Transportation in Busan

Category : Surviving in Korea / Travel/Events
Nov 28, 2014

The local transportation in Busan is comprised of a subway system, an extensive bus network and taxis. The buses and the subway system both start at around 5:00 in the morning and finish around 00:30. There are also night buses that run after other transportation has finished. Take care to look up your route if you are traveling at 5:00 or after midnight because not every bus and subway starts or finishes exactly on the hour.


Methods of Payment

In Busan, you can buy a single journey ticket for the subway, use cash for the buses or use a transportation card to take the bus, subway or taxis. Busan uses the MyBi Card (4,000KRW-6,000KRW) or the Hanaro Card (3,000KRW), purchased from the subway ticketing machines or in convenience stores. This technology is the same as the T-money technology used in Seoul. All passes are accepted all over the country. You can use these transportation cards to take the bus (both regular and express), the subway, and taxis. By using a transportation card, you can save a 100KRW on your journey.



In Busan, the rates for the subway are calculated in two blocks based on distance. There is an initial price for the first 10km traveled. After the initial 10km, another fee applies. The fare after the first block is called the second block. You can buy a single journey ticket or use a transportation card. Fares will be charged accordingly regardless of which method you pay by. For the buses, the price differs based on which bus you take not based on distance. There is only one price for the distance traveled by bus.



Subway Fare

Bus Fare

Transportation Card (KRW)

Single Journey Ticket(KRW)

City Bus

City Express Bus

Late Night Bus

Block 1

Block 2

Block 1

Block 2







Adult (19+)











Youth (13-18)











Children (6-12)











Seniors, babies, disabled persons, a war hero

FREE (with ID)




When transferring within the transportation network, you can receive a small transfer discount if you use a transportation card. This applies when transferring within the subway and buses and when transferring from the subway to the bus and vice versa. The discount in 200KRW per transfer and you must transfer within 30 minutes (or 60 minutes on routes which are not frequently used).


The Subway System

The subway system in Busan has five lines including the purple line with services Busan to Gimhae city. Busan’s subway system offers all the usual treats featured in subways across the country including underground shopping areas, cafes, vendors and rest areas. Many of the subway stations also have parking lots and bicycles racks, especially those stations on the outskirts of the city. This encourages drivers to take their car to a nearby subway station instead of adding to traffic congestion in the downtown.



Subway Term (tourist) Pass

The Busan Metro also has a tourist pass option that allows visitors to ride the subway multiple times within a set period. The 30/60 pass is also great for someone taking the subway, but not the bus on a daily basis. The tourist passes are referred to as term tickets with following terms:

  1. 1-Day Metro Ticket (4,000KRW): unlimited rides throughout the day until the last train.
  2. 7/20 Metro Ticket (19,000KRW): 20 rides within 7 days.
  3. 30/60 Metro Ticket (50,000KRW): 60 rides within 30 days.


Lost Items

If you lose something in a subway train, go directly to the subway office inside the train station to report your lost item. Try to remember the station you got off, the time you got off, the train number and the carriage number. The offices that deal primarily with lost items are:

  1. Lost and Found Center: Seomyeon Station, line 1 underground on the 2nd floor. (9:00-18:00). Telephone: 051-640-7339.
  2. The station office at Seomyeon Station: line 1, Tel: (051)803-3431 or line 2, Telephone: (051)808-8783.


Subway Information

For more information about the Busan subway such as the timetable and the map, check the website. Download ‘Subway Korea’ for information on all the subway lines in Korea. You can plan your route, check the times of arrival and departure and use the interactive map.


à To learn more about riding the subways in Korea read Seoul’s Subway System.


Busan Subway Lines

Busan has five lines including one line from central Busan into nearby Gimhae city.

Subway Line (hoseon/호선)

Area of Service

Starting Station

Ending Station

Line Operator

Number of Stations

Line 1 호선

Color: Red

Runs from the north straight down through the centre of the city then heads west in the south.



Busan Transportation Corporation


Line 2 호선

Color: Bright Green

Runs from the north-west down to the south-east



Busan Transportation Corporation


Line 3 호선

Color: Orange

Runs from east to west across the city



Busan Transportation Corporation


Line 4 호선

Color: Bright Blue

Run from the center of the city to the north-east



Busan Transportation Corporation


Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit

Color: Purple

Runs from the center of Busan west through Gimhae city.


Kaya University

Busan Transportation Corporation




There are four types of local buses in Busan that all service the city and nearby neighborhoods. The Busan Transportation Association is responsible for the bus network in Seoul. Unfortunately, their website is only in Korean. There is an application for smart phones called ‘Busan Bus/부산버스’ that shows routes and times. You can scan the QR code at each bus stop to see a map of the route and how far away the next bus is.

  1. City Buses: The city buses travel between zones in the city. There are also smaller village buses that usually do a loop within one neighborhood (zone).
  2. City Express Buses: These buses have more seating and they don’t stop as often between zones.
  3. Late Night Buses: These buses run after midnight. The routes are far less than the regular daytime buses and the price is more, but they can be convenient when you’re out late. Other cities do not have late night bus operators.
  4. Airport Buses: These buses travel between Gimpo Airport and Busan. There are four major routes and a few limousine bus routes. It takes between 30 and 60 minutes to reach the city center.



There are regular taxis and deluxe taxis in Busan. Regular taxis are silver with blue or green lights on top. These taxis are the general taxis servicing the Busan area. At the beginning of 2013, the base fare was raised to 2,800KRW for the first 2km. The fare goes up every 143m or 34 seconds by 100KRW.


Deluxe taxis are used mainly for corporate service. They are black with yellow lights. The base price is 4,500KRW for the first 3km and it goes up by 200KRW every 160m or 38 seconds. All taxis charge an additional 20% between midnight and 4am.


There are also two call taxi services. Deungdae Call Taxi (600-1000) and Busan Call Taxi (200-2000) will pick you up. Both services have either English speakers or translators available. You can use this service for regular taxi use or if you are going to a more remote location. It’s also great if you have to travel home late at night because there is a record of the call and information about your whereabouts in case anything goes wrong.


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Lindsey lived and worked in Seoul, South Korea for over 5 years. While there, she dabbled in different areas of work and explored the culture. She spent time teaching elementary students, business English to adults and high school students about college preparation. She also studied Korean, wrote blogs and tasted as many foods as she possibly could including fermented skate fish. Over the years, Lindsey developed a love for Korea and the culture. She is keen to share her knowledge of Korea with others and she will always consider Korea a second home.

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