This February, tens of thousands of people from around the world will descend on Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Olympics. It will be two weeks of exhilarating ski races, nail biting hockey matches and awe-inspiring figure skating routines, all contained within the beautiful mountainous region of Gangwon Province.
While most spectators will enjoy the Winter Games from the comfort of their homes, for those looking to adventure to watch them in person, we’ve assembled a handy travel guide with all the things you’ll need to know before you go.
The 2018 Winter Olympics Venues
Given the diverse array of winter sports, there will of course be a slew of different venues at this year’s games, most of which will be clustered in either Gangneung or PyeongChang. The Mountain Cluster in PyeongChang will house the official Olympic Stadium and centers for ski jumping, biathlon, bobsleigh, luge, skeleton and nordic skiing. It will also house the Bokwang Snow Park, where visitors can see slalom, halfpipe, snowboard cross and slopestyle.
In Gangneung, Olympic enthusiasts will find the Gangneung and Kwandong hockey centers, the Gangneung Oval (speed-skating), the ice arena (figure skating) and the main curling center.
Where To Stay
Where to stay for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics all depends on what you want to see. If you’re only looking to take in a couple of events here and there, consider staying in Seoul and commuting to the stadiums for short day trips. As mentioned above, if you’re mostly interested in figure skating, curling or ice hockey, plan to stay in Gangneung. And if you can’t decide and want to see as many events as possible, then booking a stay near the main site of PyeongChang is definitely a safe bet. Regardless, keep an eye out for affordable deals and make sure to make reservations as early as possible because the Olympics are guaranteed to be packed with visitors.
In addition to the already existing public transportation system—which includes several efficient bus lines—South Korea is also planning to install a high-speed rail system between Seoul, Pyeongchang and Gangneung for easy access to all the events. Transportation on the rail will be speedy, but will still set travelers back about two hours during rush hour. The local government is also planning to expand and improve the network of highways in time for the Games, so visitors could also rent their own vehicles to travel between the three cities.
Secure Your Tickets
Many countries have already started selling their tickets to the 2018 Winter Olympics, so it’s important that you snag yours before it’s too late. Thankfully, there’s a handy portal where enthusiasts can book their seats and ensure that they get to see everything they want to see. And in case the event you want to go to is already sold out, never fear, tickets will continue to be released as they become available. This means it’s important to check back on the website regularly to see if any spots have opened up.