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How to get from Seoul to Pyongyang

You can’t be a North Korean travel agency – or involved with Korean tourism – without providing up-to-date and on-the-pulse information about travel to the aforementioned destination. It is with this in mind that we bring you the not-so-simple guide to travel between Seoul and Pyongyang!

How far is it from Seoul to Pyongyang?

An aerial helicopter shot of Pyongyang.

Seoul is but a mere 195 kilometres from Pyongyang. In an ideal world, this would mean it taking about three hours to travel between the two cities. Alas, we do not live in an ideal world. Theoretically, at least, one could traverse the DMZ via the one ‘open’ road between the two countries and head to Kaesong City and, from there, Pyongyang via the Thongil Highway. Theoretically.

Can you fly from Seoul to Pyongyang?

An Air Koryo plane -- currently it's not possible to take one from Seoul to Pyongyang.

Directly? No. But it is possible to fly from Seoul to Beijing or Shenyang and, from there, connect to Pyongyang. Air Koryo has regular flights to and from the two Chinese cities. Depending on your nationality, you could even make use of the Chinese transit visa, but we’d recommend getting a full double-entry visa to be on the safe side.

Can you travel from Seoul to Pyongyang by sea?

Again: directly, no. You could take a ferry from Incheon to the Chinese border town of Dandong, and then take the Dandong-Pyongyang train.

Can you take the train from Seoul to Pyongyang?

There is – officially, at least – terminuses at the border between the North and South. Alas, the railway systems of the two countries have diverged somewhat. It is often speculated that a trans-Korean railway system will be established; such a system would allow Seoul a land connection to Russia and China, with all the trade opportunities that that would entail. For now, you can fly from Seoul to Dandong via Yantai and catch the train in Dandong.

Regardless of how you travel to North Korea, however, we likely have a tour to suit your needs!