It’s a cross-country adventure we signed up for. We didn’t want to take the plane because that will be costly. And since Korea offers its own high-speed railway, we decided to take the KTX to Busan.
For KTX trains, you’d have to go to Seoul Station. Seoul Station is the central hub of all trains that goes in and out of Seoul. It is also the biggest station in the Seoul Metropolitan Area and has a Lotte Department Store connected to it.
Aside from the KTX, there are also two other trains that will bring you to Busan. These are the ITX-Saemeul and the ITX-Mugunghwa. The difference between the three are the length of time it takes to reach Busan. Since we didn’t have the luxury of time, we chose to ride the KTX.
Same as with the ITX ride to Gapyeong, we decided to book our tickets online through this site. We weren’t sure how many people will decide to ride the train that day given that it was the weekend.
But, you can still buy tickets at the terminal itself.
If you have spare time, you can stroll around the area. As for me and my friend, we were hungry. It was lunch time then and we were looking for a place to eat. We found the terminal’s food court.
In the middle of it is the menu for all concessionaires. You’d just have to order at the correct one and wait for your order to be prepared.
And each concessionaire has its own return area where you will put your used utensils and plates. Korea is a fun of the clean as you go principle. We had to hurry our lunch because it was almost time for us to board the train.
I wasn’t able to document everything properly but you’d enter the passengers’ area and you’d look for the correct platform your train is on. Don’t worry, there are LED boards that details the trips and available trains on the platforms.
Here’s the confirmation, inside the train, if you’re on the correct ride.
The impressive thing, though, is that there are no checking of tickets before you ride the train and even while you’re on it. Korea is big on trusting people to do the right thing.
The inside of the train is spacious, half of the train is facing your side. There is enough legroom.
On the entrance part is a space for luggage so you won’t have to bring it inside seating area. There are also separate restrooms for men and women. Vending machines for drinks are also available as well as trash cans.
It was really a quick three hour ride that you won’t notice. You won’t even feel that you’re traveling at around 300 km/h.
Next thing you know, you’re in Busan Station. Busan Station, on the other hand, is the central hub for trains going in and out of Busan. It’s like the Seoul Station but in Busan.
We were confused, at first, where to go. But, Korea, being a tourist-friendly nation, was able to help us find our way.
The biggest difference between the Seoul and Busan Station, Busan’s subway system is not connected to the main terminal. So, you’d have to go out of the terminal and find your way to the Busan Station subway. It isn’t far so you wouldn’t have to worry.