Explore Gangwon-do (강원도) - Enjoy the nature on rail bikes
Explore Gangwon-do (강원도) - Enjoy the nature on rail bikes
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Passing through autumn scenery on Jeongseon Railbike

You can enjoy Korea’s beautiful nature and an exciting activity all in one! Rail biking is a popular leisure sport that uses bikes and railroads specially built for sightseeing. Hop on a rail bike and pedal your way along the railroad tracks for the opportunity to get a light workout and enjoy wonderful landscapes of Korea at the same time. Read on for our recommended rail bike facilities that capture the views of Korea’s mountains, oceans, and rivers.

Travel through forest and field

Gimyujeong Rail bike

Conveniently located near Seoul, Gangchon Rail Park used to be a serviceable train station but is now a rail bike tourist attraction with three different courses. Gimyujeong rail bike takes riders through different themed tunnels, while Gapyeong rail bike presents a scenic view along Bukhangang River, and Gyeonggang rail bike offers a look at the filming location of the movie "The Letter (1997).” In fall, riding the Gimyujeong rail bike is recommended to see colorful foliage of fields and forests. You will also pass through Bubble Tunnel and Musical Tunnel, and even see Bukhangang River along the way! In addition, the newly opened VR Tunnel will take you on a thrilling experience while wearing VR glasses. The rail bike track is approximately 6 kilometers long, with the remaining journey of 2.5km completed by the Romantic Train. When you arrive at Gangchon station, you can either move on to the next attraction or return to Gimyujeong Station by the free shuttle bus provided.

☞ Address: 1383, Gimyujeong-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
(강원도 춘천시 신동면 김유정로 1383 강촌레일파크 김유정역)

☞ Directions: Walk approx. 5 min from Gimyujeong Station (Gyeongchun Line), Exit 1.

☞ Operating hours: Summer 09:00-17:30 / Winter 09:00-16:30
* Summer (March-October) / Winter (November-February)
* Extended hours May, October 09:00-18:30
* Nine departures daily in summer (09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30)
* Eight departures daily in winter (09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30)

☞ Fees: 2-seater bike 30,000 won / 4-seater bike 40,000 won / VR experience 5,000 won per person


Jeongseon Railbike

Fall scenes at Jeongseon Railbike

Jeongseon Railbike has a relatively easy course without any uphill path except for the final 1 kilometer section. Follow the railroad tracks and relax as you pass by peaceful forests, beds of cosmos and golden fields of autumn. The Scenery Train will head out to the final stop once all the rail bikes on the railway arrive. All visitors who wish to return to the departing station can take the Scenery Train back for free.

☞ Address: 745, Nochusan-ro, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do
(강원도 정선군 여량면 노추산로 745 정선레일바이크)

☞ Directions: Take an intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Jeongseon Intercity Bus Terminal and take a taxi for approx. 35 min

☞ Operating hours: Summer 08:40-16:40 / Winter 08:40-14:50
* Summer (March-October) / Winter (November-February)
* Five departures in summer (08:40, 10:30, 13:00, 14:50, 16:40)
* Four departures in summer (08:40, 10:30, 13:00, 14:50)
* Operates under regular hours during rainfall (raincoats not provided)

☞ Fees: 2-seater bike 25,000 won / 4-seater bike 35,000 won


Ride alongside the sea

Jeongdongjin Railbike

Jeongdongjin Railbike

If you want to enjoy the vast East Sea up close, we recommend Jeongdongjin Railbike. Unlike the others, the rail bikes here are motor-operated. All you have to do is control your pace conveniently using the lever handle after stepping on the pedals upon your departure. The rail bike path begins at either Jeongdongjin Station or Hourglass Park Station and changes directions at the turning point. The light ocean breeze will accompany the riders throughout the entire journey.

☞ Addresses
- Jeongdongjin Station: 17, Jeongdongyeok-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 강릉시 강동면 정동역길 17)
- Hourglass Park Station: 990-1, Heonhwa-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 강릉시 강동면 헌화로 990-1)

☞ Directions
- Jeongdongjin Station: Walk approx. 1 min from Jeongdongjin Station
- Hourglass Park Station: Walk approx. 10 min from Jeongdongjin Station

☞ Operating hours
- Jeongdongjin Station: Summer 09:00-17:00 / Winter 09:00-16:00
* Departs every hour sharp
- Hourglass Park Station: Summer 08:50-16:50 / Winter 08:50-15:50
* Departs 10 min before every hour
* Eight departures in summer; seven departures in winter
* Must arrive 20 minutes before departure with ticket in hand to be able to go on the rail bike

☞ Fee: 2-seater bike 25,000 won / 4-seater bike 35,000 won


Samcheok Ocean Railbike

Samcheok Ocean Railbike scenery

Samcheok Ocean Railbike is one of the most recommended tour attractions by tourists due to the scenes of the beautiful ocean, refreshing pine trees and dazzling illuminated tunnels along the way. The railroad runs approximately 5.4 kilometers between Gungchon Station and Yonghwa Station; it’s up to you where you would like to begin your ride. There is a rest area at the midpoint, where riders can get off and buy light refreshments. The rail bikes are equipped with an electric motor which can be used in the upward sloping section, so riders can continue at a steady pace without great effort on their own part.

☞ Addresses
- Gungchon Station: 2, Gongyangwang-gil, Samcheok-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 삼척시 근덕면 공양왕길2)
- Yonghwa Station: 23, Yonghwahaebyeon-gil, Samcheok-si, Gangwon-do (강원도 삼척시 근덕면 용화해변길23)

☞ Directions
- Gungchon Station: Take a taxi for approx 20 min from Samcheok Bus Terminal
- Yonghwa Station: Take a taxi for approx 20 min from Samcheok Bus Terminal

☞ Operating hours
- Gungchon Station / Yonghwa Station: 09:00-16:00
* Five departures daily (09:00, 10:30, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00)
* Closed 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of every month

☞ Fees: 2-seater bike 20,000 won / 4-seater bike 30,000 won


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