Busan Transportation

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    Seoul to Busan in less than 3 hours

    by Vita500 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    2nd class compartment of the KTX
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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!

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    Seoul to Busan: 45 minutes

    by Vita500 Updated Oct 5, 2005

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    Planes of Asiana Airlines & Korean Air

    Korean Air and Asiana Airlines offer almost 40 flights per day (!) from Seoul's Gimpo airport to Busan's Gimhae airport and vice versa. Flight time is only about 45 minutes and you will have some good views onto the Korean peninsula as the entire flight goes right across the country.

    As compared to traveling by train, it must be said that Gimhae airport is situated at a slightly remote location about an hours drive (by bus) from the inner city. If you would like to speed things up a little, I recommend to take one of Busan's taxis (please refer to the next tip for details).

    Ticket fares vary by season but start at around 60,000 KRW.

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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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    Hanaro Card

    by amambaw Written Aug 2, 2004

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    If you plan on staying in Busan for an extended period, pay the 2000 W and get a Hanaro metro card. The card is an automated debit card that debits money whenever you use public transit (subway or bus). You can deposit any amount you want ahead of time (I recomend only about 10000 W at a time, because if your card demags, there's no way to get the cash back). The cards are great because you don't have to carry change for the bus or subway around with you, and you don't have to worry about purchasing the correct type of subway ticket. This is especially beneficial on the weekends: no line ups for tickets, and no worrying about having enough change after your 5th ride to get to your next location.

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    KTX Busan-Seoul/ Seoul-Busan

    by theguardianangel Written Jan 13, 2012

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    We took the KTX from Busan going to Seoul since it's cheaper than by plane. We were booked online by our hostel owner (we asked this kind Korean owner to book us around way tix). Our tickets cost KW23,900 each going to Seoul, we had a discount at that time (maybe because we bought the tix on a Thursday night). You can book online via www.korail.com. I heard that tickets are more expensive on Fridays- Sundays.

    I find it weird though at first, that the subway staffs aren't checking our tickets but it made me realize that it's not necessary since the time and the seat number are indicated in the ticket. You cannot cheat in changing your seat/train number since the booking online generates an automatic ticket giving only the available seats at the time/date you wish to depart. The system gives a 100% guarantee of seat reservation. You will also be able to view in the website if the time you wish to travel has not yet been fully booked.

    Time travel from Busan to Seoul/ Seoul to Busan takes about 3.5 hrs. KTX is faster than taking the bus since it will take you 6-8 hrs of time travel. Taking the bus maybe cheaper but if you think about the time you'll be spending in traveling, think again. Time is gold. You can earn money but it can't buy time.

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    Busan: Getting there by Ferry from Japan

    by Intrepidduck Written Jun 21, 2004

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    From Japan there are regular fast ferry services from Fukuoka to the Port of Busan International Ferry Terminal near Nampo-dong. Two companies - Beetle and Kobe running their boats several times per day. Its only about $75 each way and takes approximately 3 hours.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Black Cabs - Just say no

    by amambaw Written Jun 19, 2004

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    When catching a cab around the city, avoid black cabs. These are limo style cabs, and the starting cost is higher than all other types. During the day, starting price for cabs should be 1500 W, after midnight, 1800W.

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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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    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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    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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    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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