Korean Train System
South Korea is among the most modern and technologically developed countries in entire Asia and the world, thus it's no surprise that the high-speed Korea rail map is very extensive and convenient for travelers. Apart from the local metro system, the country's fast KTX trains are a favored transportation choice for connections from the capital Seoul to the other major destinations of the country. For example, the most popular domestic KTX Routes in South Korea connect such cities as Busan, Daegu, and Daejeon among others (see a map of popular Korean train routes below).
Overall length of South Korea railways: 3 668 km
Types of South Korea trains: regular & high-speed
Number of South Korea KTX routes sold on Rail.Ninja: 35+
Fastest train of South Korea high speed rail: 305 km/h
Popular Korail Trains
High-speed trains in Korea
The high-speed KTX train Korea is among the most fast and efficient modes of travel between different South Korean cities located all across the country. Such trains are considered first-class and are the best ones in South Korea.
The KTX train, short for Korea train express, has proven itself to be a modern and high-comfort means of transportation which is safe, clean, on-time, not to mention boasts an extensive schedule with numerous daily departure times in the KTX timetable to select from.
Popular South Korea trains
Coach classes: 3
- Seoul Station - Suncheon
- Suncheon - Seoul Station
- Seoul Station - Daegu
- Daegu - Seoul Station
Coach class: 1
- Busan Station - Anyang
- Anyang - Busan Station
Tips on train travel in South Korea
Is the KTX bullet train adapted for English speakers?
If you are planning long-distance travel on a bullet train South Korea, you will find that most signs have needed information written not only in Korean but also in English. Plus, in case of doubt, you may always turn for help to workers at the stations' information desks as well as the train staff, who generally speak English.
Types of Korea Trains: what to know?
On the whole, there are several types of trains running in South Korea. The most modern and fast ones are the high-speed KTX bullet trains, there are also Saemaeul regular trains and the Mugunghwa passenger trains which are often referred to as the metro.
Types of Korea Tickets
If you are planning to travel on regular local passenger trains (Saemaeul or the metro-like train called Mugunghwa) you may purchase cheaper standing-room tickets or those with assigned seats. However, for travel on high-speed KTX trains, there are 2nd and 1st class ticket options with the latter offering more spacious seats. The general rule for buying KTX train tickets is the earlier you get them, the better, here on Rail Ninja you can book your South Korea KTX tickets for departures that are as far as 2 years in advance.