How to Get from Seoul to Nami Island for Tourists in 2020

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Visiting Nami Island is one of the most popular day trips from Seoul and rightfully so.  Nami Island is a unique experience, with both thrilling and relaxing experience options available both on and nearby Nami Island. Nami Island is located in the middle of the Han River which is a distance of 80km / 50 mi north east from Seoul Station. 

This article will help you plan how to go to Nami Island and make the most of your Nami Island day or overnight trip.

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About Nami Island

Nami Island (otherwise known as Naminara or Namiseom) is quite a large island which is covered with beautiful chestnut and poplar trees and has many art and recreation activities.  There are also many famous K-drama TV shows which have been filmed on the island.  Ensure you check out our detailed guide below on what to do in Nami Island for more details on how to make the most of your visit.

Pleasant Autumn Colours starting to emerge on Nami Island
Pleasant Autumn Colours starting to emerge on Nami Island

You can visit Nami Island all year round, with amazing cherry blossoms in Spring, lush greenery in Summer, fall foliage in Autumn and snow in Winter.

Walking on Nami Island near Seoul
Walking on Nami Island near Seoul

Other Attractions Near Nami Island

Near Nami Island there are some great additional attractions and activities to visit, so ensure you check them out before planning your visit and decide which ones you are interested in.  The most popular attractions near Nami Island include the following, with more details one each provided further down in this article as well as details on how to get around the area.

  • The Gapyeong Rail Bike is a fun experience to pedal on a two or 4 seater kart along a disused rail track – a very fun activity!  A similar activity is also available at the nearby Gangchon Rail Bike.
  • Petite France is a French themed village where you can explore the culture of France and learn more about puppets, as well as seeing a live puppet show.
  • The Garden of Morning Calm is an amazing garden to visit in all four seasons.  From seeing cherry blossoms in spring, summer greenery, amazing autumn foliage colours and the evening light illuminations in winter it is a worthwhile addition to your Nami Island itinerary.
Having fun on the Gapyeong Rail Bike
Having fun on the Gapyeong Rail Bike

See the below Gapyeong map to get a better idea of where each place mentioned is located relative to each other. Click on each location to see what is there without leaving this page.

How to Go to Nami Island from Seoul

There are multiple options to get to Nami Island from Seoul as detailed below.

ITX to Nami Island

A popular option is to get from Seoul Station to Nami Island by train.  You first catch a KTX train from Seoul Station to Cheongnyangni Station, a journey of 19 minutes non stop, then change to an ITX train to Gapyeong Station, a journey of 38 minutes.

Alternatively you can first use Subway Line 7 to get to Sangbong Station, then transfer to an Intercity Bus from Sangbong Station to Gapyeong Station.  The train trip is 32 minutes and the bus trip is a journey of 53 minutes.

You can then get from Gapyeong Station to Nami Island by either catching the Gapyeong City Tour Bus (further details below) or catch a taxi from Gapyeong to Nami Island Wharf, where you can purchase your ticket to enter Nami Island.  If you are also interested in visiting other attractions in the Gapyeong area then check out further details further down in this article.

Nami Island Tour

There are many different Nami Island day tour options from Seoul as detailed below.

Nami Island Combo Round Trip Transfer and Admission Ticket from Seoul

The simplest tour package you can purchase is a round trip shuttle bus from Namdaemun, Myeongdong or Insadong in Seoul to Nami Island, which includes your return ferry trip and entrance fee for Nami Island.  This option enables you to spend the whole day relaxing on Nami Island and to also explore the Nami Island Wharf area without having to work out train and bus schedules.

Click here to book your Nami Island Combo Round Trip Transfer and Admission Ticket through Klook

The Impressive Coach Parking Lot outside Nami Island
The Impressive Coach Parking Lot outside Nami Island

Popular Nami Island Day Tours

There are many other Nami Island tour options as detailed below – they all provide a much more convenient way to get around the Gapyeong area and make the most of your day out.  You can also click here to check out our detailed article on the best Nami Island tours.

Many of the tour options also include attractions which would be impossible to visit using public transport on a day trip to Nami Island and surrounds.  Below is a quick overview of the most popular Nami Island day tour options, which include all of your entry fees and transport, however there may be exclusions such as lunch etc. We have worked with our recommended tour providers for several years and all are reputable and reliable options to book your tour.

After checking out the Nami Island public transport options most of our readers then choose to book a day tour as the tour options are cost effective, keeps the transportation options easy and enable visitors to make the most of their day out to Nami Island and surrounds. 

  • The most popular tour to Nami Island is one where you can decide which attractions you would like to visit from Seoul – includes options to visit Nami Island, do the Nami Island Zipline, Petite France, The Garden of Morning Calm and the Gangchon or Gapyeong Rail Bikes, and you can choose to visit between 2-4 attractions in one day.  Check out the booking options through Klook, Get Your Guide, Viator and Trazy.
  • A great alternative option for small and large groups is to book a Nami Island Private Tour from Seoul, which can include some or all of the above options.  Check out the booking options through Klook, Get Your Guide and Viator
  • The private tour is the option we chose as a family of five people and we had a great day out and were able to do every major activity!  Check out our detailed review of our private Nami Island day tour to learn more about what to expect.

Also check out our detailed article on Nami Island tours to see the other available tour options and choose the one which will suit you best.

Below is current information about the specific Nami Island tours available through Get Your Guide.

Below is current information about the specific Nami Island tours available through Klook

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Welcome to Nami Island Map
Welcome to Nami Island Map

Gapyeong City Tour Bus

If you plan to use the Gapyeong City Tour Bus to get around the area, ensure you check the timetable first to plan out your visit as it is a circular bus route.  To see the current Gapyeong Tour Bus schedule check out this link. 

Note that you can only see the Gapyeong Tour Bus schedule if you look at the Korean language version of the site, and then use Google Translate to read the timetable.  Do not select to read the English language version of the site as this information is not available in that version…

There is an A and a B route with details below.  The Gapyeong City Tour Bus ticket costs 8,000 Won per day for an adult ticket, which includes unlimited travel on the route.  Ensure you take sufficient cash to buy your tickets, as there can be issues with making card payments.  Also note that if the bus is full that you will need to wait for the next bus.

The A Route travels the following route from Gapyeong Terminal to The Garden of Morning Calm and in reverse, which takes approximately 1:35 hours to complete the full route each way without stopping.  Buses depart hourly from 9am to 6pm daily, with additional shorter services in the morning and evening

  • Gapyeong Terminal
  • Gapyeong Rail Bike
  • Jarasum
  • Gapyeong Station
  • Nami Island (Gapyeong Wharf)
  • Interactive Art Museum
  • Petite France
  • Cheongpyeong Terminal
  • Cheongpyeong Station
  • The Garden of Morning Calm

The B Route travels from Mok-Dong Terminal in Chuncheon to the Garden of Morning Calm and in reverse which takes approximately 1:10 hours each way to complete the full route without stopping.  Buses depart between 1-3 hours apart from 8.35am to 5.40pm daily

  • Mok-Dong Terminal
  • Hyeonam Agricultural Museum
  • Gapyeong Rail Bike
  • Jarasum
  • Gapyeong Station
  • Cheongpyeong Station
  • Nut Pine-scented Greenwood
  • Chi-Ong Arts Centre
  • The Garden of Morning Calm

You can also easily use the ITX Train to travel in each direction between Gapyeong Station and Cheongpyeong Station.  The journey takes 15 minutes one way and departs every 30 minutes.

Gapyeong Itinerary Options

I recommend that you plan your trip to travel one way, using Gapyeong Station and Cheongpyeong Station as your start and end points from and to Seoul where you travel in a one way direction on the tourist bus.

  • Start by arriving at Cheongpyeong Station, travel to The Garden of Morning Calm, then travel to Petite France, Nami Island, the Gapyeong Rail Bike and then finish at Gapyeong Station
  • Start by arriving at Gapyeong Station, then travel to the Gapyeong Rail Bike, Nami Island, Petite France, The Garden of Morning Calm and then finish at Cheongpyeong Station.  This is a great option in winter so that you can see the illuminations at the Garden of Morning Calm.

Using public transport you are unlikely to be able to visit every attraction in a single day due to delays due to infrequent bus timings, so ensure you check out Nami Island tour bus options if you want to try to do most or all activities in a single day.

There are also taxis available in the area which are a good alternative option if the bus schedule does not line up with your timings, however these are a more expensive option. Taxis are typically readily available at the train stations, however there may be less taxi availability at each attraction.

The beautiful entrance to the Garden of Morning Calm
The entrance to the beautiful Garden of Morning Calm

Nami Island Entrance Fee

The standard Nami Island ticket includes your round trip on the Nami Island Ferry as well as admission to the island and use if the free facilities.  All other paid activities on Nami Island will incur additional fees.  Nami Island is open 365 days of the year.

Alternatively if you choose to travel on the Nami Island Zipline your fee includes your Nami Island ticket and return Nami Island Ferry ticket.

If you purchase your entrance ticket on site, the Nami Island ticket prices are 13,000 Won for adults, 10,000 Won for students and 7,000 Won for infants.  (Prices correct as at June 2020).  Note that there is usually a queue to wait to purchase your entrance ticket.

If you select one of our recommended tour options your entry fee to Nami Island is included so you will be able to quickly enter Nami Island without waiting.

The Nami Island Ferry - with the start of the Nami Island Zipline in the background
The Nami Island Ferry – with the start of the Nami Island Zipline in the background

What to Do in Nami Island?

Nami Island History

Nami Island sits in the middle of the Han River and was formed when the Cheongpyeong Dam was built in 1944.  Nami Island is named after General Nami, who is believed to have died in this location during the reign of King Sejo (~1455 – 1468) in the Josean dynasty.  His remains have never been found.

Nami Island is quite large, with an area of approximately 114 acres or 462,000 square meters.  The island is covered with beautiful chestnut and poplar trees, and many art and recreation activities are available. 

You could easily spend a few hours, a half day or full day exploring Nami Island.  Fun things to do in Nami Island include the activities detailed below. You should plan out your Nami Island itinerary to make the most of your visit, so you do not miss out on any Nami Island attractions.

Playing with fun sculptures on Nami Island
Playing with fun sculptures on Nami Island

Nami Island Zipline

The Nami Island Zipline is one of the top adventurous activities to experience in South Korea!  I speak from personal experience that this is an amazing experience where you travel on the 940m long zipline from Nami Island Wharf to Nami Island from the top of an 80m / 262 ft high tower across the Han River at speeds up to 56 km/hr or 35 mph!

There is also a second zipline to Jara Island which is shorter but faster – it is 650 m long and can reach a top speed of 72 km/hr or 45 mph!  From Jara Island you can catch a ferry to return to Gapyeong Wharf – note that with this option you will still need to separately purchase your Nami Island ticket.

View of our youngest son on the Nami Island Zipline - you can see Nami Island in the middle of the river
View of our youngest son on the Nami Island Zipline – you can see Nami Island in the middle of the river and the Nami Island Ferry boats on the river
Anne arriving on Nami Island after a fun Zipline ride
Anne arriving on Nami Island after a fun Zipline ride

Story Train

The Story Train is an electric buggy which collects and drops off passengers at the arrival wharf and takes you on a Nami Island tour.  The Story Train will take you on a tour around the whole island and along the way you can hear more about the history of the island.  The Story Train information is shared in both Korean and English.

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Unicef Train Ride

From close to the ferry dock on Nami Island you can catch the cute blue Unicef train to the centre of the island. 

Nami Island Mini Train
Nami Island Mini Train

Nami Island Forested Laneways

Nami Island is criss-crossed with beautiful tree lined pathways, with some of the top paths as follows:

  • The Central Korean Pine Tree Lane cross the whole island and is a beautiful path with beautiful pine trees.  This path is great for either walking or riding a bicycle.
  • Gingko Tree Lane is a great Autumn attraction with the beautiful yellow gingko leaves
  • Metasequoia Lane is a great location to walk through giant Redwood trees – they are still quite young but already spectacular!

Along each pathway you will experience a great variety of unique artwork and sights.

Sculptures on Nami Island
Sculptures on Nami Island

Gongsaengwon Garden (The Winter Sonata Statue)

Gongsaengwon Garden is located at the south eastern side of Nami Island and within this garden you can find the statue of Min-hyeong and Yoo-jin, the major characters from the Winter Sonata popular Korean drama show.

Nami Island River Views

From the riverside pathways around Nami Island you can see amazing views of the surrounding Han River and local mountains.

Nami Island Bike Rental

A great option to get around Nami Island is to rent a bike and then just explore.  The Bike Hire centre is located in the centre of Nami Island, and a large selection of bikes are available for hire.  Note that bicycle hire is weather dependant. 

Nami Island Bicycles for Rent
Nami Island Bicycles for Rent
More options to get around Nami Island
More options to get around Nami Island

Nami Island Rail Bike

There is a fun small railbike called the Sky Bike Nami Island  which is a great option for families to pedal along an elevated track. 

Not to be confused with the Gapyeong Rail Bike and Gangchon Rail Bike experiences which are much larger Korea Rail Bike options located close to Nami Island which run on actual disused train tracks.

Fun Pedal Coaster on Nami Island
Fun Pedal Coaster on Nami Island

Nami Island Animal Encounters

Nami Island is home to an interesting selection of animals and birds.  Roaming free around the island are peacocks, rabbits and squirrels. Inside an enclosure are also ostriches!  A long way from their home climate…

Nami Island Forest Adventure

The Nami Island Forest Adventure is a great rope course up high in the trees, which also includes a short zipline.

Nami Island Restaurants

A common question is what to eat on Nami Island.  You will be pleased to learn that there are a large selection of restaurant options on the island.  The selection of food ranges from traditional to modern Korean food.  They also have western and broader Asian food including Halal food options.  Meal options are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Restaurants on Nami Island
Restaurants on Nami Island

Nami Island Weather

A common question is when is the best time to visit Nami Island?  Nami Island weather varies all year around and can be visited in all four seasons.  Nami Island in Winter is covered in snow, and is a great option to explore and enjoy the winter weather and night time illuminations.  Nami Island in Autumn is glorious as the autumn foliage colours change creating a magical experience.

Spring brings the cherry blossom season and new foliage, whist is summer Nami Island has a great range of activities and water sports to cool down in the summer heat.

Hotel in Nami Island

You may not realise that there are several Nami Island hotel options, which are a great option to make the most of your visit and enjoy exploring the island in the quieter times in the morning and evening.

The local Nami hotel options include the following:

Other accommodation options in the area include the following:

There are many other hotels and guest houses in the area, as Gapyeong is a popular weekend getaway option from Seoul.  Also, in winter Gapyeong has several ski resorts so also check out options to combine a winter visit to Nami Island with a skiing outing.

There are also many AirBnB accommodations in the area around Nami Island, so check them out on the below map.

What to do Near Nami Island Seoul?

Near Nami Island in Gapyeong there are a lot of other great experiences and things to do, so make sure you plan out your visit to make the most of them!  You can either book a day tour or use the local Gapyeong City tour bus from Gapyeong Station to get around and visit.

See the below Gapyeong map to get a better idea of where each place mentioned is located relative to each other.

Gapyeong and Gangchon Rail Bike

The experience of a Korean rail bike is unique in the world – you get to ride along a unused section of rail track by pedalling.  All seats in each rail bike have pedals so everyone can help, and you can choose either a 2 or 4 seat rail bike.  I was relieved to discover that for uphill sections there is an electric booster system – once you have worked out how to start it you can then relax and stop pedalling up the hill – otherwise it would have been very hard work!

Having Fun on the Gapyeong Rail Car near Nami Island
Having Fun on the Gapyeong Rail Car near Nami Island

We really enjoyed pedalling along the river and seeing the countryside at a slower pace – there were lots of interesting things to see along the way.  At the halfway point you unload and have the chance to take a break and buy food or souvenirs at the shop before reloading for the return trip back to the starting point.

I think the Gapyeong Rail Bike was a great option for families to have fun together, and would definitely recommend you include it in your visit to the Gapyeong area.  Allow approximately 2 hours for this experience, and ensure you book your timeslot ahead as it can get quickly booked out.

Click here to book your Gapyeong Rail Bike Tickets through Trazy

The Gapyeong Rail Park is located 2.1km north from Gapyeong Station, and can easily accessed by Gapyeong shuttle bus or taxi.

Another nearby option is the Gangchon Rail Bike which offers a similar experience.

Click here to book your Gangchon Rail Bike Tickets through Trazy

Families having fun on the Gapyeong Rail Cars
Families having fun on the Gapyeong Rail Cars

Gapyeong Zipline

There is an additional Gapyeong Zipline located in Kalbongsan Natural Recreational Forest.  The complex has zipline suitable from beginners to experienced and has 8 separate routes with a length of over 2.4km, all set within the beautiful forest.  You can choose from either the beginner or full course package.  Allow approximately 1-2 hours for your visit.

The Zipline Gapyeong is located 7km west from Gapyeong Station, and can be accessed by either car or taxi.

Click here to book your Gapyeong Zipline Tickets through Klook

The Garden of Morning Calm

The Garden of Morning Calm is an absolutely beautiful garden to visit, nestled in the valley amongst the mountains.  In each season there is something different to see – cherry blossoms in spring and autumn foliage colours.  During winter they put on an amazing illumination show which is well worth seeing.

The gardens are extensive with 27 different themed garden areas to explore.  Allow at least 2-3 hours to meander through the gardens and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

The driving distance from Nami Island to the Garden of Morning Calm is 25km / 15 mi / 36 minutes, or you can catch the Gapyeong City Tour Bus via other attractions.  You can also travel from Seoul to Cheongpyeong Station by ITX train and then catch a bus or taxi to The Garden of Morning Calm, a distance of 13km / 8 mi or 18 minutes.

Views of The Sunken Garden in The Garden of Morning Calm
Views of The Sunken Garden in The Garden of Morning Calm

Petite France Seoul

Petite France in Korea is a fun French themed location to visit in Gapyeong.  You can easily spend a few hours exploring the village, which is filled with fun museums and art, go on a short nature walk through the forest and also watch a puppet show.

Entrance to Petite France near Seoul
Entrance to Petite France near Seoul

From Nami Island to Petite France is a short journey south of 17km / 10.5 mi or a 25 minute drive or you can catch the Gapyeong City Tour Bus. 

The Central Square at Petite France near Seoul
The Central Square at Petite France near Seoul

We hope that you have a great time visiting Nami Island and the surrounding area. We really enjoyed our visit and are sure you will too.

Overview of Nami Island and Surrounds Transportation Options

To summarise, below are the best options for tourists to get from Seoul to Nami Island:

Below is current information about the specific Nami Island tours available through Get Your Guide.

Below is current information about the specific Nami Island tours available through Klook

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