Incheon International Airport KTX Times Released

Incheon Airport KTX Schedules: (Effective from 30 June 2014)

In short here are the departures from and to the airport. The KTX also stops at Geomam (검암) Station when travelling to and from ICN. Please see this PDF timetable I whipped up for all the times and details of  airport KTX trains only. Alternatively, download the full KTX schedule in Excel format from Korail here. (Hosted locally as linking does not work.)

Disclaimer: These times are correct at the time of posting but are only a reference. Please do not rely on these times alone and confirm with Korail when planning your trip. I accept no responsibility for incorrect times due to changes.

ICN – Busan (Gyeongbu Line – see PDF for Daegu, Daejeon etc.)

Train No. Incheon International Airport Geomam
115 6:55 7:17
125 9:07 9:26
139 12:07 12:26
163 16:35 16:54
173 18:35 18:54
181 20:35 20:54

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China will build a HSR through North Korea

No country in the world is expanding its high-speed rail (HSR) network as fast as China. It’s impressive how many thousands of kilometers they have built and how they connected the most important cities. China is even competing with countries like Germany, Korea or France for high-speed rail construction projects in countries around the world. Note that HSR was introduced in 2007 in China! And now, China is going to build a HSR line in the most unexpected place: North Korea. Read more of this post

News About Korail Strike

In the last weeks we received comments, emails and questions about the strike of rail workers union in Korea. Some readers seemed disappointed that we didn’t cover this story. Primarily other obligations didn’t leave any time for a detailed analysis. And second, even though the strike was about the operation of a new railway in Korea, this issue was deeply-embedded in the current political atmosphere and I don’t have enough knowledge to grasp this complex field. Still I don’t want to leave this topic out and thus, I collected the most important news articles in order that everybody, who is interested in this topic, can do research easily with this post. Read more of this post

Goodbye Haeundae Station…

Thinking of taking the train to Haeundae next summer? Don’t be caught out when you arrive at a brand new station in a completely different location to what you might be used to.

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The new Haeundae Station – Image: 안우석

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Sustainable Transportation in Korea

UN-HABITAT published some weeks ago the GRHS 2013 (Global Report on Human Settlements) with a focus on sustainable human transport. Even though the report sometimes mentions Korea/Seoul and it contains an info-box about the bike sharing system in Changwon (p. 137),  a background study about sustainable transport in East Asia was more interesting for me. This report analyzed the condition of transport in China, Japan, Korea (South AND North), Mongolia and Taiwan. The authors seem to be great experts about mainland China and Shanghai but not so much about other regions. Nevertheless, it gives a nice context about sustainability in the transport sector of Korea. This post is going to summarize their main findings related to Korea without going too deep into the topic.

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KTX Collides With Another Train in Daegu

On Saturday morning a Mugonghwa bound to Seoul got too close to a KTX train, which was on his way from Seoul to Busan. The KTX was hit at the last passenger wagon and derailed. The accident happened at the entrance to Daegu train station and this means that both trains were on very low speed. There was a second KTX train standing on third rail track right at the accident place, who got also damaged, because the Mugonghwa pushed the KTX towards this standing vehicle. You can see pictures by Yonhap News Agency here and see a graphic about the accident place here.

All train operations were put on hold at first and later that day most trains only operated between Seoul and Gimcheon/Gumi and between Busan and East-Daegu (Dong-Daegu). It came to a large chaos at train stations and at the transfer places to buses for the route between Gumi and East-Daegu. KORAIL organized taxis and buses to bridge the part.  It was criticized that KORAIl, esp. the staff at Daegu Station, didn’t inform passengers about the circumstances and it took them too long to find alternatives.

There were no injuries among the passengers of both trains. One man called the ambulance and went to the hospital but he had nothing serious. Passengers used the emergency exits through the window to get out of the train. Investigations have to be made but there are assumptions that the Mugonghwa oversaw signals and the train conductor didn’t wait until the KTX entered the station completely. Removing the train wagons will take until early morning of Sunday, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Train operations on Sunday should work according to normal schedule.

 

Resources and Related Links: Yonhap News 1 | Yonhap News 2

 

Public Transport in Taipei

The last six days I was in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, for a city-trip. Beforehand I heard a lot of good things about public transport of Taipei and so I was very excited to use subway, bus and other modes of transport. This post is going to summarize my experience and from time to time I’ll compare it with Seoul. The following picture shows the most important historical figures for Taiwan Chiang Kai-shek and China Sun Yat-sen sitting in a train.

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The Saemaul Service Gets Renamed!…to ITX-Saemaul

Korail has announced the name of the new Saemaul trains which will begin running in the first half of 2014. After holding a naming competition where 1941 entries were collected, the train has been renamed the “ITX-Saemaul”.

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Image: Korail

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Gyeongwon Line Extension to Gangwondo opens in November

Image: Seonjong Park

As part of the plans to restore another rail link to North Korea, the Gyeongwon line branch which currently terminates at Shintanri Station (신탄리역) will be extended to Baekmagoji Station (백마고지역) in Cheorwon, Gangwondo on November 20. Prior to the Korean war, trains would travel between Yongsan and Wonsan using the line which was built in 1914. Read more of this post

Line Extensions: Jungang Line Revamp Extends to Wonju

In the past few years it has become increasingly easier to travel between Seoul and its surrounding areas and cities, previously only accessible by buses or standard trains. Lines such as the Gyeongui Line (경의선), Gyeongchun Line (경춘선) and Jungang Line (중앙선) have been completely revamped, straightened, electrified, double tracked and integrated into Seoul’s metropolitan transport system. Read more of this post

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