Saturday, October 26, 2013

Seoul and Busan Trip 2013 - Day 1 - Taking the KTX Train from Seoul Station, Seoul to Busan South Korea.

After exiting from the airport train, just follow the signs and directions that indicated KTX(see photo circled), where we would be catching our KTX Train to Busan.

Seoul Station is very huge, KTX Ticket office is on the upper floor while the subway(that goes downtown to Seoul) is in the basement.

We headed straight to the ticket office to collect our KTX Train tickets to and from Seoul/Busan and Busan/Seoul.

Prior to our departure from Singapore, we had booked our KTX ticket online for the 12 noon departure but as we were early, we managed to change our 12 noon departure timing to 10.50 am and please remember to ask for forward seats. The train seats cannot rotate on reaching the final destination unlike the HSR train in Taiwan, etc. Half of the cabin car's seats are facing foward (i.e. from Seoul facing busan) and half are facing backwards.

If I am not wrong, those numbered 1 to 8 are facing backwards to Seoul while those numbered 9 onwards are facing Busan from Seoul but on return from Busan to Seoul, you need to get seats 1 to 8 to have forward facing Seoul. Hope is not confusing, you can see from my tickets from Seoul to Busan our seats were numbered 12 while from Busan to Seoul our seats were numbered 4.

It is easy to purchase the tickets online, you can visit the official website of Korail Railroad to purchase your ticket.

I saw this link which is useful if you want to know how to purchase the ticket online.

Instead of buying two ways tickets, you can also buy the 1day, 3 days, or 5 days Happy Rail Pass, if I am not wrong think you can hop on and off the train without paying extra. I did not get any of these passes cause I spend 4 days in Busan. You can find out more about the happy rail pass from the official website of Korail Railroad.

Our tickets are Seoul to Busan 53,300 won per pax and from Busan to Seoul is 57,300 won per pax. So total per pax is 110,600 won (S$128.62). It is a bit expensive but the whole journey took us only about two and half hours, you can choose the slower trains that cost lesser but take longer hours to reach Busan.

After collecting our tickets, we need to look at the huge board to see which track we need to be in. The tickets does not indicate the track number, so you need to know the train number and timing to get the track number indicated on the huge board.

Based on our tickets, our train no. 129 we need to be on track 10 departing 10.50 am.

Before heading to the track, we need to buy some food for our lunch in the train. There's a lot of bakery, restaurants and even some shops selling bento. Lots of choices.

If you have huge luggages, you can use the elevator to go down the track.

Look at the small window beside the doors of the train for the correct train no. before boarding the train.

Best to be in the train at least half an hour before departure so that you can put your huge luggages in the comparment as there are limited spaces and they are filled quickly, so you might have a problem with your huge luggages as there's no way you can put on the overhead compartment.

You can bring food and drinks purchased elsewhere to eat and drink inside the train, there's also a vending machine inside the train.

You can also purchase food from the train crew pushing the food trolley along the aisle.

Overhead compartment for backpacks and small luggages only.

There's a table between seats 8 and 9, you need to request if you wanted these seats, mainly meant for family or groups.

Hope the above information is useful to you and not confusing. I guess if is a non holiday or weekend, you dont have to book the tickets online, you can purchase on the day itself.

UPDATE

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I think KTX has new routes from Incheon Airport to other parts of cities including Busan. You might want to read about it from Visit Korea's website.

NOTE:PLEASE ASK PERMISSION BEFORE YOU RE POST MY PHOTOS ON TO YOUR BLOG. THERE ARE SOME BLOGGERS WHO DID NOT ASK MY PERMISSION AND REPOST MY PHOTOS WITHOUT THE COURTESY OF LINKING BACK TO MY BLOG. THIS IS LIKE STEALING. PEOPLE, I HAVE SPEND MUCH TIME TAKING PHOTOS AND DOING HOMEWORK ON MY TRAVELLING INFORMATION AND KINDLY SHARE THESE INFORMATION TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN THEM. IF NECESSARY, I WILL POST SCREEN SHOT OF YOUR BLOG TO SHOW YOUR BAD MANNERS OF STEALING MY PHOTOS. THE MOST DISGUSTING THING THEY DID WAS TO SCREEN SHOT MY PHOTOS AND CORP OFF MY BLOG TITLE FROM MY PHOTO AND REPOST THEM IN THEIR BLOG AS THEIR OWN.

11 comments:

MY lif3 · MY dr3am said...

Thanks Alice for the useful informations. Im going to there few days later and i need these info. Thanks once again! Have a nice day.

alicesg said...

You are welcome. Hope you have a great time.

barrych said...

If you're photos are posted without your authorisation, something like stealing or intrusion of privacy, it's best you'd file a police report.

alicesg said...

Thanks for the advice. I normally give them 2nd chance to remove pic, if not I will take the necessary action.

alicesg said...

Thanks for the advice. I normally give them 2nd chance to remove pic, if not I will take the necessary action.

lani said...

hi alice,

thanks for ur post
I'll arrive in Seoul on 26th december at 6 in the morning, and i'm planning to go to busan at the same day at 12 noon. can i do that? coz i intend to buy ktx online. from where i see your story, it's likely that u did the same thing as my plan, is it correct? because in other people's blog, i read that, for foreigners like us who buy tickets online, have to wait for 2/3 days to change after arrive in seoul.

thx

alicesg said...

Hi Iani,

I have no problem changing my ticket to a earlier slot on arrival cause I dont want to waste time waiting. Guess if is not weekend or public holiday, should not be a problem.

Please read the latest update, you can go to Busan from the airport instead of Seoul Station. I went before they implement this line so I cant confirmed this but according to official website, this service started June 2014.

https://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/FU/FU_EN_15.jsp?cid=1930476

lani said...

Alice,

ya I've read it, and feels so lucky indeed, that it opened on June, that way I don;t have to come to seoul station like others always did before.

ehmmm wonder if dec 26th consider weekend or season holiday or not..

alicesg said...

Hi Lani,
Glad that you know about the direct KTX train from the airport to Busan, (save you about 1 hr time), guess you will be very early for your 12 noon departure if you depart from the airport.

26th December is one day after christmas, I am not sure if it peak period for the koreans.

You might like to make a visit to the Korea Tourist Board to get more info and maps before your departure.

jzhenying said...

Hi,there! Good writing about Korea trip with KTX. Here is more tips for you. If you are planing to travel to out of Seoul later, I recommend you to buy a 'Korail pass'. 'Korail pass' is KTX pass, so if you have this pass, you can take all KTX line whenever you want. There are 1day, 3days, 5days and 7days pass and also normal, saver(between 2 and 5 people), youth(ages 13 to 25). So you can choose whatever you want and need for your journey. With pass, you can save your travel money and you can go new cities in Korea like Busan, Singyeongju etc. If you want to get more information, please visit this homepage, 'http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfKrPassAbout.do' or you can go to the 'travel center' in ICN(located in B1). Thank you.

Janel Sarmiento said...

This is so helpful! Thank you!