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From Myeongdong Station (Seoul) to Nami Island

Nami Island is a must visit for lovers and fans of Korean Drama "Winter Sonata". This romantic island is located more than 60km from Myeongdong. You can get there either by train or bus.
  1. By Bus - KRW25000 (Book Online)straight forward and more comfortable but  more expensive. Bus goes direct from the famous Shinsegae Duty Free Store in Myeongdong to Nami Island. Read more below...
  2. By Train - KRW18700, cheaper but complicated for first timer as you need to change train lines 3 times to get to Gapyeong Station and then take a bus to Nami Island. Read more below...
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1. By Train - How to go to Nami Island by Train from Myeongdong Station

The journey from Myeongdong Station to Gapyeong Station where Nami Island is located will take about 1 hour 30 minutes. As you need to change train line 3 times for this trip, it is not advisable to sleep or take a nap during this trip or you may miss the stations to change line.
With that said, let's get started with the journey to Nami Island:
  1. From Myeong-dong Station, take LINE 4 train heading to the direction of Chungmuro Station to get to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station.
  2. When arriving at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station, change to LINE 2 and take the train heading towards Sindang Station to get to Wangsimni Station.
  3. When arriving at Wangsimni Station, change to JUNGANG LINE and take the train heading towards Cheong-nyangni to get to Mangu Station.
  4. When arriving at Mangu Station, change to KYEONGCHUN LINE and take the train heading towards Galmae Station to get to Gapyeong Station, which is our destination.
Train Route from Myeong-dong Station to Gapyeong Station (Nami Island).
This train journey from Myeongdong to Gapyeong will cost you KRW 2250 (T-Money Card) or KRW2350 (Cash) one way.

From Gapyeong Station to Nami Island

  1. Taxi - Once you are at Gapyeong Station, you need to take a short taxi trip (costs about KRW2500-3000) to get to the ferry wharf to Nami Island. 
  2. Walk - You could also walk but it will take you 20-30 minutes and the direction to the ferry wharf is not straight forward. 
  3. BUS - At Gapyeong Station, you can take the Shuttle Bus for Gapyeong Tourist Resort (Course A) to go to Nami Island. The bus ticket can be bought from the bus driver at costs KRW6,000. This ticket can be used UNLIMITED time for the whole day to go to all popular destinations on the bus route as below:
    • Gapyeong Intercity Bus Terminal <-> Gapyeong Station (Train Station) <-> Jarasum <-> Gapyeong Rail Park <-> Nami Island <-> Petite France <-> Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal <-> Cheongpyeong Station <-> The Garden of Morning Calm
Once arriving at the ferry wharf, proceed to the ticket booth to buy your "Entry Visa" to Nami Island which costs KRW8,000, which includes ferry to and from Nami Island and, of course, entry to Nami Island. 
That's it. A simple guide to get to Nami Island from Myeong-dong Station by train. Sounds complicated at the first look but this is the flexible way to get to Nami Island from Myeong-dong. Unlike bus trip which has only one departure and return time, you can depart and return to Myeongdong at anytime of the day you want. However, if you prefer less hassle of changing train line, try taking a bus...

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2. By Bus - From Myeong-dong to Nami Island by Shuttle Bus

First of all, the bus to Nami Island does not depart from Myeong-dong. The bus depart from Insadong but fortunately Insadong is just a short subway ride from Myeongdong. Please take note that there is only one shuttle bus a day at 8.30am. Make sure you make advance booking online AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE to secure your seat because ONLY ONE BUS PER DAY. (Note: Choose Shinsegae Duty Free in Myeongdong as your "pick-up location" when booking. Other available pick-up locations are Insadong and Namdaemun).

The two-way ticket for shuttle bus to Nami Island costs KRW25,000. This is not expensive given that it also includes the KRW8000 "Entry Visa" and round trip ferry tickets to Nami Island.

So, with that said, here is the pick-up bus stop location to go from Myeongdong to Nami Island by shuttle bus (CLICK TO ENLARGE MAP).
Pick-up Bus Stop Location for Shuttle Bus from Myeongdong to Nami Island.
As you can see from the map, the bus stop for Shuttle Bus from Myeongdong to Nami Island is located right in front of the famous Shinsegae Duty Free in Myeongdong. It is strategically located within walking distance from both Myeongdong Station and Hoehyeon Station (subway stations).

From here, the shuttle bus will take you directly to the ferry wharf of Nami Island to cross the river to Nami Island.  NOTE THAT the return bus will leave Nami Island ferry wharf at 5:00pm  in the afternoon to head back to Myeongdong (to same location- Shinsegae Duty Free). To be safe, you are advised to take the ferry from Nami Island whalf to the bus parking bay AT LEAST half an hour before the return bus departure time to Myeongdong. You will be back to Myeongdong at around 6.30pm or 7.00pm if there is heavy traffic on that day.
TIP 1: If you want to squeeze Nami Island, Petite France, The Garden of Morning Calm and Gapyeong Rail Bike all in one day, the most effecient way is to join a shuttle bus day tour from EXIT 2 Myeongdong Station (KRW100,000 - all 4 admission tickets included).
TIP 2: Winter ski season normally start from December to February. If you want to go to Vivaldi Park for ski after visiting Nami Island, BOOK THIS BUS instead. 
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From Myeongdong to Nami Island

Yes, the journey from Myeongdong to Nami Island is not straight forward, especially if you are taking train, but it is definitely worth it once you are there at the beautiful and romantic Nami Island. You may feel a bit exhausted by the end of the day but you will certainly return to Myeongdong with sweet memories from Nami Island.