Getting around Korea just keeps getting easier for international visitors, especially when you’re riding the rails! As of August 2017, foreign travelers can book their train tickets to destinations all over the country entirely online using the new KORAIL PASS. The new hassle-free service makes Korea’s extensive rail network more accessible than ever, which is great news for both the busy business traveler and the adventurous sightseer looking to make the most out of their visit.
KORAIL in a Nutshell The Korea Railroad Corporation, or KORAIL, is Korea’s national railroad operator, providing train services all across the country, as well as a number of metro services like Seoul’s Line 1, which opened all the way back in 1974. Others include the high-speed KTX intercity service made famous in the smash-hit zombie flick Train To Busan, and a fleet of special ‘tourist’ trains, which take passengers to hotspots beyond the city limits, like the DMZ ‘Peace Train’, hotel-style ‘Rail Cruise Haerang’, and the ‘Sea Train’, which explores Korea’s ever-blue east coast.
Who can get a KORAIL Pass? The pass is exclusive to foreigners, either visiting (ie – tourists) or living in Korea. For foreign nationals, it replaces the older Happy Pass.
How it Works First, a KORAIL Pass is purchased for a specific time period, eg – 1-day, 7 days, etc. The bearer can then travel freely on all trains services in the KORAIL network within the period purchased. For specific journeys, they can use the pass to purchase tickets and reserve seats via the KORAIL website up to 30 days ahead of their trip. Note that the KORAIL Pass itself can be purchased up to 90 days before use, giving you plenty of time to plan your itinerary.