Official: Korean travel fares update

Official: Korean travel fares update

Fuel surcharges hit air fares, Korea Tourism Organization offers discounts on train travel
We're not jealous of all the special treatment for foreigners, we swear.

Mulling over dates for your trip home for the holidays? Here are a few tidbits of Korean travel news to save you a few more bucks for Christmas shopping. 

By air 

Those looking to travel from Korea to the United States and Europe should book before the end of the year, while travelers to China and Japan should wait until January to book, reported Chosun Ilbo

The impending (slight) difference in fares is due to adjustments in fuel surcharges. Although the surcharges used to be a flat rate of US$140 for all flights from Korea to the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, the surcharges will change according to the destination country next year. 

For flights to the Americas and Europe, the surcharges will be US$165 and US$158 respectively, while those for flights to the Middle East will remain US$140. 

Flights from Korea to China and Japan however, will be a little cheaper starting January 1 as fuel surcharges will decrease from US$68 to US$47. 

By rail

'Visit Korea 2010-2012' sure is a great time to be a foreigner in Seoul. 

The latest special treatment? Up to a 30 percent discount on KTX train tickets. 

There is a catch: You have to book tickets 10 to 30 days before your departure date. So much for spontaneity. 

Click the "Reservation" tab at the bottom of this Visit Korea page to book. Discounts are valid until December 31, 2011. 

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Korea Tourism Organization is also offering a 10 percent discount on a 'Korean Wave Express Tour' train trip that hurtles around the country making stops at the filming locations of Korean dramas where your favorite weepy scenes were shot. Stops include Nami Island and Chuncheon. The promotion runs until March 31, 2012. 

Click here for more information. 

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