Busan, South Korea Airport Information
Gimhae International Airport (PUS)
Approximate taxi fare: 32000 KRW
Just 22 kilometers to the west of Busan, Gimhae International Airport opened at its current location in 1976. Since that time, the airport has been focused on expanding its travel options and services for passengers. Today, over nine million travelers pass through the airport annually for destinations in Asia and Europe. Serving over 462 flights per week on 21 different airlines, it is one of South Korea's busiest hubs.
As part of its continued expansion and redevelopment, Gimhae International opened a new international passenger terminal in 2007. The airport has also upgraded communications and passenger services and added service from Asiana Airlines and Korean Air. Additional improvements at Gimhae will include extending Busan's subway line to the airport, a project scheduled to be completed in 2010.
Passengers will find a number of delightful amenities at the airport, including Western, Chinese and Korean cuisine restaurants, an airport clinic, currency exchanges, a post office, and various retail outlets. Gimhae International Airport's International Terminal even has a movie theater catering to passengers with extra time on their hands.
The Airport Limousine Bus runs from the airport to major hotels in Busan in about one hour. Travelers can also take the airport shuttle bus, which is linked to the subway network.
Airline carriers serving Gimhae International Airport
- Air Busan
- Air China
- Asiana Airlines
- Cebu Pacific
- China Eastern Airlines
- China Southern Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Jeju Air
- Jin Air
- Korea Express Air
- Korean Air
- Northwest Airlines
- Philippine Airlines
- Sakhalinskie Aviatrassy
- Shandong Airlines
- Shanghai Airlines
- Thai Airways International
- TransAsia Airways
- Vietnam Airlines
- Vladivostok Air
Busan, South Korea Public Transportation
Buses in Busan cover large stretches of the area, though visitors should bear in mind that stops are announced in Korean only. Public buses are less expensive, but involve more stops and longer destination times, while express bus lines are more comfortable. Express bus lines link Busan with other major Korean cities at two main terminals, Nopodong and Seobu.
Fares for the bus can be paid in cash or with a transportation card; fares vary by bus type. Fares for the public buses are KRW 1,000 in cash or KRW 950 if paid with a transportation card. Fares for the express buses are KRW 1,500 in cash or KRW 1,400 if paid with a transportation card.
Operated by the Busan Transportation Corporation, the Busan Subway is a convenient and easy way to get around the city. The subway system consists of three lines. Lines 1 and 2 are recently constructed, while the third line is under construction and only partially completed. Once finished, the network is expected to have just over 100 stations and 112 kilometers of track.
Each subway line is open from 5 to 12:40 AM. Fares for the subway can be paid in cash or with a transportation card. Fares are charged by section; one section costs KRW 1,100. Travel through two sections is KRW 1,300. Travelers using a transportation card receive a 10 percent discount on fares.
Four rental car companies operate out of Gimhae International Airport: Kumho Rent-A-Car, Avis Rent-A-Car, Jeju and Sambo. The information desks are located outside of the baggage claim area.
Two types of taxi are available for hire in Korea: regular taxis and deluxe taxis, marked by black cars, yellow signs on top and the words "Deluxe Taxi" written on the side. Regular taxis start at KRW 2,200 for the first two kilometers and are metered at KRW 100 for every additional 144 kilometers. If the taxi is going less than 15 kilometers per hour, an additional charge of KRW 100 applies per 35 seconds. Additionally, a 20 percent surcharge applies between the hours of midnight and 4 AM.
Deluxe taxis start at KRW 4,500 for the first three kilometers and are metered at KRW 200 for every additional 164 meters. Deluxe taxis do not apply nightly surcharges. Visitors should keep in mind that deluxe taxi drivers cater frequently to tourists and are more likely to speak English than regular taxi drivers.
Taxis at Gimhae International Airport can be found outside of both the international and domestic terminals. Taxi fare to downtown costs about KRW 25,000.