Dong Chun Ferry=> Korea to Vladivostok
I'm curious about the frequency of the Dong Chun ferry between Korea and Russia...ports Vlad and Subrino, etc.
Currently their website is in Korean and difficult to read...
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Thanks for any help in translating.
Looks like three times a week.
I found the schedule and used an online translator to get a (very) rough idea of what it says.
Don Chung ferry
I travelled Don Chung last year.
The link to my blog is
The posted ferry schedule is liable to change without notice!
As the blog says, three times a week in the summer...$170 for me, $200 for the bike. There is the office right there at the ferry port and they will do all the ticketing for you and someone there will speak some kind of English.
let me know if you have any more questions
Thanks for the reply. I heard three times a week, but there are two ports. One is Vlad and one south of Vlad about a 100+kms.
Is the "three times a week" for Vlad exclusively or for both ports? I will be arriving with a tight Russian visa from UB.
Which port is an easier exit from Russia?
Depends on time of year. They set the schedule depending on level of traffic and cargo. I took the ferry on the 10 of June 2007 and at that time they were sailing to Russia 3 times a week. I suspect that they are still sailing 3 times a week becasue of high summer freight and tourist traffic.
My advice is to go to Zarubino 220 km south of vlad as the customs post there is very quiet and the customs broker is very capable. We cleared our bikes in about 3 hours whereas I have heard that it can take up to 4 days to clear customs in Vladivostok due to high freight and used jap car volumes.
The road from Zarubino to Vlad is fine.
It is also cheaper and quicker to sail into Zarubino.
Don't forget to pack your earplugs, the ferry is quite loud.
But just relax, the ferry staff are capable and organised. I know of at least 8 bikes that have gone across in the last 6 weeks including 3 very large goldwings. The Koreans are super freindly and helpful. The captain of the ship even came down to have a yarn to us and gave us a phone number to ring in case we had trouble with the cops.
Jane and Mark - Russian Traverse 2007
Dong Chun ferry kaput at Zarubino?
I realize this is a rather old thread, but I was just researching the ferry from Zarubino to Sokcho, South Korea for later this summer and came across this: Korean ferryboat stops service for Zarubino port â€“ Business â€“ Vladivostok News
. Too bad . :frown: Hope the Vladivostok-Sokcho route keeps going. Anybody have any more recent info?
It seems to be running again as another member was in contact with the ferry company recently. I don't think service to Vladivostok ever stopped, just Zarubino.
If possible, you should use Zarubino port instead of Vladivostok. Vlad customs is notoriously slow, difficult, and expensive.
We used the ferry in Jul08 after the rumour of it not running anymore.
Definitely better to go to Zarubino than Vladivostok. We spent about 2-3 hours clearing the vehicle in Zarubino.
Have a look on our site in the Russia diary entries for a little bit of info on customs etc.
Thanks everyone for the newer thread links and for the info contained therein. Good news.
Taking a ferry on the Dongchung Ferry
Your information came in very useful - my fiance and I are planning to travel on it in a couple of months time (thanks MotorEdde for the excellent suggestion!).
We are driving a Unimog truck on our journey which is 3.5 m tall. Were there any HGVs on the Ferry?
From April 2012 only one port in South Korea
As of April 2012, Donghae Port Ferry Terminal is the only port in Korea offering ferry services to/from Russia. The ferry (‘Eastern Dream’) runs from Donghae Port Ferry to Vladivostok on a regular basis. Passengers must check the ferry schedule via the official ferry company website (Korean, Japanese and Russian only) before boarding as the schedule varies by season. Tickets prices for the ferry to Russia include boarding fees and room charges.
• Summer season (March - November)
- Vladivostok → Donghae: Departs at 14:00 (Wednesday) - Arrives at 10:00 (Thursday)
- Donghae → Vladivostok: Departs at 14:00 (Sunday) - Arrives at 13:00 (Monday)
• Winter season (December - February)
- Vladivostok → Donghae: Departs at 14:00 (Wednesday) - Arrives at 12:00 (Thursday)
- Donghae → Vladivostok: Departs at 15:00 (Sunday) - Arrives at 15:00 (Monday)
* Schedule is subject to change according to weather conditions.
Reservations should be made by telephone (Russian available)
- Vladivostok: 4232-302-704-664-
- Korea: Individual: 033-531-5611~2 / Group: 02-548-5502
Official Site of Korea Tourism Org.: Ferry from Russia
However, if going to Japan, it seems to be cheaper to go via Sakhlin island instead. Prices for the Eastern Dream have gone up... considerably.
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