|The KTX speed train reaches speeds of 300 kmp, thats 168 mph!|
|Taking the train offers great views of Korea, such as the Han river.|
My first experience on the Korean railway was this weekend when I took a train down to Daegu to visit a good friend of mine. I took a Muganghwa class train which is an older train to save some money. I actually saved around 70,000 won by not taking the KTX, and it only took me an extra hour and a half. My ticket on the Muganghwa train was 22,000 won instead of the KTX price of 45,000 won, and my ticket back to Seoul was even cheaper at only 16,000 won because the train was booked and I could only buy standing class tickets. Yes, you can buy tickets where you have no seat reserved and they are even cheaper, therefore if all the seats are taken you could be standing. This happened to me on my train back to Seoul, but I didn't want to stand for 3 and 1/2 hours, so I chose to sit casually on the cozy carpeted floor of the dining car.
|A view of a KTX train from a platform in Seoul Station.|
There are five different train types that will take you around Korea. They each have their perks and flaws, which are important to know before booking a ticket. Lets take a look at what each type of train has to offer:
|KTX passengers are offered a luxury travel experience.|
The Saemaeul-class (새마을): These trains used to be the fastest way to travel around Korea before KTX opened in 1992. Saemaeul trains are just as nice as KTX trains, but they take a longer. A one way Saemeaul ticket from Seoul to Busan will cost about 39,000 won which is only about 12,000 won cheaper than KTX. This may seem like a high price to pay, when the train takes about 5 hours total. I think your better off taking KTX than Saemaeul trains because you don't save that much by taking a Saemaeu, but the total travel time is a lot longer.
|Standard seats inside of a Mugangwha train.|
|Mugangwha trains have a more colorful exterior.|
The Nooriro-class (누리로): this is a new class of trains that will eventually replace longer route Mugangwha trains. This train actually runs on the same line as line 1 of the subway system, but it makes fewer stops than the subway does. You pay the same price as the Muganghwa-class train, but you only get there a little faster. So as an obvious result, they aren't very popular yet.
|A huge Korail sign in Seoul Station.|
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