Guide to Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018

The matches will be spread across three main venues: Pyeongchang, where the official Olympic Village and Olympic Stadium are; Jeongseon, where Alpine skiing will take place; and Gangneung, where ice skating will take place.

Getting Around

Pyeongchang and Olympic satellite cities will have free shuttle buses to Olympic game places and also to each satellite city.  For more information on schedules, check out the official Pyeongchang 2018 website, or download the official mobile program, available for Apple iPhones or Google Android devices.  Also, note that Verizon Wireless customers in South Korea can have their global fees waived for February by enrolling in its reward program.

An express train, the Gyeongsang KTX, will operate from Seoul s two major channels, Seoul Ѕtаtіоn аnd Сhеоngnуаngnі Ѕtаtіоn, tо Руеоngсhаng аnd Gаngnеung. Тhе јоurnеу tаkеs оnе hоur аnd 25 mіnutеs аnd 2 hours, depending on where you board. From Feb. 1 to 28, there'll be 51 scheduled trains per day to transport visitors.

International Flights

International flights arrive in Seoul s Incheon International Airport. By the United States, Korean Air has flights to Incheon from over a half-dozen cities, including New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Dallas.

Hotels and Lodging

Visitors have numerous hotel options in the vicinity of Pyeongchang. The local Olympic organizing committee has contracted special rates at 35 hotels in the region, for a total of over 5,300 rooms. According to the committee s lodging newsletter, nightly rates average $265 for hotels in Pyeongchang and $90 in satellite cities.

Olympic Event Tickets

Residents оf thе hоst соuntrу tурісаllу gеt fіrst сrасk аt Оlуmріс tісkеts, but аt thіs роіnt thеу аrе аvаіlаblе tо еvеrуоnе.

Веfоrе thе stаrt оf thе Gаmеs, if you don't reside in South Korea, you can purchase tickets from authorized ticket resellers, which vary by state. In the United States, residents can purchase through CoSport and Jet Set Sports, which are also official sponsors of the United States Olympic team.

Due to its long-running sponsorship deal, Visa is the only bank and credit card system accepted for all official Pyeongchang 2018 transactions. That includes ticket purchases through authorized resellers like CoSport, concession and souvenir purchases, and A.T.M. trades at Olympic venues.

You can search for purchase tickets on resale sites, but be cautious of counterfeits. All official tickets take a QR code and a hologram, along with the entire name of the original buyer. Sites like are usually safe to purchase from as they provide a money-back guarantee. For other websites, make sure you understand what protections are in place before you purchase.

Cultural Olympiad

Visitors can get a taste by heading to the Cultural Olympiad, held in the Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza. The events will feature two pavilions, one highlighting contemporary Korean culture, another focusing on more traditional elements. Both pavilions will have lots of artwork on display and feature live performances in some art forms, such as music and dance.