Korail Pass: Enjoy Nonstop Trips in South Korea

Korail Pass: Enjoy Nonstop Trips in South Korea

Get your Korail Pass here to kick off your epic journey.

Aboard the KTX.

Aboard the KTX.

The Rundown

  • The Korail Pass entitles foreigners to unlimited trips on Korail-managed trains for a set period of time.

  • With Korail, you can make your way to over 600 stations via 80 routes.

  • Adventure-seekers who are thinking of exploring more of Korea should seriously get this pass.

  • You can check the price of the Korail Pass here.

Also read: Discover Seoul Pass: Your Key to the City

Meet the Korail Pass

Image credit:  Minseong Kim  /  CC BY-SA 4.0

Image credit: Minseong Kim / CC BY-SA 4.0

The Korea Railroad Corporation (Korail) has developed the Korail Pass to provide foreigners hassle-free train rides to different cities and provinces across Korea. Instead of buying single-journey train tickets, this inter-city transportation pass entitles users to unlimited rides for a certain period of time, giving access to over 600 stations and 80 routes that line the country. Tourists will be able to enjoy access to high-speed KTX trains as well as regular tourist trains without breaking their bank.

Currently, here are the available trains for Korail Pass holders:

Inside the KTX.

Inside the KTX.

  • High-speed: KTX and KTX-Sancheon

  • Conventional: ITX-Saemaeul, ITX-Cheongchun, Saemaeul, Mugunghwa, and Nuriro

  • Tourist trains: Central Inland Circle Train (O-Train), Baekdu-degan Valley Train (V-train), Jeongseon Arirang Train (A-Train), South Coast Train (S-Train), West Gold Train (G-Train), and Peace Train (DMZ-Train)

Note that the Korail Pass is not available for use in the Seoul Metropolitan Subway System and the Super Rapid Train (SRT).

How to Use the Korail Pass

Those who will buy the Korail Pass will have many options to get to exciting Korean cities (and provinces) apart from Seoul. Let's consider how you can go to Busan using the Korail Pass:

  • Take the KTX: 2 hours and 18 minutes (or 2 hours and 9 minutes for nonstop trains!)

  • Take the Saemaeul Train: 4 hours and 10 minutes

As you can see, you're in for a bullet train ride if you choose the KTX . Of course, if you'd like to do some side-trips along the way, you can opt to take the standard (kinda old-looking) Saemaeul train, which makes multiple stops.

Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-sin in Mokpo, South Korea. Image credit:  Straitgate /   CC BY-SA 3.0

Statue of Admiral Yi Sun-sin in Mokpo, South Korea. Image credit: Straitgate / CC BY-SA 3.0

If you'd like to visit the city of Mokpo, which are known for its historical districts, you also have the following options:

  • Take the KTX: 2 hours and 58 minutes

  • Take the Saemaeul Train: 4 hours and 42 minutes

Pohang.

Pohang.

Other places that you might want to visit using the Korail Pass: Nami Island, Yeosu, Pohang, Daegu, Incheon, and Daejeon. 

Which Korail Pass is right for you?

Daegu. Image credit:  djung

Daegu. Image credit: djung

Once you've finalized your South Korea itinerary, i.e. you've already researched and listed the places that you really want to explore, you are then ready to select the Korail Pass that's most suitable for you: Day Pass, Consecutive Day Pass, or the Flexible Day Korea Rail Pass.

If you plan to do a lot of hopping on different cities or provinces, the Korail Day Pass or the Consecutive Day Pass is most suitable for you. This will give you unlimited trips for 1, 3, 5, or 7 days. 

If you'll be staying put in  one location for a certain period of time, then you can avail the Flexible Day Pass. With this, you can choose 2 or 4 dates within a 10-day travel period when you will have your commute (arrival and departure). This is ideal if you'd like to take your time exploring a particular location.

When you select your preferred Korail Pass, you will also find three categories to choose from: Adult, Youth, and Child. Those who are 26 years old and above are considered adults, 13-25 years old, youth, and 4-12 years of age, child.


BUY THE KORAIL PASS

For solo travelers, you can avail any of the following options for the Korail Pass (Options 1-6):

KTX Train. Screengrab from  Klook

KTX Train. Screengrab from Klook

OPTION 1: Korail Pass - Flexible 2-Day Pass

  • PRICE: ₱4,971 (or $95) for adults, if not discounted!

  • Individual Ticket, choose from Adult, Youth, or Child

  • Flexible passes can be used for 2 dates of within a 10-day period

  • Seats are not guaranteed during the peak season and holidays. Standing room tickets are also available.

  • Inclusive of high-speed, conventional, and tourist trains!

  • Excludes access to first-class seats, Metro, and SRT

OPTION 2: Korail Pass - Flexible 4-Day Pass

  • PRICE: ₱7,505 (around $143) for adults, if not discounted!

  • Individual Ticket, choose from Adult, Youth, or Child

  • Flexible passes can be used for 4 dates of within a 10-day period

  • Seats are not guaranteed during the peak season and holidays. Standing room tickets are also available.

  • Inclusive of high-speed, conventional, and tourist trains!

  • Excludes access to first-class seats, Metro, and SRT

OPTION 3: Korail Pass - Day Pass

  • PRICE: ₱3,948 (around $75) for adults, if not discounted!

  • Individual Ticket, choose from Adult, Youth, or Child

  • Pass for one (1) Day only

  • Seats are not guaranteed during the peak season and holidays. Standing room tickets are also available.

  • Inclusive of high-speed, conventional, and tourist trains!

  • Excludes access to first-class seats, Metro, and SRT

OPTION 4: Korail Pass - Consecutive 3-Day Pass

  • PRICE: ₱5,507 (around $105) for adults, if not discounted!

  • Individual Ticket, choose from Adult, Youth, or Child

  • Pass for three (3) consecutive days!

  • Seats are not guaranteed during the peak season and holidays. Standing room tickets are also available.

  • Inclusive of high-speed, conventional, and tourist trains!

  • Excludes access to first-class seats, Metro, and SRT

OPTION 5: Korail Pass - Consecutive 5-Day Pass

  • PRICE: ₱8,188 (around $156) for adults, if not discounted!

  • Individual Ticket, choose from Adult, Youth, or Child

  • Pass for five (5) consecutive days!

  • Seats are not guaranteed during the peak season and holidays. Standing room tickets are also available.

  • Inclusive of high-speed, conventional, and tourist trains!

  • Excludes access to first-class seats, Metro, and SRT

OPTION 6: Korail Pass - Consecutive 7-Day Pass

  • PRICE: ₱9,503 (around $181) for adults, if not discounted!

  • Individual Ticket, choose from Adult, Youth, or Child

  • Pass for seven (7) consecutive days!

  • Seats are not guaranteed during the peak season and holidays. Standing room tickets are also available.

  • Inclusive of high-speed, conventional, and tourist trains!

  • Excludes access to first-class seats, Metro, and SRT

For couples or groups of up to 5 people in one itinerary, you can avail the following Saver Pass options:

OPTION 7: Korail Pass - Flexible Day Pass (Saver)

  • PRICE: ₱4,435 (around $85) per person, if not discounted!

  • Choose from Flexible 2-Day or 4-Day pass!

  • Saver Pass is for groups of 2-5 people traveling on the same itinerary.

  • Seats are not guaranteed during the peak season and holidays. Standing room tickets are also available.

  • Inclusive of high-speed, conventional, and tourist trains!

  • Excludes access to first-class seats, Metro, and SRT

OPTION 8: Korail Pass - Consecutive Day Pass (Saver)

  • PRICE: ₱3,509 (around $67) per person, if not discounted!

  • Choose from the following: 1, 3, 5, or 7 days!

  • Saver Pass is for groups of 2-5 people traveling on the same itinerary.

  • Seats are not guaranteed during the peak season and holidays. Standing room tickets are also available.

  • Inclusive of high-speed, conventional, and tourist trains!

  • Excludes access to first-class seats, Metro, and SRT

If you don't have a Klook account yet, you're in luck! If you sign up using my referral code, you can get a discount on your first purchase! Click on the button below to create an account.

TIPS!

  • Except for Saver Pass tickets, all single pass tickets should be booked as a unique booking (one voucher per person). If you need to book several Adult, Youth, or Child tickets, you need to book each ticket separately on Klook.

  • When your purchase of the Korail Pass goes through, you will receive a confirmation of your booking within 2 business days, if not sooner. Once confirmed, Klook will send you the voucher via email. (In the event that you do not receive an email, don't panic! Check your Spam folder or notify Klook Support via email.)

  • Cancellation is not allowed once booking of the Korail Pass is confirmed.

  • To redeem your Korail Pass, bring your passport and printed voucher to these pick-up locations:

    • Incheon Airport Railroad Information Center: 7:00am-9:30pm

    • Seoul Station: 5:00am-12:00am

    • Busan Station: 5:00am-12:00am

    • Other Korail stations

  • Vouchers for the Korail Pass are valid for 90 days following its issue date.

  • Make sure to reserve your seats! You can purchase your discounted pass through Klook and do any of the following:

    • Reserve seat/s on Korail's website

    • For reservations over the counter, proceed to the stations listed above

  • If you fail to reserve a seat prior boarding, your pass may be considered a Standing Room Ticket.

  • You must present your Korail Pass, train ticket, and passport to use the trains. Youth Pass holders must also present their International Student Identity Card (ISIC).

  • Those born in 1993 will fall under the Youth category regardless of chosen travel date (so long as your purchase and use in 2018!)

  • The Korail Pass is not valid for use during national holidays and peak summer seasons.

  • Buying offline is possible. You can proceed to any of the travel centers in the stations listed above. Only downside is that you will not get any online discount and that you'd have to accomplish some paperwork. Also, only credit cards are accepted for over-the-counter purchase.

  • KTX-Sancheon trains are equipped with rotatable seats, business compartment (desk), and power plugs!

  • In case you missed it, Korail Pass cannot be used in the metro and the SRT.

  • With Korail Pass, you can also get discounts on Korail's partner establishments. Check their affiliate list here.


Sample One-day Itinerary for Korail Pass

If you don't have much budget or time but still would want to explore, you can make use of the Korail Pass and visit the following places:

1. From Ichon Station

Ichon Hangang Park. Image credit:  travel oriented

Ichon Hangang Park. Image credit: travel oriented

  • National Museum of Korea (5-minute walk from Exit 2)

    • Learn about Korean culture from the Stone Age through Chosun Age

  • Japantown (5-minute walk from Exit 4)

    • A thriving Japanese community in South Korea

    • Eat sushi!

  • Ichon Hangang Park (5-minute walk from Exit 4)

    • Nice walking course.

    • Time to relax.

2. From Hongik Univ. Station

  • Gyeongui Line Forest Park (5-minute walk from Exit 3)

    • You'll find some restaurants and bars along the forest road.

    • Also called as Yeontral Park since it resembles the Central Park in New York

  • Gyeongui Line Book Street (5-minute walk from Exit 6)

    • Just a great place to unwind and do some reading!

    • Bookstores are found in the vicinity too.

  • Hongik Children Park (10-minute walk from Exit 7)

    • Known for its youthful vibe

    • With pop-up markets and charity events on the weekend!

3. From Incheon Station

Songwol Fairy Tale Village. Image credit:  Korea Tourism Organization

Songwol Fairy Tale Village. Image credit: Korea Tourism Organization

  • Chinatown (5-minute walk from Exit 3)

    • Aside from the obvious Chinese vibe, you can also check out the Jajangmyeon Museum!

  • Songwol Fairy Tale Village (5-minute walk from Exit 3)

    • Instagram-worthy place! Relive your childhood memories at this mystical place!

  • Wolmido Island (10-minute bus ride from Exit 3)

    • Island that's shaped like a half-moon

    • Ideal date spot for couples!

4. From Noryangin Station

  • Noryangin Fisheries Market (5-minute walk from Exit 7)

    • Visit Korea's largest specialty wholesale market for fish!

  • Cup Rice Street (5-minute walk from Exit 2 or 3)

    • Indie place to find food that are cheap and delicious!

  • Sayuksin Park (10-minute walk from Exit 2)

    • Burial site of six government ministers (collectively referred to as 'Sayuksin') who became prominent martys of the mid-15th century.

    • Very quiet place!

    • If you've watched the drama 'Sa Yug Shin' or 'Six Martyred Ministers,' you should definitely visit this park!

Contact Korail

Reach Korail Pass’s English Customer Service Hotline at +8215997777. You can also check out their website here.

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