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This summer I spent my vacation for trip inside Korea. Actually Korea is not such a big country, so you can reach end-to-end point for almost 5 hours by bus. But if you don’t want to spend much time in the bus, you have another option. Take a KTX (Korean Train Express). For sure, the fare is much higher compared to the bus.
Luckily for foreigner visiting or residing Korea, we can get saver price for riding KTX by using KR PASS, and for unlimited ride for some period! But, in case you are foreigner residing Korea, you must be under 25 years old or youth with International student identity card. But dont worry, they rarely check it 🙂
To get KR PASS, first you need to book it online through KORAIL homepage. Just go to the English version, then go to travelling tab, and then you can see the KR PASS tab.
Then you need to fill all the required information. Once you finish filling up the form, you will be guide to the payment page. Remember that I suggest you to use IE browser, because almost all site in Korea require some add in option in IE. You can pay your KR PASS using either credit card or Korea check card.
After Payment, What should I do?
You will be guided to the print e-ticket page. Just print your e-ticket, or you can just save it to pdf to your phone.
Remember: You need to exchange your e-ticket to the youth ticket
Please remember you cannot directly use your e-ticket. You need to go to the ticket counter (in almost of KTX station), and exchange your e-ticket with the KR PASS. And you need to tell the teller where is your destination, they will reserve the seat for you. This is the disadvantage of KR PASS. You cannot reserve a seat for KTX via internet or KORAIL app in your smartphone. So you need to go to station in advance. My suggestion, just book your roundtrip seat in advance, to avoid the possibility of full seat so you can enjoy your travel.
And please spare the time for exchanging your KR PASS. My experience: it took about 20 minutes to exchange the ticket. This happened because the teller didn’t know how to exchange the KR PASS ticket. Maybe she was not familiar with KR PASS at that time. So I missed my train that I wanted to ride because of this. I thought it will be done within 5 minutes. Poor me 😦
Yes much cheaper then regular price. Here is the price table.
See? Much cheaper right? For example, for one day pass, it only cost KRW 46,600. You can do unlimited ride of KTX for all destination inside Korea. It is much cheaper when you want to go one day trip from Seoul to Busan. Regular price one way ticket for Seoul to Busan is around KRW 50,000. So for round trip, you will cost around KRW 100,000. But using KR PASS, you just pay for KRW 46,600. Much cheaper!
You can get some discount in certain area. For example, Busan museum, Lotte Mart, etc. I forgot the detail. But you can check on the website.
Enjoy travelling in Korea using KR PASS!