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 hardly the case for the railroad, allowing passengers to make accurate travel plans and move to destinations on time.
Korean trains are classified based on their speed and the amenities offered on board. The classifications include the express trains KTX and KTX-Sancheon; regular trains ITX-Saemaeul and Mugunghwa; and KORAIL tourist trains. Ticket fares depend on the train type and distance of travel. The two main railway lines are Gyeongbu Line and Honam Line but other railway lines also include Jeolla and Gyeongjeon Lines, which reach as far as Yeosu and Changwon on the southern coast.
For an affordable travel around Korea, tourists can consider buying the KORAIL Pass, an exclusive railway pass for foreigners that allows unlimited use of all trains, including the KTX, for a selected number of days.
Major Train Stations in Seoul
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, including the Jeolla∙Honam Line, with stops in Jeonju, Gwangju, Mokpo, and Yeosu.
- Address:405, Hangang-daero, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 용산구 한강대로 405)
Yongsan Station is the start of the Honam Line, a double-track line that runs from Seoul to Mokpo. Major stations on the Jeolla∙Honam Line are Nonsan, Gwangju-Songjeong, Mokpo, and Iksan Stations. Travelers can also access the Gyeongbu Line from Yongsan Station.
- Address:55, Hangang-daero 23-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 용산구 한강대로 23길 55)
Cheongnyangni Station is used by trains headed to major tourist cities in the eastern provinces such as Jeongdongjin and Jeongseon in Gangwon-do, Andong and Gyeongju in Gyeongsangbuk-do, and Chuncheon. A KTX express train route from Seoul to Gangneung opened on December 22, 2017.
- Address:214, Wangsan-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 동대문구 왕산로 214)
Yeongdeungpo Station covers the travel needs of passengers in the southwest part of Seoul. All non-express trains passing through Yeongdeungpo Station make stops here.
- Address:846, Gyeongin-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 영등포구 경인로 846)
SUSEO STATION (SRT)
Operating from Gangnam to various major cities in the nation, the SRT (Super Rapid Train) was introduced in December 2016. Presently, the SRT offers train services from Suseo Station in Seoul to Busan and Mokpo Stations.
- Address:99, Bamgogae-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 강남구 밤고개로 99)
Major Train Stations in Metropolitan Cities
All trains on the Honam Line and Gyeongjeon Line departing from Yongsan Station and Mokpo Station make stops here, including the KTX. The station opened in 2015, reducing the travel time between Gwangju-Songjeong Station and Yongsan Station to only an hour and 33 minutes. The intercity bus terminal located nearby expands travel options to other regions through bus transit.
- Address:201, Sangmu-daero, Gwangsan-gu, Gwangju (광주광역시 광산구 상무대로 201)
Busan Station first opened under the name Choryang Station in 1905. The station went under renovation and expansion in 2004, taking its present form. Busan Station is the first and last train station for all trains running on Gyeongbu Line and a major commercial hub of Northeast Asia.
- Address:206, Jungang-daero, Dong-gu, Busan (부산광역시 동구 중앙대로 206)
The completion of Dongdaegu Transit Center, or the Dondaegu Terminal, in 2016 connected Dongdaegu Station with the bus terminal, subways, and a shopping mall, making access to any of the four services easier than ever. Trains running on Gyeongbu Express Line, Gyeongbu Line, and Daegu Line make stops at this train station, with trains stopping by up to 400 times a day.
- Address:550, Dongdaegu-ro, Dong-gu, Daegu (대구광역시 동구 동대구로 550)
Daejeon Station is located in Dong-gu, Daejeon. Currently, an estimated average of 40,000 passengers uses the station to travel on Gyeongbu Line and Chungbuk Line. Daejeon Station is famous for garak guksu (Korean noodles), and is located near a subway station of the same name on Daejeon Subway Line 1.
- Address:215, Jungang-ro, Dong-gu, Daejeon (대전광역시 동구 중앙로 215)
Seodaejeon Station is the departure point for those who need to travel on the Honam Line from Daejeon Station. Seodaejeon Station was opened in 1936 at Seodaejeon Naegeori Intersection, Daejeon’s major traffic hub that divides the city into four cardinal directions.
- Address:23, Oryu-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon (대전광역시 중구 오류로 23)
ULSAN (TONGDOSA) STATION
Ulsan Station is located in a suburban region of Ulsan-gun. Five buses, from Bus No. 5001 to 5005, operate from Ulsan Station to downtown Ulsan and Bus No. 3000 operate from Ulsan Station to downtown Yangsan with an interval of 30 to 60 minutes.
- Address:177, Ulsanyeok-ro, Ulju-gun, Ulsan (울산광역시 울주군 삼남면 울산역로 177)
Train Stations in other Cities
Gangneung Station is located in Gyo-dong, Gangenung. With the Gangneung Line KTX in operation since December 2017, travel time between Seoul and Gangwon-do’s Gangneung now only takes two hours.
- Address:176, Yongji-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 강릉시 용지로 176)
Namwon Station is on Jeolla Line, bypassing the famous Jirisan Mountain. With a yearly average of 74,000 passengers, not only is Namwon Station frequented by the residents of Korea’s southern province, but it is also visited nonstop by tourists.
- Address:71, Gyoryong-ro, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do (전라북도 남원시 교룡로 71)
Donghae Station first opened under the name Bukpyeong Station on August 1, 1940 and changed to its current name on June 1, 1984. In March of 2020, Donghae Station added a KTX line connecting to Seoul Station via Jeongdongjin Station. Other trains that run in this station include Sea Train to Chuam and Samcheok; Mugunghwa, and Nuriro trains. The station is located near the Donghae International Passenger Terminal
- Address:69, Donghaeyeok-gil, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 동해시 동해역길 69)
Mokpo Station is the first and last train station on Honam Line as well as the southernmost train station in Korea. Since the station’s first commencement of KTX in 2004, it continues to see a huge number of both domestic and international travelers visiting nearby tourist attractions such as Dadohae Sea, Yeongam-gun, Haenam-gun, Muan-gun, Sinan-gun, and Jindo-gun. In addition to KTX, Mugunghwa and ITX-Saemaeul also make stops here.
- Address:98, Yeongsan-ro, Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do (전라남도 목포시 영산로 98)