Making friends on a budget north korea tour with tongil tours

Private Tours with Tongil
The perfect combination of educational and fun

Choose a TOngil private TOur for the perfect balance of educational and fun

Choose a Private Tour with Tongil Tours and leverage the expertise of the Tongil Tours team to make your tour to North Korea a success. We can arrange holiday tours, as well as academic, governmental, humanitarian, and business delegations. We will work with you to tailor your trip to your exact objectives, while making sure you make best use of your time and budget to come away with fresh understanding, memories, and friendships that will last a lifetime.

It is our desire to help travellers experience and learn about North Korea’s people and culture firsthand to allow for greater cross-cultural understanding and exchange. Thus, we are prepared to offer not only the best prices, but also the best quality for our tours at the same time.

Included in a Tongil all-inclusive Private Tour

Please note that tours to the Northeast region (Rajin Sonbong/Rason and North Hamgyong Province) use a separate price table. Inquire for more details.

Itinerary Customisation

See our North Korea travel guide for ideas on places to visit and things to do. If you have any suggestions that aren’t in the guide then feel free to contact us with them. The beauty of private tours is that you can entirely custom tailor the tour to fit your needs.If you would like to organise a tour around a specific theme, such as art and architecture, politics, sports, education, history, hiking, aviation, or anything else, we can make it possible. Just let us know of your needs. Please note that we generally need all details sorted and payment sent by one month before departure at the latest.

Check out flight and train timetables to make sure your trip’s proposed dates fit around transport schedules.

Book a tour with Tongil! START HERE: Contact us with a wish list of your ideas, dates, and group size here. We’ll take things from there!

Budget and Standard Tours

Budget and standard tours differ according to your Pyongyang accommodation (see the “Pyongyang Hotels” section in our North Korea Travel Guide for more detailed information on hotels).

Budget hotels: Changgwangsan Hotel, Chongnyon (Youth) Hotel, Sosan Hotel, Ryanggang Hotel.
Standard hotels: Koryo Hotel, Potonggang Hotel, Yanggak Island International Hotel.

Group Size Budget Cost per Night Standard Cost per Night
(Yanggak Island)
Standard Cost per Night
(Koryo and Potonggang)
1 person €200 €220 €235
2-5 people €155 €175 €190
6-9 people €110 €130 €145
10-15 €85 €105 €120
16+ €80 €100 €115
Transportation Costs:
  • Flight between Beijing and Pyongyang with Air Koryo (고려항공): €335 each way, €585 return
  • Flight between Shanghai and Pyongyang with Air Koryo (고려항공): €355 each way or €615 return
  • Flight between Dandong and Pyongyang with Air Koryo (고려항공): €140 each way or €250 return
  • Flight between Shenyang and Pyongyang with Air Koryo (고려항공): €385 each way or €680 return
  • Train between Beijing and Pyongyang: €155 for hard sleeper (6 per compartment) each way, €215 for soft sleeper (4 per compartment) each way
  • Train between Dandong (on the Chinese border with the DPRK) and Pyongyang: €105 each way
Extras:
  • DPRK Visa: €50 – normally issued in Beijing, but can be issued elsewhere- inquire for more details.
  • DMZ visit: €15
  • Kumgang Mountains entry: €40
  • Single room: €45 per night (doesn’t apply for single travellers)
  • Hotel upgrades outside of Pyongyang (eg Hyangsan Hotel in Mount Myohyang, Majon Hotel or Masikryong Hotel)- contact us for more details.
  • Room upgrade (e.g. suite in the Yanggak or Koryo Hotels).
  • Domestic flights or trains (see below).
  • Out of pocket expenses (see list).
  • We can send a Korean-speaking Western guide to accompany your group. All of our guides have at least masters level degrees in Korean studies. Inquire for more details.
  • Contextual lectures from academic experts (see our list of academic partners) on whatever North Korea-related topic you require. Inquire for more details.
  • Pyongyang – Orang (Chongjin) flight: €110 each way or €170 round trip.
Calculating the cost:

So for example, if you and two friends were to set up a 5 night tour staying in the Yanggak Island Hotel while in Pyongyang, entering the country by plane from Beijing and departing by train, and visiting the DMZ during the course of your visit, here’s how it would look:

175×5 (Yanggak group size 3- 5 nights) + 335 (Air Koryo one way ticket) + 155 (Pyongyang-Beijing train hard sleeper) = €1,365 per person. Extras= 15 (DMZ visit) + 50 (DPRK visa)= €65.

See below for a list of itinerary templates with price tables based on group size pre-made. Prices all based off the table above.

Study Tours

With our educational focus and academic backgrounds, we are well qualified and keen to assist groups with organising a study tour to North Korea, whether the group be a school or university group or otherwise.

We are able to help with:

  • Itinerary customisation to meet your needs.
  • Exchange with local schools, universities, and their students and academics.
  • The preparation of a reading list of academic materials on North Korea.
  • Contextual lectures from academic experts (see our list of academic partners) on whatever North Korea-related topic you require.
  • We can send a Korean-speaking Western guide to accompany your group. All of our guides have at least masters level degrees in Korean studies.

Deluxe Tours

Deluxe tours allow for accommodation in the DPRK’s top tier hotels, upgraded vehicle and gourmet meals.

Deluxe accommodation, Pyongyang: Potonggang Hotel (higher tier rooms than standard), Gobangsan Hotel, Moranbong Hotel.

Deluxe accommodation outside of Pyongyang: Hyangsan Hotel, Majon Hotel, Masikryong Hotel.

Please inquire with us for prices.

Sample Itineraries and Price Packages

Please see below for some sample itineraries (taken from our group tours), with prices. Feel free to use these as a basis for your private tour itinerary. All prices based on the calculator table above.

Other tour lengths are fine too, providing that flights or trains match up (check our transport page for train and plane timetables). Say if you want to stay for 4 nights instead of 3 or 5, or 6 nights instead of 5 or 7, or 8 or 9 nights instead of 7 or 10, then you can use the calculator above to determine the exact price.

Longer than 14 nights is totally fine too. The maximum tour length can be up to four weeks.

All prices are per person. All Beijing-Pyongyang train tickets are hard sleeper. Upgrade to soft sleeper is €60 each way.

For Standard Plus prices add €15 per night.

 

2 night Weekend Getaway

See the itinerary for the open 2 night Weekend Getaway here. You can use this as a basis and customise it as you please.

Budget 1 person 2-5 people 6-9 people 10-15 people 16+ people
Train entry/departure (Dandong-Pyongyang) €610 €520 €430 €380 €370
Train entry/departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €710 €620 €530 €480 €470
Plane entry/ departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €985 €895 €805 €755 €745
Plane entry/ train departure (or vice versa) (Beijing-Pyongyang) €890 €800 €710 €660 €650
Standard 1 person 2-5 people 6-9 people 10-15 people 16+ people
Train entry/departure (Dandong-Pyongyang) €650 €560 €470 €420 €410
Train entry/departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €750 €660 €570 €520 €510
Plane entry/ departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,025 €935 €845 €795 €785
Plane entry/ train departure (or vice versa) (Beijing-Pyongyang) €930 €840 €750 €700 €690

 

3 night Weekend Getaway

See the itinerary for the open 3 night Weekend Getaway here. You can use this as a basis and customise it as you please.

Budget 1 person 2-5 people 6-9 people 10-15 people 16+ people
Train entry/departure (Dandong-Pyongyang) €810 €675 €540 €465 €450
Train entry/departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €910 €775 €640 €565 €550
Plane entry/ departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,185 €1,050 €915 €840 €825
Plane entry/ train departure (or vice versa) (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,090 €955 €820 €745 €730
Standard 1 person 2-5 people 6-9 people 10-15 people 16+ people
Train entry/departure (Dandong-Pyongyang) €870 €735 €600 €525 €510
Train entry/departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €970 €835 €700 €625 €610
Plane entry/ departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,245 €1,110 €975 €900 €885
Plane entry/ train departure (or vice versa) (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,150 €1,015 €880 €805 €790

 

6-day Classic Journey

See the itinerary for the open 5 night Classic Adventure here. You can use this as a basis and customise it as you please.

Budget 1 person 2-5 people 6-9 people 10-15 people 16+ people
Train entry/departure (Dandong-Pyongyang) €1,210 €985 €760 €635 €610
Train entry/departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,310 €1,085 €860 €735 €710
Plane entry/ departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,585 €1,360 €1,135 €1,010 €985
Plane entry/ train departure (or vice versa) (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,490 €1,265 €1,040 €915 €890
Standard 1 person 2-5 people 6-9 people 10-15 people 16+ people
Train entry/departure (Dandong-Pyongyang) €1,310 €1,085 €860 €735 €710
Train entry/departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,410 €1,185 €960 €835 €810
Plane entry/ departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,685 €1,460 €1,235 €1,110 €1,085
Plane entry/ train departure (or vice versa) (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,590 €1,365 €1,140 €1,015 €990

 

7 night Classic Journey

See the itinerary for the open 7 night Classic Journey here. Use this as a basis and customise it as you please.

Budget 1 person 2-5 people 6-9 people 10-15 people 16+ people
Train entry/departure (Dandong-Pyongyang) €1,610 €1,295 €980 €805 €770
Train entry/departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,710 €1,395 €1,080 €905 €870
Plane entry/ departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,985 €1,670 €1,355 €1,180 €1,145
Plane entry/ train departure (or vice versa) (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,890 €1,575 €1,260 €1,085 €1,050
Standard 1 person 2-5 people 6-9 people 10-15 people 16+ people
Train entry/departure (Dandong-Pyongyang) €1,750 €1,435 €1,120 €945 €910
Train entry/departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €1,850 €1,535 €1,220 €1,045 €1,010
Plane entry/ departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €2,125 €1,810 €1,495 €1,320 €1,285
Plane entry/ train departure (or vice versa) (Beijing-Pyongyang) €2,030 €1,715 €1,400 €1,225 €1,190

 

10 night Classic Journey

See the itinerary for the open 10 night Classic Journey here. You can use this as a basis and customise it as you please.

Budget 1 person 2-5 people 6-9 people 10-15 people 16+ people
Train entry/departure (Dandong-Pyongyang) €2,210 €1,760 €1,310 €1,060 €1,010
Train entry/departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €2,310 €1,860 €1,410 €1,160 €1,110
Plane entry/ departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €2,585 €2,135 €1,685 €1,435 €1,385
Plane entry/ train departure (or vice versa) (Beijing-Pyongyang) €2,490 €2,040 €1,590 €1,340 €1,290
Standard 1 person 2-5 people 6-9 people 10-15 people 16+ people
Train entry/departure (Dandong-Pyongyang) €2,410 €1,960 €1,510 €1,260 €1,210
Train entry/departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €2,510 €2,060 €1,610 €1,360 €1,310
Plane entry/ departure (Beijing-Pyongyang) €2,785 €2,335 €1,885 €1,635 €1,585
Plane entry/ train departure (or vice versa) (Beijing-Pyongyang) €2,690 €2,240 €1,790 €1,540 €1,490