Independent Tours

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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. If you’d like to explore an independent tour option, get in touch with us. We can customise the perfect tour for you!

We offer 10% off independent travels during November and December – excluding DPRK visas

LANGUAGE

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 Korean guides with the following high language skills to take you on tour.

  • German
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese

Simply request this while booking with us and we will be able to organise this easily.

STANDARD ACCOMMODATION

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 ACCOMMODATION

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 ACCOMMODATION

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 and other indoor and outdoor activities, internal charter flights, special meals, performances, sporting events and more.

Budget Standard
1 Person €219 €239
2-5 People €175 €195
6-9 People €130 €150
10-14 People €105 €125
15+ People €100 €120

Prices are per person per night. Infants under two years of age are free and children under 13 years of age receive 30% discount per night.

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 = €280 each way €490 return
  • Flight between Beijing and Pyongyang with China Air = €320 each way or €560 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 + €280 fly out with Air Koryo = €1,230 + €60 DPRK visa = €1,290 per person or €2,580 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 in Beijing 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.

CHINESE VISA

Your Chinese visa needs to be arranged independently. Most importantly, you need to have a double entry visa. This is a very simple process that can be done through your local embassy. Should you need assistance, we will be glad to help. Please read here for some information regarding a 72-hour transit visa for China. In emergency situations, we can help arrange your visa in Pyongyang (should you have single entry), but this is done only in emergencies and only with pre-arrangement.

Important note: All times are quoted in local time.

TRAIN TIMETABLES

Route Day Depart Arrive
Beijing-Pyongyang Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun 17:25 18:00 Following Day
Pyongyang-Beijing Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun 10:50 09:30 Following Day

On Tuesday, Friday and Sunday you will be required to change trains at Dandong station. All other days are express trains, where you are not required to leave the train.

FLIGHTS FROM CHINA

FROM BEIJING

Route Flight Day Departure Arrival
Beijing-Pyongyang JS 152 Mon, Tue, Friday, Sat 12.55 16.00
Pyongyang-Beijing JS 151 Mon, Tue, Friday, Sat 09.00 09.55
Beijing-Pyongyang JS 252 Y Thursday 14.05 17.00
Pyongyang-Beijing JS 251 Y Thursday 10.30 11.30
Beijing-Pyongyang CA 121 Mon, (Wed from 1st of March) Fri 13.40 16.20
Pyongyang-Beijing CA 122 Mon, (Wed from 1st of March), Fri 17.20 18.05
Shenyang-Pyongyang JS 156 Wed, Sat 14.10 16.20
Pyongyang-Shenyang JS 155 Wed, Sat 12.00 12.10
  • JS (Air Koryo) Beijing – Pyongyang €280 each way €490 Return
  • JS (Air Koryo) Shenyang – Pyongyang €230 each way €440 Return
  • CA (Air China) Beijing – Pyongyang JS €320 each way €560 Return

FLIGHTS FROM RUSSIA

Route Flight Day Departure Arrival
Vladivostok-Pyongyang JS 272 Monday, Friday 14:20 14:00
Pyongyang-Vladivostok JS 271 Monday, Friday 08.20 12.00
  • JS (Air Koryo) Vladivostok – Pyongyang €240 each way €440 Return

CHINESE VISA FREE FLIGHTS (FROM MALAYSIA)

Route Flight Day Departure Arrival
Kuala Lumpur- Pyongyang JS 160 Sun 11.00 19.30
Pyongyang-Kuala Lumpur JS 159 Sat 23.00 05.20
€400 each way €750 Return

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

Route Flight Day Departure Arrival
Pyongyang-Samjiyon (Mt Paektu) Air Koryo Wednesday 8.00 9.30
(Mt Paektu) Samjiyon-Pyongyang Air Koryo Wednesday 18.00 19.30
Pyongyang-Sondok (Hamhung) Air Koryo Monday 9.30 10.15
(Hamhung) Sondok-Pyongyang Air Koryo Monday 18.00 18.45
Pyongyang-Orang (Chongjin) Air Koryo Tuesday 9.30 10.50
(Chongjin) Orang-Pyongyang Air Koryo Tuesday 18.00 19.20

JS (Air Koryo) Pyongyang – Samjiyon €130 return
JS (Air Koryo) Pyongyang – Sondok €120 return
JS (Air Koryo) Pyongyang – Orang €130 return

When flying domestically 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 Sondok and back to Pyongyang they must pay €120 euros for a ticket and 2 x €120 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.

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.

Route Schedule Time
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 Euro/pp (only 3 cabin in each ferry, so easy to book out)
  • 2nd Class ( 4 people/cabin): 195 Euro/pp
  • 3rd Class (6 people/cabin): 175 Euro/pp
  • 4th Class (multiple people/cabin): 165 Euro/pp

Please note you must check-in before 2pm to board your ferry. The price is not including the local port tax which is 30 rmb (pay the ticket collected before boarding) and the meal meal on the ferry is 30RMB – 50RMB per person per meal.