Transportation

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Bus Lines

The front of the bus has the destination displayed in Korean, English and Japanese. The front seats of the bus have yellow seat covers, which mean they are designated for elderly people.

Taxis

If you are waving over a taxi, do not wave frantically. Put your hand out, face forward and wave your hand. Taxis are generally inexpensive. Most taxi drivers do not speak English, so it is recommended you show the destination name in Korean.

The standard fare for a regular taxi starts at 2,800- 3000 won for the first two kilometers, and then 100 won for each 143m, or every 34 seconds if the taxi is going under 15 kph. Fares increase 20% between midnight and 4 a.m.

Deluxe “mobeom” taxis charge 4,500 won for the first 3km and then 200 won for each 160m or 38 seconds.

Fares increase 20% between midnight and 4 a.m. The deluxe taxi is black and has a yellow sign on top.

Subway

Busan, Seoul and Pyeongtaek (Camp Humphreys) have extensive subway systems that connect to the KTX (Korea Train Express) trains. Chinhae relies on a bus and taxi system.

Train

KTX high-speed trains connect Seoul to Busan with several stops in between including Daegu and Daejeon. The average trip is 2 hours and 45 minutes and will cost around 53,000 won for coach and 83,000 for first class. Tickets can be purchased at the counter through on-site English-language machines or on the internet at https://goo.gl/tpk1lr.

Air

ROK has seven international airports: Busan (Gimhae Airport), Cheongju, Daegu, Jeju, Muan and Seoul (Gimpo Airport and Incheon International Airport).

Incheon International Airport, about an hour west of Seoul, is the country’s largest airport, with good connections throughout the world.

There are direct inter-city buses to many locations throughout ROK just outside the international arrival hall and you can buy tickets at the airport. The airport has a direct rail service to Seoul station by the express and all stop AREX (Airport Railroad Express) trains. The express service takes 43 minutes to reach Seoul Station and offers a more mainline train journey.

The all stop train takes a slightly longer 56 minutes and offers a more subway like journey.

You can reach the airport by the AREX train, an Airport Limousine bus, or by line 5 or line 9 of the Seoul Subway.

Seoul Gimpo airport is more centrally located next to Seoul than Incheon, and offers primarily domestic flights to most South Korean cities. Busan’s Gimhae airport (PUS) has international flights to Cambodia, China, Guam, Japan, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

If arriving/departing from Incheon Airport on Korean Air it is possible to book connecting flights to/from Busan though the airline, note that as immigration is completed in Busan, it is not possible to leave the Incheon Airport and baggage is checked right through to Busan. Air Busan and Korean Air offer flights from Seoul Gimpo to Busan which can often be cheaper than the KTX.

 

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