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Let’s visit Nami Island and Petite France in a day trip

Hi readers,

We have seen many foreign travelers who wanted to visit both Namisum (Nami Island) and Petite France in a day.

However, many of them didn’t know how to make the trip because they didn’t have enough information of local transportation. As a result, many of them visited either Namisum or Petite France only.

To help our friends, BnBHero has done small study and would like to share tips  ‘ how to visit Nami Island and Petite France in a day! ‘  ^ ^

Let’s start with this map and get an idea where we are going. You should be able to find Nami Island and Petite France on the right upper side of the map (click map image for large image).

Note] all maps in this posting is available online at   

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z-zKr34a3OuM.k-7kCWjDAamI

 

Now, you may think that ‘oh, this is quite far away!’.

Yes, it is not very near from Seoul. We will make about 1.5 hours trip to Nami Island from Seoul.

For a day trip to 2 places, we will take train which is called ‘ ITX 청춘(Cheongchun)’ from Yongsan Station or Cheongnyangni Station which are respectively second and third largest train station in Seoul after Seoul Station.

Our logistics plan recommendation for this day trip is as followings:

1.   Yongsan Station or Cheongnyangni Station   ⇒ ( ITX 청춘 Train)  ⇒  Gapyeong Station
     [40/55 minutes]

2.   Gapyeong Station  ⇒  (Gapyeong Tour Bus or Taxi)  ⇒  Namisum  [5 minutes]

3.   Namisum  ⇒  (Gapyeong Tour Bus)  ⇒  Petite France  [25 minutes]

4.   Petite France  ⇒ (Gapyeong Tour Bus)  ⇒ Cheongpyeong Station  [25 minutes]

5.   Cheongpyeong Station  ⇒ ( ITX 청춘 Train)  ⇒  Cheongnyangni Station  [40 minutes]

Does it sound like a plan?  🙂

1.   Yongsan Station or Cheongnyangni Station   ⇒ ( ITX 청춘 Train)  ⇒  Gapyeong Station

For step 1, let’s zoom in above map and take a look at Seoul area only.

Can you see where Yongsan Station and Cheongnyangni Station are? Then, you should be able to find which station is easier to reach from your ‘home away from home’.

 Note] all maps in this posting is available online at   

https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z-zKr34a3OuM.k-7kCWjDAamI

You can book ITX 청춘 Train tickets online if you want to make sure comfort seats. Otherwise, you can buy tickets at station. However, we strongly recommend earlier online booking!

To book train tickets online, please read following blog posting. It is very comprehensive and easy to understand!

http://budgettravel2korea.blogspot.sg/2012/10/how-to-purchase-itx-train-ticket-to.html

For planning, let’s see train time table and train fare.

Price? It’s not expensive at all!

We strongly recommend to take ITX train at 8:00(Yongsan)/8:16(Cheongnyangni) to make sure enough time in Namisum and Petite France. If you are not keen to spend more time at each destination, take 9:00/9:16 train.

We will skip ‘how to take ITX 청춘 train’ because you can find many blog postings about it. Search from Google!

2.   Gapyeong Station  ⇒  (Gapyeong Tour Bus or Taxi)  ⇒  Namisum 

Once you arrive at Gapyeong Statation, you need to check whether you can take Gapyeong Tour Bus soon (fare and time table as below). If you have to wait more than 20 minutes, just take taxi. It is 5~10 minutes ride and fare should be 3,000~4,000 won only. Let’s save time~

Note] Don’t be confused. This table has Typo ‘Nam-E Island’ which should be ‘Nami Island’ or ‘Namisum’.

After you arrive to Namisum, enjoy the island as this web site tells.

www.namisum.co.kr

3.   Namisum  ⇒  (Gapyeong Tour Bus)  ⇒  Petite France 

To visit Petite France, you need to take Gapyeong Tour Bus at 13:15, 14:15 or 15:15 (bus leaves at the bus station after ferry jetty and car park).  Please consider return ferry waiting and boarding time which sometimes takes quite long.

Bus at 14;15 looks reasonable in our view.

After you arrive to Petite France, you enjoy the little France as this web site introduces.

http://www.pfcamp.com

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Photo Courtesy of official Petite France Website

4.   Petite France  ⇒ (Gapyeong Tour Bus)  ⇒ Cheongpyeong Station

5.   Cheongpyeong Station  ⇒ ( ITX 청춘 Train)  ⇒  Cheongnyangni Station

Not to miss ITX 청춘 train to Seoul, you have to take Gapyeong Tour Bus again (to Cheongpyeong direction) and get off at Cheongpyeong Station. As you see train time table below, you have 2 options.

  • option 1: take bus at 17:40 and take train at 18:09 (you have to move fast as soon as you get off the bus) -> dinner at Seoul
  • option2: take bus at 18:40 and take train at 21:09 -> dinner at Cheongpyeong

To minimize risk, we strongly recommend to book train ticket earlier at www.letskorail.com (choose your language on the top right, then click ‘Rail Tickets’ instead of ‘KR Pass’).

If you don’t encounter any unexpected accident, you will be arriving at Cheongnyangni Station at 18:43 or 21:43. You still have enough time before going to bed. ^ ^

How do you think about our schedule suggestion?

Trust us and just try. Locals know the local best!  ^ ^

We would welcome your blog posting after the day trip.

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The shuttle bus will pick you up from Seoul Station or Hongik University, and take you to both destinations!

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