Korail

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Korea Railroad Corporation
(Korail)
Type Government-owned corporation
Industry Mass transit
When it was created September 1, 1963 as Korean National Railroad
January 1, 2005 split into Korail and KR
Headquarters Soje-dong, Dong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea
Things made Railroad and subway transportation
Operating income Increase 580,630,214 2010[1]
Net income Increase 380,759,519 2010[1]
Website www.korail.com
Korea Railroad
Korail logo.svg
Operation
Infrastructure company KR
Statistics
Ridership 969,145,101[2]
Passenger km 31,415,965,207[2]
Freight 10,553,675,728 ton km[2]
System length
Total 3,558.9 kilometres (2,211.4 mi)
Double track 1,865.3 kilometres (1,159.0 mi)
Electrified 2,356.7 kilometres (1,464.4 mi)
High-speed 368.5 kilometres (229.0 mi)
Track gauge
Main 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
High-speed 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)
Electrification
AC 25,000V 60Hz 2,337.5 kilometres (1,452.5 mi)
DC 1,500V 19.2 kilometres (11.9 mi)
Features
No. stations 652
Highest elevation 855 metres (2,805 ft)
 at 37°12′0″N 128°56′59.83″E / 37.2°N 128.9499528°E / 37.2; 128.9499528
Korail
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Hanguk cheoldo gongsa
McCune–Reischauer Han’guk ch‘ŏldo kongsa


Korail is the name of the national railroad operator in South Korea.

Lines[change | change source]

Currently, Korail runs the railway and part of subway. The list of railway consists of Gyeonbu line경부선, Honam line호남선, Jeolla line전라선, Janghang line장항선, Gyeongchun line경춘선, Jungang line중앙선, Chungbuk line경북선, Yeongdong line영동선, Taebaek line태백선,Gyeongbuk line경북선, Daegu line대구선, donghae Nambu line동해 남부선, Gyeongjeon line경전선, Gyeongui line경의선, Gyeonwon line경원선, based on their district. Gyeonbu and Honam line is the main lines that across the South Korean Peninsula. Not only this, Korail also offers Tongguen line통근선 service in some districts. In addition to these lines, some of subway lines of Seoul also are run by Korail.

Train Classes[change | change source]

Korail train contain many kinds of train such as KTX, saemaul-ho, mugunghwa-ho and nuriro. [3]

KTX is the highest level of trains. It is served on Gyeongbu and Honam line. Saemaul-ho train is next fastest and comfortable train after KTX. It is offered on wider range of lines than KTX. Mugunghwa-ho train is more generally used as a low-priced but slow train. It is offered on almost all lines. Nuriro train has similar level of price and speed with Mugunghwa-ho, but it serves less and shorter sections than the Mugunghwa-ho, from Seoul to Singchang.

Rail Passes[change | change source]

Korail has many kinds of passes. [3]

First, there are some passes available in specific area. For example, with O-train pass, people can take O-train off the V-train on Jungang, Chungbuk, Yeongdong, Taebaek, and Gyeongbuk line. Also, with S-train pass, you can take part of Gyeonbu, Honam, Jeolla, donghae Nambu, and Gyeongjeon line.

There is also a pass for youth, which is Rail-ro. People who are under 25 can use it in the summer and winter season.(June 1st - August 31th, December 31th - February 28th).[4]

Korail offers a rail pass called Korea Rail Pass, or KR Pass for short, to foreign travellers. The pass lets foreign travellers take most of the trains that Korail runs, including KTX. But subways and tourist trains by Korail are not covered.[5]

Foreigners living in South Korea for more than six months are not allowed to use the KR Pass. Korail has another pass for these people, the Happy Rail Pass, which is the same as the KR Pass but more expensive.[5]

Korail also sells a Korea-Japan Joint Ticket together with JR Group, including both railways in South Korea and Japan, as well as a high-speed ferry trip between Korea and Japan (or a round trip, depending on the pass). However, the pass cannot be used for KTX, and the holders need to buy an extra ticket (with a 30% discount).[5]

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