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How to get to Busan from Seoul (/Incheon Airport)

How long does it takes from Seoul Station to Busan Station on KTX Bullet Train ?

2hrs 15 mins to 3 hours based on the departure train.

Seoul to Busan KTX Train Network Map on Gyeongbu Line

Seoul to Busan - KTX Train Network Map - Gyeongbu Line | KoreaToDo

What is the KTX Bullet Train Fare from Seoul to Busan?

Economy Class (with reserve seat): ₩59,800 (adult) / ₩29,900 (child age 6-12)

First Class (with reserve seat): ₩83,700 (adult) / ₩53,800 (child)

 

Economy Class (non-reserve seat): ₩50,800 (adult) / ₩25,400 (child)

How much is the KORAIL PASS for Tourist Only?

For foreigners with two or more adults travelling together on a round trip to Busan (i.e. Seoul to Busan and Busan back to Seoul), you may like to consider purchasing the cheaper KORAIL PASS - 2 Day Select Pass (Saver Pass) at 121,000 per pax.

A return economy ticket with reserve seat from Seoul to Busan costs: ₩119,600 (₩59,800 x 2 ways). Though there is only a basic saving of 700 per pax with KORAIL PASS, you can have unlimited stops on your travel dates without additional charge. Popular stops between Seoul and Busan along Gyeongbu Line include Suwon Station (for Suwon Hwaseong Fortress), Singyeongju Station (for Gyeongju, ancient capital of Silla Dynasty) and Ulsan Station.

Also, with KORAIL PASS, you can make advance seat reservations and get your e-ticket online easily! This is particularly useful if you are travelling during peak season or public holiday. KORAIL PASS allows up to 2 seat reservations per person, per day with additional train segments on non-reserved seats.

Where to buy the KORAIL PASS & Get your Instant Train Ticket Online?

1. You can purchase the KORAIL PASS on KORAIL official website or easily on KLOOK (recommended for better support on your reservation, if required)  Once you have purchased your pass online, you will receive the e-pass via email.

​​Korea Rail Pass: KTX Bullet Train (BUSAN⇌SEOUL)

​​Korea Rail Pass: KTX Bullet Train (BUSAN⇌SEOUL)

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2. Next, to book your preferred train schedule (date/time) and select your seat, go to 'Rail Tickets' section of KORAIL website to book your train ticket to Busan. You will receive your e-ticket via email as well.

Snapshot of Ticket Reservation - Seoul to Busan Train Schedule | KoreaToDo

3. Print out both your KORAIL e-pass and e-ticket (to present together with your passport on board the train when inspected). Yes, that's all you need!

Notes:

  • KTX (around 2.5hrs) is the fastest and direct bullet train from Seoul to Busan compared to the slower Mugunghwa (5hrs+) and ITX Saemaul (4hrs+) trains.

  • Ticket reservation available one month in advance based on your travel date.

  • No KORAIL PASS or Ticket redemption required in Seoul/Busan at all (since end 2017). Just book online and board the train!

How to get from Incheon Airport to Busan?

  • Infrequent bus services operate from Incheon Airport to Busan (5.5hrs, ₩44,900 - ₩46,000).

 

  • There is no direct train from Incheon Airport to Busan. A train transfer is required at Seoul (Station) to Busan (Station). The AREX Express Train from Incheon Airport to Seoul is not covered by the KORAIL PASS. Non-stop AREX Express Train from Incheon Airport to Seoul takes 43 mins from Terminal 1 and 51 mins from Terminal 2, ₩9,500. AREX Train (non express) that stops by 13 subway stations takes 58 mins (T1, ₩4150) and 66 mins (T2, ₩4750).

AREX Incheon Airport Express Train 1 Way Ticket (ICN airport ⇄ Seoul Station)

AREX Incheon Airport Express Train 1 Way Ticket (ICN airport ⇄ Seoul Station)

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Airport T1: 43 mins / T2: 51 mins

Recommendations:

If you plan to return to Seoul after Busan, you may like to consider to check in your accommodation at Seoul first. This way, you can leave your luggage in Seoul and travel to Busan on a lighter overnight pack later.

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