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Korea’s Railways

One of the most convenient ways to travel between cities in Korea is by train. Bus schedules can vary depending on traffic, but that is never the case for the railroad. Trains operate on fixed schedules, allowing passengers to make exact travel plans and arrive at their destinations on time.

Korea trains are classified based on their speed and the amenities offered onboard. There are generally seven classifications: KTX express trains, including KTX Sancheon, and the non-express Saemaeul, ITX Saemaeul, ITX Cheongchun, Mugunghwa, Nuriro and tourism trains. Ticket prices depend on the classification of the train and distance traveled. There are two main railway lines in Korea: the Gyeongbu Line connecting Seoul to Busan, and the Honam Line running from Yongsan Station in Seoul to Mokpo in the southwest. Other railway lines include the Jeolla and Gyeongjeon lines, which reach as far as Yeosu and Changwon on the south coast.

For an affordable vacation traveling around Korea, the KR Pass, an exclusive railway pass for foreign visitors and expats, allows unlimited use of all trains, including KTX express trains, for a certain number of days.

☞ Click here for more details about KR Pass
☞ Click here for Railroad map (Korean, English)

Main Train Stations in Seoul

Seoul Station

One of the most important railway stations in Seoul, Seoul Station is the starting point of the Gyeongbu Line, a double-track line that connects Seoul to Busan. Major stations on the Gyeongbu Line include Daejeon, Dongdaegu, Singyeongju, and Busan Station. Many other rail lines also start from Seoul Station, excluding the Honam Line, which departs from Yongsan Station and travels to the southwest region of Korea.

• Directions:
Located in Seoul Station Square. Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 (exit 1), Line 4 (exit 14), AREX (exit 3), and Gyeongui Line (exit 5))

Yongsan Station

Yongsan Station is the start of the Honam Line, a double-track line that runs from Seoul to Mokpo. Major stations on the Honam Line are Seodaejeon, Nonsan, Gwangju, and Mokpo Station. The Jeolla Line to Yeosu Expo Station via Iksan also starts at Yongsan Station. When traveling out of Seoul, be sure to check your ticket to make sure you go to the correct departure station.

• Directions:
Yongsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), or a 250-meter-walk walk from Sinyongsan Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), exit 4

Cheongnyangni Station

This station is for non-express trains headed to the eastern provinces for tourist sites such as Gangneung and Jeongseon in Gangwon-do, Andong, and Gyeongju in Gyeongsangbuk-do, and the ITX Cheongchun train for Chuncheon. KTX trains do not pass through this stationn.

• Directions:
Cheongnyangni Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 (exit 4) & Jungang Line (exit 1))

Yeongdeungpo Station

Yeongdeungpo Station covers the travel needs of passengers in the southwest part of Seoul. Opened in 1990, the station is Seoul’s first privately operated railway station. All non-express trains passing through Yeongdeungpo Station make stops here.

• Directions:
Yeongdeungpo Station (Seoul Subway Line 1).

☞ KORAIL: +82-2-1544-7788 (Korean), +82-2-1544-7777 (Korean, English)

Classification of Trains
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Korea Train Express (KTX)

For more information

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    Passenger Car>
  • <First Class Car>
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KTX Sancheon (The 4th express train built in the world, engineered by Korea)

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ITX Saemaeul

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  • <Passenger Car>
  • <Luggage Compartment>

ITX Cheongchun

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  • <Passenger Chair>
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Last updated on October 13, 2014

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