Korail has confirmed KTX trains will be running on the new Gyeonggang Line starting December 22. Once the KTX commences its operation on the new railway, passengers will be able to enjoy a convenient access from the Seoul Metropolitan Area to Donghae region. So far, the only transportation routes connecting Seoul Metropolitan Area and the regions of Gangwon-do and Donghae were a minimum 3 hr drive or a bus ride via expressway and a 6 hr train ride. The addition of KTX operation on Gyeonggang Line is expected to cut the transportation time between Seoul Station and Gangneung, taking only 1 hr 54 min (1 hr 26 min departing from Cheongnyangni Station), allowing visitors to plan a day trip from and to Gangwon-do.
Examples of estimated transportation time
Cheongnyangni – Pyeongchang: Vehicle (Approx. 2 hr 40 min), Express bus (Dong Seoul Bus Terminal → Hoenggye Bus Terminal → Resort, approx. 3 hr)
Incheon – Gangneung: Vehicle (Approx. 3 hr), Express bus (Approx. 3 hr 30 min), Regular train (Geomam Station → Cheongnyangni Station → Jeongdongjin Station, approx. 6 hr 30 min)
KTX on Gyeonggang Line departs from Seoul Station and Cheongnyangni Station, with all Seoul Station departing trains making a stop at Cheongnyangni Station. It is currently planned to run 18 times a day from Monday to Thursday and 26 times a day from Friday to Sunday, making it possible to carry an average of 19,000 passengers. Train tickets to Gangneung Station will cost 27,600 won from Seoul Station and 26,000 won from Cheongnyangni Station. The KTX ticket fees are considered inexpensive compared to other transportation options and their travel time (Cheongnyangni Station-Jeongdongjin Station on Mugunghwa train, 21,100 won).
Additional operations will be made during the PyeongChang 2018 period for the convenience of visitors attending the Olympic events. Visitors who were not able to book an accommodation nearby the event venue can take the KTX to travel conveniently between the venue and other regions. Take note that passengers who make advanced purchase of the KTX tickets for the new Gyeonggang Line for the period of February 1 to 28 of next year will get a 20% off from the original ticket price. The tickets will be available for purchase beginning from December 1 on a first-come, first-served basis; details regarding the tickets are available on Korail’s official website. However, tickets during Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) holiday period from February 14 to 18 will be available according to a separate notice to be announced by Korail.
In addition, KTX running on Gyeonggang Line will expand its route to transfer passengers from Incheon International Airport Terminal 2 to Gangneung during the whole month of February, running 16 times daily, allowing international tourists to head straight to Pyeongchang upon their arrival in Korea.
Also, Korea Tourism Organization and Korail have come up with PyeongChang Korail Pass as the only train pass for Gyeonggang KTX exclusively for foreigners.
Also, Korea Tourism Organization and Korail have joined to release a a foreigner-exclusive PyeongChang Korail as the only train pass for taking KTX running on Gyeonggang Line. The pass also offers special privileges to the pass holders during the Olympic period (February 1- March 25, 2018). The pass is currently available for advance purchase until January 10, 2018; visitors who made an advance purchase will be offered a variety of special benefits from the Korea Tourism Organization.
※ More info on Pyeongchang Korail Pass
- Pyeongchang Korail Pass Advance Purchase Benefits (purchase period Oct. 10, 2017-Jan. 10, 2018)
① Free issue of Rail+ transportation card
② 5,000 won card load
③ Free city tour pass for anywhere in Korea
- PyeongChang Korail Pass can be used for any Korail trains including Gyeonggang Line KTX
(Other train passes cannot be used for Seoul-Gangneung KTX during the Olympic and Paralympic period, from Feb. 1-Mar.25, 2018)
- PyeongChang Korail Pass passengers can make seat reservations two months in advance for Gyeonggang KTX during the Olympic period (Feb. 1-28). Seat reservations for all other trains are available one month in advance.
- Ticket sales for all trains during Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) holiday period (Feb. 14-18, 2018) will be announced separately on the Korail website.
Ticket discount info on KTX running on Gyeonggang Line
☞ Open date: December 22, 2017
☞ Advance KTX ticket purchase for PyeongChang 2018 period
- Advance purchase discount: 20% off from original price
- Discounted ticket validity: February 1-28, 2018
- Advance purchase process: Ticket reservation will be available 60 days (2 months) in advance during the month of December.
Example) Reserve tickets on Dec. 1 for Feb 1, Dec. 2 for Feb. 2, … Dec. 28 for Feb. 28
* Ticket sales for all trains during Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) holiday period (Feb. 14-18, 2018) will be announced separately on the Korail website.
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☞ Gyeonggang Line KTX Schedule for Olympics - Click to view)