KTX doesn’t alleviate transport problems
The cost for the PyeongChang Olympics is estimated to be in the region of $13 billion. The Korean public isn’t necessarily embracing the event with only 50% of the tickets having been sold.
Many venues will remain empty after Games time. The biggest legacy project is the high-speed train – KTX, connecting both PyeongChang and Gangneung with Seoul. Travel time was expected to be one hour but has now been set at 1 hour and 20 minutes. To get from Incheon Airport to PyeongChang takes two hours. In comparison, road transfers take around 2,5 hours.
Athletes take the bus
The biggest problem with the KTX is its lack of luggage space. Koreans generally travel light and only have one “carry-on” with them.
Anyone participating at the Games in one way or another, remains in the country for three weeks or more and carries a minimum of two or more suitcases with them.
After much debate POCOG has now decided that they will make available two seats to each person., allowing passengers to use the second seat for their luggage. Athletes at the Olympic Games will be transferred in busses as their equipment won’t fit in the KTX.
Airport transfers from Incheon to the Olympic venues are a bigger concern than anticipated. Many broadcasters prefer to remain independent and are now scrambling to arrange their own transfers. On a daily basis Khaya’s transport manager Sungmin Yoo receives requests. “We try our best to help but there are only a few coaches left”, says Sungmin.
The day after the Closing ceremony is traditionally the most challenging time for departures. If you want to stay a day in PyeongChang to avoid the mad rush contact your Khaya account manager