Korea Rail Pass Travel

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  1. Azra says:

    Hi Zarina,

    How do you travel between Singyeongju station to Gyeongju town? From my reading, there is a shuttle bas that will bring us to Gyeongju since Singyeongju station is not really in Gyeongju town ( is that so? ). I'm planning to spend few days in Gyeongju sometime in Nov and would like to gather as much information as possible especially on the transportation. Hope can get some input from you. Komawoyo…

  2. stef says:

    hi zarina,

    i don't know if you heard of this, but do you have any idea on how to attend the MBC Idol Star Athletics Championships?

    i've searched for quite some time and still unable to find the way.

    thank you 😀

  3. Aisyah says:

    Hi Zarina,

    What a gem your blog is. Im a translator and just wrapped up a travel book project about Seoul (just today) and then I stumbled upon your blog. I don't what to call this 🙂 so nice to read about places I have become familiar with but haven't actually been to. Keep writing, maybe I'll visit one day 🙂


  4. Zarina Jani says:

    Hi Azra,
    There's so many buses going from SinGyeongju to Gyeongju town. We rode 700 bus from SinGyeongju because it goes to Bulguksa as well.

    SinGyeongju is about 10 minutes bus ride from Gyeongju.

  5. Zarina Jani says:

    Hi Stef,
    MBC Idol Star Athletics Championships is normally pre-recorded for festive broadcast like Chuseok.

    You could check MBC official website for more info. But it's all in Korean.

    I'm sorry cause I don't have time to properly check it out for you.

  6. J-Lim says:

    Hi Zarina,

    Thank you so much for the write-up. It will come handy for my upcoming trip to Korea as I am planning to get KR Pass too.
    I have read on the KORAIL website on this but still was not clear with a few things.
    I would like to ask if we are required to change the KR Pass(the yellow one) to normal tickets, in order to secure a seat in KORAIL trains?

  7. bori says:

    salam kak zarina

    do they automatically give you the saver price when you exchange more then one vouchers? or do i have to ask for it when i'm exchanging them?

    because i've made a reservation for two separately . meaning i have 2 exchange ticket no.

    thank =)

  8. Zarina Jani says:

    Exchange your booking ID for a KR Pass at least a day ahead.

    On the day of your departure, show your KR Pass and tell the officer your destination. They will process your request and print a ticket for your ride.

    You can't book ticket with KR Pass as it depends on remaining seats available after regular tickets are sold.

  9. Zarina Jani says:

    W'salam Bori,

    2 exchange ticket number = 2 KR pass

    Use your KR Pass to book for ride. It's automatically discounted.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Salam Zarina,

    me and my frens will go to korea this may.

    We plan to go to Busan for just a day. If we want to use this KR pass for 1 day use,

    Is it mean we can use it to go to Busan and back from Busan?

    So it will be much cheaper compare to the RT KTX tix?

    Do you know the earliest train to go to Busan from Seoul and the latest train from Busan to Korea?

    I really need your help..

    Thanks so much.


  11. Zarina Jani says:

    W'salam Jaja,
    You can use the 1 day pass in 24 hours. The earliest Seoul to Busan is 05:30 and the latest Seoul to Busan is at 22:30

    RT KTX = regular KTX ticket?

    Yes, KR Pass is much cheaper

  12. Anonymous says:

    Thanks a lot zarina 🙂


  13. i3lu3fun says:

    Hi Zarina,

    Great blog u have here.

    Would like to check a couple of things with you. I'm going to Gyeongju in April and will be staying at Gyeongju Guesthouse, 138-2 Hwango-Dong.

    We planned to take KTX train from Busan to Shin Gyeongju station and then take the bus to the guesthouse. Or is it possible for us to actually take the KTX train from Busan to Gyeongju station directly? Since the guesthouse is nearer to Gyeongju Station. I'm not sure if the train actually goes to Gyeongju from Busan.

    Another thing I would like to ask, we've planned to visit Bomun lake, do u know which bus or train we can take to get there. The information i found online is a bit confusing. Appreciate your help. Thanks!

  14. Zarina Jani says:

    KTX does not stop at Gyeongju station but Shin-Gyeongju.

    So you need to take a bus to Gyeongju station or transit to local train to Gyeongju station.

    KTX runs from Shin-Gyeongju to Busan and local train like Saemaeul / Mugunghwa runs from Gyeongju to Busan.

    I haven't been to Bomun lake. You may check here http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264264

  15. J-Lim says:

    Hi Zarina

    I have tried booking for KR Pass saver recently, which cost KRW 76,100 per person.
    But when I was about to confirm my reservation and input my credit card details, the amount I would have to pay is KRW95,125 instead of KRW76,100 per person.
    Have anyone of you out there face this problem before?

  16. Zarina Jani says:

    Hi J-Lim,

    I haven't put up with such situation before.

  17. Anonymous says:

    hi zarina
    i wish to ask you on KR pass.you stated that we can't book (reserve) the ticket one day before the travelling date and depends on the availability of the remaining tickets that day. So there is a danger that i might not get the ticekt on my travelling date? i planned to travel to yeosu expo end fo the month. Kindly advice. Thanks


  18. Zarina Jani says:


    That's right. Unless you are willing to opt for standing seat; standing the whole journey till Yeosu then KR Pass is not an option for you.

    Yeosu Expo is a big event so it's kinda risky to use KR Pass.

    But for me who is always on a tight budget, I don't really mind using KR Pass. ^^

  19. fareha says:

    Hi Kak Zarina,

    Thanks for this entry! I'm going to Seoul this October and planning to go to Busan as one of my destination. I'm a little confused on how to obtain the KR Pass though..hope you can help.

    If I understand correctly, I'd have to reserve a kr pass online & collect it at the train station right? (I'm planning to collect it at Seoul station) But do I have to collect/exchange to the kr pass on the actual day that I'm taking the KTX? Can I exchange to the kr pass a day earlier before I go to Busan?

    Also, I am only allowed to book for a seat on the actual day that I'm going to Busan..right?

    Thanks so much for reading through my comment! And I greatly appreciate your tips which you've put on your very helpful blog. 🙂

    – fareha

  20. Zarina Jani says:

    A'salam Fareha,

    collect the exchange pass at any of KTX station anytime before you want to ride the KTX.

    no booking for seat is allowed.

    there's so many KTX ride available almost every 30 minutes. so just go to the station and use your exchanged pass to buy the ticket.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Hello Zarina,

    I'm planning to travel around Korea with KR Pass, but I'm a little bit confused about the payment. So we have to pay it first, then we get the E-ticket? But they said if we didn't exchange the E-ticket upon our trip in Korea, it would be automatically canceled. Doesn't it make us pay upon exchange? So should I pay it here with credit card (online) or pay it after we arrive in Korea?
    Thanks a lot for your help! 🙂

  22. Anonymous says:

    Hi Zarina

    Two of us are planning to go by train from Gyeongju to Seoul next March (weekday). However, we are not sure if there is a direct Saemaeul train without any stopover. If via KTX one need to stopover over at Dongdaegu? Pls advise cost and time schedule as we are planning to arrive Seoul by 5pm latest. The online info. is a bit confusing.
    Thks – Eileen

  23. Anonymous says:

    Hello, can i check
    When I purchase the ticket online, does the date of arrival matters?
    Can I purchase the KR pass at the counter instead?
    How do I go about using the KR pass after exchanging at the station? (Like do I have to reserve seats or I just board the train like how eurail pass works?)

    Thank you so much in advance! (:

  24. AREX says:

    wow, so impressive posting about your journey in Korea. Korail pass is so good idea for traveling to out of Seoul. Especially, with saver fare price, you absolutely saved your money and you journey was much abundant surely. If you are planing to visit Korea again, I strongly recommend to have Korail pass again. Also if you don’t have any reservation before, you can buy Korail pass in ICN(airport). Thanks.

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