How to go to Nami Island and Petite France for Budget Travelers

How to go to Nami Island and Petite France

Nami Island and Petite France could be the most popular tourist spots for those who visit Korea from overseas. Many travelers and tourists use one of those tour packages from travel agents offer.


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Nami Island and Petite France

However, there are always travelers who are willing to take their own adventure. As a matter of fact, it’s considered a nuisance thing to find a way to get there. Of course, this way of travel is much cheaper than using a travel package.

How to go to Nami Island
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France

Most Travel Agents are offering from USD 250 to 350(for 4 people group rate) for Nami Island + Petite France as a private tour and about USD 35 to 50 as Seat in coach tour shuttle bus package.

If you travel in your own way, this could be drop-down to USD 10 or less.

So, how to get Nami Island and Petite France on your own? Let’s find out how.

How to go to Nami Island and Petite France for Budget Travelers
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France

Seoul Metropolitan Subway

World’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor announced that Seoul Metro is at the top of the “Things to Do in South Korea” category. This is really something!

Taking the subway could be the top thing to do anywhere in the world? This shows how good is the subway system in Seoul.

Subways serve as a convenient means, probably the most favored public transportation by both Koreans and visitors from aboard. It connects you from one point to another with less hassle than often seen on the open roads and thus, making it easy for tourists to get around as well!

“This metro is really easy to use and cheap, I recommend to get the Korean metro app for your phone because it takes the guess work out of where you have to go it easier enough tells you what car to be so when transferring to another line you won’t get lost.” said by Nowra from Australia on TripAdvisor. 

How to go to Nami Island and Petite France for Budget Travelers
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France – TripAdvisor Screen Shot

As you already have seen what’s coming by this, you can go to Nami Island by taking Seoul Metro Subway. How convenient is that!

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How to get to the Nami Island by Subway
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France – Seoul Metro Map Shows how to get to Gapyeong Station from Seoul Station. It shows total fare is only KRW 2,250 (about $2) and taking 87 minutes of travel time.

Let’s say you depart from Seoul Station, all you need to do is taking yourself in the subway to get to “Gapyeong” station.


Distance from Gapyeong Station to Nami Island is only about 2km so if you love walking, you just want to get to Nami island by walk. Or you can take a bus (Number 33-24) which takes only 10 minutes or so.

How to go to Nami Island and Petite France for Budget Travelers
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France – Gapyeong Station
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France for Budget Travelers
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France – 33-5 Bus, this is operating from Gapyeong Station to Nami Island

The tourist destination ‘Nami Island’

Nami Island, which floats in the half-moon shape on the Bukhangang River, is an island created by the construction of the Cheongpyeong Dam in 1944 and should be aboard the ferry at the pier.

In particular, the TV drama ‘Winter Sonata’, which was broadcast in 2002, has gained worldwide popularity and has emerged as a leading tourist destination in Korea.

Naminara Republic VISA Fees (Admission Fee)

  Regular  ₩13,000     Normal
  Discount  ₩10,000 
  • Seniors (70+ yrs.)
  • Students (13-17 yrs.)
  Special  ₩7,000
  • Visitor aged between 3 and 13
  • Visitors after 18:00 (Dec.~Mar.)
  • Visitors after 19:00 (Apr.~Nov.)

The entrance fee and ferry fares are included in the Visa fee.
Free ferry fares Jan 1 – Jun 30, 2018
(Entrance fee: Regular ₩ 13,000, Discount ₩ 10,000, Special ₩ 7,000)

  • Free Entrance: Child aged 36 months and under
  • Round-trip ferry fare & tax included.
  • Foreign Tourists are eligible for 20% discount while Koreans couldn’t get
    Discount for foreign tourists is no longer operating from 2018

Ferry schedule

  • 07:30~09:00: Every 30 minutes after the first ferry at 07:30 (departure – Gapyeong Wharf)
  • 09:00~18:00: Every 10- 20 minutes
  • 18:00~21:40: Every 30 minutes until the last ferry at 21:40 (departure – Gapyeong Wharf)
Nami Island
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France – The Metasequoia Road

Nami Island, which arrived on the boat for about five minutes, is an island made of wood. It is no exaggeration to say that the trees become forests and fill the entire island. Among them, many forest roads are regarded as the most beautiful places here.

Especially, Metasequoia Road, which is the main character of ‘Winter Sonata’, is a must for those who visit here. You will be able to meet foreign tourists of various nationalities, also many local Koreans as well.

Unique French Theme Park, Petite France

Now, it’s time to move on to Petite France. It’s about 15km away from Nami island so you should have taken any kind of transportation to get there.


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How to go to Nami Island and Petite France for Budget Travelers
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France – 1063 Hoban-ro, Gapyeong-Gun, Kyunggi-do (616-2 Gosung-Ri) * For easy search, enter “Gosung-Ri 616” on Navigation.

The best way to go to Petite France from Nami island is by taking the “Gapyeong tour bus“. By using this tour bus you can also visit The Garden of Morning Calm and Gapyeong Rail Bike which are also very popular tourist spots.

How to go to Nami Island and Petite France for Budget Travelers
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France – Bus Line for Petite France

[ Fare ]

1 day :
Adult – KRW 6,000 won / Youth, child – KRW 4,000 won
The person with disabilities/Military personnel/Senior Citizen – KRW 4,000 won /
※ Child 3 years or younger – Free

[ How to use ]

Free to get on buses with a ticket within the routes

Free to visit tour areas within course stations
※ Entrance Fee for the tour sites should be paid by the individual

Ticket purchase: Purchase from the Bus driver.

Take the next bus when the bus is full.

About Petite France

Petite France
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France – Petite France

The concept of Petite France encapsulates ‘flowers, stars, and the Little Prince.’ The village contains a memorial hall dedicated to Saint-Exupery, the author of the celebrated French novel, Le Petit Prince (1943) and as such, it is called the Little Prince theme park.

It also has a gallery displaying sculptures and paintings of le coq gaulois (the Gallic rooster), the national symbol of France; Orgel House where a 200-year-old music box plays a sweet melody; a shop that sells herbal and aromatic products; a souvenir shop; and many other locales where you can experience French culture.

How to go to Nami Island and Petite France for Budget Travelers
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France – Petite France Photo Snap
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France for Budget Travelers
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France – Petite France Photo Snap

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Nami Island and Petite France

The village can accommodate up to 200 visitors with 34 guest rooms that hold four to ten people each.

Enjoy the marionette experience and hear percussion instruments from around the world, and also enjoy the soap bubble experience.

How to go to Nami Island and Petite France for Budget Travelers
How to go to Nami Island and Petite France – Petite France Photo Snap

Filming locations for the famous Korean Soap Opera

The famous Korean Soap Opera and entertainment programs including “Beethoven Virus” and “Personal Taste” of MBC, “My Love from the Star”, “Secret Garden”, “Great Friend Note – Girls Generation Episode” and “Running Man” of SBS, as well as a number of films and TV commercials have been filmed here in Petite France.

Petite France is a special space where you can feel those scenes and impressions again.

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