Transportation — Getting Around Town

There are a lot of ways to get around the city. Here are a few choices to get you where you want to be.

Gimhae International Airport

There is an information center on the first floor of the international terminal and the first and second floors of the domestic terminal. Also, flight and tourist information desks can be found here.

There are touch screen information services on the first floor of each terminal.

General airport information is available too.

The Busan Tourism Association has an information desk on the first floor of the international terminal.

Wi-Fi and phone rentals are available on the first floor.

Number of Terminals: 2 — Domestic and International

Transfer is available between terminals.

Free airport buses shuttle passengers between the terminals, but they are close enough to walk from one another.

The Gimhae Lightrail Transit is located outside the International Terminal for public transportation into the city. Transfers to other lines are available in Sasang.

Driving Directions: Located 22 kilometers west of Busan, the airport is directly linked to major routes, with the Gyeongbu Expressway (Route 1) leading to the airport from the north and the Namhae Expressway (Route 6) leading from the west. The airport is situated off the Dongseo Elevated Highway and is sign-posted.

Busan Station

Busan has six train stations: Busan Station, Gupo Station, Haeundae Station, Songjeong Station, Busanjin Station, and Bujeon Station.

Located in Choryang, Busan Station is by far the largest and serves the regional hun of Busan and most tracks using the KTX and SRT to Seoul.


Reservations for KTX passenger tickets can be made conveniently at the ticket counters in the station, travel agents, automatic ticketing machines, or via the Internet.

KTX employs a variety of discount systems. For more information on ticket discounts, please make an inquiry at the ticket counters in any KTX station.

Location: Busan Station is located in Choryang-dong on Metro Line 1.

Subway Lines

Busan’s metro system is a very clean, and inexpensive option which covers most of the metropolitan area. There are four lines along with the Gimhae Lightrail Transit and the Donghae Line.

Announcements are printed instructions are in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese.

Running Time: 5:10 a.m. through 12:45 a.m.

Subway Fares:

Metro Lines 1,2,3,4 — One section 1,400 won, Two sections 1,600 won

Line 1 (Orange Line) — Sinpyeong through Nopo-dong

Line 2 (Green Line) — Yangsan through Jangsan

Line 3 (Brown Line) — Daejeo through Suyeong

Line 4 (Blue Line) — Minam through Anpyeong

Busan-Gimhae Lightrail Transit (Purple Line) — Sasang through Kaya Univ.

Fare: One section 1,300 won, Two sections 1,500 won

Donghae Line

Fare: One section 1,300 won, Two sections 1,500 won

Riding the Metro: Tickets can be bought for purchase at the ticketing vending machines, or by Hanaro or MyBi Card.

Seniors over 65 ride free and discounts for elementary school students are available.

Bus Service

Buses are also a cheap and popular mode of transportation around the city. Though they may drive a little erratic at times, they are still a very useful way of getting around town.

Parts of the city now have the BRT (Busan Rapid Transit) which are bus-only lanes that can get you to your destination faster.

Bus Tickets: Paying in cash for the city bus is 1,300 won or 1,200 won if you use a prepaid card. Express buses cost 1,800 won or 1,700 won.

More information on buses can be found here.


Taxis in Korea are very inexpensive compared to major cities around the world. Though they sometimes drive aggressively, they are usually well-equipped with navigation systems, clean, and reliable.

If you don’t have the Kakao Taxi app, you can either call (only in Korean), or try to hail one yourself.

Here’s a look at the numbers you can call.

Essential Call Taxi Numbers in Busan You Should Know

For more information on taxi fares, you can look here.