From Seoul, you can get to Nami Island by riding a bus, boarding the train, and riding a ferry. The fastest way to get to Nami Island from Seoul is by riding the ITX train.
There are various ways to get to Nami Island. First, you can avail of the tour package such as guided tours offered online by popular travel agencies. Second, get there by DIY using public transportation.
The first option has an advantage as it is a lot easier. You only need to get to the pickup point set by the travel/bus company in the morning. In the afternoon, you also need to get to the pickup point in Nami so the bus company will then bring you back to Seoul.
Meanwhile, by public transportation, there are two possible routes if you will be traveling from Seoul. First, from Insa-dong, you can go to Seoul train station to ride the ITX train. The second is to go to Cheongnyangi Station to ride the ITX to get to Gapyeong Station.
This article will cover the second route. I choose to go to Nami Island by ITX train because it is faster. It only stops at specific train stations. ITX stands for Intercity Train Express.
Step 1: Ride Bus 720 bound for Dapsimni Station at Jongno 3-ga bus stop
From Insa-dong, Jongno 3-ga bus stop is less than 10 minute walk. The inter-arrival time for Bus 720 is between 15 minutes to 20 minutes.
Ride the Bus 720 at Jongno 3-ga bus stop bound for Dapsimni Station then alight at Cheongnyangni Station Transfer Center 13 stops after. The travel distance is 5.07 km and the travel time is between 25 minutes to 35 minutes. The one-way bus fare is 1200 South Korean won. You can use your T-Money Card to pay for the bus fare.
Step 2: Walk from Cheongnyangni Station Transfer Center to Cheongnyangni Station
From the bus stop, walk 170 meters for about 3 minutes to get to the train station.
Step 3: Buy an ITX Train Ticket at Cheongnyangni Station
The one-way ticket price for the ITX-Cheongchun train is 4600 South Korean won per adult, and 2300 South Korean won per child.
You can walk in at the Cheongnyangni Station and buy the ticket at the counter. Or you can pre-book your ticket online at http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfTicketSearch.do.
We just walk-in at the Cheongnyangni Station and bought the ticket at the counter. We get a “Standing Only” ticket because, at that time, it is the only one available for us. According to the staff at the ticket counter. The good thing though, is that during our ride, there are available vacant seats on the train for us as pointed out by the train conductor.
Be mindful of the arrival time of the train at the station so you will not miss it. Board the train at the given time then alight at the Gapyeong Station.
Step 4: Board the Train at Cheongnyangni Station then Alight at Gapyeong Train Station
Board the ITX Cheongchun train bound for Chuncheon at Cheongnyangni Station then alight at Gapyeong Station 7 stops after. The travel distance is 49.172 Km and the travel time is between 40 minutes to 70 minutes.
Step 5: Ride Bus bound for Nami Island Wharf
From the Gapyeong train station exit, walk 92.8 meters for about 2 minutes to get to Gapyeong Bus Stop. From there, ride Bus 33-5 or Gapyeong City tour bus to get to Namiseom Island bus stop. The travel distance is 1.93 Km and the travel time is between 5 minutes to 10 minutes. The one-way bus fare is around 6000 South Korean won per adult and 4000 South Korean won per child for an all-day pass.
From Namiseom Island Bus Stop walk 255 meters for about 3 minutes to get to Nami Island Wharf.
Step 6: Buy a Ticket for Nami Island
Before you can enter Nami Island, you need to purchase a ticket for either Zipline or a ferry ride. The ticket price is between 7000 South Korean won to 44000 South Korean won per person.
There are two ways to get to the island, you can either take the Zipline or board the Ferry. If you want an extreme experience then take the Zipline. For a little laid-back experience then I recommend that you take the Ferry.
Step 7: Ride a Ferry bound for Nami Island
From Nami Island Wharf ride a ferry bound for Naminaru Wharf. The cost of a Ferry and entrance fee to Nami Island is 13000 South Korean won per person. The travel distance is 870 meters and the travel time is between 6 minutes to 8 minutes. Walk 44 meters for about 50 seconds to get to the entrance to Nami Island.
Congratulations! After Step 7, you now arrived on Nami Island.
How to Go to Seoul from Nami Island?
- Step 1: Ride a Ferry from Naminaru Wharf to Nami Island Wharf. The travel distance is 870 meters and the travel time is between 6 to 8 minutes.
- Step 2: At the Namiseom Island bus stop, ride Bus 33-5 or Gapyeong City tour bus to get to Gapyeong train station.
- Step 3: At Gapyeong Station, ride the ITX train bound for Cheongnyangni Station in Seoul. The bus fare is 4600 South Korean won per person.
How far is Nami Island from Seoul?
By taking public transportation, the road distance between Namsan Seoul Tower and Nami Island is 64 Km to 69 Km. The travel time is around 2 hours 15 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes.
Which Train Station is nearest to Nami Island?
Gapyeong Station is the nearest train station to Nami Island. It is only 2.24 Km away by public transportation or about 5 to 10 minutes drive. On a straight path, Nami Island is only 1.75 KM away from Gapyeong Station.
How much is the Budget for One Day Trip to Nami Island from Seoul?
The total cost for a one-day trip to Nami Island is between 50600 to 81600 South Korean won or US $38.43 to $61. 97 per person. If the exchange rate is 1 South Korean won is equal to 0.00076 US Dollar. Add an extra budget per person, if you will buy souvenirs and stuff on the island.
How much is a meal on Nami Island?
The food cost in Nami Island is between 20000 to 30000 South Korean won per meal per person
How much is the Entrance fee for Nami Island?
The entrance fee to Nami Island is 13000 South Korean won for adults and 7000 South Korean won for children. It includes a round-trip ferry ride and an entrance fee to the island. The cost for the Zipline ride plus the entrance fee is 44000 South Korean won.
How long is the travel time from Seoul to Nami Island?
It is between 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the waiting time for the arrival of the bus and train.
Does it snow on Nami Island?
Yes, it does snow on Nami Island. During our visit in December which is the Winter season, there was snow in Nami.
How long is the ferry ride or Zipline to get to the Island?
It is around 6 minutes to 8 minutes excluding the ferry waiting time at the wharf. By the Zipline, the travel time is between 90 seconds to 120 seconds to reach the island.
Can I use a T-Money card to pay for the ITX Train Ticket
No, there is a separate ticket for the ITX Train which you can purchase at the respective train station.
How many hours should I spend on Nami Island?
You can spend between 2 hours to 3 hours of your time enjoying the whole place. Explore the place like you are walking in the park.
How many days should I Spend in Seoul?
The ideal number of days to spend is between 3 to 5 days. A 3-day itinerary is enough to visit the tourist spots in Seoul, but a 5-day itinerary is ideal if you plan to visit Nami Island.
*There you have it guys, I hope this helps