North Korea Independent Tours
North Korea independent tours are suitable for those who prefer to travel alone, or for people who simply can’t find group dates to match. You will be accompanied by two Korean guides (several languages are available), and you will have your own driver and vehicle. Our independent tours are very flexible in terms of itinerary and interests. We cater to your budget too! Independent tours come in Budget, Standard and Deluxe price ranges.
We have staff in China that are able to meet you, assist you, answer your questions and ensure you have a great trip before your tour commences. Not all companies offer this service. If you’d like to explore an independent tour option, please get in touch with us. We can customise the perfect tour for you!
We offer 10% off independent travels during November and December – excluding flights and DPRK visas
The DPRK attracts tourists from many different countries around the world. If English is not your first language or you would simply feel more comfortable speaking your native language we can request friendly Korean guides with the following high language skills to take you on tour.
- German (Deutsch)
- French (Français)
- Spanish (Español)
- Italian (Italiano)
- Russian (Русский)
- Chinese (中文)
- Japanese (日本語)
- Arabic (العَرَبِيةُ)
Simply request this while booking with us and we will be able to organise this easily.
Standard tours provide an excellent mix of comfort and affordability; this gives you a significant upgrade in terms of accommodation over budget tours. The standard hotels are not only newer and more comfortable, they offer far more entertainment and services with only a small bump in price.
Budget tours are for those who are not fussy about comfort and want to explore the DPRK at the best possible price. With 3-Star accommodation in Pyongyang and 2nd class hotels in most other cities, the Budget tour accommodation also gives you a fascinating glimpse of the Soviet Bloc holidays of yesteryear.
In some less frequently visited cities there will not be 2nd class hotel options – in the event that you want to stay in these cities anyway, we will provide a separate quote for that night (or those nights) which will adjust the overall cost slightly.
Deluxe tours are for those who don’t mind paying a bit extra for a little more luxury. Costs for deluxe tours are dependent on several factors – hotel choice, location, ticket upgrade selections and extra cost activities. We can arrange boutique and Joint Venture luxury hotels, business class flights, golf, fishing, internal charter flights, aerial tours of Pyongyang, sporting events and more.
Prices are per person per night. Infants two years of age and under are free and children 13 years of age and under receive 30% discount per night.
The above tour costs include all meals unless detailed as an option on the itinerary, hotel accommodation, two Korean tour guides and a driver, all transportation within the DPRK and all entry fees for attractions unless specified within the itinerary.
EXTRA COSTS (PER PERSON)
- Train fare between Beijing and Pyongyang = €170 each way
- Train fare between Dandong (Chinese border town) and Pyongyang = €120 each way
- Flight between Beijing and Pyongyang with Air Koryo = €340 each way €590 return
- Flight between Beijing and Pyongyang with Air China = €340 each way or €580 return
- Flight between Shanghai and Pyongyang with Air Koryo = €360 each way or €620 return
- DPRK Visa = €60
To work out how much your independent tour will cost, multiply the nightly rate (depending on the number of your group) by the number of nights you wish to stay. Add your desired transport method with the visa fee, and that’s the cost of your trip!
For example, if you are travelling with a friend and you wish to stay in the DPRK for 4 standard nights and would like to travel in by train from Beijing and fly out with Air Koryo.
€195 x 4 nights = €780 + €170 train from Beijing to Pyongyang = €950 + €340 fly out with Air Koryo = €1,290 + €60 DPRK visa = €1,350 per person or €2,700 in total for two. It’s that easy!
We can offer you example itineraries or feel free to browse through our group tours to give you a better idea on what you can do on your tour. Within reason, we can give you the chance to design your own tour. Independent tours are aimed at the budget traveller who is happy to pay a low price, and can look after themselves in Beijing. All independent tourists are met prior to the tour by one of our staff, who will give you your tickets, visas, and go through DPRK procedures and orientation.
We recommend travelling with more friends and family to really cut down the costs of independent tours. The more you have in your group the cheaper it is for everyone!
Independent tours under 16 people are not usually accompanied by one of our western guides. For tours of 16+, we offer the option of one of our guides travelling with you at no extra charge. For tours of fewer than 16 people, you can have one of our guides travel with you, but there will be an extra fee, depending on how many people with whom you are travelling. Please contact us for further information and or quotes on deluxe packages.
Air Koryo gives children under the age of 12 – 2 years of age 25% discount on flights. Infants under the age of 2 will receive 90% discount on Air Koryo flights.
Air China gives children under the age of 11 – 2 years of age 25% discount on flights. Infants under the age of 2 will receive 90% discount on Air China flights.
Important note: All times are quoted in local time.
|Beijing-Pyongyang||Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun||17:25||17:30||Following Day|
|Pyongyang-Beijing||Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun||10:10||8:30||Following Day|
FLIGHTS FROM BEIJING (CHINA)
|Beijing-Pyongyang||JS 152||April 1st – June 30th: Monday
July 1st – October 30th: Monday, Friday
|Beijing-Pyongyang||JS 152||Tuesday, Saturday||13:00||15:30|
|Pyongyang-Beijing||JS 151||April 1st – June 30th: Monday
July 1st – October 30th: Monday, Friday
|Pyongyang-Beijing||JS 151||Tuesday, Saturday||8:20||9:50|
|Beijing-Pyongyang||CA 121||Monday, Wednesday*, Friday*||13:20||16:00|
|Pyongyang-Beijing||CA 122||Monday, Wednesday*, Friday*||16:50||18:05|
- JS (Air Koryo) Beijing – Pyongyang €340 each way or return €590
- CA (Air China) Beijing – Pyongyang €340 each way or return €580
- Business Class with JS (Air Koryo) Beijing – Pyongyang €505 each way or return €855
*Air China flights on Wednesday and Friday can only be confirmed a month ahead of flight schedule
FLIGHTS FROM SHANGHAI (CHINA)
|Shanghai Pudong-Pyongyang||JS 158||10th April – 30th Nov Thursday, Sunday||19:30||22:20|
|Pyongyang-Shanghai Pudong||JS 157||10th April – 30th Nov Thursday, Sunday||16:40||18:30|
- JS (Air Koryo) Shanghai Pudong – Pyongyang €360 each way or return €620
FLIGHTS FROM SHENYANG (CHINA)
|Shenyang-Pyongyang||JS 156||Wednesday, Saturday||14:00||15:30|
|Pyongyang-Shenyang||JS 155||Wednesday, Saturday||11:20||12:00|
- JS (Air Koryo) Shenyang – Pyongyang €300 each way or return €520
FLIGHTS FROM RUSSIA
|Vladivostok-Pyongyang||JS 272||Monday, Friday||12:20||12:30|
|Pyongyang-Vladivostok||JS 271||Monday, Friday||8:00||11:00|
- JS (Air Koryo) Vladivostok – Pyongyang €315 each way or return €565
CHINESE VISA FREE FLIGHTS (FROM MALAYSIA) – CURRENTLY SUSPENDED
|Kuala Lumpur- Pyongyang||JS 160||Sunday||11.00||19.00|
|Pyongyang-Kuala Lumpur||JS 159||Saturday||22.30||05.20|
- JS (Air Koryo) Kuala Lumpur – Pyongyang €420 each way or return €770
This route is less secure than the Beijing-Pyongyang and may face some cancellations. In such cases, notice will be given 20 days in advance and your deposit for the tour will be refunded. Please enquire in advance regarding flight availability, as it can be seasonal.
DOMESTIC AIR KORYO FLIGHTS WITHIN THE DPRK
|Pyongyang-Samjiyon (Mt Paektu)||Air Koryo||Thursday||9.30||11.00|
|(Mt Paektu) Samjiyon-Pyongyang||Air Koryo||Thursday||18.00||19.30|
|Pyongyang-Orang (Chongjin)||Air Koryo||Tuesday, Friday||9.30||10.50|
|(Chongjin) Orang-Pyongyang||Air Koryo||Tuesday, Friday||1.30||2.50|
- JS (Air Koryo) Pyongyang – Samjiyon one way $145 USD or return $215 USD
- JS (Air Koryo) Pyongyang – Orang one way $140 USD or return $195 USD
When flying to Samjiyon on an independent tour in the DPRK, tourists must pay for the flight tickets of two local Korean guides. For example if a single independent tourist wishes to travel to Samjiyon and back to Pyongyang they must pay $215 for a ticket and 2 x $215 for two local Korean guides ticket. If tourists are travelling in a large group this can be split amongst the group for a cheaper price. For the flight to Orang this is not necessary as during your time in North Hamgyong you will have guides from the local travel company instead.
Ferry Tickets – Dandong (China) – Incheon (South Korea)
If you wish to make your way down to South Korea after touring with us in China or North Korea we are able to save you the extreme hassles of buying a ferry ticket from a Chinese vendor.
|Dandong – Incheon||Tuesday/Thursday/Sunday||Depart Dandong at 4:00pm
Arrive in Incheon at 9:00am the following day
Ferry Ticket Costs
- VIP Class (2 people/cabin): €255 per person (only 3 cabin in each ferry, so easy to book out)
- 2nd Class ( 4 people/cabin): €195 per person
- 3rd Class (6 people/cabin): €175 per person
- 4th Class (multiple people/cabin): €165 per person
Please note you must check-in before 2pm to board your ferry. The price is not including the local port tax which is 30RMB (pay the ticket collected before boarding) and the meal on the ferry is 30RMB – 50RMB per person per meal.