KTX High-Speed Train

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Korea Train Express

South Korea boasts a well-developed high-speed railway system, offering convenient connections on modern bullet trains between the country's capital and other major destinations in short periods of time. One of the most popular rail routes is the one from Seoul to Busan. The most popular fast trains are called KTX and KTX Sancheon which are operated by Korail. As a rule, there are 10 or 20 train cars forming the train set as well as several coach classes to choose from: 2nd Class (Standard) usually has seats arranged 2 by 2, whereas the KTX first class have a 2 by 1 arrangement. Both classes of the Korea Train Express offer spacious comfortable seats, have onboard bathroom facilities, vending machines. Among the biggest advantages of travel on KTX Korea trains is that there are 10+ daily departures in the KTX schedule to select from, making train travel in Korea simple and convenient.
 

How fast is the KTX train?

On average such a Korea train travels at the speed of 305 kph (approximately 190 mph), the maximum possible KTX speed is 330 kph (205 mph).

KTX Stations

As mentioned previously, Korea rail is a very developed transportation network, and a great perk of taking a South Korea train is that departures and arrivals are at central stations. The most popular KTX station is the Seoul Station. Other major South Korea train stations servicing the high-speed KTX train are Busan Station and Daejeon Station.

How to buy KTX tickets?

Those who plan to buy KTX tickets should know that KTX online booking is available here on Rail Ninja. You may purchase roundtrip tickets, plus make your KTX bookings for departure dates that'll be as far as 2 years ahead. It is also possible to get KTX tickets directly at the stations, yet you may encounter the possibility of no availability and higher rates for last-minute purchases as opposed to tickets with prior KTX reservation. After recieving your ticket, make sure to print it out or at least have it on your mobile device as you'll be asked to show it together with your passport when boarding the train.

KTX Lines

When looking at the KTX map it is clearly seen that there are 4 major lines making up the Korea high-speed rail. All lines begin in the capital city, Seoul. The KTX Gyeongbu Line from northwest to southeast Korea includes such cities like Busan, Ulsan, Daejeon, Suwon, among others. The KTX Gyeongjeon Line has a similar route as the previously mentioned one and stretches to towns, including Changwon. The KTX Honam Line travels mostly along the west coast of the country from north to south from Seoul to Makpo. The fourth line, KTX Jeolla Line, is used for linking Seoul with southern destinations like Suncheon.

KTX train seat map

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Travel Classes Onboard KTX Train

  • 1st Class

    More spacious, air-conditioned with extra legroom and adequate space for luggage. Electrical sockets and WI-FI are available. Seats are covered in fabric or leather. 

  • 2nd Class

    Standard seats with textile coverings. Seat configuration may vary. Electrical sockets are not necessarily available.

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Seoul - Daejeon
Seoul - Busan
Busan - Seoul
Daejeon - Seoul
Busan - Ulsan
Cheonan - Seoul
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Busan - Gwangmyeong
Ulsan - Daejeon
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Busan - Daejeon
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Daejeon - Busan
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Busan - Cheonan
Mokpo - Gwangmyeong
Ulsan - Cheonan
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Pohang - Daejeon
Cheonan - Ulsan
Daejeon - Pohang
Seoul - Pohang
Jeonju - Suncheon
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Cheonan - Busan
Pohang - Gwangmyeong
Suncheon - Jeonju
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Customer reviews

  • Recently took this train to Busan, very fast and convenient mode of travel!
    Kim G.