Riding the KTX Train from Seoul to Busan and Vice Versa (plus how to book a ticket)

I was able to convince my friends to stay for a night at Busan since I  saw somewhere that the sunrise at Busan was too beautiful for words and photos cannot give justice to how it looks in real life.

Busan is actually far from Seoul and you need to ride the KTX train. There were not much blogs that wrote about this so I’m glad to be able to be one of those who will share the “how to” to you guys! The train ride from Seoul to Busan is around 2hr40min and from  Busan to Seoul is the same (2hr40min).

First thing to do is book a Korail ticket on the KTX website -> click me

This is what you’ll see when you click the “click me”

1. Choose your Korail Pass Type
2. Enter your necessary details
3. click No for Railplus

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Since we were going to spend 2 days in Busan we chose the Korail Pass FX (2days) – this is the flexi 2day Korail pass.

These are the rates:

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we chose youth! youth is only valid for those who are 13 – 25 years old

After paying, there will be a PDF file that you have to print/save that looks like this.

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pls don’t forget to bring this!! you’ll show this at the counter

Seoul – Busan

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1. Go to Seoul Station (Airport railroad line, line 1, line 4)

2. Get out at exit 1

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follow the KTX signs
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ride the escalator/s
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turn left at the end of the escalator/s
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as soon as you enter head over the ticket booth
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line up and prepare the printed Korail ticket

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right side of the ticket booth

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we were one of the first people to arrive so we took some photos
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lol at my friend because “Train to Busan”

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inside the train!
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there is a table where you can place your food or coffee but there are no charging stations so make sure your portable chargers are fully charged
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had to take this “zombie” photo as soon as we arrived at Busan! For those who don’t get the reference, there is a “thriller” movie from South Korea which is titled “Train from Busan” ps. my face is not sticked to the floor!! it’s just a camera angle

Busan – Seoul

Go to Busan Station (this is where you go out coming from Seoul)

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outside Busan station
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as soon as you the station find the tickets sign
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follow the “tickets” sign
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ride the escelator
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you’ll see the ticket booth immediately, don’t forget to show the Korail ticket you printed
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since the train will leave at 8:10 pm and we will arrive Seoul at 10:43 pm, we decided to have dinner at Busan Station
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we decided to eat at Ok Sushi

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all of us ordered the Unaju
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finally arrived at Seoul!

all photos taken using an iPhone

Hope this can help anyone who are coming from Seoul and would like to travel to Busan!

💚, R


Read about our other Seoul or Busan adventures

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