Airports in South Korea
Located 43 miles (69km) west of Seoul, Incheon International Airport is the primary airport for South Korea. Built in 2001, the modern and stylish airport is an award-winning facility with a wealth of shopping and plenty of entertainment options, including a spa, casino and golf course. The airport is easy to navigate and queues are handled in an efficient and orderly fashion.
Flights to Seoul Incheon International Airport are available from destinations all over the world, including cities like Moscow, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. A hub for both Porean Air and Asiana Airlines, there are numerous routes around Asia as well.
Though Seoul Incheon International Airport is located far from the centre of the city, efficient public transport options make getting into Seoul from the airport simple and inexpensive.
The airport is located 30 miles (50km) from central Seoul at Incheon.
Getting to the city
An express railway connection is in the final stages of completion and currently operates between Gimpo Airport (which handles domestic flights) and Incheon International. It will reach Seoul central by 2010. Meanwhile, visitors can transfer to the city along the Airport Expressway by public or courtesy bus, or a variety of taxis, from the airport Transportation Centre. The journey takes about an hour and a half. Tickets and information can be obtained from the Bus Ticketing Office at Exits 4 and 9 (indoors) and Exits 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13, and 9C (outdoors). There is also a ferry service from Incheon port to Yeongjong-do.
Tel: +82 (0)2 1577 2600.
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
Train: An exciting development scheduled for the airport, slated for completion in 2011, is a light rail transit line that will connect the airport to the Busan subway network and the city centre. Currently the rail is a 30 minute bus ride from the airport, on the 307 bus. Gupo is the nearest station.
Bus: A number of different types of buses run from Gimhae to various destinations across Busan. Bus No. 307 goes to Deokcheon Station, just get off at the Gupo stop and you can connect to the train and subway.
Taxi: Taxis do not have a set price, so you're welcome to haggle, and always insist on using the metre.
Seoul International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.
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