How To Go To Busan From Seoul By Flight, Train, Bus And Car

Are you wondering how to go to Busan from Seoul? Is going from Seoul Train Station to Busan the best option? What the distance is from Seoul to Busan? How to drive from Seoul to Busan?

Busan, situated in the south-east of the Korean peninsula is the 3rd largest city and biggest trading port in the country. It is also one of the biggest tourist destinations in Korea, together with Seoul and Jeju island. This post focuses on ‘how to go to Busan from Seoul’ using flight, train, express bus or car.

Spending two or 3 days in Busan is a must to fully enjoy everything this vibrant city has to offer in spring, summer, autumn and winter. Check the perfect two day itinerary here.

how to go to busan from seoul

Things To Know When Visiting Busan

Seoul To Busan Train

Travelling by train in Korea is the most convenient way of getting around as it allows passengers to have exact plans. There are 3 kinds of trains being used to get to Busan Station, KTX-Sancheon, ITX-Saemaeul and Mugunghwa. With the KTX Korean bullet train being the fastest and the most expensive.

Don’t miss out during your time in Korea! Purchase a foreigner discounted train pass online in advance. More info about the different passes here.
busan to seoul train

1. KTX Seoul To Busan

The KTX train Korea is the fastest train to get to Busan, only taking 2h50 and running once or twice an hour. There are two major stations in Seoul that have trains going to Busan: KTX Seoul Station and KTX Yongsan Station. This Korea train express is designed to reach 305km/h.

ktx seoul to busan schedule

The KTX Seoul to Busan Price depends on the time of the day you are going but starts at 53 000 won one way and can go up to 60 000 won one way. Check out the KTX Seoul to Busan timetable on the official Korail website, now also in English.

You can purchase KTX tickets by making a KTX Seoul to Busan booking online or by getting your tickets at the ticket office in any KTX station. Tickets can be purchased up to one month in advance. It is highly recommended to buy your train tickets in advance as these days they sell out quickly, especially during weekends or Korean holidays.


One Way Ticket (day 1)Return Ticket (day 1 or 2)Extra tickets (day 2 or 3) Buy Tickets
Single Ticket 1 Person± 60 000 won± 120 000 won+ price extra ticketsHere
Korail Pass 1 Person± 120 000 won± 120 000 wonFree (no extra price)Here
Single Ticket 2-5 Persons± 60 000 won Per Person± 120 000 won Per Person+ price extra tickets Per PersonHere
Korail Pass 2-5 Persons± 110 000 won Per Person± 110 000 won Per PersonFree (no extra price)Here

Special foreigner discount passes. Consider buying a Korail pass, which allows you to serve 2 trains a day, after that you can ride any train as a standee. This is considerably cheaper if you’re planning on going back and forth from Seoul to Busan. Check more and prices here.

TIP! Planning to travel during one of the Korean bank holidays? Make sure to book your tickets in advance as they will sell out really quickly.

2. KTX Busan To Seoul

The KTX Busan to Seoul timetable can also be found on the official Korail website; with trains running around twice an hour. Prices also starting at 53 000 won going up to 60 000 won. Tickets can be purchased through the Korail online booking system.

ktx busan to seoul timetable

3. KTX Incheon To Busan

There are no direct KTX trains running from Incheon Airport to Busan. You will have to transfer in Seoul train station.
1. Take airport line/subway from Incheon Airport to Seoul
2. Take the KTX Seoul Busan

For the airport line from Incheon Airport to Seoul you’ll need to purchase a ticket for the AREX speed train or have a T Money card to use the subway. The fastest way is by taking the AREX speed train, which only takes 45 mintues and costs around 8000 krw. The subway takes 1,1 hours and costs around 4000 krw.

Upon arrival at Seoul station, get out of the subway/train and make your way to the first floor KTX station.

4. Korail Pass To Busan

Korail Pass To Busan

There are different kind of train passes available for foreign tourists. When the pass is activated you can reserve up to 2 train seats a day, after this you can ride any train as a standee. This is more cost effective than buying a return ticket from Seoul to Busan. Check prices and more info here.

After purchasing, your rail pass is instantly delivered to your mail box. Make sure to print it and take it with you during your trip together with your passport.

With your printed rail pass you can reserve your seat at any Korail ticket office or online.

4.1 When Is Korail Pass Beneficial?

  • Travelling in Korea by train for 2 days or more.

OR

  • You are travelling with 2 – 5 people.

The Korail pass is especially beneficial when travelling with 2 or more people, taking more than 1 train or taking multiple trains spread over more than 1 day.

4.2 How To Buy the Korail Pass

There are a couple of websites which sell this Korail pass, all for the same price, some websites & customer services are just better than other. Below are the best online shops to buy.

  • Klook – This is the best website to buy the pass, but this has to be bought at least 7 days before the using date. More info here.
  • Trazy – If you are looking to buy this pass last minute, then this is the place to go. The pass can be bought up to 3 days before the using date. More info here.

5. Other Trains To Busan From Seoul

Instead of taking the KTX you can take the ITX or Mugunghwa train – which goes slower and is cheaper.
ITX: time 4,5 hours, Seoul train price 42 000 krw one way
SRT: time 2,5 hours, train price is 51 900 krw one way
Mugunghwa train: time 5h5, train to Busan price 28 000 krw one way.

Tickets for getting to Busan can also be purchased on the Korail website or at the ticket office in any train station.

train to seoul busan

5.1 ITX Seoul To Busan

The ITX train can be taken from Seoul station or Yeongdeungpo station. It runs less frequent than the KTX train and is cheaper, but slower. The Korail pass can also be used for the ITX.

5.2 SRT Seoul To Busan

The SRT is similar to the KTX, but runs only from SUSEO station in the Jamsil area. Taking this train is only recommended for those staying in Gangnam or Jamsil. Note: the Korail pass can not be used on the SRT!

5.3 Mugunghwa Train Seoul To Busan

This is the slowest and cheapest option when taking the train between Seoul and Busan. It is only recommended if you are traveling on a low budget and if you have enough time when traveling through Korea. The train ride offers an amazing view of the Korean country side. On the train you’ll find a cafe and some trains even have a karaoke and arcade room. Check time table on the Korail website.

Seoul to Busan Bus & Busan to Seoul Bus

The bus is the most economical option to travel from Seoul to Busan. The Seoul to Busan travel time should take around 4h; depending on traffic. There are buses running 3 times an hour, from Seoul Gyeongbu bus terminal to Busan. Tickets can be purchased online or in the bus station. Tickets can only be bought through the PC version of the website when using an international card. If your card doesn’t work, try purchasing your tickets through Trazy.

seoul to busan bus price
Seoul Busan Bus Timetable

Seoul To Busan Flight

Depending on the season and day, catching one of the flights to Busan can actually be cheaper and more comfortable than the KTX train. You can find a couple of airlines that provide Korean domestic flights between Seoul, Busan, Daegu and Jeju. There are two major Seoul airports that have flights to Busan International Airport (Gimhae); Incheon International Airport or Gimpo Airport with direct flights taking only 55 minutes.

1. Gimpo To Busan Flights

Catching a flight from Gimpo airport to Gimhae is the best and cheapest option; the different Korea Domestic Airlines flying to Busan are Jeju Air, Busan Air, T’Way, Korean Air, Easy Jet and Jin Air. Flights can go as cheap as 75 000 won return ticket which is 35 000 won cheaper that a return ticket by KTX.

Gimpo Airport is located close to Seoul city center and is easily accessible by airport bus, subway or taxi. Whereas Busan airport is located just outside Busan, and can be reached by subway, bus or taxi. Want to find cheap flights to Busan?

Seoul To Busan Flights

2. Incheon To Busan Flights

Flying from Incheon Airport to Busan is only recommend when you’re just flying into Korea, as flights are likely to be more expensive than flights from Gimpo Airport.

You can easily transfer from Incheon International Airport to Gimpo Airport by subway. Check best transfer hotels near Incheon Airport here.

3. Busan To Seoul Flights

From Busan Korea airport flights to Seoul (Gimpo Airport) can go as low as 72 000 won, depending on the day and season you’re flying.Want cheap flights from Busan? Click here for more information and prices!

korea domestic airline seoul airport to busan

TIPS FOR BOOKING CHEAP FLIGHTS TO BUSAN SOUTH KOREA

I have tried different flight search engines and concluded that using Skyscanner or Momondo is giving the best results. Make sure to fly on weekdays, cheapest days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. If you want to go really cheap, consider flying to Ulsan and take a bus (30 minutes) to Busan.

Seoul to Busan By Car

The last option on how to go to Busan from Seoul is by car; this is by far the least preferred option as traffic can really ruin your travel plans. Cars do not have a special lane, like buses do, so if it’s busy, your ride to Busan can take around 7 hours instead of 4h5.

The driving distance is around 400 km; depending on the route you’ll be taking. Avoid going from Seoul to Busan by car during weekends or bank holidays.

For information about how to go to Busan from Seoul using a rental car check out the official tourism Korea website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the best way of going from Seoul to Busan?

A: This depends on your budget but the fastest way is going by fast train or KTX bullet train.

Q: How far is Busan from Seoul?

A: Busan is 325 km to the south of Seoul.

Q: How can I buy my Seoul to Busan bus or train tickets.

A: You can buy them online or at the bus/train station. Online often doesn’t work for foreign cards so buying them in person might be the only option.

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29 Responses

  1. Sharon Leigh Mercado says:

    “When the pass is activated you can take up to 2 trains a day. ” I thought the pass is for multiple train rides a day. Kindly clarify what you mean by this.
    I wanted to get a KORAIL flexible 2-day pass which would go like:
    Day 1 for Seoul (first trip) to Gyeongju to Changwon to Busan. Then from Busan (last trip) to Seoul.
    Day 2 for the ITX-Chuncheon to Nami and Seoul, vice versa.
    Is this feasible? Kindly advise. Thanks a lot!!

    • Marie says:

      With a Korail pass you can reserve 2 seats a day, after that you can ride the KTX as a standee (which means you have to stand or sit in the standee seats, like corridors or bar). So I would recommend to reserve the longest train rides and then the shorter rides as a standee.

      Hope this helps? Let me know if you need more info.

  2. Kevin Wong says:

    Hello, I am trying to book a bus ticket on-line , travelling from Seoul to Busan.
    Can you please help ?

  3. Danielle Guerra says:

    Hi, what is the difference between Regular Day Pass and Flexible Day Pass? I’m a bit confused.
    Thanks in advance! 🙂

    • Marie says:

      You’re talking about the rail pass, right? So the regular one you can use 3 or 5 consecutive days (fe 13th, 14th and 15th of october). The flexible you can use 2 or 4 days but they don’t have to be consecutive (So could be 13th and 16th of october). Does this make sense?

  4. Susan says:

    Hi, for the Saver Pass, is it means that if 2 people travel together in the same itenary, only 1 pass need to be bought?

  5. Yu says:

    Marie.. I just bought 2 KO rail tickets online (saver option). My travel date from Seoul to Busan is Nov 22 and I book 2 day flexible as I plan to come back to Seoul on nov 25. I will arrive inchoen airport on nov 22 then take KTX from inchoen to Busan.
    1) Is this KTX inchoen station to Busan is still operational? If not pls advise. My flight arrives inchoen at 10 am.
    2) If there is no KTX at inchoen and I need to go to other station how long does it take from inchoen to the KTX station that go to Busan?
    3). Should I book the seats online or it will b plenty at the counter ?
    Thank you so much.

    • Marie says:

      So from Incheon you need to take the subway (1 hour) or arex train (40 minutes to Seoul station. Then in Seoul station you can get your KTX ticket to Busan. Normally you can buy this in the station, there should be enough seats. But if you want to be sure you can always book online.
      From Seoul station to Busan it takes around 2 hours.

  6. Jay Lee says:

    I love Jeju Air 🙂 it is quite convenient and reasonable price. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this good information blogger.

  7. Korilina says:

    Marie… Is it possible if I traveling with large size suitcase (30 inch) using ITX-Saemaeul or Mugunghwa?

    Thanks in advance 😊

    • Marie says:

      yes, all trains are equipped with a luggage rack. So as long as the train isn’t fully booked then you can store your suitcase easily.

  8. Amalia says:

    Hi marie, you stated here that “When the pass is activated you can reserve up to 2 train seats a day, after this you can ride any train as a standee”. If I bought a 2 day pass, then the maximum reserved seat that I can use is 4, right (2 seat on day 1 and 2 seat on day 2)

    • Marie says:

      Yes that’s right. For a 2 day pass, you can book 2 seats (on 2 different trains) on day one and 2 seats (on 2 different trains) on day two. Each person needs to buy their own pass.

  9. Aslinda Hassan says:

    Hi Marie, if I bought 2 day passes for 5 people.. the price is 111,111 won for total price or for one person? And can I take more than 2 trains a day? I understand about the seats but confused how many trains can I take for 1 day..

    • Marie says:

      yes, exactly the price per person would be 111 111 won. You can take as many trains a day as you want, but only for 2 trains you can get seated tickets, the other trains will be standing tickets.

  10. Joey Foo says:

    Hi Marie,

    I dont understand what does the saver pass means. Does it means i buy 1 saver pass can use for between 2 – 5 pax ? or is individually prices ? Thanks

    • Marie says:

      Hey. For every person that is traveling you need to buy one pass. You just get an additional discount when traveling in a bigger group.

  11. Khanh says:

    Hi Marie,
    I want to book a flight from Incheon to Sapporo. Is it doable to book online via korean airline? Thanks

  12. Aslinda bt Abu Hassan says:

    Hi Marie.. can you help me with my Korail Pass .. can I take the ktx train on the day i redeem the Korail pass voucher without any reservation on Korail site??
    Please help me..

    • Marie says:

      yes, you can go to the ticket office of the KTX station you are leaving from with your voucher. There you can book your ticket. Without a ticket you can not board the train.

  13. Liza says:

    Hi dear, my family and I will be arrive to Incheon airport 12.30 a.m our itinerary to Busan, so how could we take a bus or train is easily for us, Thanks a lot

    • Marie says:

      From Incheon Airport, make your way to Seoul station. From Seoul station you can take the fast train to Busan.

  14. cari says:

    Hi Marie,

    I was trying to book a bus reservation going to busan but it wont let me pay because of my phone number being invalid. Can you help me?

    Thank you!

  15. Nate says:

    how do i buy the ktx tickets

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