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

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Photo Courtesy of official Nami Island Website

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

전체지도

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

서울지도

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.

가평ITX

청량리ITX

Price? It’s not expensive at all!

가평ITXprice

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’.

가평Bus

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 http://www.letskorail.com (choose your language on the top right, then click ‘Rail Tickets’ instead of ‘KR Pass’).

청평ITX

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. Please leave our URL link in your blog posting to share useful information with others~

남이

Now we are offering a shuttle bus from Seoul to Nami Island and Petite France!

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

Check out this shuttle bus service on our website for further details:
https://www.bnbhero.com/tours/295

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37 thoughts on “Let’s visit Nami Island and Petite France in a day trip

  1. At part 5, what you mean by ‘Not to miss ITX 청춘 train to Seoul, you have to take Gapyeong Tour Bus (to Cheongpyeong direction) again and get off at Cheongpyeong Station. As you see train time table below, you have 2 options.’

  2. Hi,

    It just meant that you have to take right bus on time to catch train to Seoul.

    You can take either of following options on the way back to Seoul.

    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

    Happy Korea trip!

  3. HI,

    Can I check with you, when i come back from Petite France, can i take back to Gapyeong Station instead of Cheongpyeong Station and I can take ITX to Yongsan station as it is closer to my hotel? Or is it a one way train route?

    1. If Shuttle bus schedule fits, you can go to Gapyeong Station and take ITX. Otherwise, Cheongpyeong Station would be better to take shuttle bus. Anyway, both stations are on the one way train route but ITX stops at Gapyeong only. You have to take normal train at Cheongpyeong station but the trains is still quite nice. 🙂

  4. I tried to book the train from from Cheongpyeong station to Cheongnyangni Station but only got 14.39pm and 20.07pm timing. I have to choose 20.07pm instead. Is there any place for dinner at Cheongpyeong Station?

    1. Even if tickets are sold out, you can still buy flexible ticket (you can sit any vacant seat, otherwise standing) at train station ticket box. If you want to have dinner near Cheongpyeong Station, There are restaurants alley near Exit 1.

      Happy Korea trip!

  5. Tks very much!! Would you suggest to take train from Gapyeong instead if there are earlier slots? We have 15 of us so trying to arrange properly.

  6. hi! what if i want to include the garden of morning calm in my itinerary to watch the lighting festival at night.. do you think it’s possible? what would be the best route to take? thank you! 🙂

    1. Hi bluefairie,

      GMC is bit far from public transportation and other places. If you want to visit GMC as well, you will need 2 days. Many people say that GMC is to far for a day trip using public transportation from Seoul although they didn’t visit other 2 places.

    1. Hello Ierie,

      There has been discussion between Seoul and Gyeonggi-do government about T-money compatibility but we are not so sure whether it has already been implemented. We recommend to prepare cash payment. 🙂

  7. hihi^^

    Would you advise if we can do Petit France first then Nami Island?

    because there are more ITX timing from Gapyeong back to Seoul City than from Cheongpyeong 😥

    1. Hello summer, We would say that it will be depending on your interest level for both places and Gapyeong tour bus time table. If you can make clear transport schedule including Gapyeong tour bus, it shouldn’t be a problem to visit PF first. However, having lunch at Nami Island would be quite good. 🙂

      1. i see^^
        or is there any other way that u recommend for returning to Seoul from Petit France (other than ITX)?!

  8. Hi! I would like to ask if there is a need for a credit card in booking for ITX? Is it difficult to get a ticket by the counter?

    1. Hi Dom,

      You can get a ticket at station counter but you would be better to book online earlier if you want to secure seats in high season or weekend. In case of seats sold out, you will still be able to get flexible ticket (which may mean standing ticket) at the counter.

      You can book ITX at http://www.letskorail.com .

      Happy Korea trip!

      BnBHero

  9. Hi, thanks for your comprehensive guide. Can I ask for the Gapyeong tour bus, is the 5000 won ticket for the whole day or just for one trip (meaning I need to buy each time I get on the bus)? Do you also have the link for the Gapyeong tour bus website? Thanks so much!! 🙂

  10. Hi,

    Are the buses generally on time/reach on time and is it easy to find the way to the train back to Seoul @ Cheongpyeong? On the way back to Seoul from Petit France, the bus will arrive at Cheongpyeong at 6:05pm. The train to Seoul is 6:09pm. That means 4mins to play around only. Is that too short?

    Thanks.
    ZH

    1. Hi ZH,

      Buses usually runs on time but you’d be better to consider some buffer.

      Even if you miss ITX train at 6:09, there are many other trains before next ITX train. You can take one of them and come back to Seoul. ^ ^

      BnBHero

  11. Hi, after leaving Petit France, can I take taxi to Gapyeong station and take ITX from Gapyeong station back to Ichon station as I stay nearby there. The taxi fare from Petit France to Gapyeong will roughly cost how much ? Thank you so much

  12. Hi

    Would like to know if I go from Gangnam station. Which station near to proceed to Nami island thereafter to Petite France? Take how long from Gangnam station to Yongsan station??

    1. Hi mandy,

      We recommend you to take ITX in Cheongnyangni Station. It’s more closer than Yongsan Station from Gangnam station. It will take 30 minutes from Gangnam to Cheongnyangni Satation.

      Have a nice day!

      BnBHero

  13. Thanks
    if from Hoehyeon (Namdaemun Market) station which one is near to proceed (yongsan or cheongnyangni station) and how long? Go on Saturday to nami island and petite OK? ?

  14. Hi Bnbhero,

    If my friend and I would like to go back to Seoul from Nami Island,
    Do we take the ferry/bus to Gapyeong station instead of Cheongpyeong station.?

    Thankyou
    jasmine

  15. Hi. Would it be possible to add Garden of the Morning Calm to this itinerary? In other words, Nami Island, Petite France, and Garden of the Morning Calm can be visited in one day from Seoul.

    1. Hi! it’s possible to include the garden of morning calm. When i visited S.Korea last January, we visited nami island, petit france and garden of morning calm in just one day. Just don’t forget to be time-conscious to be able to get on the last trip of the Gapyeong tour bus to Cheongpyeong Station.

  16. Hi, can I take normal train from Cheongpyeong back to Honggik University (with transfers in between), are there many timings for the normal train between 6 – 10pm on a weekday?

  17. Hi..thanks for this blog. It helps me alot..
    I planning to visit the morning calms garden during lightning festival this coming january2017. Do you have any idea, if there’s still available train or bus after 8 pm back to seoul?i will be staying at Incheon hyatt hotel. What city is nearest to nami island seoul or busan?pls help thanks alot.
    Ps:if i will be in incheon hyatt hotel what train or bus station that close to the hotel going to nami?do u recommend a day bus tour ?thanks for your reply.

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