Haeundae Beach Train, Haeundae Sky Capsule & Busan Green Railway
해운대해변열차, 해운대스카이캡슐 & 부산그린레일웨이
Start Time (Beach Train & Sky Capsule)▸9:30
Last Beach Train (Mipo Station)▸19:00 (Nov-Feb) / 19:30 (Mar-Apr, Oct) / 20:30 (May-Jun, Sep) / 21:00 (Jul-Aug)
Last Beach Train (Songjeong Station)▸30 mins before last Beach Train from Mipo Station
💡Latest train timetable for all stations
Last Sky Capsule▸1 hr before last Beach Train from Mipo Station
Busan Green Railway (walking trail)▸24 hrs
Beach Train: 1-way: ₩7,000 / Round trip: ₩10,000 / Free use: ₩13,000 (allow to get off at all 6 stations & re-board once at each station)
💡Seats are non-reserved. Standing might be required if the train is crowded.
💡Mipo & Songjeong stops are the last stations. All passengers must alight upon arrival.
Sky Capsule (per capsule): 1-way: ₩30,000 (1-2 pax) / ₩39,000 (3 pax) / ₩44,000 (4 pax)
💡All capsule are private. i.e. travel in your own group with max. of 4 people per capsule.
💡To return to the starting location, purchase a one-way ticket from Sky Capsule's departure point or use the Beach Train.
Busan Green Railway (walking trail): free
Haeundae Beach. Walk along Haeundae Beach (on the left of the sea) till past the tall blue 'Haeundae LCT The Sharp' building. Turn left onto Dalmaji-gil 62beon-gil and walk straight forward. The entrance of Haeundae Blueline Park will be on your right. 12 mins walk.
Haeundae Station (line 2, exit 7). Take bus# 39, 100, 141 or 200. 9 mins ride.
Along Haeundae Beach. Take bus# 1003 or 139. 6 mins ride.
Get off at Mipo Moontan Road Entrance stop 미포문탠로드입구. Walk back to cross the junction to road, Dalmaji-gil 62beon-gil. The entrance of Haeundae Blueline Park will be on your left. 5 mins walk. 💡For orientation, this road has a sea view with the tall blue 'Haeundae LCT The Sharp' building located diagonally across the road to the park's entrance.
Jungdong Station (line 2, exit 7). Go straight along Jwadongsunhwan-ro and turn right at the junction to Haeundaehaebyeon-ro. At the next junction, turn left and walk along the road (also Haeundaehaebyeon-ro) towards the tall blue 'Haeundae LCT The Sharp' building. The entrance of Haeundae Blueline Park will be directly in front at the end of the road. 14 mins walk.
Haeundae Beach Train and Haeundae Sky Capsule, operating along the old Donghae Nambu Railway Line are the latest and most popular attractions in Haeundae, Busan. Hidden in their limelight is the beautiful coastal walking trail, Busan Green Railway that runs parallel to the railway.
Transformation of Donghae Nambu Line
The Donghae Nambu Line was first opened in 1935 during the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945). It ran along South Korea's east coast connecting Busan to Ulsan, Gyeongju and Pohang.
In 2013, the Donghae Nambu Line was discontinued after the decision to construct an electrified double-tracked railway.
As the railroad is close to the beautiful coast, Busan Metropolitan City eventually decided to construct Busan Green Railway (walking trail & green park) and Haeundae Blueline Park (Haeundae Beach Train and Haeundae Sky Capsule). These 2 projects preserve the most scenic section between Mipo Station (extreme left side of Haeundae Beach when facing the sea) and Songjeong Station that will be enjoyed by both residents and tourists.
Construction for Busan Green Railway started in 2015 with the final third section between Mipo to Songjeong completed in 2020.
Haeundae Blueline Park was later opened to the public in October 2020.
The success of Donghae Nambu Line transformation from an abandoned railway site into a tourist hot spot has enabled Haeundae continued to be a favourite travel destination for travellers to Busan.
Haeundae Beach Train
Course: Mipo Station ⬌ Dalmaji Tunnel ⬌ Cheongsapo Station ⬌ Daritdol Skywalk ⬌ Gudeokpo ⬌ Songjeong Station
Duration: 30 mins/way
Average Speed: 15km/hr
Frequency: ≈3 trains/hour
Haeundae Beach Train is a sightseeing train and world's first battery-charged eco-friendly train. It operates a total of 6 stops along the scenic coastline from Mipo to Songjeong in 4.8km.
Departing from Mapo Station (0.3km), the train passes Dalmaji Tunnel stop (0.8km) towards Cheongsapo Station (2.3km) and onwards to Daritol Skywalk stop (2.9km), Gudeokpo stop (3.4km) before arriving at the terminus Songjeong Station (4.8km).
In-person ticket offices are only available at Mipo Station, Cheongsapo Station and Songjeong Station, including souvenir (except Songjeong Station) and food and beverage outlets. Dalmaji Tunnel, Daritol Skywalk and Gudeokpo are basic stops with automated ticketing machines only.
The seats on the train are arranged in 2 long rows of benches facing the full-glass windows, allowing passengers to enjoy coastal and mountain sceneries from the comforts of the train.
Haeundae Sky Capsule
Course: Mipo Station ⬌ Cheongsapo Station
Duration: 30 mins/way
Average Speed: 4km/hr
Frequency: every 30mins from 9:30 (i.e. 9:30, 10:00, 10:30)
Rail: 7-10m above ground
The 4-seater retro-looking Haeundae Sky Capsule runs on a 2.3km elevated railway 7-10m above the ground alongside Haeundae Beach Train from Mipo Station direct to Cheongsapo Station along the coast.
It has the same bright colour theme of red, yellow, green and blue as the Haeundae Beach Train.
Haeundae Sky Capsule operates as a private capsule, allowing passengers to enjoy the ride having their own space without the need to share with strangers. The downside is single traveller has to pay the fare for 2 persons for the ride. However, they will have the whole capsule to themselves.
As the automatically-operated Haeundae Sky Capsule runs at a much slower speed than Haeundae Beach Train, you can take time to enjoy the coastal scenery and snap some great photo shots.
Busan Green Railway Coastal Walking Trail
Course: Mipo Station ⬌ Songjeong Station
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins
Busan Green Railway (also known as Haeundae Green Railway) is a 4.8km coastal walking trail on wooden deck built alongside the former Donghae Nambu Railway Line.
The trail allows visitors to enjoy nature at their own pace and take precious shots of both Haeundae Beach Train and Haeundae Sky Capsule running side-by-side.
The wooden walking path runs from Mipo Station through Dalmaji Tunnel and Cheongsapo to the former Songjeong Station. During the walk, there are trails leading to observatories, beaches, forest, local scenes and cafes.
In 2021, Haeundae Green Railway won the prestigious award, 'Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Award' at the '11th Korea Landscaping Awards'.
As such, it is definitely worthwhile to take on this award-winning trail when in Busan.
💡As a green park, there is no rubbish bin placed along the trail. Please take your garbage with you.
💡Smoking and drinking are also prohibited. No riding of bicycles or motorcycles on the trails too.
💡In fact, the full Busan Green Railway course is 9.8km (2.5-3 hrs walk) starting from Olympic Intersection in Haeundae (around BEXCO Station - Line 2/Donghae Line) to the Dongbusan Tourism Complex (around Lotte Premium Outlets - Dongbusan Branch) in Gijang.
💡Busan Green Railway also covers a small section of Busan Galmaet-gil (Course 1: Section 1-2). Busan Galmaet-gil is a walking trail built throughout Busan, covering coastal road, forest road, riverside road and city road. It has a total of 9 courses across 21 sections and covers a total distance of 278.8km.
Haeundae Beach Train ♦ Haeundae Sky Capsule ♦ Busan Green Railway
1. Mipo Station - Dalmaji Tunnel Stop
a) Mipo Station
Mipo Station is the most popular station where most people kick off their journey on Haeundae Beach Train, Haeundae Sky Capsule or Busan Green Railway coastal walk.
It is about 240m from the park's Square Entrance to the ticket office.
2. Dalmaji Tunnel Stop - Cheongsapo Station
a) Dalmaji Tunnel
Dalmaji Tunnel is a photo hot spot with its brightly-coloured theme similar to Haeundae Beach Train and Haeundae Sky Capsule.
b) Mipo Observatory & Haeundae Skyline
From Mipo Observatory located along Busan Green Railway, one can look at the beautiful coastline and Haeundae skyline with view of the tallest building in Busan, Haeundae LCT The Sharp, Gwangandaegro Bridge and Dongbaekseom Island.
c) Haeundae Sea Sound Gallery (operating hours 10:00 - 17:00, closed on Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays)
Located mid-way between Dalmaji Tunnel Stop and Cheongsapo Station is Haeundae Sea Sound Gallery (also known as Badassori Gallery).
It is a fairly big observatory with a lighthouse. Besides providing an unobstructed view of the ocean, it is also a great sheltered rest stop from the rain or summer heat.
In fact, access to this area was once strictly prohibited as it was a military barracks used to guard the coast of Cheongsapo after the infiltration of a North Korean spy ship in 1985.
The area is now returned to the citizens as a space for exhibitions and relaxation.
d) Cheongsapo Mongdol Beach (opening hours 9:00 - 18:00)
Unlike the usual white sandy beaches, Mongdol Beach is truly unique as it is full of beautiful-looking black pebbles along the 200m stretch of beach. The well-known twin lighthouse of Cheongsapo can be seen from the beach as well.
Similar to Haeundae Sea Sound Gallery, Mongdol Beach was once strictly prohibited as well. It was only recently opened to the public with the barbed wire fence removed from the military base and wooden deck access to the beach built.
Cheongsapo Mongdol Beach is probably one best-kept secret and hidden attraction in Busan that is worthy for the walk along Busan Green Railway.