The XXIII Winter Games will take place February 09 – 25, 2018, set among the temple-dotted Taebaek Mountains of South Korea’s northeastern Gangwon Province, roughly 100 miles east of the capital city Seoul. With 113 events scheduled, the 2018 Winter Games are poised to be the most action-packed Winter Olympics to date. If you’ve been dreaming of spectating this epic event, witnessing top athletes from around the world compete for Olympic glory in seven sports and 15 disciplines, while immersing yourself in the friendly South Korean culture, it’s not too late to plan your trip.
AirlinePros partners Hong Kong Airlines, Air Macau, Shandong Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, and Vietjet offer various options for traveling to Seoul, and for this winter season, bargains are still available. Hong Kong Airlines offers daily non-stop service between Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with easy onward connections to Seoul. Xiamen Airlines flies non-stop from New York (JFK), Seattle, and Los Angeles to Fuzhou, Qingdao, Xiamen, connecting to Seoul. Macau’s flag carrier Air Macau operates non-stop service to Seoul from its hub at Macau International Airport. For those traveling to Seoul from points in mainland China, Shandong Airlines provides various options connecting to Seoul. Vietjet Air is your choice for traveling to Seoul from Vietnam.
The venues for the 2018 Winter Games are located within two main areas in the region, the Coastal Cluster and the Mountain Region. Choosing your lodging location should depend on the events you are planning to attend. Among the Mountain Cluster’s venues are Alpensia, home to the biathlon, cross-country skiing and ski jumping events; Phoenix Snow Park, for freestyle skiing and snowboarding; the Olympic Sliding Center, for bobsleigh, skeleton and luge; and Jeongseon and Yongpyong Alpine centers. This Cluster is also the site of the opening and closing ceremony, at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, and the medal ceremonies, at Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza.
About 30 miles east in Gangneung, the Coastal Cluster will host the ice sports, including figure skating, speed skating, curling and hockey. Selecting their lodging location, visitors should consider the cluster they plan to patronize the most. Korail’s new high-speed train, the Gyeonggang KTX, makes it easy, departing from three points in Seoul — Seoul Station, Cheongnyangni and Sangbong, and arriving in 90 minutes or less.
During the Games, the Gyeonggang KTX will travel from Seoul to Gangneung more than 50 times each day, with stops at six stations along the way. You can hop off at Jinbu for the Mountain Cluster, and Gangneung for the Coastal Cluster. From the stations, transfer to free spectator shuttle buses to reach the venues, will be provided. The earliest train departs Seoul Station at 6 am, and the last train returns from Gangneung at 1 am, making it possible to get back to Seoul the same evening.
The Pyeongchang vision for the 2018 Games is to offer the Olympic Movement and the world of winter sports New Horizons – a legacy of new growth and new potential never seen before. Its Winter Games plan is one of the most compact in Olympic history, offering a unique stage, on which the world’s best athletes can achieve superior performances.
Nationals of the USA can stay visa-free in South Korea for up to 90 days, and nationals of Canada can stay for up to six months.