How to Get to Nami Island and Back to Seoul!

This article will explain in detail how we went to the beautiful Nami Island and back to Seoul! There are various other ways to get to Nami Island. However, we used the method below and it worked very well for us. You can refer to our rough map of Gapyeong to help visualize the various stations. As usual, please feel free to leave any questions in the comments section below.

Also read: 8 Awesome Things to Do at Nami Island (Seoul)!

Large FieldBeautiful Nami Island

1. Take the Metro to Yongsan Station

Korail Counter at Yongsan StationFor the first part of our journey, we took the metro to Yongsan Station on Line 1. Above is a picture of the KORAIL counter at Yongsan station.

2. From Yongsan Station, Take the ITX Train to Gapyeong Station (60 minutes)

ITX-Cheongchun Train exteriorFrom Yongsan Station, we took the ITX-Cheongchun train to Gapyeong Station. The trip will take roughly 60 minutes inclusive of waiting times. Each adult ticket costs KRW 4,800. From what we read online, it is highly advisable to purchase the tickets online in advance to ensure availability. Below is how we bought the tickets.

How to buy ITX Tickets Online:

A. Go to the KORAIL booking page
Travel Category: Normal Type
Travel Type: Direct
Departure Time: Fill in your departure date. Set β€œHour” at 0 so that you can get the full list of times.
Departure / Arrival: Yongsan /Gapyeong
Train: ITX-Cheongchun
Passengers: Fill in accordingly

B. Click on the β€œInquiry” button and Select your Tickets
ITX-Cheongchun Yongsan to Gapyeong Train ScheduleAfter clicking the “Inquiry” button, I was shown the train schedule between Yongsan and Gapyeong. We chose the early timing of 8am as we wanted to avoid the crowds. This turned out to be a correct decision because when we reached Nami Island, it was still relatively tourist-free and we could take many beautiful pictures. However, about an hour after we arrived, other tourists started coming in.

C. Fill in your Particulars* and Payment Details
Korail Booking DetailsPayment Details

*Note that only one set of passport details is needed.

D. Print out the Confirmation*
Booking Confirmation

*Remember to book your return tickets too!

E. Collect your Tickets at Yongsan Station
Korail Counter at Yongsan StationITX tickets from Yongsan to GapyeongOn the departure day, we collected our tickets from the Korail counter at Yongsan station. We showed both our passports and the printed confirmations to get the tickets. This is important because they will not let you collect the ticket if you do not have these two documents.

3. From Gapyeong Station, take the “Gapyeong Tour Bus” to Nami Island Station. (5 minutes)

Gapyeong Tour Bus ScheduleAfter we reached Gapyeong Station (highlighted in yellow above), we caught the Gapyeong Tour bus and took it for one stop to the Nami Island station. Above is a picture of the bus schedule. The bus leaves on the hour every hour, and the bus fare is KRW 6000. We bought the tickets on the bus using our T-Money Card. You can use cash too. We chose to take the bus because we wanted to go Petite France as well after visiting Nami Island, and the KRW6000 bus ticket allows us to take the bus unlimited times. If you just want to visit Nami Island alone, it is more economical to take a taxi. The taxi fare is around KRW 5,000 from Gapyeong Station to Gapyeong Wharf.

4. From Nami Island Station, walk to Gapyeong Wharf (2 minutes). Then take the zipline or ferry to Nami Island.

Boarding Ferry to Nami Island
Gapyeong Wharf Ferry Ticket CounterBukhangang RiverRaevian on FerryFrom Nami Island Station, we walked for about two minutes to Gapyeong Wharf.

At Gapyeong Wharf, we originally wanted to take the zipline to Nami Island. It sounded pretty fun and seemed like a good way to enjoy a different view of Nami Island from above! The zipline costs KRW 38,000, which includes admission to Nami Island and a ferry ride back. You need to leave your bulky bags in the lockers at the reception area. You will reach Nami Island in less than 2 minutes! However, as the weather was too cold, we decided to go for the ferry ride instead.

It was a scenic ride and we enjoyed the beautiful views of Nami Island and the surrounding waters. The price of the ferry ride is KRW 8,000, which includes the admission fee to Nami Island and the trip back. The trip takes just 5 minutes.




5. Going back to Seoul – From Nami Island Station, take Gapyeong Tour Bus back to Gapyeong Station (5 minutes).

From Nami Island Station, take the Gapyeong tour bus for one stop back to Gapyeong Station Terminal. The trip will take just 5 minutes.

6. From Gapyeong Station, take the ITX train to Yongsan Station (60 minutes).

From Gapyeong Station, take the ITX-Cheongchun train back to Yongsan Station. The trip will take about an hour.

 

Going back to Seoul by Metro

1. From Nami Island Station, take Gapyeong Tour Bus back to Gapyeong Station (5 minutes).

It is also possible to get back to downtown Seoul via the metro! From Nami Island station, take the tour bus back to Gapyeong Station Terminal, which takes about 5 minutes.

2. From Gapyeong Station, take the Metro back to Seoul Station. (90 minutes)

Cheongpyeong Station against Mountains backdropWe had bought return tickets for 8pm, which was way too late for us because we finished touring both Nami Island and Petite France by about 5pm. Therefore, instead of waiting till 8pm to take the ITX high-speed train, we decided to take the metro from Gapyeong station back to Seoul station instead. The total trip took about 90 minutes inclusive of transits and waiting times.

Subway Directions from Gapyeong Station to Seoul Station (click to enlarge)
Subway Directions between Seoul and CheongpyeongClick to enlarge

1. From Gapyeong Station, we took the Kyeongchun Line (also known as Gyeongchun Line) for eleven stops towards Mangu Station.

2. From Mangu Station, we changed to the Jungang Line and took the subway for five stops to Wangsimni Station.

3. From Wangsimni Station, we changed to Line 2 and took the subway for three stops to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station.

4. From Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, we changed to Line 4 and took the subway for four stops to Seoul Station.

We had to walk for quite a distance to reach the other train line at some of the interchanges. Therefore, make sure you look carefully at the signboards to get to the correct line. After about 90 minutes, we arrived back at our pretty airbnb at Seoul Station before heading to Myeongdong for a sumptuous dinner. If you are planning to stay in Myeongdong, you can consider staying at Aloft Seoul Myeongdong, a modern cozy hotel located at the doorstep of Myeongdong shopping street.

You can also download this Seoul metro app for iPhone users. The Android version is available too. The app will help you to plan your trips between the numerous stations. The Seoul metro system has 18 lines with hundreds of stations, so this app will definitely be helpful.

If you wish to stay overnight on Nami island, you can stay at the only hotel there, the Naminara Hotel, which has pretty good reviews.

And this is the full breakdown of how to get to Nami Island and back to downtown Seoul. Hope you found it useful!

This article is part of our completely free and fantastic Ultimate Seoul Travel Guide. Why spend days researching when all your holiday information is simply a click away? πŸ™‚

Map of Gapyeong

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35 Responses to How to Get to Nami Island and Back to Seoul!

  1. gyma says:

    Hi, if I already have the KORAIL PASS 5-day pass, do I still need to purchase separate ITX Cheongchun line ticket to Gapyeong station? Is the fare included?

  2. Ctaesya says:

    Thanks for the informative post. May i know how much was the cost for the subway that you took from Cheongpyeong station to Seoul station? And how long was the journey roughly?

    • Evan says:

      Hi! Apologies I can’t remember the exact cost, but it should be cheaper than taking the ITX. The journey took about 90 minutes.

  3. AISYA SHAH says:

    Hi, Evan. Thanks for your detailed explanation. It will be such a great help to me during my visit in October. Mind if I ask, is there any way we can go back to Gapyeong Station using Gapyeong Tour Bus to Yongsan Station (just the way we came to Nami) instead of going to Cheongpyeong Station? Thanks for your prompt reply πŸ™‚

  4. Tracy says:

    Thanks for this great post! We are going to visit nami tomorrow and you made it easy to plan out our day!

  5. G says:

    Hi I’m staying in Sindang, can I take the metro from Sindang to Gapyeong station direct? Do I still need to buy a ITX ticket? This is how I intend to go back from Nami Island too. Is it ok?

    • Evan says:

      Hi G! Yes you can take the metro and no you do not need to buy the ITX ticket.

      From Sindang to Gapyeong Metro Station:
      1. From Sindang Station, take Line 2 for two stops to Wangsimni Station.
      2. From Wangsimni Station, take the Jungang Line for five stops to Mangu Station.
      3. From Mangu Station, take the Kyeongchun Line for eleven stops to Gapyeong Station.

      You can use the same method above to get back to Sindang too. Just take the metro back in the reverse direction. You can refer to this map to see where the respective stations are.

  6. Mel says:

    Thank you so much for this very detailed blog. I will definitely use this as my guide when I go to Nami.

  7. Xingwen says:

    Hi there! Do we need to book the Gapyeong station shuttle bus in advance? Or can we just buy the tickets when we arrive? Thanks!

    • Evan says:

      Hi Xingwen! There is no need to book the tickets in advance (in fact I am not even sure if you can do that). You can just buy the tickets directly on the bus using your T-Money Card or cash.

  8. Joy says:

    Hi! Thank you for the very informative post. My family and I will definitely use this when we go to Korea next month.

  9. Wong Liang Pei says:

    Hi!

    Thank you for your informative and detailed post!

    I was thinking of taking a rented car to the Ferry terminal, then take the ferry to Nami Island, as I will be doing my wedding shoot there. Would you happen to know if that is possible? Because I checked Google Maps for the driving duration, and this message “Sorry, your search appears to be outside our current coverage area for driving. ” keeps popping up.

    Thanks in advance!

  10. Mitzibelle says:

    Wow! Thank you! your post was very informative πŸ™‚

  11. Randy says:

    Hi Evan,

    I would like to ask about the KTX ticket. I’m purchasing tickets for two people. But the system only requires one person’s information when booking online right?

    Please assist. Thanks.

  12. Louie A. says:

    Hello thanks very much for this article. My family went to Nami island and followed the tips you posted here. Everything was accurate and we never had problems on our way there. It’s a wonderful place! Thanks for this post it was very helpful!

  13. Chiara M. says:

    Hello! Thank you for this! It’s really helpful. I just wanted to ask, is the ticket automatically round trip from Yongsan to Gapyeong and back? Or do we have to book a separate ticket back to Yongsan? Thank you!

  14. Rosa Kim says:

    Hi Evan!
    This is a great post for people who want to go to Nami island.

    However, I would like to recommend a shuttle bus service that is a more convenient way to get to Nami Island. This bus operates directly from Seoul (Insadong , Namdaemun and Myeongdong) to Nami Island, so you do not need to transfer several times.

    If you want to get more details,you can check out the below website.
    http://namibus.araweb.kr/client/reserve/info.php

  15. Malory says:

    Hi! I was just wondering how much did it cost you to take the Metro subway to go back?

    • Raevian says:

      Hello Malory the trip between Gapyeong and Seoul Station cost around KRW 2,400, which is about USD 2.00

  16. Mia Guy says:

    Is it necessary to book the ferry tickets online? or the ticket is always available at the ticket counter at nami island station?

    Thank you!

  17. Erika says:

    Hi thank you for this informative post! It really helped with planning my way to Nami Island next week. Just wondering, I have already booked the ITX train going to Nami Island but I haven’t booked the way back because the timing is too late for us. You have mentioned using the metro and I’m curious if we can pre-book it (online like the ITX) and if it also has specific departure times. Thank you!

    • Evan says:

      Hi Erika! I have just checked the ITX schedule for Gapyeong going back to Yongsan, and I see many departure times at hourly intervals between 2pm and 10pm. Therefore I don’t think you should be having any problems with timings. As for the metro, it is a typical subway train. You are not able to pre-book it online, and it runs at regular intervals like any other subway system.

  18. Lindsey says:

    Hello, thank you for your informative post! We are planning to go to Nami Island and Petite France this September. We want to skip the crowd too, but we only have the weekend days left. Do you think we can skip the crowd if we caught the 8am train? Thanks!

    • Evan says:

      Hi Lindsey! Like most attractions, it would be better to visit on a weekday to avoid the crowd. For us, we took the 8am train on a Tuesday and the island was practically empty when we reached. Therefore, even though you are going on a weekend, I think the island should still be relatively peaceful if you caught the 8am train.

  19. Gordon says:

    Hi, your article is really useful. We are planning to go Nami Island this November. I have two questions.

    Firstly, is the ticket for Gapyeong Tour Bus a day ticket? Or is it just a one-way ticket?

    Secondly, if we go to Nami Island using the zipline, how do we bring our baggage across?

    Thank you!

    • Evan says:

      Hi Gordon!

      First question: The ticket for Gapyeong Tour Bus costs KRW 6000 and it is a day ticket, meaning you can get off and get on at each stop freely.

      Second question: If you are planning to take the zipline, you would need to leave your bulky bags in the lockers at the reception area, and collect it later when you take the ferry back to Gapyeong Wharf.

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