In this post, I will share with you how to get to Nami Island by bus, train, or any public transportation if you will be coming from Insadong in Seoul. This option is like the budget version to get to Naminara Island, one of the popular tourist destinations outside of Seoul in South Korea.
To give you a little background on 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 probably because of its landscape, where the alignment of trees is very visible. Aside from that, the trees also change their leaves’ colors depending on the season. For example, during summer the leaves are colored green, during autumn it is colored red, and it 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. You can avail of the tour package including the guided tours offered online by popular travel agencies. Or you can 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, the tourist spot is a little busy daily from 12nn to 2 pm. If you arrived early, you can get the chance to have a selfie or groupie picture to 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. From Insa-dong, you can go to Seoul train station to ride the ITX train or go to Cheongnyangi Station to ride the ITX to get to Gapyeong Station.
This post will cover the latter option. You can also take the subway metro instead of ITX. I choose to go to Nami Island by ITX train because it is a little faster since it only stops to specific train stations. ITX stands for Intercity Train Express.
How to get to Nami Island from Insadong Seoul by Public Transportation
Step 1: Ride bus number 720 bound to Dapsimni at Jongno 3-ga bus stop
From Insa-dong, Jongno 3-ga bus stop is less than 10 minutes walk. The time interval for bus 720 to arrive in less than 20 minutes. You can use your T-Money card to pay for this ride. The cost is around 1200 won one-way.
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 station is less than 5 minutes.
Step 3: Buy ITX train ticket at the station counter or pre-booked 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.
In our case, 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 available for us. At least according to the staff in the ticket counter.Good thing though, is that during our ride, there are available vacant seats in the train for us as pointed by the train conductor.
The cost of the ITX ticket is 4600 won for adults, and 2300 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.
Step 4: Ride the Gapyeong City Tour bus, or bus 33-5 to get to Nami Port
From Gapyeong station Nami Port is just 5 minutes away. Gapyeong city tour bus cost around 6000 won for adult and 4000 won for a child for an all-day pass.
Probably, bus 33-5 is a lot cheaper. However, in our case, we ride the Gapyeong city tour bus to get to Naminara island.
Step 5: Purchase ticket/entry visa to Nami Island
Before you can enter the island, you need to purchase an entry visa or ticket for Zipline or Ferry. There are two ways to get to the island, you can either take the zipline or ferry. If you want an extreme experience then take the zipline. For a little laid-back experience then I recommend the ferry.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is the Day Trip Budget for Nami Island from Seoul
The total cost per person is 50600 won for a day trip to Nami if traveling from Seoul South Korea by commute. This is just an estimate based on what I have remembered. You can use this as your reference then just add a little extra per person. In case you have plans to buy souvenirs and stuff on the island. Here is the breakdown of your expenses:
- Bus 720 ride cost – 1200 Won (going to Cheongnyangni Station )
- ITX train ticket – 4600 Won (going to Gapyeong station)
- Gapyeong City Tour Bus – 6000 Won (all-day pass)
- Cost of ferry and entrance ticket – 13000 Won
- Food – 20000 won per meal per person
- ITX train ticket – 4600 Won (going back to Cheongnyangni Station Seoul)
- Bus 720 ride cost – 1200 (going back to Jongno 3-ga)
- Total – 50,600 won per person
How much is the Entrance fee for Nami Island
The entry visa cost is 13000 won for adult and 7000 won for children. It includes a round trip ferry ride and entrance fee to the island.
For Zipline plus the entrance fee, the cost is 44000 won.
How long is the travel 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 in Nami Island?
Yes, during our visit which is in December (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 not including the ferry waiting time at the port. If you take the zipline, you will be hanging in the air for roughly 90 seconds to reach the island.
Can I use T money to pay for ITX
No, unfortunately, it is not possible as there is a separate ticket for the ITX train which you can purchase at the respective train station.
How far is Gapyeong Station to 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 in Nami
Based on experience, you can at least allot 2 to 3 hours of your time to enjoy the whole place. Explore the place like you are walking in a park without the need to hurry.
*There you have it guys, I hope this helps