This tour -- travelling in and out by train, from and to the Chinese border city of Dandong or the capital Beijing -- is the cheapest tour to get you into the Pyongyang Marathon, and ideal for those on a budget who are already in China and either can’t commit to a longer tour, or are simply looking to add this event to their list of completed marathons. It is possible to upgrade this tour to a Beijing departure.
Mandatory Pre-Tour Briefing
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. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea.
For Pyongyang Marathon tours, we will hold several briefings to suit each of the transport entry & exit options. Please read below for further information.
Train from Beijing Departure - your briefing will be held in the morning on this day in Beijing (exact time TBC)
17:00 - Train travelers departing from Beijing will depart by domestic sleeper train to Dandong, the Chinese city on the border with the DPRK. Please arrange independent travel to the train station and arrive at least an hour and a half early for the train departure.
Train from Dandong Departure - your briefing will be held in the late afternoon on this day in Dandong (exact time TBC)
Overnight: Hotel in Beijing/Dandong not included in the tour.
Please read the following for important information about your transport options for this tour. The default option is round-trip train travel from Dandong to Pyongyang, and back again. Beijing-Pyongyang train tickets upgrades are available. Expand the below options for more details, and read below regarding visa for China requirements.
We arrange your North Korean visa as part of your tour package [+50 EUR]. However, given the tour starts and finishes in China you may also need to arrange a Chinese visa for your trip obtained at a Chinese diplomatic mission abroad. If you don’t already hold a multi entry visa for China, you will need to obtain at least a double-entry Chinese visa for this trip.
Please be sure to check your visa status for travel through China while planning your trip. We are unable to arrange Chinese visas, but can provide documentation in support of visa applications upon payment of a tour deposit.
Please note that the itinerary may differ slightly to what is above but your tour leader will do their best to ensure that as much is covered as possible and will also add in extras when there is time such as a visit to a local bar or a funfair. We visit the DPRK regularly and know all the best places to go to make your trip even more unique. We will make the most of your time in the DPRK to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU WILL BE REDIRECTED TO KORYO TOURS APPLICATION SYSTEM TO COMPLETE YOUR BOOKING