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    Bus Terminals in Busan

    by visitkorea Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Busan Bus Terminal Complex:
    Busan Bus Terminal Comlex shares the same building with Busan Dongbu Gyeongnam Intercity Bus Terminal. Ticket counters are separate.
    *Address
    133 Nopo-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
    *Telephone
    (ARS)82-51-508-9966
    *Directions (Subway)
    At Nopodong Station (Busan Subway Line No.1), after passing the subway gate you can see the terminal sign (in English). The underground passage leads to the terminal.
    *Bus Schedule
    http://english.tour2korea.com/sightseeing/transport/bus/bus_busancom.asp

    Busan Dongbu Gyeongnam Intercity Bus Terminal:
    Busan Dongbu Gyeongnam Intercity Bus Terminal shares the same building with Busan Bus Terminal Comlex. Ticket counters are separate.
    *Address
    133 Nopo-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan
    *Telephone
    (ARS)82-51-508-9966
    *Directions (Subway)
    At Nopodong Station (Busan Subway Line No.1), after passing the subway gate turn right and you can see the terminal sign (in English). The underground passage leads to the terminal.
    *Bus Schedule
    http://english.tour2korea.com/sightseeing/transport/bus/bus_busandong.asp

    Busan Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal:
    *Address
    533 Gwaebeop-dong, Sasang-gu, Busan
    *Telephone
    (ARS) 82-51-322-8301~3
    *Directions (Subway)
    Sasang Station (Busan Subway Line No.1) Exit 1
    *Bus Schedule http://english.tour2korea.com/sightseeing/transport/bus/bus_busanseo.asp

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    Hydrofoil to Japan

    by Kid-A Written Oct 14, 2009

    Just like I did, a lot of people have questions about the hydrofoil between Busan and Fukuoka. I'd heard about it, and thought it would be a cool way to move on to Japan. It is! Here's some info current as of August 2009...

    There are 2 ways to boat over to Fukuoka (also sometimes referred to as Hakata on the websites) from Busan. There's a ferry that takes like 10 hours or something, and then there's the hydrofoil that takes less than 3 hours. Two companies operate the hydrofoils. One is Japanese and the other Korean. I took the Korean one, only because when I walked into the terminal, it was the only one still open. The Japanese one is called the 'Beetle' and the Korean one is called the 'Kobee.'

    I had tried to book a ticket online, but the Korean site doesn't have english, so I just showed up at the terminal in Busan. I'm not going to say there are always seats available, but I went on a Sunday and I was one of only 3 people on the entire second floor of the hydrofoil. There were easily 100 seats available on my floor alone. So I don't think last minute ticket buying is a problem. But if you're just one of those people, the Japanese site has english: http://www.jrbeetle.co.jp/english/

    I paid 110,000 Won for the trip. That's about $100 U.S.

    If anything in this tip is useful, this is it... I crossed over on a Sunday and the currency exchange was closed at the terminal in Fukuoka. The lady at the information desk was very friendly, but her english was not very good and I had to wait nearly an hour for her to exchange my Won into Yen. I got the impression they don't have much need for Won in Japan, because some of my bills were not accepted because they were old and worn. I'm left with some expensive Korean souvenirs! I don't know what the solution to this is... maybe see if you can find a currency exchange in Korea to get some Yen before you board the hydrofoil?

    The ferry terminal in Fukuoka is not all that close to downtown. But there is a bus that comes by the terminal every 15 minutes or so. It's much cheaper than the taxis waiting out front! Just a thought...

    And one final thought about arriving in Japan... customs searched me and everyone else coming off that ferry like they had a tip we were smuggling heroin or something. I don't know if it's always like that, but for you recreational drug users out there... be careful!

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    Bus going to Busan

    by jEnbiannce Written Jun 29, 2008

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    Korean Bus

    If you want to go to Busan from Seoul you must take a bus ride. There are 2 types, Express buses and Inter-city buses which often have separate terminals. Express buses can be either first class (udung) or second class (chikhaeng). Express buses are non-stop except for rest stops of 10 minutes every 2 hours. Inter-city buses stop to pick up passengers.

    The Seoul Express Bus Terminal (02-782-5551/2) is on Seoul City Subway Line 3, south of the Han River. It has buses departing to Jeonju, Busan, Daegu, Daejeon, Ulsan, Incheon and Gwangju.

    Dong-Seoul bus terminal (02-458-4852/4) on Seoul City Subway Line 2, near Kangbyon station, has buses to Jeonju, Incheon, Gwangju, Busan, Daegu and Daejeon.

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    Street Map of Busan

    by GracesTrips Written May 15, 2008

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    This is a good interactive map for Busan. The link below takes you to Dynamic Busan site and in the middle of the page you will see Busan Tourism Maps. Click on view of Busan City Tourist Map.

    Your hotel will also provide you some excellent street maps of Busan.

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    Metro in Busan

    by GracesTrips Updated May 15, 2008

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    The website below might help you with information not provided here.

    We bought our tickets at a ticket booth and we used the vending machines. At a ticket booth, you explain which station you want to arrive at. One travel is generally 1,300 won in Busan (a little more than what it costs in Seoul). To use the vending machines, select English, select which direction and the number of tickets. You can then put bills or coins into the machine to pay. Don't use a denomination that is too large. The machine will give you change. Allow a minute for the machine to generate your tickets and your change.

    You put your ticket in the gate machine and it spits back out after you pass through the gate. GRAB this ticket because you will need it later on to exit the Metro station.

    Most subway maps are written in Korean, Japanese and English.

    Foreign currency is not accepted at subway ticket windows, so make sure you have Korean Won.

    Senior citizens, handicapped persons and children have priority seating. Senior citizens will also cut in front of you to enter the metro first and will also cut in line to get a ticket at the ticket booth. Complimentary ticket machine gives free metro tickets to senior citizens.

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    KTX Bullet Train

    by GracesTrips Updated May 2, 2008

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    Korail operates the KTX (bullet train) and Korail (regular train). To sit in first class costs about US$20 more per person. The seats are more comfortable and lots more leg room. IT IS WORTH IT!

    We traveled back to Seoul after a few days and I forgot to purchase the first class tickets. We ended up in tiny seats, legs jammed into the seat in front of us, more people filled in the seats. When traveling the KTX for a long distance like we did, make sure to select a direct route. The train will still stop at other stations but no detours that would cause your trip to take longer than necessary.

    See my travelogue album on Train Ride to Busan for more pics.

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    Tour Guide Taxis

    by GracesTrips Written Apr 29, 2008

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    Inside a typical taxi

    Taxi Drivers in Busan want to be your tour guide and will slow down to show you things and/or take the longer way to your destination - the scenic route. So, you should indicate you want to get to your destination by the shortest route. The valet at your hotel could probably relay this message to the taxi driver for you because most taxi drivers do not or will not speak English.

    Do not take photos while riding in a taxi. The taxi driver will stop so you can take your picture and all the while, the meter is still runing.

    Have your destination written down in Korean (if possible) so you can show the taxi driver where you want to go. If you don't speak fluent Korean, there is a HUGE possibility the taxi driver doesn't understand you.

    There is no tipping in South Korea. You do not have to tip the taxi driver.

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    Busan Subway

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 5, 2008

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    Busan has an extensive subway that makes for easy travel throughout the city and to many outlying areas such as Haeundae Beach. The one key place the subway does not reach is Kimhae Airport (but there is a bus from Doekcheon Station to the airport).

    The three lines of the Busan Subway connect to bus terminals and many interesting sites. The fare is are W1,100 or 1,300 depending on distance, and both sign and announcements are in English and Korean.

    Busan's 3 subways lines currently consist of 86 stations, and 89.9 km of track. Extensions on Line 2 and Line 3 are currently under construction and are expected to be completed by 2012. Once finished, the entire system will include 105 stations and 112.4 km of track.

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    Train to Busan

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 5, 2008

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    The train is another easy way to get from Seoul to Busan. It is a 4-5 hour ride from Seoul Station to Busan Station, and it costs about 35,000 Won. The new Korea Train Express (KTX) takes 2 hours and 40 minutes. Second class adult fare is about 51,000 Won each way, and first class is 72,000 won... almost the same as flying.

    Busan Station (부산역 or Busannyeok) is the southern terminus of the Gyeongbu Line, Korea's most important railroad that connects Seoul and Busan. The station was modernized in 2003 to handle the KTX trains. Busan's Subway Line 1 has a stop at Busan Station to make transfers to other parts of the city easy and convenient. The are around Busan station also has decent nightlife and plenty of hotels.

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    CITY TOUR BUS

    by ancient_traveler Written Mar 26, 2008

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    CAMELLIA (Departure: 09:00, 11:20, 12:50, 15:30)
    Busan station ‡ Lotte hotel ‡ UN memorial cemetery ‡ Busan Museum modern of art ‡ Gwangalli beach ‡ Haeundae beach.(liat Dongbaek island ‡ Marriot hotel ‡ Paradise hotel ‡Cruise Whart ‡ Grand hotel ‡ The Westin hotel ‡ Haeudae beach ‡ UN memorial cemetery ‡ Haeundae station ‡ BEXCO ‡ Gwangan bridge (via) ‡ Busan Station

    Sea Gull Line(Taejongdae Course) 09:30, 13:00, 15:10, 16:10
    Busan station ‡ International ferry terminal ‡ Commodore hotel ‡ Yongdusan park ‡ 7.5 square ‡ arrival Taejongdae ‡ leave Taejongdae ‡ Jagalchi Market.‡ Coastal Ferry Terminal ‡ Busan Station

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    KTX train

    by ancient_traveler Written Mar 26, 2008

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    KTX

    It takes about two hours and forty minutes from Seoul to Busan by KTX (Korea's high speed train).

    Busan station has a tourism information center on the right side of the ticket counters. You can get city’s maps, tour guide information, as well as information on festivals and transportation for free at the center. Make this your first stop on your way to visit Busan, where you can also get discount coupons for Gwangalli cruise.

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    Slow Ferries to/from Japan (Shimonoseki)

    by DSwede Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    If you are looking to get to the main island of Honshu, or find the other ferries booked, Kampu Ferry Line and Pukwan Ferries offer ~14hour slow trips between Busan and Shimonoseki.

    Busan International Ferry Terminal is 5~10 minutes walk from Jungang-Dong subway stop.

    Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
    Depart: Shimonoseki (Japan) 18.00 ~ Arrive: Busan (Korea) 08.30

    Friday
    Depart: Shimonoseki (Japan) 19.00 ~ Arrive: Busan (Korea) 09.30

    Daily
    Depart: Busan (Korea) 19.00 ~ Arrive: Shimonoseki (Japan) 08.30

    Economy fare: 8,500 Yen
    Reservations:
    0832 24 3000 (Shimonoseki)
    051 464 2700 (Busan)

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    Alternatively, Pukwan Ferries give passage on the opposite dates. Visit the website:
    http://www.pukwan.co.kr/pukwan/index.html

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    Slow Ferries to/from Japan (Fukuoka)

    by DSwede Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    If the fast ferry is not your preference, nor within budget, Camillia Lines Ferries offer ~14hour slow trips between Busan and Fukuoka (Hakata port).

    Busan International Ferry Terminal is 5~10 minutes walk from Jungang-Dong subway stop.

    Monday, Wednesday
    Depart: Hakata (Japan) 19.00 ~ Arrive: Busan (Korea) 8.30

    Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
    Depart: Busan (Korea) 19.00 ~ Arrive: Hakata (Japan) 8.30

    One-way prices 9,000 yen - 18,000 yen
    Reservations:
    092 262 2323 (Hakata/Fukuoka)
    051 466 7799 (Busan)

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    not so confusing

    by uysijessa Written Aug 31, 2007

    one of the best ways to get around busan is by taking the subway. they have so many stops that you can practically get on and off at just about any part of the city not to mention the major tourist areas. there are two subway lines in busan. line 1 runs from Nopodong to Sinpyeong via the Beomeo Temple, Oncheonjang, Jagalachi, and Gukje Market while line 2 runs from Seomyeon to Hop via Gupo, Sasan and Gaya. you can transfer from one line to the other at the Seomyeon station.

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    Chinese Consulate in Busan

    by DSwede Written Aug 5, 2007

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    If you are in a taxi, your driver should be able to find it with the Korean map given on the web page. If you are finding your own way, like I did, it is tucked away rather well.

    The easiest way to find it is by going to the Yacht Marina (near Suyeong 2gyo, Suyeong 2nd bridge). Immediately accross from the yacht center is a Presbyterian Church. Go up from the yacht center, go by the church, and immediately after the church entrance, take a left. The consulate will be about 100m down that road.

    Their Visa services are available for drop-offs between 9~11:30am. They can process the Visa in 1-2-4 days depending on the expediting charge. Pick up will at the same location.

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