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Where do I board the train from Seoul to Jinju?
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Free World



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:13 am    Post subject: Where do I board the train from Seoul to Jinju? Reply with quote

I am planning to take an overnight train to Jinju from Seoul on Friday night.
I have taken the KTX from Seoul Station before but I have never taken the other train (Mugunghwa).

Does anyone know where I would go to buy my ticket and board the train? Also would I be able to buy a ticket just before I leave or do the ticket windows close at night?

Thanks for any help!
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tzechuk



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are overnight trains in Korea?!
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Free World



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It leaves Seoul at 22:52 and gets to Jinju at 05:13 .... not a super long trip but I think I'll probably sleep. Wink
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Tiger Beer



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:29 am    Post subject: Re: Where do I board the train from Seoul to Jinju? Reply with quote

Free World wrote:
I am planning to take an overnight train to Jinju from Seoul on Friday night.
I have taken the KTX from Seoul Station before but I have never taken the other train (Mugunghwa).

Does anyone know where I would go to buy my ticket and board the train? Also would I be able to buy a ticket just before I leave or do the ticket windows close at night?

Thanks for any help!

I taught in JinJu one summer for a camp. Unless things drastically changed, the quickest way to get there was on a bus.

But if there is a train, best to get the ticket as soon as possible. Those things DO get sold out, and it would really suck to be standing on an overnight train.

You can buy train tickets at Seoul Station at the ticket windows.
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Free World



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks TB!
I was wondering about busses. Do you know if there is a bus website that I could get info from?
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The evil penguin



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know about a website but definitely try for the bus instead of the train.... And don't worry about trying for the express bus. Just the normal bus is hassle free and for whatever reason actually seems to be quicker. About 4 to 4 and half hours

Reckon i'll be might passing thru there myself this weekend..... biking it though, not busing.....
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Talia



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 7:54 am    Post subject: Bus to Jinju Reply with quote

I have the same problem. I was thinking of catching the overnight train from Seoul to Jinju, but taking a bus sounds like it may be a better option. I've never bought a bus or train ticket in Korea before. Can i get a train ticket at Seoul station??? Does anyone know how late the ticket booths are open for? I'll have to get it after work Friday night, so I'm hoping they'll still be open.
Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks!!
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Tiger Beer



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can buy train tickets at Seoul Station..

I am not sure how late they are open.. but I've been there past 9:30pm and the ticket windows were open.. I'm guessing open until the last train leaves (which is.. ahmm.. somewhere between 11pm and 1am? - I am not entirely sure on that).

Sorry can't be more precise.

Regarding bus stations.. Express Bus Terminal (near Gangnam) would be the place (unless its changed - its been awhile since I've taken a bus southbound - but thats the traditional place for buses southbound).

(Not sure when they close - probably right before the last bus leaves).
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Talia



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Tiger Beer! You've been very helpful! I appreciate it! Take care.
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tzechuk



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, for what it's worth, here is what I found out about transportation from Seoul to Jinju:

1. you can fly. Korea Air flies twice daily. 8am and 5pm. Asiana: 9am and 3pm.

2. train - you know that already.

3. Bus:

a. from the Express Bus Terminal in Gangnam: 6am - midnight, every 20 minutes

from East Seoul Express Bus Terminal: 7am - 6pm, 5 times a day

Flying is an hour, train 5 hours 45 minutes and bus is 3 hours 50 minutes.

Deluxe bus is 18.500 won, normal bus is 15.600 won.

Hope this helps.
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Free World



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tzechuk wrote:
Hope this helps.


It does, very much. Thank you!

Thanks everyone for your info and suggestions. I'm much obliged.
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Free World



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS.
Tzechuk, where did you find the bus info? Was it on the web? In English?
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just because



Joined: 01 Aug 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here is the english one but it appears to be broken and shows no times..only fares
http://www.kobus.co.kr/eng/index.jsp

So here is the same Korean one that is working fine
http://www.exterminal.co.kr/main.htm

Anyway, here is the daily timetable from Seoul Express(gangnam) Bus Station to jinju
Time Bus type Com. seats left(not important)
06:00 우등고속 동양 26
06:20 우등고속 중앙 26
06:40 우등고속 동양 27
07:00 일반고속 동양 36
07:20 우등고속 동양 27
07:40 우등고속 중앙 27
08:00 우등고속 동양 27
08:20 우등고속 중앙 27
08:40 우등고속 중앙 27
09:00 일반고속 중앙 37
09:20 우등고속 동양 27
09:40 우등고속 동양 27
10:00 우등고속 중앙 27
10:20 우등고속 동양 27
10:45 우등고속 중앙 27
11:00 일반고속 동양 37
11:20 우등고속 중앙 27
12:00 우등고속 동양 27
12:30 우등고속 중앙 27
13:00 일반고속 중앙 37
13:20 우등고속 동양 27
13:40 우등고속 동양 27
14:00 우등고속 중앙 27
14:20 우등고속 동양 27
14:40 우등고속 중앙 26
15:00 일반고속 동양 37
15:20 우등고속 중앙 27
15:40 우등고속 동양 27
16:00 우등고속 동양 26
16:20 우등고속 중앙 27
16:40 우등고속 동양 27
17:00 우등고속 중앙 27
17:30 일반고속 중앙 37
18:00 우등고속 동양 27
18:30 우등고속 동양 27
19:00 우등고속 중앙 26
19:30 우등고속 동양 27
20:00 일반고속 동양 37
20:30 우등고속 동양 26
21:00 우등고속 중앙 27
22:10 심야우등 동양 23
23:00 심야우등 중앙 27
24:00 심야우등 중앙 25

일반고속(the normal ones) cost 15 100 won
우등고속 (the comfy ones) cost 18 500 won(I always take these, it is worth the extra)
심야우등(night buses) cost 20 000 won(expect these to be frigging packed on weekends - not fun)

Time is 3 hours and 50 minutes
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tzechuk



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Free World wrote:
PS.
Tzechuk, where did you find the bus info? Was it on the web? In English?


No, Korean. I just searched for Seoul- jinju express bus and got all that.
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Free World



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2005 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful!
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