Busan Transportation

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    Busan City Tour

    by iwys Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Busan City Tour is a good way to see the main tourist attractions of Busan. The buses depart from the main square in front of Busan train station. They operate every day, except Monday. The departure times are: 9:00, 11:20, 12:30 and 15:30. Stops include Busan Tower, Taejongdae and Jagalchi Fish Market. The Busan city tour is not as comprehensive as the Seoul city tour, so to see all of the city's tourist attractions, you will also need to take the subway.

    Tickets are 10,000 won for adults and 5,000 won for children.

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    KTX Train

    by iwys Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The best way to travel to Busan is on the high-speed KTX train from Seoul, which also stops at Daejeon and Daegu. A single ticket costs 45,000 won. There are no discounts for return tickets. But, you should reserve your seats in advance, as the trains are often full, especially on Sundays. The ultra-modern Busan Station, which looks remarkably like Seoul Station, opened in 2003. There is a special desk where foreigners can buy tickets, and avoid the long queues, to the right of the main ticket counter.

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    Busan Subway

    by iwys Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Busan has an extensive subway network. The system, which first opened in 1985, is modern, clean and efficient. There are 3 lines, 90 stations and 88.8km of track. Line 1 runs from Sinpyeong to Nopo-dong, Line 2 from Hopo to Jangsan and Line 3 from Daejeo to Suyeong. Trains run from 5.45am until 1am. Tickets cost 1000won and the ticket machines accept notes as well as coins. A word of warning: be prepared to stand, as the trains are often full, even at weekends.

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    'Bullet Train' from Seoul to Busan

    by bpacker Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Getting to Busan from Seoul is really a cinch these days as you can take a high speed train to Busan for a third of a plane fare (45,000won or USD38). But there lies the caveat, contrary to their claims that it is even faster than the Shinkansen and that it was modeled after the TGV, the train was bloody slow! Also, having tried all the train systems, including the ones in France, I simply didn't see the similarity in efficiency. The seats were small for one and secondly, the speed was disappointing. It took nearly 5 hours to reach the city. However, I must add that I took the train during its maiden start . Hopefully, it has improved a lot by now. If not, just take the domestic plane@Gimpo Airport!

    Cost
    USd38

    Where to buy your ticket
    Seoul station, look for the counter marked "KTX Express" in English. Visa is acceptable.

    The Gyeongbuseon Train Line, which connects Seoul to Busan and Gyeongju, begins from Seoul Station and ends at Busan Station

    Busan Train Station, modern for a small place
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    Seoul to Busan in less than 3 hours

    by Vita500 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    After reading and hearing so much about Korea's new express train, the KTX, I spontaneously decided to give it a try on Korea's National Foundation Day (October 3). In Korea, the word spontaneous is usually nonexistent and it's deemed impossible to get a train or flight ticket during a national holiday unless you booked it around two months in advance. However, I guess I got lucky as it turned out to be no problem at all to get a ticket for the early morning train from Seoul to Busan station.

    The one-way ticket Seoul-Busan was around 44,000 KRW in the standard 2nd class train. I remembered reading a recent comment on the 2nd class seats, however, which were supposed to be rather narrow and uncomfortable. Hence, I opted for the first class compartment for around 66,000 KRW. I did not regret my decision!

    The picture above shows you the 2nd class compartment. It's really rather small and would have been much less comfortable. Especially if you wanted to sleep.

    -- To see an impression of the 1st class compartment, please follow the link to the second picture ("1 more photos")

    The seats in the first class compartment were extremely comfortable, very much like the Business Class seats in airplanes: lots of space for your legs, wide cushions, foldable table in front and footrests. In addition, free drinks were distributed during the ride.

    2 hours and 40 minutes later, I arrived at Busan station, rather refreshed from an hours sleep on the train.

    Conclusion:
    The ride on KTX is definitely recommended as compared to the previous Saemaeul trains, which simply take too long for the ride. However, considering the narrow seats in the 2nd class, I would recommend to upgrade to first class. You won't regret it!

    2nd class compartment of the KTX 1st class compartment of the KTX
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    Busan Urban Transit Authority

    by Vita500 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Busan Urban Transit Authority (in short: Busan subway) consists of two subway lines. Line 1 operates in north-southerly direction, whereas line 2 runs across Busan in east-westerly direction. By means of those two lines, almost all parts of Busan can be reached.

    Similar to Seoul, fares vary by distance (max. 1,000 KRW) and tickets can easily be purchased at a station's ticket machine or ticket booth.

    Apart from the single tickets, there are two different kinds of transportation cards available:

    a) Hanaro Transportation Card
    This card can be used to pay for subway, bus and toll gates and a variety of stores within the city.

    b) Mybi Transportation Card
    This card is an all-round electronic card as it can be used for transportation (subway, intra-city bus, village bus, toll for roads, toll for tunnels), e-business, internet shopping malls, etc.

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    Airport Limousine Bus

    by Vita500 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    An easy and inexpensive way to travel from/to Busan's Gimhae Airport is provided by the airport limousine bus.

    There are three lines serving all major hotels and destinations within Busan:

    1. Line 1-1
    Exclusively serving Busan Lotte Hotel

    2. Line 1-2
    Commodore Hotel, Phoenix Hotel and Busan Station

    3. Line 2
    Hanwha Resort, Westin Chosun Hotel, Grand Hotel, Marriott Hotel, Paradise Hotel, Bexco

    Fare is a flat 5,000 KRW for al of the above routes.

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    Flying in and out of Busan

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Flights from Seoul to Busan are cheap and convenient. There are some 20-30 flights each day between Seoul's Kimpo Airport and Busan's Kimhae Airport. The flight only takes an hour and costs 70,000 Won, even for a last minute flight!

    Kimhae opened at its current location in 1976 and its newest terminal was just completed in late 2007. It handles over nine million passengers annually to numerous domestic and international locations. Parking at the airport is priced around 7,000 to 13,000 won per day depending on day of the week and vehicle size. Numerous city buses and limousine buses also run to the airport for a fare ranging from 1500 to 3000 won each direction. If using the subway, take Line 2 (Green) To Deokcheon Station, leave via exit 6, then take bus 307 directly to the airport.

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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

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    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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    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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    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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    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.

    KTX
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