Rail Bike: Ride around Gangwon!
Rail bikes are chain-driven cycles that are ridden on railroad. Rail bike riding is a sport rapidly gaining popularity in European mountain tourist resort. In Gangwon, we have more than 4 rail bike stations alongside the river, ocean and mountains. Let’s check out special point in each rail bike station 🙂
Gangchon Rail Bike
When the Gyeongchun Line, a double-tracked railway line connecting Seoul and Chuncheon, opened on December 20, 2010, it replaced the Mugunghwa train that traveled this route for 70 years. Built on the site where the train on the Gyeongchun Line stops, Gangchon Rail Park is a popular tourist attraction where visitors can pedal along old railroad tracks while taking in the lovely Bukhangang River scenery. Opened on August, 2012, the rail park operates from three stations: Gimyujeong Station, Gangchon Station, and Gyeonggang Station. The distance between Gimyujeong Station and Gangchon Station is approximately 8km and the round-trip distance to Gyeonggang Station is approximately 6km.
- Location 1385, Gimyujeong-ro, Sindong-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do 강원도 춘천시 신동면 김유정로 1385 (신동면)
- Facility Utilization Fees : Two-seater: 25,000 won / Four-seater: 35,000 won
Jeongseon Rail Bike
The rail bike in Jeongseon Auraji is a new type of leisure sport that combines biking along a railway and scenic views. Rail bikes are commonly found in the mountainous regions of Europe. The sport makes use of an abandoned railway track that runs from Jeongseon Auraji to Gujeol-ri. The total track is 7.2 kilometers long and is a continuous descent that is easy to ride along clean valley waters and crimson red foliage.
There are 2-person (110 kilograms) and 4-person rail bikes (138 kilograms). Despite its large size, a rail bike runs quite smoothly so it is sufficient for one person to pedal a 4-person rail bike at speeds of 10 to 30 kilometers per hour.
At the boarding area in Gujeol-ri Station, there is a café named ‘A Grasshopper’s Dream.’ Housed in a train, the café is the shape of a grasshopper.
The rail bike starts in Gujeol-ri station and ends in Auraji Station. Ride at a slow speed of 15kph to enjoy the surrounding scenery. On the way back, you will return to Gujeol-ri on a free train for a comfortable ride with a view.
- Location 745, Nochusan-ro, Yeoryang-myeon, Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do 강원도 정선군 여량면 노추산로 745 (여량면)
- Admission Fees
[2-seaters bike] Individual 25,000 won / Group 22,500 won [4-seaters bike] Individual 35,000 won / Group 31,500 won
- Operating Hours
* March to October 09:00 – 18:00, 5 times a day
* November to February 09:00 – 15:00, 4 times a day
Wonju Rail Bike
In Wonju Rail Park, you will be able to take a train from Ganhyeon station to Pandae station and transit to rail bike and run back from Pandae station to Ganhyeong station. The course is not hilly so it’s easy to run the bike and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery. Total journey will cost about 1.5 hours including 20 minutes (train) and 40 minutes (rail bike)
- Location 163 Ganhyeong-ro, Jijeong-myeon, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do 강원도 원주시 지정면 간현로 163 (지정면)
- Admission Fee 2 seaters (25,000 KRW) / 4 seaters (35,000 KRW)
Samcheok Ocean Rail Bike
Samcheok Ocean Railbike is a four-wheeled bike on a 5.4㎞ rail that lies against a splendid backdrop of East Sea. Along the rail are Gungchon and Yonghwa Stations as rest stops, an observatory lounge, an ocean tunnel, and many more attractions. Since each bike has safety installations (double breaks, safety bars, etc.), it can be enjoyed by the whole family.
- Location Gongyangwang-gil 2 & Yongwha Haebyun-gil 23, Geundeok-myeon, Samcheok-si, Gangwon-do 강원도 삼척시 근덕면 공양왕길 2 (궁촌정거장), 용화해변길 23(용화정거장)
- Admission Fees
Gungchon Station → Yonghwa Station / Yonghwa Station → Gungchon Station
Two-seater: Individuals 20,000 won / Groups 18,000 won
Four-seater: Individuals 30,000 won / Groups 27,000 won
Jeongdongjin Rail Bike
Jeongdongjin in Gangneung is in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the unique distinction of having a train station that is located the closest to the sea, in the world. It has been famous as the best spot to see the sunrise and has a rail bike running from Jeongdongjin station letting you see the beautiful ocean view all the way while on track.
- Location 13, Jeongdongyeok-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
- Operation Hour 9:00-17:00
- Admission Fee 20,000 KRW for 2 seaters/ 30,000 KRW for 4 seaters
High 1 Choo Choo Park
High1 ChooChoo Park is a train experience resort and along with the great nature that surrounds it, it holds the country’s first mountain railway and wonderful train programs for men and women of all ages to enjoy. A mini train on a zigzag, switchback railway, an incline railway, the country’s first high-speed rail coaster, exotic mini train and various exciting train programs will offer your children hopes and dreams and bring wonderful memories back to you.
- Location High1ChooChooPark. 99, Simponamgil, Dogye-eup, Samcheok-si, Gangwon-do
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