How to Go to Nami Island from Seoul?

In this post, I will share with you how to go from Insadong Seoul to Nami Island by bus, ITX-Cheongchun train, and Ferry. This option is like the budget version to get to Naminara Island, one of the popular tourist attractions outside of Seoul, South Korea.

To give you a little background about Nami island, according to Wikipedia, it is named after the Korean General. It is, where the “Winter Sonata,” a popular Korean TV series was filmed in the early 2000s.

Nami Island is popular with tourists because of its landscape, where the alignment of trees is very visible. Aside from that, the trees change the color of their leaves depending on the Seasons. For example, in Summer, the leaves are colored green, in Autumn it is colored red, and they turned yellow during Spring. Being the film location of a popular Korean TV Series is also a plus.

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, is get there by public transportation.

The first option has an advantage as it is a lot easier since 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.

If you want more adventure, you can go to Nami island on your own using different public transportation. The advantage is you can arrive early to Nami, maybe a few hours ahead of the crowd that availed the travel package. It is also a lot cheaper and is not time constraint.

According to online, Nami Island is busy every day from 12nn to 2 pm. If you arrived early, you can get the chance to have a selfie or groupie picture at a popular location on the Naminara island. Such as the Winter Sonata film location and any other nice spots.

A little reminder, what I am going to share with you here is just based on my DIY travel experience on how to get there. You can read another post online for other travel options.

There are two possible routes by public transportation if you will be coming 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.

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This post will cover the second route. You can also take the Subway instead of the ITX Train. 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.

How to Go to Nami Island from Insadong Seoul by Public Transportation

Step 1: Ride bus number 720 bound for Dapsimni Station at Jongno 3-ga bus stop

From Insa-dong, Jongno 3-ga bus stop is less than 10 minutes walk. The interval time for Bus 720 arrival is less than 20 minutes. You can use your T-Money Card to pay for this ride. The fare for the bus is 1200 South Korean won one-way.

bus 720 at insadong seoul

Step 2: Alight at Cheongnyangni Shopping Area Bus Stop and Walk to Cheongnyangni Station

From the bus stop, the walking time to get to the train station is less than 5 minutes.

cheongnyangngi station seoul

Step 3: Buy a Ticket at the ITX Train Station or pre-book a ticket online

If you pre-booked your ticket online at http://www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfTicketSearch.do, there is a chance that you can have a reserved seat.

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. nami island itx train fareThe 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.

The ticket cost for the ITX-Cheongchun train is 4600 South Korean won for adults, and 2300 South Korean won for children for a one-way trip.

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.

ITX train seat picture

ITX train seat photo

Step 4: Ride the Gapyeong City tour bus or bus number 33-5 to get to Nami Wharf

From Gapyeong train station the Nami Wharf is just 5 minutes away by bus. Gapyeong City tour bus fare is around 6000 South Korean won for adults and 4000 South Korean won for a child for an all-day pass.

gapyeong city tour bus ticket price round trip

Probably, bus 33-5 is a lot cheaper. However, in our case, we chose to ride the Gapyeong City tour bus to get to the Naminara island.

Step 5: Purchase an Entry Ticket to Nami Island

Before you can enter Nami island, you need to purchase an entry visa or ticket for Zipline or for the Ferry. 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.

nami island ticket booth picture

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Frequently Asked Questions for Nami Island Trip

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 50600 South Korean won or $40 per person.

This is applicable if you will be traveling from Seoul South Korea by commute. You can use this as your reference. Add an extra budget per person, if you will buy souvenirs and stuff on the island. Here is the list of expenses:

  • Bus 720 ride cost going to Cheongnyangni Station is 1200 South Korean won per person
  • ITX Train ticket fare going to Gapyeong Station is 4600 South Korean won per person
  • Gapyeong City Tour Bus All-day pass is 6000 South Korean won per person
  • The cost of a Ferry and entrance fee to Nami Island is 13000 South Korean won
  • Food cost in Nami Island is 20000 South Korean won per meal per person
  • ITX train ticket going back to Cheongnyangni Station Seoul is 4600 South Korean won per person
  • Bus 720 ride cost going to Jongno 3-ga is 1200 South Korean won per person
  • The total expenses of a one-day trip Nami Island is 50,600 South Korean won 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.
nami island entrance fee ticket pictureHow long is the traveltime from Seoul to Nami Island

Based on my experience it is around 1 hour and 30 minutes plus-minus depending on the waiting time for the arrival of the bus and train.

Does it snow on Nami Island?

Yes, it does snow in Nami. During our visit in December which is the Winter season, there is snow in Nami. Actually, if you are lucky, even in Gapyeong Station, you can find snow during the Winter season just like we did.

How long is the ferry ride or Zipline to get to the Island

It is roughly 6 to 8 minutes excluding the ferry waiting time at the wharf. If you take the Zipline, you will be hanging in the air for roughly 90 seconds to reach the island.

ferry to nami island picture

Can I use a T-Money card to pay for the ITX Train Ticket

No, it is not possible as there is a separate ticket for the ITX Train which you can purchase at the respective train station.

seoul t money card

How far is Gapyeong Station from Nami Island?

It is about 5 minutes bus ride, according to the bus conductor of the Gapyeong city tour bus. From the latter’s train station, it is the first stop of the city tour bus.

How many hours should I spend on Nami Island?

You can spend 2 to 3 hours of your time enjoying the whole place. Explore the place like you are walking in the park without the need to hurry.

*There you have it guys, I hope this helps

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