Trains and Railways in Seoul

Information about the trains and railways in Seoul, the main train stations, buying tickets and the travel cards available...

Korail is the Korean national railway. The English-language website has information about routes, timetables and online booking.

  • Korail information, reservations and bookings in English, Tel: 1599 7777 (from 08:00-22:00)
  • For a map of rail routes in South Korea: Click here
  • Lost and found information: Click here
  • For train timetables and itineraries: Click here (in Korean)

Types of Trains

Korea has several types of trains:

  • KTX trains are high-speed express trains with speeds of up to 300 Km/h. They run frequently from Seoul to Busan in the south-east of Korea (with a typical journey time of just over two and a half hours). They have a first and second class option
  • Saemaeul trains are cross country trains. They are slower than KTX trains and take an average journey time of five hours from Seoul to Busan. The other main route runs from Seoul to Haeundae
  • Mugunghwa are the most basic type of train in Korea. They can accommodate large numbers of standing passengers and seats are smaller and less comfortable than on Saemaeul trains
  • Tonggeun trains are often called Commuter trains and serve towns around Seoul, as well as smaller rural communities. They have shorter routes and run once or twice daily in either direction

Commuter trains and KTX trains are accessible for people with disabilities and have seats for the disabled.

Train Stations in Seoul

The two main stations, Seoul Station and Yongsan Station, are situated in a central location and are both connected to the subway network. Below are contact details for the main stations in Seoul:

  • Seoul Railway Station
    At
    : 405 Hangangdae-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
    Tel: 02 1544 7777
  • Yeongdeungpo Railway Station
    At
    : 618 Yeongdeungpo-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
    Tel: 02 1544 7777
  • Yongsan Railway Station
    At
    : 55 Hangangdae-ro 23 gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
    Tel: 02 1544 7777
  • Cheongryangri Railway Station
    At
    : 214 Wangsan-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul
    Tel: 02 1544 7777

Tickets and Travel Cards

Tickets can be purchased from machines and ticket booths at train stations as well as at tourist offices and travel agents. Prices vary depending on the distance, travel class and stations. Reservations can be made by telephone and online.

There are a number of different types of tickets: one-way and return tickets, children's tickets, senior citizen's tickets and group travel tickets for up to ten passengers. A variety of discount rates and cards are available for multiple trips, youths, students, families, children, groups, people with disabilities and senior citizens. Children under the age of four travel free of charge.

'KR Passes' - Korea Rail Pass

This rail pass is available exclusively for foreigners or foreign residents who are staying in Korea for less than six months. It is valid for a specified number of days' consecutive travel. One day, three day, five day, seven day and ten day passes are available. The pass is valid on Korail trains, including Saemaeul and Mugunghwa trains and it is also valid on KTX express trains.

Within the Korea rail pass, there are different types of rail pass that travellers may qualify for.

  • Saver Pass: This is a group travel pass and can be used for two to five people, who must be travelling together
  • Youth Pass: This is for young people aged 13-25 or anyone holding a valid International Student Identification Card (ISIC) or International Youth Travel Card (IYTC)

Children under the age of four travel free when accompanied by a paying adult. Children from four to twelve have a 50 percent discount on adult fares.

Airport Railroad

Airport Railroad is the airport railway operating from 05:20-00:00. It takes 43 minutes from Seoul Station to Incheon International Airport by Airport Express. There is also a commuter train which is cheaper and slower than the express train.

Pets on Trains

Pets are permitted on trains if they can fit in a bag or cage and are placed on the floor next to their owner..