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.
Beautiful Nami Island
1. Take the Metro to Yongsan Station
For 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)
From 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 “Hour” at 0 so that you can get the full list of times.
Departure / Arrival: Yongsan /Gapyeong
Passengers: Fill in accordingly
B. Click on the “Inquiry” button and Select your Tickets
After 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
*Note that only one set of passport details is needed.
D. Print out the Confirmation
E. Collect your Tickets at Yongsan Station
On 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)
After 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 about KRW 6,000. We bought the tickets on the bus using our T-Money Card. You can use cash too. We took the bus because we wanted to go Petite France as well. If you just want to visit Nami Island, 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.
From 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)
We had bought round trip ITX tickets (Yongsan to Cheongpyeong and vice versa), but the earliest return timing from Cheongpyeong station back to Yongsan station was at 8pm, which was way too late for us. 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)
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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 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.
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.
And this is the full breakdown of how to get to Nami Island and back to downtown Seoul. Hope you found it useful!
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