Answer – While there are pros and cons for both options, there’s nothing quite like experiencing life of the lesser-seen rural areas of North Korea pass you by through the window of a Soviet-era North Korean train. However, the convenience of flying direct between Beijing and Pyongyang on the only North Korean airline Air Koryo is well worth the experience – look out for the infamous in-flight mystery meat hamburger meal.
The overnight sleeper train between Beijing and Pyongyang is 24 hours. The train between Dandong (bordertown city of China) and Pyongyang for our Ultra Budget tours is 7 hours. We organise comfortable sleeper beds for our toursits but the option of being upgraded to first class (soft sleeper) cabins are availble.
Air Koryo is the flagship carrier of North Korea and have almost daily flights to and from Beijing, as well as weekly services to Vladivostok (Russia), Shenyang (China) and occasionally Shanghai (China).
Please keep in mind that particularly during peak season, tickets can be quite difficult to get hold of, so the later you book the harder they are to get. YPT reserve the right to change, or provide a suitable alternative transport solution should this occur.