Ride the rails across North Korea from
Pyongyang to Rason on a local North Korean
From 1,249 EUR per person
Please apply by 16th August, 2020.
Ride the rails across North
Korea from Pyongyang to Rason
on a local North Korean train
From 1,249 EUR per person
One of our most unique tour packages, this North Korea tour takes you on a local train from Pyongyang across to the DPRK's East Coast and then onward up to the extreme North of the country; the Rason Special Economic Zone.
On this tour, we will be in North Korea for North Korea National Day - one of the biggest North Korea holidays, celebrating the foundation of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). This year, North Koreans throughout the country will be in full celebration mode as they enjoy the festivities for the 72nd North Korea National Day.
During our time in Pyongyang, we will take part in celebrations with the locals, as well as seeing all of the main sites and highlights of Pyongyang including; the Mansudae Grand Monument, Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, and the Pyongyang Metro.
We then visit the west coast city of Nampo, as well as spending a night in Kaesong, a border city just 10 minutes away from the DMZ North-South Korean border, before we start the next part of the adventure.
The next part of the tour has us travelling all across North Korea on a local train as we head from Pyongyang all the way to Rason in the North East, bordering with both China and Russia. Rason is the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of North Korea and annually sees very few international tourists. See how locals travel by train, mingle with fellow-passengers, and get amazing access to parts of the country only a few tourists have ever seen.
This tour ends in Yanji, China. But we can help to arrange your ongoing transport back to Beijing or elsewhere.
Scroll down for an overview of the National Day Cross-Country Train tour highlights, tour itinerary, transport options, DPRK tourist visa information, and extra add-ons.
*Pre-Tour Briefing | We require all travellers to
attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety,
and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts
approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. Please
be punctual for the briefing. You can come early, meet your fellow
travellers, pay any outstanding tour fees and browse our collection of
Korean art. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North
For this tour, we will hold two briefings. One in the morning for those departing by train this afternoon and the other in the afternoon for those departing by flight the next day.
Overnight | Hotel in Beijing not included in the tour for those taking the flight the next day. Contact us for recommendations near our office! Those travelling by train will spend the night on the train.
Arrival day in Pyongyang
Overnight | Haebangsan Hotel, Pyongyang. An old classic hotel located in downtown Pyongyang. Popular with Pyongyang's long-term residents. Excellent restaurant.
DPRK National Day
Arch of Triumph | Massive archway made for the 70th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung in 1982 and commemorating the liberation of Korea from Japanese colonial rule. Larger than its counterpart in Paris.
Moranbong Park | We’ll take a stroll in Pyongyang’s central park popular with locals for picnics, dances, and sports. The park is filled with historic pavilions, walls, and monuments- modern and ancient, a few of which are among the traditional ‘Eight Great Sights of Pyongyang’.
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and Drive to Kaesong
Kumsusan Palace of the Sun | Mausoleum of the DPRK leadership where President Kim Il Sung and Leader Kim Jong Il lie in state and the most solemn location in the country. Visitations are by special request only and formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. The visit will take most of the morning and visitors are asked to bow a number of times inside. This is a state administered site and visits are subject to local conditions.
Railway Museum | Museum dedicated to the development of the DPRK's railways with a number of antique engines and cars on display. Built on the location of Pyongyang's former baseball ballpark. Take me out to the Railway Museum!
Overnight | Minsok Folk Hotel | Traditional style hotel where guest sleep on heated floors in Korean-style. Beautiful setting in Kaesong old city with stream running through the center and Ri dynasty furniture. Basic bathroom facilities. Hot water not guaranteed and erratic electric supply – please bring a torch.
This tour travels between Beijing-Pyongyang by train in a hard-sleeper carriage (6 bunks per compartment). The train journey takes 24 hours with a transfer at the city of Dandong. Flight is also available. The flight takes around 90 minutes. For an extra 265 EUR you can upgrade to flight-entry.
All hotel rooms on our all-inclusive group tours feature twin beds, and will be shared. If you'd like a room to yourself then you can upgrade for an extra 40 EUR per night.See more
Koryo Tours is able to arrange hotel bookings in Beijing at the following hotels on behalf of people travelling with us. We have four hotels on offer with different levels of comfort and all located a short walk from our office. Select which hotel you are interested in and your Tour Manager will confirm the dates and cost for you. We will make the booking and add the cost to your tour invoice.See more
We're unable to take you on one of our tours if you do not have medical insurance that covers the destination in question. Issues of isolation and infrastructure where we go mean it would be irresponsible of us to do so. We can provide this if you do not have it — or you can use your own.
Our Koryo Train Tours are capped at 13 people per group.
Groups will be in the experienced hands of two or three local Korean guides and a Koryo Tours tour leader.
Please note that when on tour your day-to-day itinerary may differ to what is advertised above. Your tour leader will ensure, however, that everything available at the time is covered, and replacement options are provided where needed. We will also add in extras when there is time (such as a visit to a local bar or amusement park). We visit the DPRK regularly so know all the best places to go, and how to make the most of your days there to guarantee the experience of a lifetime. After the tour, we will send out a list of all participants' emails so you can keep in touch, swap photos etc. If you do not wish to be on this list then please let us know.
Please apply by 16th August, 2020.