16 Popular & Unique Day Trips from Seoul under 3 hours

KoreaToDo collection with a mix of popular, less travelled (but worthy) and easily accessible day trips by public transport from Seoul under 3 hours.

From the popular Everland Theme Park, Nami Island to cultural experiences like the Korean Folk Village or off the beaten track Seoul Day Trips to Gwangmyeong Cave, Alpaca World Animal Farm and many more.

 

Explore New Destinations or visit your Favourite Places again on your holiday to Korea, easily with our Seoul Day Trips Guide:

Our guide includes where to go, how to go, location maps, bus/train routes, travel time required, useful tips and other attractions to explore around the area.

Take your picks and be the first to share your Korea's travel discoveries and favourites with your friends!

Nami Island, beautiful in all seasons is probably the most popular and must-visit day trip for many visitors to Korea.

Gapyeong: Nami Island / Petite France / The Garden of Morning Calm / Gapyeong Rail Park

Gapyeong: Nami Island / Petite France / The Garden of Morning Calm / Gapyeong Rail Park
Gapyeong: Nami Island / Petite France / The Garden of Morning Calm / Gapyeong Rail Park
Gapyeong: Nami Island / Petite France / The Garden of Morning Calm / Gapyeong Rail Park

108 mins on Seoul Subway (or 40 mins on ITX Train), followed by short shuttle bus/taxi ride to destination.

Directions Overview:

Nami Island is normally visited with Petite France, The Garden of Morning Calm and/or Gapyeong Rail Park. This can be done on a free and easy day trip by hopping on Gapyeong City Tour Bus at Gapyeong or join a local day tour from Seoul.

Built on the discontinued train line, Gangchon Rail Bike is the largest rail bike course in Korea. This will be a fun day trip from Seoul for all ages!

Gangchon Rail Bike Park (+ATV)

Gangchon Rail Bike Park (+ATV)
Gangchon Rail Bike Park (+ATV)
Gangchon Rail Bike Park (+ATV)

2 hrs on Seoul Subway (from Seoul/Myeongdong Station), followed by 2 mins walk to Park.

Directions Overview:

Pedal on the two or four-seater rail bike and enjoy breathtaking countryside scenery of farmland, mountains and flowing rivers. During the rail bike course, you will pass through different interesting themed tunnels of disco lights and music. At the end of the course, you can walk to nearby town for their local delights or rent an ATV for another exciting course. Alternatively, you can do this day trip together with Nami Island or The Garden of Morning Calm.

Alpaca World is the largest forest experience farm in Korea. Come here to touch and walk with the strange-looking but adorable Alpacas!

Alpaca World

Alpaca World
Alpaca World
Alpaca World

1 hr on intercity bus from Seoul, followed by another hour local bus and 918m walk to Alpaca World.

Directions Overview:

Enjoy other activities like horse riding, alpaca & deer safari train and animals performances. How about grabbing the picnic basket for an outing in the woods?

A highly recommended day trip from Seoul easily accessible on Seoul Subway. Rustic beauty of mountain and river presented the moment you step out of the train station. Semiwon Garden is famous for its lotus. Dumulmeori is a popular filming location. Strawberry picking is a highlight for visitors to Yangpyeong.

Yangpyeong: Dumulmeori / Semiwon Garden / Strawberry Farms / Bukhangang Railroad Bridge

Yangpyeong: Dumulmeori / Semiwon Garden / Strawberry Farms / Bukhangang Railroad Bridge
Yangpyeong: Dumulmeori / Semiwon Garden / Strawberry Farms / Bukhangang Railroad Bridge
Yangpyeong: Dumulmeori / Semiwon Garden / Strawberry Farms / Bukhangang Railroad Bridge

70 mins on Seoul Subway (from Seoul Station). 12 mins walk to Semiwon Garden and onwards to Dumulmeori or Strawberry Farm.

Directions Overview:

Many of the attractions are within walking distance or you can rent a bike and cycle to Bukhangang Railroad Bridge. Check out the cafes and restaurants in town too.

Pick your day trips from Seoul at attractive low prices (from US$10) on Shuttle Bus Services for Foreigners.

Shuttle Bus Services for Foreigners only

Shuttle Bus Services for Foreigners only
Shuttle Bus Services for Foreigners only
Shuttle Bus Services for Foreigners only

per shuttle bus service schedule.

Directions Overview:

The service, jointly organised by local provinces and Tourism Organisations brings you to Top 100 Must-Visit Tourist spots like Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, Hwadam Botanic Garden, DMZ and Jeonju Hanok Village.

Enjoy delicious Chinese cuisine especially jajangmyeon (black bean sauce noodles) at Incheon Chinatown. Photo-taking at Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village and enjoy the view from the top of Jayu Park.

Incheon: Chinatown / Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village / Jayu Park / Wolmido Island

Incheon: Chinatown / Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village / Jayu Park / Wolmido Island
Incheon: Chinatown / Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village / Jayu Park / Wolmido Island
Incheon: Chinatown / Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village / Jayu Park / Wolmido Island

67 mins on Seoul Subway (from Seoul Station). Incheon Chinatown is directly across the road from train station.

Directions Overview:

Next, hop on the bus to Wolmido Island nearby. Enjoy the beautiful sea views, feed the seagulls, fun rides at Wolmi Theme Park or dine at its many cafes or fresh seafood restaurants.

Get close to the Korean city, Paju located beside the west end of DMZ, the world's most militarised border.

Paju: Provence Village / Heyri Art Village / Paju Premium Outlets / SkinAnniversary Beauty Town

Paju: Provence Village / Heyri Art Village / Paju Premium Outlets / SkinAnniversary Beauty Town
Paju: Provence Village / Heyri Art Village / Paju Premium Outlets / SkinAnniversary Beauty Town
Paju: Provence Village / Heyri Art Village / Paju Premium Outlets / SkinAnniversary Beauty Town

20 mins on Seoul Subway (from Seoul Station), followed by 50 mins bus ride to both villages.

Directions Overview:

Explore Provence Village, a French culture town with beautiful pastel-like buildings. Next, walk to nearby Heyri Art Village to discover your favourite art works. Complete your day trip stopping by Paju Premium Outlets or facial at Asia's largest beauty complex, SkinAnniversary Beauty Town.

Journey into the land of history and mystery from the comfort of DMZ Train by KORAIL.

DMZ Train

DMZ Train
DMZ Train
DMZ Train

per train shedule.

Directions Overview:

You can get to train terminals closest to the DMZ and join your preferred tour to visit the key DMZ attractions from there before departing back to Seoul.

An abandoned mine (for gold, silver) transformed into the best Cave Theme Park in Korea.

Gwangmyeong Cave

Gwangmyeong Cave
Gwangmyeong Cave
Gwangmyeong Cave

40 mins on Seoul Subway (from Seoul Station), followed by 45 mins bus ride to Cave.

Directions Overview:

In-cave attractions include underground passage, underground lake, lights tunnel, etc.In addition, there is a 194m long Wine Cave where 170 types of wine from around South Korea are sold.

An UNESCO World Heritage with rich history as the emergency capital during Joseon dynasty. Namhansanseong Provincial Park is surrounded in natural mountainous setting with numerous hiking trails along its fortress.

Namhansanseong Provincial Park (UNESCO World Heritage)

Namhansanseong Provincial Park (UNESCO World Heritage)
Namhansanseong Provincial Park (UNESCO World Heritage)
Namhansanseong Provincial Park (UNESCO World Heritage)

55 mins on Seoul Subway (from Seoul Station), followed by 17 mins bus ride to Park.

Directions Overview:

Its pine forest is the largest in the metropolitan area and do check out the Namhansansung Palace on this day trip as well.

Seoraksan National Park is a very popular park with the locals and foreign visitors to Korea. There are many scenic hiking courses and visitors can take the cable car to the mountain top.

Seoraksan National Park

Seoraksan National Park
Seoraksan National Park
Seoraksan National Park

2.5 hrs intercity bus from Seoul, followed by 30 mins bus ride to Park.

Directions Overview:

At Sokcho Town, the must-visits include its 'Best Traditional Markets for Foreign Tourists' and Sokcho Beach. Overnight stay is highly recommended.

Korea’s first sheep farm, located in the Alps of Pyeongchang. Over 300 sheep graze on the vast field in nature at Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm.

Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm

Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm
Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm
Daegwallyeong Sheep Farm

2.5 hrs on intercity bus from Seoul, followed by a short local shuttle bus or 8 mins taxi ride to Farm.

Directions Overview:

Visitors can walk on the 1.2km trail to feed and touch the sheep, bring back beautiful memories.

A huge ranch of over 400 cows, 100 sheep, 40 horses and goats.

Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch

Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch
Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch
Daegwallyeong Sky Ranch

2.5 hrs intercity bus from Seoul, followed by 12 mins taxi ride to Ranch.

Directions Overview:

There are tractor carriages that bring visitors on a 5km course around the ranch and to the observation deck. Wanna try horseback riding at this vast natural grassland?

For something different from the mainstream day trips from Seoul, check out Wondaeri Birch Forest.

Wondaeri Birch Forest

Wondaeri Birch Forest
Wondaeri Birch Forest
Wondaeri Birch Forest

1.5 hrs on intercity bus from Seoul, followed by 20 mins local bus ride to Forest.

Directions Overview:

This is a beautiful nature sanctuary with over 700,000 birch trees, scenic hiking paths and stunning lookout spots.

A large village enacting the daily life culture of a typical village during Joseon dynasty.

Korean Folk Village

Korean Folk Village
Korean Folk Village
Korean Folk Village

55 mins bus ride from Gangnam Station, followed by 5 mins walk to entrance.

Directions Overview:

Korean Folk Village is a popular film site for many well-known historical dramas including My Love from the Star (2013), Moon Embracing the Sun (2012), Dong Yi (2010), etc. This is a great place to journey into the past to experience the wisdom and wits of Joseon dynasty.

Korea's largest amusement park for all ages and a popular day trip option for many visitors to Seoul!

Everland Theme Park

Everland Theme Park
Everland Theme Park
Everland Theme Park

40-50 mins bus ride from Gangnam Station, followed by Everland shuttle service to Park's entrance.

Directions Overview:

Ride on the World's top 10 fastest wooden roller coaster, T-Express with a steep drop at 77 degree! Get up close to the animals on the bus cum boat ride at Zootopia. Enjoy a fun and exciting day at Everland.

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