from the train. The following column focuses on Jeongdongjin and Donghae, which are popular travel destinations for couples and families who come for the gorgeous sunrise and picturesque coastal village scenes.
The Sea Train is composed of four cars: 2 first-class cars, 1 economy car, and 1 family car. The first and the second are first-class cars equipped with couple seats and all seats are window-facing. The third car has table seats designed for families, as well as regular train seats, and a cafeteria. The last car is mainly for accommodating group travelers with seats for two or three people. The train ride takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes for a one-way trip and 3 hours for a round trip.
In addition to the refreshing ocean views through the wide windows, the Sea Train interior has been decorated in an undersea motif with images of starfish, shellfish, and a trick-art shark. Moreover, passengers will have no time to be bored as the train puts on motion sensing games and music that can be enjoyed through the monitors inside each compartment. Tourists with no Korean knowledge can easily join in by following the motions of the passengers around them, and might even receive a surprise gift from the DJ.
- Ticket purchasing: Jeongdongjin Station, Donghae Station, Samcheok Station
* From Mukho Station, Chuam Station, and Samcheok Beach Station, tickets can be purchased onboard from the train crew when seats are available.
- Fare (one-way): Car No. 1 & 2 (first-class seats) 16,000 won / Car No. 3 Family Seats (for 4 people) 50,000 won / Car No. 4 (economy seats) 13,000 won / Proposal Room (for 2 people) 50,000 won
Schedule Weekend Mornings Jeongdongjin-Samcheok Regular Train (Year-round) Jeongdongjin Station 07:10 10:30 14:10 Anin Station (bypass) 07:26 10:46 14:26 Jeongdongjin Station 07:38 10:58 14:38 Mukho Station 08:02 11:22 15:02 Donghae Station 08:13 11:33 15:13 Chuam Station 08:22 11:42 15:22 Samcheok Beach Station 08:26 11:46 15:26 Samcheok Station 08:33 11:53 15:33 Sea Train - Schedul Weekend Mornings Samcheok-Jeongdongjin Regular Train (Year-round) Samcheok Station 08:50 12:30 15:45 Samcheok Beach Station 08:58 12:38 15:53 Chuam Station 09:02 12:42 15:57 Donghae Station 09:12 12:52 16:07 Mukho Station 09:22 13:02 16:16 Jeongdongjin Station 09:46 13:26 16:40 Anin Station (bypass) 10:02 13:42 16:56 Jeongdongjin Station 10:13 13:53 17:07 Sea Train - Schedul Jeong-dongjin Station / AninStation (bypass) / Jeong-dongjin Station / Mukho Station / Donghae Station / Chuam Station / Samcheok Beach Station / Samcheok Station Jeongdongjin-Samcheok Weekend Mornings Jeongdongjin Station: 07:10
Anin Station (bybass): 07:26
Jeongdongjin Station: 07:38
Mukho Station: 08:02
Donghae Station: 08:13
Chuam Station: 08:22
Samcheok Beach Station: 08:26
Samcheok Station: 08:33
Jeongdongjin-Samcheok Regular Train (Year-round) Jeongdongjin Station: 10:30 / 14:10
Anin Station (bybass): 10:46 / 14:26
Jeongdongjin Station: 10:58 / 14:38
Mukho Station: 11:22 / 15:02
Donghae Station: 11:33 / 15:02
Chuam Station: 11:42 / 15:22
Samcheok Beach Station: 11:46 / 15:26
Samcheok Station: 11:53 / 15:33
Sea Train - Schedul Jeong-dongjin Station / AninStation (bypass) / Jeong-dongjin Station / Mukho Station / Donghae Station / Chuam Station / Samcheok Beach Station / Samcheok Station Samcheok-Jeongdongjin Weekend Mornings Samcheok Station: 08:50
Samcheok Beach Station: 08:58
Chuam Station: 09:02
Donghae Station: 09:12
Mukho Station: 09:22
Jeongdongjin Station: 09:46
Anin Station (bypass): 10:02
Jeongdongjin Station: 10:13
Samcheok-Jeongdongjin Regular Train (Year-round) Samcheok Station: 12:30 / 15:45
Samcheok Beach Station: 12:38 / 15:53
Chuam Station: 12:42 / 15:57
Donghae Station: 12:52 / 16:07
Mukho Station: 13:02 / 16:16
Jeongdongjin Station: 13:26 / 16:40
Anin Station (bypass): 13:42 / 16:56
Jeongdongjin Station: 13:53 / 17:07
- ※ Trains may not operate on certain days of the month due to safety inspections.
- ※ Weekend morning train operates on weekends, public holidays, and specially designated days. Please check the schedule from the official website in advance.
- Website: www.seatrain.co.kr (Korean only)
※ During the summer vacation season (July-August), the train is often fully-booked; we recommend making a reservation in advance through the Sea Train website.
- Inquiries: +82-33-573-5474 (Korean, English, Japanese)
Major tourist attractions
- Transportation: Seoul → Jeongdongjin
- Transportation: Seoul → Donghae
Cheongnyangni Station → Donghae Station
(First train 07:05, last train 23:25 / 6-7 trains daily / Total travel time: approx. 4hr 30min-5hr 15min / Fare: 19,300-22,200 won)
Dong Seoul Bus Terminal → Donghae Express Bus Terminal
(First bus 06:45, last bus 20:30 / 12 buses daily / Total travel time: approx. 3hr / Fare: 17,000 won)
- Seoul (Gyeongbu/Yeongdong Line) Express Bus Terminal → Donghae Express Bus Terminal
(First bus 06:30, last bus 23:00 / 22 buses daily / Total travel time: approx. 3hr 5min / Fare: 16,800-24,800 won)
* A taxi from Donghae Bus Terminal to Donghae Station takes approximately 10 minutes.
* The above fares are for adults.
- Websites: Gangneung Tour www.gntour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Donghae Tour www.dhtour.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
- 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
This page was last updated in May 2016, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official website before visiting.<Last updated on May 17, 2016>