Korea's Superfast KTX
As one of the fastest and most efficient ways to travel around South Korea, the KTX (Korea Train Express) trains are a popular choice for both locals and tourists. With speeds of up to 300 km/hour, the KTX trains are an experience in themselves, offering stunning views of the Korean countryside while getting you to your destination in no time. In this travel blog, I will take you through my journey on the KTX trains and share some tips for anyone planning to ride them.
My journey started at Seoul Station, the central hub for Korea's superfast KTX trains in South Korea. The station was bustling with people, all eager to get on board one of the sleek and modern trains. As I made my way to the platform, I could feel the excitement building inside me. It pays to arrive early, as the trains are very long and arrive plus leave on time, and I quickly found my seat, which was comfortable and spacious. I noticed that the train was impeccably clean and well-maintained, with modern amenities such as charging sockets and free Wi-Fi.
As the train pulled out of the station, I gazed out of the window at the passing scenery. The train was so smooth that I hardly felt any movement, and the views were breathtaking. The KTX trains run on dedicated tracks, so there was no stopping or slowing down for other trains, making the journey even faster. The train also passed some of Korea's most iconic landmarks, such as the Han River and the Namsan Tower.
One thing that stood out to me was how quiet the train was. Despite its speed, there was very little noise or vibration, making it easy to relax and enjoy the journey. The train also had a dining car where I could purchase food and drinks, which was a great way to pass the time.
I have traveled on the KTX trains many times during my trips to South Korea, and each time was a pleasant experience. The trains were always on time, and the staff were friendly and helpful. One thing to note is that it's always a good idea to book your tickets in advance, especially during peak season, as the trains can get very busy. The English version of the KTX website is very rudimentary, but does work. Sadly the alternative fast train system - SRT, does not allow international people to book a seat.
In conclusion, riding on the KTX trains is an experience that should not be missed when visiting South Korea. From the sleek and modern design to the stunning views of the countryside, the KTX trains are a perfect example of Korea's commitment to innovation and efficiency. I would highly recommend anyone visiting Korea to take a ride on the KTX trains and see the country from a different perspective.