Busan International Airport
Located on the western end of Busan, Gimhae International Airport is a small but busy airport in South Korean that serves nearly seven million passengers each year. The airport opened in 1976, however the new International Terminal was built in 2007, and has retained its fresh and clean feeling.
The airport is efficient and well-run with few complaints about long queues, however there is not much to do inside the terminal, with only a few good restaurants and souvenir shops to browse. Passengers stranded overnight will need to find a place to stay, as the airport shuts down from 11pm to 6am each day.
Flights to Gimhae International Airport come from destinations around Asia, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Beijing, Guam and Taipei, and a few selected routes to cities like Vladivostok and Munich.
The airport is on the western side of Busan.
Getting to the city
There are three bus routes going from the airport to various points within the city: Route 307 goes to Haeundae, Route 11 goes to Ulman/Gupo, and Route 13 goes to Hadan Deokcheon. Many intercity buses are also available. The airport also connects to Busan's subway system and light rail, and connections can be made to most parts of the city.
The car rental desk is located on the ground floor of the Domestic Terminal. Seven different rental agencies operate out of Gimhae, including Sixt and Samsung Car Rental.
Taxis and limousines are available outside both terminals.
Transfer between terminals
There is a free shuttle bus between the international and domestic terminals.
Airport facilities include banks, currency exchange services, payphones, luggage storage facilities, shoe shine, convenience stores, duty-free shopping and various dining options.
Short-term parking is charged at KRW 900 for the first 30 minutes, and KRW 300 every 10 minutes thereafter, up to a daily rate of KRW 7,000 from Monday to Thursday for any period exceeding four hours. From Friday to Sunday and on public holidays, daily parking is KRW 10,000 for between five and 24 hours. Long-term parking is KRW 5,000 per day and KRW 7,000 per day over weekends.
There is a departure tax of KRW 9,000.
Flights to Gimhae International Airport are available from Air Busan, Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Philippine Airlines, Thai Airways, TransAsia Airways and Vietnam Airlines.
There is free wifi throughout the airport.
Amenities like phone, fax and computer terminals are available in the business centre on the first floor of the International Terminals, along with meeting rooms.
Busan International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.