I've discovered that I have the times to add some extra days to the end of my China trip in August. So I figured maybe a quick glimpse of another country (Tokyo, Seoul, etc.) would be in order.
It's only about $100 extra to change my final departure city to one of them, the only problem is my carrier has no flights between those cities, so it would be an extra $2k to just add the flights to them to my itinerary.
I tried seeing if there were any cheap regional flights on other carriers to those cities from Beijing, but they're all very expensive.
So then I thought about taking a ferry to South Korea, can anyone point me in the right direction for prices, times, etc.
I am afraid I can't help you with ferries from Beijing.
But if you have the possibility, why not take a ferry from Shanghai to Osaka, and visit Kyoto and Tokyo from there?
Sorry, I meant the general Beijing area, the closest port, not Beijing itself.
But my tour ends in Beijing, and it would probably take too much time to backtrack to Shanghai.
Actually, there is boat but not ferry from Weihai(Shandong Province, 800km from Beijing) to Soeul, cost around 100usd for single trip. I am not sure if there is boat from Tianjin New port (only 200km from Beijing) to Soeul, I will check it later, but the price shouldn't be cheap.
Yes there is a ferry that runs near those two cities. The ferry from China leaves from Tianjin about 2.5hrs east of Beijing and it arrives in Incheon South Korea (1 hour West of Seoul).
From Incheon it is easy to get into Seoul buses run about every 15 minutes. Incheon also has a subway that is connect to Seoul.
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The ferry from China leaves from Tianjin about 2.5hrs east of Beijing
Actually, it runs from Tanggu, East of Tianjin [though on all publicity , it says Tianjin] and unless you are on the direct bus from Beijing (which when i got it the other way, deposited me in a random University car-park in North Beijing, about a 25min walk from the nearest subway), it wouldn't be the easiest place to find, so allow plenty of time.
There are ferries from several other cities - Weihai, Dalian, Qingdao and maybe at least one more - which are all wihin an overnight train ride away from Beijing, and could be possibilities for you. All of them go to Incheon, and Incheaon is connected to Seoul by frequent metro trains.
Note that just because Tinajin/Tanggu is closer, doesn't mean that it's quicker. The ferry from Tianjin is much longer than the others (mine was timetabled at about 28hours, and took about 35) because it has to cross the bay, and also weave through all the freight traffic there. It's also only 2 or 3 times a week. And weather can play a part - I know somebody who sat on the ferry waiting to get into Tianjin for well over 24hours due to weather. Take food with you (there is hot water on board for noodles etc)
As such, It might work out better to travel via Weihai or Qingdao.