[D2] Hitch a ride with Korail’s O- Train

I guess most of you are much familiar with the train terms in Korea like Korail or KTX.
But what about those ‘inter-train rides’ where the locals uses them to travel?
I’m going to do a short introduction on O train rides in this entry though.
(I will touch up on V train in the later part of the trip~ ^^)

In April 2013, The Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL) has opened the new O-Train and V-Train routes for both the locals and tourists who are travelling within the central of Korea. This allows them to enjoy the scenic mountains scenery instead of the boring tunnels during their train journey. 🙂

The O-train derives its name from the word “One” as the three provinces (Gangwon-do, Chungcheongbuk-do, Gyeongsangbuk-do) in the country’s central inland region are connected by this circular route.
The entire O-Train course route is about 257.2 km and it takes approximately five hours(excluding 3hours train trek from Seoul).

Both Andy and I arrived at the Seoul Station as early as 7am on that day.
(our excited yet sleept face. LOL)
As we booked our train tickets via online before our trip, we need to collect our train pass and tickets for each individual train rides.(Note that it’s ONLY available in Korean, if you does not understand korean but wish to purchase it, you’ll need to head down to Seoul Station Ticket Counter and purchase it on YOUR OWN! 😦 ) 

Our 3days train pass that cost us only 54,200won(student price) instead of 77,500won.

Here’s the price chart for O Train pass.

Train Rides notice Board. 🙂

Having a long train rides and worries about getting hungry?
Why not grab a bento set before you hop onto your rides?

Price range for a bento set cost from 5,000won to 13,000won (depending on the food) and it usually consists the food, a drink(plain water) and a soup!
Reasonable price I would say. 😀
Doesn’t it looks tempting? No more fast-food! 😛
(I was on diet actually. HAHAHAHA)

The cute and cheerful O Train! Even the train-master is cute enough to pose for us. ^^

The O train was a four-car train which could with different concept for individual/couples/families travellers!
(Oh! Our’s is individual though. ^^)

 I’m loving you O train because…..
they provides power-plug!
(This is the life-saver for ALL bloggers/youngsters I suppose.ㅋㅋㅋ)

If you prefer not to eat at your seat, you could opt and sit at this long bench located at the end of the individual cart though. 😀

Presenting you guys our yummy yet healthy bento(s). 😛

I’m happy with my 7,000won(approx 8SGD) bento! 😀

안녕 Seoul! I’ll be back soon! ^^

Had a quick walk around the 4 different train carts after my food. ^^
Family corner.

Singles(viewing deck) and Couples corner.

YES! There is a children’s play area too.

A mini snack cafe on the train too~ (If you’re travelling at night, they served bentos(limited sets) and instant food too!)

random shots.

*TATA*

After about 2hours journey, we finally arrived at Punggi Train Station

To know more about O&V Train details, check out the links below:
VisitKorea Site – Page 1, Page 2 (Click to enter)
Korail Train (In korean only)

xoxo,
yyann

 

Special Thanks to the following Sponsors that made this trip happen:
– Korea Tourism Organization (Singapore)
– EG Sim Card
Accommodation in Seoul:

– Center Mark Hotel (via Hana Tour)

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19 thoughts on “[D2] Hitch a ride with Korail’s O- Train

  1. tt8310

    Hi Yan, thank you very much for sharing your trip to Korea. We have planned a mega family trip to Korea in early Nov 13. We have young & old hence is looking at a 1 day O train trip rather than 2. Can I ask if you have done a 1 day trip or a 2 days trip? If 1 day, is this a round trip train? Ie. Board from Seoul Station & ends at Seoul station on the same day? Please share. Thank you.

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    1. yyann

      Hihi,

      I think Early nov is a great time(cooling weather!)

      For my Otrain, it’s more like a 3day. But you might want to opt its out as a 2D1N trip(upcoming post will refelct) though. Personally, I think Yeongju, Gyeongbuk Province(O train stop at Punggi station) is a good and nice place to walk about. 🙂

      For O train, it more like for ppl to head out of Seoul city to another province though.
      Hope it helps! 🙂

      xoxo,
      yyann

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  2. Anim

    Hihi, i have a bigggg family to travel with o train . This is what we planned
    1. Take the earliest o train from seoul to Buncheon
    2. Then from buncheon, take V train to Cheoram
    3. From cheoram continue with o-train to Jeongseon
    4. Stay the night in jeongseon
    5. The next day take o train back to seoul

    My questions
    1. Is our itinery possible?
    2. What time will the train reach jeongseon so that we can plan our stay in jeongseon?
    3. What time should we take the last o train from jeongseon to go back to seoul?

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  3. ms_woon

    Hi
    Would you be able to help me with a few questions on o and v train?
    1. From seoul to v train, do i need to change train at jecheon and yeongju? Do i have to wait for connecting trains?
    2. If I would like to stay over at Jeongseong, which direction of the o train would you recommend?

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    1. yyann

      Hi Ms woon,

      could you kindly leave down your email address so I could send you an email regarding this issue?
      Thanks!

      xoxo,
      yyann

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  4. Mey

    Hi Yyann,

    1. Take the earliest o train from seoul to Buncheon
    2. Then from buncheon, take V train to Cheoram
    3. From cheoram continue with o-train to Jeongseon
    4. Stay the night in jeongseon
    5. The next day take o train back to seoul

    I also want to know how to set up the above itinerary.

    my email address is maywan83@hotmail.com

    Thank you.

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    1. yyann

      Hi Beth,

      At the current moment, you could only purchase the O train tickets on the Korean site. There’s nothing much to be done online as they did not open up the reservation for O & V Train tickets on the english site.

      Hope this clear your doubts!
      Thanks!

      xoxo,
      yyann

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  5. Irina Angelova

    Hello, I tried to make a reservation for 3 days o-train pass but cannot find where in the website is it. I found only one days tour. Can you share the link for making a reservation for 3 days trip???

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  6. Jes

    hi!
    i just got my o train day pass for an impending trip and I’m wondering what should i do next, do i reserve a seat online or do i just go to the counter to get a seat ticket on the day itself?
    And once when the seoul train reaches jechon, do i have to get another ticket from jechon station for the o train?

    I’m really confuse. please help!!!

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    1. yyann

      Hi Jes,

      If you managed to get your pass from the korean site, you should be able to reserve a seat online.
      I would highly recommend you to reserve a seat via online instead of heading down to Seoul Station to get a seat instead. 🙂

      If you get the pass as 1day/3days/5days package, you can hop onto the train w/o getting additional ticket. Unless the ticket you had booked is just a 1way ticket to Jechon, then you will need to get a new train ticket from the train counter. 🙂

      Hope it helps!

      xoxo,
      yyann

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    1. yyann

      Hi Caleb,

      Unfortunately, I couldn’t be able to help you.
      I hada check on the website and I suppose there is a technical error. The O & V train tickets are still not available to the foreigners for purchase. Even if you’re on the Korean site, you need a Korean Credit Card to make the payment as our CC doesn’t works as well.

      Hope it helps!

      xoxo,
      yyann

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  7. Tika

    Hi Yyann,

    I’ve also same itinerary like May as per below :
    1. Take the earliest o train from seoul to Buncheon
    2. Then from buncheon, take V train to Cheoram
    3. From cheoram continue with o-train to Jeongseon
    4. Stay the night in jeongseon
    5. The next day take o train back to seoul

    Can email me also for the itinerary that you have set up for May. My email address is an93l_1ka@yahoo.co.id

    Can we use KRPass 3days saver for Otrain & Vtrain route?

    Thank you so much for your reply.

    Tika

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  8. Tony

    Hi Yyann,

    We would be visiting Korea in October 2015 and your blog was a really good find for us!

    As you mentioned, we would need to visit the Korean website and a Korean credit card. And I believe we would need a Korean mobile phone for confirmation? This makes it impossible for foreigners to make bookings online. I would assume that it would be pure luck if we are able to purchase the O-Train pass at Seoul station as these trains are extremely popular.

    How did you book the O-Train and V-Train pass? By chance, you have a Korean credit card and phone? Maybe we should apply for a Korean credit card… 🙂

    Tony

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