South Korea

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Country Details

Name: South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea; 대한민국; Daehan Minguk
Language: Korean
Currency: South Korean Won (KRW); (₩)

National railway system

National Railway Operator

Korean Railroad (Korail). Travel information and Booking is handled by Let's Korail.

Infrastructure Authority

KRNA Korea Rail Network Authority; 한국철도시설공단

UIC code

numeric 61; alpha KNR


Information is available at the Man in Seat 61.

Journey Planner

The Letskorail journey planner.

Downloadable Timetable

KTX (high speed) trains.

Ordinary trains.

The downloaded excel format timetables, both effective from 2 April 2015, are in Korean only but with station names in English as well.

Printed Timetable

None known.

Summary timetables are available in some editions of the European Rail Timetable.

Engineering Information



Printed Maps

  • Quail Map Company's Korea, North and South, Railway Map ISBN: 978 1898319 21 4 was published in 1996.

Web-based Maps


Korea Rail Pass information is available on the Let's Korail website. Note that the Happy Rail Pass appears to be restricted to foreigners who live in Korea.





25kV 50Hz on all the Korail operated network except the Ilsan Line, AREX 1500V DC on all rapid transit networks including the Korail Ilsan Line

Rule of the road

Left; right on some of the Seoul metro lines not operated by Korail.

Other Railways


Tourist Lines


Seoul, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon, Incheon.



Recent and Future Changes

In July 2016, the government approved the following new lines:

  • Chuncheon - Sokcho (94 km) in the northeastern province of Gangwon.

And south of Seoul

  • A link from the Seoul – Busan high speed line to Eocheon station on the Su-In Line (3.5 km)
  • A link at Soejeong-ri (4.7 km) to enable more high speed trains to serve Suwon.

Obscure or Sparse Passenger Services

See PSUL World Beyond Europe

Special Notes