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 111,000 per pax.

A return economy ticket with reserve seat from Seoul to Busan costs: ₩119,600 (₩59,800 x 2 ways). So, a basic saving of 8,600 per pax with KORAIL PASS. On top, you can reserve your seat and get your e-ticket easily online too!

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

1. You can purchase the KORAIL PASS on KORAIL official website or easily on KLOOK. Once you have purchased your pass online, you will receive the e-pass via email.

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2. Next, to book your preferred train schedule (date/time) and select your seat, go to 'Rail Ticket' 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 43mins from Terminal 1 and 51mins from Terminal 2, 9,000 won. AREX Train (non express) that stops by 13 subway stations takes 58 mins (T1, 4150 won) and 66 mins (T2, 4750 won).

 

AREX Incheon Airport Express Train One Way Ticket in Seoul | KoreaToDo

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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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