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Bullet Train to Link Seoul and Gangneung Ahead of Pyenchang Olympics

By Hong Jun-ki | November 28, 2017 10:45

A high-speed KTX rail service between Seoul and Gangneung, Gangwon Province will begin operating late next month, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said on Monday.

Advance bookings can be made from Thursday for trains scheduled to begin service on Dec. 22. The service is intended to accommodate travel to the venues of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

It will operate 18 times a day on weekdays -- with 10 departures from Seoul Station and eight from Cheongnyangni Station -- and 26 times on weekends. A one-way ticket to Gangneung will cost W27,600 from Seoul Station and W26,000 from Cheongnyangni (US$= W1,089).

The service will reduce travel time from Seoul to Gangneung from 6.5 hours by regular train to 1.5-2 hours. 

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