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 end 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 Avis and Busan Car Rental.
Taxis and limousines are available at both terminals.
Transfer between terminals
There is a free shuttle bus between the international and domestic terminals every 10 minutes between 7:30am and 7:00pm and every 20 minutes between 7:00pm and 9:00pm.
Airport facilities include banks, currency exchange, payphones, luggage storage, a business centre and meeting rooms, shoe shine, convenience stores and duty-free shopping, and various dining options.
Short-term parking is charged at KRW900 for the first 30 minutes, and KRW300 every 10 minutes thereafter up to a daily rate of KRW7,000 from Monday to Thursday. From Friday to Sunday and on public holidays, parking is KRW1,200 for the first 30 minutes and KRW400 per subsequent 10 minutes up to a daily maximum of KRW13,000. Long-term parking is KRW5,000 per day.
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.