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By Air

Korean Air and Asiana Airlines provide a domestic flight network linking Seoul to Korea's 16 major cities. Flying time to any of these destinations is approximately one hour's duration. Reservations and ticketing can be done by calling a travel agent or the airline office.

The main domestic airport is Seoul Gimpo (GMP), located 17km (10 miles) from the city. The first phase of a railway link between Incheon Airport and Gimpo Airport (41 km/26 miles) was completed in 2005. In 2008, the second phase of the project, a 20.5km (12.5 miles) stretch between Gimpo and Seoul, will be complete. Facilities include currency exchange, pharmacy, children’s restroom, post office, gift shop, duty free shop, car hire, local products' shop, restaurant and travel information desk.

Departure tax: KRW 3000-5000

By Rail

The train service in Korea is provided and operated by the Korean National Railroad (KORAIL). Tourists can use this fast, safe and reliable service with very reasonable prices. Trains are operated by strict schedules, and there is no delay or traffic jam like traveling by automobile, so that you can get your destination on time at any time of the year. KORAIL's routes literally cover all over the country, and there are three kinds of trains being operated: the Super-Express Saemaeul-ho, Express Mugunghwa-ho, and Limited Express Tongil-ho.

The Super-Expresss Saemaeul-ho
This train service provides various services for passengers: clean and spacious seats, the fastest train speed, pay-phone service, and tables for notebook computers on seats. For these reasons, so many business people like to use the Super-Express Saemaul-ho, yet it is the most expensive train service. The train is divided with the first- and second-class sections, and passengers can also use the dinning room section of the train.

The Express Mugunghwa-ho
Most passengers prefer Mugunghwa-ho to go from one city to another city. It also provides a very clean and comfortable service to passengers with most routes. The train is divided with the first- and second-class sections.

Rail Passes
Korea Rail Pass: The Korea Rail Pass allows visitors free travel with reserved seats on any KR train (except subways) within a three-, five-, seven- or 10-day period. Saver passes are available for groups of between two and five people, and Youth passes for people aged between 13 and 25 years old. A Korea Rail Pass voucher can be purchased at certain offices and travel agencies abroad and exchanged for the actual pass at Korean railway stations. The voucher must be exchanged within 60 days from the date of purchase. For further details, contact the Korea National Tourist Organisation.

Korea Rail Pack: This is a rail pass which includes accommodation and sightseeing services as well as the actual rail journey. Packs are available for two-, three- or five-days and include a free pick-up/drop-off service for major hotels in downtown Seoul, hotel accommodation with breakfast and an English speaking guide throughout. Routes covered include: Seoul-Gyeongju, Seoul-Gyeongju-Busan, Seoul-Andong and Busan-Seoul. Children under three years travel free of charge and children under 10 years get a 30 per cent discount. Pre-booking is essential and the money for the journey must be received at least two weeks before departure (website: www.korail.go.kr).


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