"Pyongyang to Beijing train" Top 5 Page for this destination P'yongyang Transportation Tip by Willettsworld

P'yongyang Transportation: 14 reviews and 35 photos

We left Pyongyang on a train bound for Beijing at shortly after 10am in the morning. The last two carriages on this train where going all the way while the rest of the train would terminate at the Chinese border at Dandong. There were 12 people in my tour party, so we had three 4-berth compartments. Just before we departed, we said our goodbyes to our two tour guides who gave us back our mobile phones which were taken off us when we went through security checks after we had arrived at Pyongyang airport. The train itself was fine and it seems to be OK to take photos from it as long as you're not too blatant. The train has a buffet car we tried out where the food was OK - fish, rice, veg etc. We arrived at the border at about 4pm, after going through mostly flat and plain landscapes of rice paddy fields, and this is where the fun began. North Korean border guards got on border and took our passports with them to be checked. This took some time. A guard then came to our compartment and asked for camera's. This wasn't a good sign. He started with mine and I had a horrible few minutes sitting opposite him thinking that he would delete all my pictures. Lucky for me, he started going through a couple of thousand photo's I had taken in China at the beginning and so didn't have time to get to the one's I had taken in North Korea. What a relief!!! We got our passports back and went over the river that flows between North Korea and China. The difference between the two countries is stark.

Mode: TO
Type: Train

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Written Sep 7, 2008
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“"Don't listen to what they say. Go see." ~ Chinese proverb”

Online Now


Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 0 5 1

Have you been to P'yongyang?

  Share Your Travels