gamcheon culture village
Gamcheon culture village

Busan is South Korea’s second largest city, just behind Seoul. If you are a fan of Reply 1997, you will love Busan more because the scenery in this place is significantly breathtaking and looks familiar (because the whole of the said film was shoot in Busan). Also, the local people of Busan have very cute voices, you can hear Taeyang’s voice (a member of Big Bang) or Jungkook’s of BTS. Now, let’s go into the main matter: Today we will introduce Busan tour this summer, don’t hesitate and let’s hang out together at Busan’s splendid sandy beach. How many days in Busan? Is 2 days in Busan enough? If enough then what to do in Busan for 2 days? Let’s check it out our suggested Busan itinerary blog (Busan Korea itinerary): Busan 2 day itinerary — How to spend 2 days in Busan: What to do, where to go below to find out the answer.

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Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Nightscape of yachts docked at Marine City busan 2 day itinerary busan korea itinerary 2 days in busan
Nightscape of yachts docked at Marine City. Credit image: 2 days in busan blog.
Busan tour, South Korea
Busan tour, South Korea
Busan Tower, South Korea
Busan Tower, South Korea
Busan night bridge, South Korea
Busan night bridge, South Korea. Image by: busan 2 day itinerary blog.
Gamcheon Culture Village 3
Gamcheon Culture Village

Busan self-planned itinerary

Busan Jagalchi Festival3
Busan Jagalchi Market
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Beach
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Hotteok cake
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Sundae, one of the best foods to eat in Busan
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Grilled seafood

How to get to Busan

It is also possible to fly from Vietnam – Busan, but flying to Seoul a few days before and then to Busan is more common (staying in Busan for two days is enough).

From Seoul to Busan there are quite a few ways to go, but we will suggest a suitable and convenient way to travel.

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Busan city

Flight

Busan Gimhae International Airport 2
Busan Gimhae International Airport. Image by: busan 2 day itinerary blog.

There are five regular airlines in Gimpo (Seoul) – Busan. Namely, Korean Air, Asiana Air, Jeju Air, Air Busan, and Jin Air. Prices range from $100 to $150/round trip depending on flight dates and promotion campaigns. It will take 55 minutes to fly. You can buy tickets easily on the respective websites of the above companies (you may google such information).

Busan Gimhae International Airport 2

Busan Gimhae International Airport 2
Busan Gimhae International Airport Departure Hall Busan Gimhae Inter.

Getting from Busan Airport to Hotel

Taxi

  • Distance 30km / Approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Fare: $ 30
busan airport taxi
Busan airport taxi

Airport Limousine

  • From Gimhae International Airport to Haeundae (Bus stops are available in the area with many hotels)
  • There is a bus trip every 30 minutes: 06:45 / Last bus trip: 21:55 Schedule may change if there are traffic jams
  • Price: Adult $6.5/children $4,2/About 50 minutes
Airport Limousine busan
Busan Airport Limousine

Subway

  • Airport Station (Busan-Gimhae Line) → Sasang Station (Line 2) → Haeundae Station
  • Ticket: $1.8/about 1hr and 20min
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Busan-Gimhae Light Rail Transit

Korean Train eXpress (KTX)

KTX train - comfortable ride
KTX train – comfortable ride. Image by: busan 2 day itinerary blog.

This is South Korea’s high-speed rail system. Top speed for trains in regular service is currently 305 km/h (190 mph), and trains have just a few stops. There are about 6 trips from Seoul to Busan every day. The runtime is about 2 hours and 40 minutes. Normal seat price is $55.8, first class seat is $78/time. So the train cost is almost equal to the air ticket.
However, the plane also takes time and costs to go to the airport, check-in, get baggage. Going by KTX is more convenient as you just go to the train station near your hotel, change tickets and get on board. Keep in mind that you cannot see the scenery while sitting on the KTX since everything just goes by in a blur. High-quality trains, comfortable train seats, free Wifi, things and coffee vending machines.

KTX (Korea Train Express)
KTX (Korea Train Express)
KTX Korail Pass Counter
KTX Korail Pass Counter
Inside KTX train
Inside KTX train

The stop is Busan KTX station. From here, look for subway or take a taxi, bus to go to hotel.

KTX (Korea Train Express) rail system
KTX (Korea Train Express) rail system
seoul to busan by bullet train
Seoul to Busan by bullet train

How to book KTX train ticket? Read more: Korail Pass — What is Korail Pass, how to buy Korail Pass & how to use Korail Pass for KTX, ITX and Airport Express.

Regular trains

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Mugunghwa train

There are two types of trains, namely ITX-Saemul and Mugunghwa. The runtime is 4 hours and 45 minutes (ITX) and 5 hours and 30 minutes (Mugunghwa). This is the train that you can see scenery. Moderate speed. The price for ITX is $40 and Mugunghwa is $27. It is hard to understand what advantages that ITX has (expensive price and slow runtime). If you go by a normal train, you should go to Mugunghwa. Both types of trains offer free Wifi, cushioned seats, air conditioning.

ITX-Saemaeul
ITX-Saemaeul
ITX-Saemaeul
Inside ITX-Saemaeul coach
The seats were reasonably spacious, but less well equipped than those on the KTX. No tray tables or centre armrests here.
Inside Mugunghwa coach. The seats were reasonably spacious, but less well equipped than those on the KTX. No tray tables or centre armrests here.

Bus

Getting to Busan by bus
Getting to Busan by bus

This kind of transport is mentioned so that you can have more options. Having said that, tourists often who have limited time would buy KORAIL Pass to go by KTX which takes you to destination quickly. It normally takes 6 – 8 hours depending on traffic situation. Buses are not recommended to be chosen since the roadside is not beautiful and there might be traffic jams on highways during holidays.

Sightseeing
Sightseeing..

What pleasure Busan can bring? What to do in Busan for 2 days? Yes, quite a lot. In this article, We will summarize 2 days 1 night itinerary (Busan 2 day itinerary) in Busan.

Beautiful beach in Korea
Korean beach attract many tourists from all over the world. In this image is Busan beach, one of the best beaches in South Korea.

Where to stay in Busan?

Haeundae beach
Haeundae beach

Which location is the first option? This time we booked on Airbnb. Busan Haeundae beach is so beautiful that I decided to rent a room that can help us watch the sea and the sunrise.

Hotel at Haeundae beach
Hotel at Haeundae beach

We share the room that we stayed here.

The price is $33 per person, $46 for 2 people. It’s “dirt cheap”. Please note that this rate is for weekdays, not weekends.

Even when you are not familiar with the booking on Airbnb, you have to choose places near Busan Station or Haeundae Beach to maximize the beauty of the scenery.

Haeundae

Haeundae Beach featuring a beach, general coastal views and a coastal town.
Haeundae Beach featuring a beach, general coastal views and a coastal town.

Another tip for those who are “adventurous and poor” but sleep like a dog (without the luxury bedding) can sleep in Jimjilbang bathhouse. Near the Haeundae Sea area are two large salt bath rooms, costing $8.4 per person, with beds and pillows other than mats other bathrooms. For your reference:

Vesta Spa

Vesta fitness and spa
Vesta fitness and spa. Picture: seoul busan itinerary blog.

How to get there: Exit 7 Jung-dong subway station and go straight. Going through Rodeo Outlet, Lotte Castle, 24-hour McDonalds, GS Gas Station and Merville Apartments, and then you can see.

Vesta fitness and spa

Haeundae Spa

Haeundae Spa
Haeundae Spa
Haeundae Spa Picture: seoul busan itinerary blog.
Picture: seoul busan itinerary blog.

How to get there: Exit 1, Haeundae subway station and go straight, turn right Jungdong-2 ro, the spa is located on the 4th floor.

An evening shot of the Paradise Hotel Busan.
An evening shot of the Paradise Hotel Busan.

You can find, check rates, reviews & availability for others hotels in Busan on Agoda.com or Booking.com.

What to do in Busan for 2 days? Best places to visit and top things to do in Busan

2 days in Busan: Day 1

Haeundae Beach

Haeundae Beach the Most Gorgeous Beach Of South Korea
Haeundae Beach the Most Gorgeous Beach Of South Korea 
A great photo at Haeundae Beach
A great photo at Haeundae Beach

This is the largest and most beautiful beach in Korea. Haeundae Beach is scheduled to hold Sand Sculpture Festival in May. Do not miss it!

Late afternoon sunlight on Haeundae beach Busan South Korea
Late afternoon sunlight on Haeundae beach Busan South Korea. Picture: seoul busan itinerary blog.
Haeundae Beach Korea
Haeundae Beach Korea
Haeundae Beach in Busan
Haeundae Beach in Busan
Dancing girls of PUSAN, KOREA - Haeundae Beach
Dancing girls of PUSAN, KOREA – Haeundae Beach
Foto by: what to do in busan for 2 days blog.
Foto by: what to do in busan for 2 days blog.

Haeundae Beach, Korea

HaeundaeBeach south korea spring trip

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Photo by: what to do in busan for 2 days blog.
Foto by: what to do in busan for 2 days blog.
Photo by: what to do in busan for 2 days blog.

Sunset View At Haeundae Beach
Sunset View At Haeundae Beach.

Haedong Yonggungsa

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Haedong Yonggungsa Busan Korea
Haedong Yonggungsa Busan Korea. Image by: busan 2 day itinerary blog.
Haedong Yonggungsa
Haedong Yonggungsa
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple

This is a very beautiful temple of Busan on the hill, overlooking the sea. The temple was built in 1376, near Haeundae beach. On Buddha’s birthday, the temple will have a beautiful lantern festival.

There are many bustle stalls on the way to the pagoda. If you are lynx-eyed and lucky, you can find some unique, cute and cheap gifts.

Haedong Yonggungsa Busan Korea
Haedong Yonggungsa Busan Korea. Image by: busan 2 day itinerary blog.
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, South Korea
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, South Korea

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