Korea Travel: Busan Buses
Bus Transport in Busan
Busan's public bus system is cheap, extensive and easy to use and similar in organization to buses in Seoul.
Seoul's buses are divided into 3 categories: local buses, cross-country buses, and airport buses.
Local buses include: regular city buses, express city buses and night buses.
Fares can be paid in cash or by travel card - the Hanaro Transportation Card available from subway stations, bus stops and Pusan Bank. Shuttle bus #2 connects Busan Airport with the beach resort of Haeundae. Bus #307 connects with Sports Park subway station on Line 3. The Airport Limousine Bus #1-2 connects with downtown hotels in Busan, Busan railway station and Nampo-dong bus station with departures every 20 minutes.
English signage is not widespread, though bus destinations are displayed in English on the front of most buses. Tickets can be bought on board or a travel card purchased from kiosks. Enter through the front door, pay in coins or swipe your travel card and exit through the rear door. Press the button when you wish to alight. Busan Station, the starting station for the KTX express trains to Seoul, is on many bus routes.
Some bus stops are now electronic and display the ETA of buses on their displays in both Hangul and English.
Bus Terminals in Busan
There are two major inter-city express bus terminals in Busan: one is the Dongbu Intercity Bus Terminal or Busan Central Bus Terminal within easy reach of Nopodong Subway Station on Line 1 with buses for destinations to the north and east such as Daegu (2 hours), Daejeon (3 hours, 30 mins), Gyeongju (50 mins), Gwangju (4 hours), Seoul (5 hours, 20 mins), Incheon International Airport and nearby Ulsan; the other is Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal (Tel: 051 322 8301) for destinations to the west on subway Line 2 at Sasang Station.
There are two types of inter-city express service: regular and deluxe and there are also night buses to Seoul.
Busan city hopes to equip its 2,500 buses and around 160 major bus stops with WiFi by 2012.
Korea Tourism Organization also organizes free shuttle buses for foreign visitors from Busan to Seoul and Gyeongju. Those interested should reserve a seat online with KTO.
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