Traveling by train is a great experience. It’s comfortable and relaxing, and you can admire the scenery as it passes you by. However, you might feel a little nervous if this is your first time on a train. Here are some tips to make your first journey more enjoyable:
1. Familiarize yourself with different types of trains and services.
There are different types of trains, including fast trains which stop at a few stations only, express or non-stop trains which have fewer stops on the journey and local trains which stop at every station.
There are also sleeper trains that allow you to sleep during your journey, as well as seat options such as first-class, second-class Sleeper, and third-class seats. If you’re traveling with others, there are also family rooms where parents can take care of their young children during the journey.
2. Find out about train facilities.
Many stations have shops selling items such as magazines, snacks, and drinks. You’ll usually find toilets, drinking fountains, and telephones at the station. If you purchase food or drink from shops outside the station, you can usually bring it on board with you.
3. Check the departure time and platform numbers.
Train schedules are subject to change so check them before your journey begins. You should also find out what platform your train departs from before arriving at the station. Ask for this information at the ticket counter or service center if you’re unsure.
4. Look up the price of your ticket in advance.
The price of short-distance tickets is about 7000 won, but it differs according to distance and class of travel. If you plan on using the train several times or if you plan to travel long distances, this could save you a lot of money. There are also discounts for youth and students.
5. Use the automatic ticket gate to get on the platform.
When you arrive at the station, find out which ticket gate has your boarding platform number. You can find this information on your ticket. To get onto the platform, you’ll need to have your ticket ready so push the ticket into the slot at the entrance to the gate.
Once you’ve passed through, take it back out of the slot because you’ll need it later when you pass through another set of gates when leaving the station later in your journey.
In conclusion, traveling by train is a great way to travel and it’s really convenient. You don’t need to wait long periods of time for buses or taxis and you can just relax and enjoy the scenery that passes by your window, as well as take a nap if you want to.