This past weekend, Johnnie and I took a trip to Busan, a big coastal city in the southern part of Korea. We got on a regular train at the station down the street from our apartment and took a short ride to the Cheonan-Asan station where we transferred to the KTX. We purchased our tickets ahead of time online which was very easy to do. Getting from our apartment here to our hotel in Busan took exactly 3 hours.
Different symbols for the regular train and the bullet train
We purchased tickets for first class seats on the KTX. First class is not that much more than economy class, depending on the distance you are traveling. The first class seats are 3 across in each row and all face forward. (The economy class seats are 4 across in each row and you have no say in whether your seat faces forwards or backwards.) The first class seats are wide and comfortable, have spacious leg room, recline electronically with a push of a button, and have rounded sides on the headrests for sleeping. There are adjustable footrests, large rectractible tray tables, cup holders, an electrical outlet to plug things into, and free water and snacks. The comfort of first class is worth the extra cost!
Our first class car on the way to Busan
Our first class car on the trip back home.
The economy-class cars have 4 seats across in each row.
Korea is such a beautiful country and you get to see a lot of it while traveling by train. We passed many colorful towns, high mountains, thriving farmland, and lush rice fields.
The Busan Station
"The time will come when people will travel in carriages moved by steam engines from
one city to another, almost as fast as birds can fly... at 15 or 20 miles an hour."
~Oliver Evans, 1800