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.
- Things To Know When Visiting Busan
- Seoul To Busan Train
- Seoul to Busan Bus & Busan to Seoul Bus
- Seoul To Busan Flight
- Seoul to Busan By Car
- Frequently Asked Questions
Things To Know When Visiting Busan
- Public In Busan: Similar to Seoul, Busan is a major city with a well developed public transport system. Use Kakao maps or Busan subway to navigate and get a T-Money transport card for paying on the bus and subway. The hop-on hop-off bus will take you to all the touristic highlights of the city.
- Travel Adapter: For tourists from Japan, East Asia, UK, etc getting a travel power converter is necessary. Find more info here.
- WiFi Egg: Stay connected by getting a portable WiFi egg, it is affordable and useful when travelling around the country. Check more info here.
- Tipping Culture – Tipping in Korea is a big no, there are only a few occasions where tipping is acceptable. Find more info here.
- Busan Itinerary – Find the perfect 2 day Busan itinerary here.
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.
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.
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)
|Single Ticket 1 Person
|± 60 000 won
|± 120 000 won
|+ price extra tickets
|Korail Pass 1 Person
|± 120 000 won
|± 120 000 won
|Free (no extra price)
|Single Ticket 2-5 Persons
|± 60 000 won Per Person
|± 120 000 won Per Person
|+ price extra tickets Per Person
|Korail Pass 2-5 Persons
|± 110 000 won Per Person
|± 110 000 won Per Person
|Free (no extra price)
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.
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
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.
- 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.
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 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?
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.
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!
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
A: This depends on your budget but the fastest way is going by fast train or KTX bullet train.
A: Busan is 325 km to the south of Seoul.
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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