Trains, the fastest and the most comfortable means of transportation
The excellence of trains in Korea is already well-known around the world. There is such a wide variety from the high-speed trains like KTX and SRT to conventional trains like ITX-Cheongchun, ITX-Saemaeul, Mugunghwa, and last but not least, tourist trains. Trains in Korea are equipped with pleasant and comfortable cabins as well as friendly multilingual guides for a safe and convenient travel across the country. In addition, unique-themed tourist trains allow travelers to experience Korea in a special and comfortable manner.
【 KTX, a high-speed train in Korea 】
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1. Major routes
- Gyeongbu Line: This 447.1-kilometer-long route connects Seoul and Busan and welcomes the greatest number of passengers among all routes. It is a popular route because it allows travelers to visit Busan, Korea’s second largest city, in a fast, convenient fashion. It also allows easy access to culture-rich cities such as Daejeon and Singyeongju so it is a recommended route for travelers who are planning a short but solid trip.
- Honam Line: This 252.5-kilometer-long route runs from Seodaejeon to Mokpo and is an important route that connects Seoul and regions of Jeollabuk-do and Jeollanam-do, collectively referred to as Jeolla-do or Honam region. Its major stops include Iksan, Jeongeup, Gwangju-Songjeong, Naju and Mokpo. Among the destinations, Jeongeup Station is especially famous in fall as many hikers visit Naejangsan Mountain to see beautiful autumn fall foliage. Mokpo, one of the three major ports in the Honam region, is also a popular destination among tourists.
- Gangneung Line: This line goes from Cheongnyangni Station in Seoul all the way to Gangneung Station and is the route that remarkably reduced the travel time from the metropolitan area to the East Coast region in Gangwon-do by more than four hours. Its major stops include Yangpyeong, Seowonju, Pyeongchang and Gangneung. This route is recommended for those who wish to enjoy the beautiful sea on the East Coast.
Tip Major train stations
- Seoul Station: The starting point of Gyeongbu Line and Airport Railway (AREX). It is also the starting point of the Gyeongbu section in Seoul Subway Line 1 and Gyeongui-Jungang Line. Seoul Station is the main transport hub of Korea.
- Yongsan Station: This station is a part of the Gyeongbu Line and the starting point of Honam Line that connects Seoul and Mokpo.
- Busan Station: Busan station is the endpoint of Gyeongbu Line. It is the central station of the city of Busan and a symbolic transport hub that represents the city.
- Daejeon Station: Daejeon Station is a part of both Gyeongbu Line and Daejeon Line. It is the central station of the city of Daejeon and a mega station that has the third most passengers after Seoul Station and Dongdaegu Station.
2. Types of Trains
KTX (Korea Train eXpress): High-speed express train that runs at a maximum speed of 300 km/h. It departs from Seoul Station, Yongsan Station and Cheongnyangni Station, and has routes that connect to the cities of Busan, Pohang, Mokpo, Yeosu, Gangneung (Donghae) and Andong.
SRT (Super Rapid Train): High-speed express train with a maximum speed of 300 km/h that leaves Suseo Station and heads to Busan or Mokpo.
ITX-Cheongchun: Train with a maximum speed of 180 km/h that runs from Yongsan Station to Chuncheon.
Saemaeul Train/ITX-Saemaeul: A premium-class conventional train that departs from Seoul Station (Gyeongbu Line), Yongsan Station (Honam Line) and Cheongnyangni Station (Andong-bound).
Mugunghwa Train: A conventional train that departs from Seoul Station (Gyeongbu Line), Yongsan Station (Honam Line) and Cheongnyangni Station (Andong- or Donghae-bound). It makes stops at small stations where KTX and premium trains by pass.
Tourist trains: Tourist trains are available in 12 different themes, including a wine-themed train, taking passengers to the mountains, seas and marketplaces around the country.
KORAIL: www.letskorail.com(Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)
* For booking KTX, conventional trains, and tourist trains
- SRT: https://etk.srail.kr(Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)
* For booking SRT
3. How to use trains in Korea
You can purchase train tickets at a ticket office, KORAIL website (www.letskorail.com), KORAILTalk (app), ticketing kiosk, NAVER Train Booking, or KakaoT. Tickets can usually be purchased starting from one month to 20 minutes before the departure date. If you buy tickets online, you can also choose the desired seats in advance by clicking the “Reserve Seat” button. The seats are positioned in two directions, forward and backward, which you can choose depending on your preference and situation. KTX and SRT amenities include restrooms, nursing rooms, diaper changing tables (located in passages of cabins No. 8 and 16), and vending machines, while Saemaeul and Mugunghwa trains operate cafe cars that have a snack bar and Internet access depending on the route. For questions related to booking tickets, contact the KORAIL Customer Center (+82-1599-7777) for a friendly consultation (08:00-22:00 daily).
Tip Save money with KORAIL Pass!
This is a train pass exclusively for foreigners. Korail Pass is divided into a 5-day pass, flexible passes available in 2- and 4-day period for use within 10 days of purchase, and a Saver pass for groups of two to five, which are a bit cheaper. Once you purchase a pass, you are given the unlimited use of standard cabins during the period. You can reserve seats up to twice a day and also book a first class seat by paying only an additional 50% of the original first class seat fare.
* SRT, subways and temporary tourist trains do not apply to Korail Pass
KORAIL Pass: www.letskorail.com (English, Japanese, Chinese)
This page was last updated in March 2023, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.
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