Busan City Tour

Located in the southeast region of the Korean peninsula, Busan (부산) is a dynamic port city with an abundance of coastal tourist attractions, historical and cultural sites, and trendy shopping areas. The public transportation system allows visitors to move around the city quickly and comfortably; but for a more convenient and all-inclusive tour of this unique seaside city, travelers can opt for the Busan City Tour offered by the Busan City Government. The Busan City Tour is comprised of a variety of one-day courses that each center on a different theme. Not only can travelers visit many of Busan’s major attractions and sights (Haeundae Beach, Taejongdae Resort Park, BEXCO, Jagalchi Market, Dalmaji-gil Road, etc.), they can also get a chance to visit places that are best suited to their own interests. Among the courses is a course that takes travelers around the coastal region; another goes to the downtown area and shopping districts; another one to the natural and ecological sites, and one to that shows visitors the area’s beautiful nighttime views. Each tour leaves from Busan Station and operates on a fixed schedule. By purchasing a single all-day ticket, travelers can get on and off the bus at will throughout the day. Individual TV screens installed on every seat provide visitors with information about the stops along the way in a presentation of image, video clips, animation, and more! For international travelers, audio services are offered in English, Japanese, and Chinese. Hop on Korea's first open-top double-decker bus and enjoy the sights of Busan!
Visitor Information
☞ Operating hours by course
1) Haeundae & Taejongdae Course
Course time - 1hour 40minutes
First bus at 09:20, last bus at 16:40 – bus every 40 minutes
2) Downtown Course
Course time - 1.5 hours.
Winter (October-April) - first bus at 09:40, last bus at 15:40 - bus every 2 hours
Summer (May-Sept.) - first bus at 09:00, last bus at 16:20 - bus every 1 hr 50 min
3) Eulsukdo Natural Ecology Course
Course time - 3 hours 40 minutes
Two departures a day - first bus at 09:30, second bus at 14:00
4) Night Course:
Course time - 2.5 hours
One departure a day - Winter (October-April) 19:00 l Summer (May-Sept.) 19:30
* There are no departures on Mondays (except for Mondays that are major holidays).

☞ Departures

◎ Buses leave from the Arirang Tourist Hotel near Busan Station Square (Subway Line 1 - Busan Station, Exit #8; Railway – Busan Station, Entrance #1)
◎ Riders may get on and off the city tour bus at any stop along their chosen course (with the exception of the Eulsukdo Natural Ecology Course, where you must get on at Busan Station).

☞ How to use
◎ With the purchase of a single ticket, each visitor is free to get on and off the bus at will. Get off the bus at whichever stop you’d like and tour the area until the next bus comes. (* Certain tours only. Keep reading for details).
◎ Visitors may transfer during the Haeundae, Taejongdae, and Downtown courses using a single ticket, but may not transfer during the Eulsukdo Natural Ecology Course of the Night Course, as these are packaged tours.

☞ Fare:
Adults (ages 19 and up) - 10,000 won, Youth (ages 4-18) – 5,000 won 

☞ Ticket purchase

◎ Online reservation: www.citytourbusan.com (only Korean)  
◎ Phone reservation: ARS 1688-0098 (Korean, English, Japanese), Tel: 051-464-9898 (Korean, English)
* After making your reservation, receive your ticket from the bus driver on the day of your tour.
◎ On-site purchase: If you do not have a reservation, you can purchase a ticket from the bus driver at one of the bus stops if there are seats available.
* For the Eulsukdo Course and the Night Course, tickets are only sold at the Busan Station bus stop.

☞ Korea Travel Phone: +82-51-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)  

☞ Go to Busan City Tour official site
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
☞ Go to Busan Tourism official site (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)  
* Ticket discount: Discounts are offered to those with an Air Busan ticket, international cruise ticket, Visit Korea’s online 20% discount coupon (Click the Discount Coupon button on the top of this page.), or KTX day ticket; 8,000 won per adult 

* Haeundae Course: Explore the coastline of Busan!

* Bus itinerary
Travel time: 1hr, 40min / First bus at 09:20, last bus at 16:40; bus every 40 minutes

Busan Station → Busan Museum (UN Memorial Park) → Gwangalli Beach → Nurimaru → Haeundae Beach (Aquarium) → Haeundae Station → Shinsegae and Lotte Department Stores → Busan Museum of Art (BEXCO) → Gwangandaegyo Bridge → UN Memorial Park → Busan Station
Busan Museum (부산시립박물관)
The museum highlights the history of Busan area, from Prehistoric times to the Samhan/Three Kingdom Era (~7th century), the Joseon Dynasty (1392~1910), and the modern era. Here you will find numerous local relics and documents. The museum also runs hands-on traditional cultural programs and folk classes to promote Korean traditional culture.
Busan Museum
☞ Official site:
museum.busan.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese)

Haeundae Beach (해운대해수욕장)
Located between Dalmaji Hill (on the right) and Dongbaekseom Island (to the left), Haeundae Beach is an expansive, white-sand beach that is one of the most popular tourist sites in Busan. The beach’s easy accessibility via public transportation makes it an ideal festival venue, hosting events like the Polar Bear Swim, the Haeundae Sand Festival, and other various special events throughout the year. In late fall, the beach becomes one of the stages for the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF). Not only beloved for its convenient location, this gorgeous stretch of sand becomes particularly alluring at night with the lights from the nearby buildings glittering off the waves.
Haeundae Beach
☞ Official site: http://sunnfun.kr (Korean)

Busan Museum of Art (부산시립미술관)
Together with the Busan Cultural Center and the Busan Museum, the Busan Museum of Art is one of the city's most visited cultural destinations. The museum has galleries, archives, education, research facilities, and outdoor sculpture park. Throughout the year, various education programs and cultural events are held to more activity engage the general public in the world of art.
Busan Museum of Art
Official site: www.busanmoma.org (Korean, English)

* Taejongdae Course : For a visit to Taejongdae Resort Park and Jagalchi Market

* Bus itinerary
Travel time: 1hr, 40min / First bus at 09:20, last bus at 16:40; bus every 40 minutes
Busan Station → Ferry Terminal → 75 Plaza → Taejongdae → International Cruise Terminal → Namhangdaegyo Bridge → Songdo BeachPIFF Square and Jagalchi Market → Busan Station
Taejongdae Resort Park (태종대)
Located in the southernmost region Busan, Taejongdae Resort Park stretches for 9.1 kilometers along the Yeongdo Coast and has a total surface area of 440 acres. The top of the highest cliff (250 meters above sea level) is home to about 120 species of trees and plants and on clear days, one can see as far as Tsushima Island in Japan 56 kilometers away. Often frequented by poets and artists, the striking landscape of this incredible park is mostly comprised of sharp cliffs and interesting rock formations. It is a highly popular tourist destination for those visiting the Busan area.
Taejongdae Resort Park
☞ Official site:
www.taejongdae.or.kr (Korean)

Songdo Beach (송도해수욕장)
Named after the colony of pine trees on nearby Geobukseom Island (Turtle Island), Songdo Beach ('song' means ‘pine trees’ in Korean) was redeveloped into a coastal park that is now open year-round. Here, you will a number of partially submerged sculptures including a whale that looks like it’s ready to breach right out of the water! The underground breakwater, fountain, and sculptures make give this coastal park a whimsical ambience. Visit the Songnim Park for fresh sea wind and a beautiful view of the ocean.
Songdo Beach
☞ Official site: songdo.seogu.busan.kr (Korean)

PIFF Square
The Theater district in Nampo-dong has been the venue for the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF) since 1996. Following the success of the festival, the area was revamped and renamed the PIFF Square. The 428-meter long street that runs from the old Buyeong Theatre in Nampo-dong to the Chungmu-dong Bridge is divided into the Street of Stars and the Street of Festival. Every year handprints of the stars are added to the walkway as the PIFF gets underway with a variety of special events and films. The PIFF Square is an area full of youthful energy and the glamour of the area’s theaters, shopping centers, and nightclubs.
PIFF Square
☞ Official site: english.bsjunggu.go.kr (English, Chinese, Japanese)

* Downtown Course : Premier Shopping Destinations

* Bus itinerary
Travel time: 1.5 hours
Winter (October-April): 09:40~15:40 / every 2 hours
Summer (May-September): 09:00~16:20 / every 1 hour, 50 minutes

Busan Station → Gold Theme Street → Seomyeon (Fiesta) → Seomyeon Open Road → Jwacheon-dong Furniture Street → Gwangbok-ro (Yongdusan Park) Jagalchi Market → Busan Station
Seomyeon (서면)
A major shopping district in Busan, Seomyeon is lined with shops, restaurants and bars. The alleys are always bustling with young people who come to check out the latest fashions, theaters, and nightclubs. In recent years, a special stage has been set up during the spring and fall as a venue for numerous performances and programs geared towards the younger set.
☞ Official site:
etour.busan.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Gwangbok-ro (광복로)
Gwangbok-ro in the Jung-gu District is the number one fashion avenue in Busan. Over a hundred fashion stores sell a wide range of products that include high-end children’s clothing, fur coats, formal suits for men and women, and cosmetics. The main clientele are customers who are looking for high-end brands and quality imported goods. Since there are so many stores in the area, you will always find a number of places offering 20% to 30% discounts or open sale events. It is truly a shopping paradise
Gwangbok-dong Cultural & Fashion Street
☞ Official site: english.bsjunggu.go.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

Jagalchi Market (자갈치시장)
The Jagalchi Market is the largest fish market in Korea. Every day, the market is stocked with tons of fresh fish and shellfish, and sounds of shoppers and middle-aged female vendors (lovingly referred to as “Jagalchi Ajimaes”) mix in the air adding to the overall hustle and bustle. The Jagalchi Market is one of the most famous tour destinations in Busan and a must-see for international travelers. Come and hear the buzz of "oiso, boiso, saiso (Come, see, buy!)" and get a glimpse into the life of the Busan people. In mid-October of every year, the Busan Jagalchi Festival is held with various hands-on programs and cultural and art performances to celebrate this colorful market and its unique place in history.
Jagalchi Market
☞ Official site: www.jagalchimarket.org (Korean)

** Eulsukdo Natural Ecology Course : Discover the beauty of West Busan with an experience in nature and ecology

* Bus itinerary 
Travel time: 3hrs, 40min / Two departures a day (first bus at 09:30, 2nd bus at 14:00n)

Busan Station → Yeongdo Bridge → Namghyangdaegyo Bridge → Songdo Beach → Amnam ParkDadaepo Beach · Morundae → Mount Amisan Observatory → Eulsukdo Island Eco Center → Busan Station       
Amnam Park (암남공원)
Amnam Park is a park in Mount Jinjeongsan in Amnam-dong that offers a spectacular view of the coast and is surrounded by a thick forest. Visitors can walk along the coastline overlooking the sea and enjoy a fresh forest bath. At the resting place, you can get an open view of the sea from an observatory. Right below, look for Dudo, a small island that looks only a hand's distance away, and its white, picture-like lighthouse. This site is a great harmony of mountain and the sea. Admission is free.
Amnam Park
☞ Official site:
culture.bsseogu.go.kr (Korean)

Dadaepo Beach (다대포해수욕장)
Dadaepo (meaning “large, wide, port” in Korea) is a beach southwest of Busan. Here, fresh water from Nakdonggang River flows out into the sea, meaning that the water along the coast is warm and relatively shallow. Because of the dam built in the river's upper stream, the area is in the process of turning into a wetland that offers a habitat for various living species. As such, the area is popular as a place to learn and experience nature. In August, the Busan International Rock Festival is held, and in December 31 of every year, the Daedaepo Sunset Festival. The unique topography of Morundae, a name given to the area where fresh water meets seawater, features strangely-shaped rocks, a thick forest, and a beautiful sand beach.
Dadaepo Beach
☞ Official site: english.saha.go.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

Eulsukdo Eco Center (Nakdonggang River Estuary Eco Center)
Located in Hadan-dong, Saha-gu, the Eco Center is a museum that offers various exhibitions and projections to promote the Nakdonggang estuary and its ecology to the public. The estuary is designated Natural Monument no. 179 and is a habitat for migratory birds. As such, it is environmentally significant. The Eco Center has on exhibit materials showing the history and creation of the estuary and the migratory birds that live there. One wall is in glass and shows a birds-eye-view of the estuary. In addition to exhibits, you can also participate in a program to build a shack with reeds for birds observation, a field investigation of the estuary, and plant observation programs.
Nakdong River Estuary Eco Center
☞ Official site: wetland.busan.go.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

* Night Course : For a romantic night view of the city and the sea

* Bus itinerary
Travel time: 2.5 hours / Winter (October-April) 19:00, Summer (May-Sept.) 19:30
Busan station → Gwangalli Beach → Haeundae Beach → Dalmaji-gil Road → Gwangandaegyo Bridge → Mount Geumnyeonsan → Busan station     
Gwangalli Beach (광안리 해수욕장)
Gwangalli Beach is located in Suyeong-gu. It is 1.4 kilometers long and has a width of 25 to 110 meters. The beach is curved in a half-moon shape and has fine sand. Adjacent to the beach are alleys of over 300 restaurants selling raw fish, Eonyan bulgogi, and bean sprout haejangguk, as well as coffee shops. At night, the beach is more beautiful with lights, attracting many young visitors. It becomes more lively in the late hours.
Gwangalli Beach
☞ Official site:
gwangalli.suyeong.kr (Korean)

Dalmaji-gil Road (달맞이길)
Called the Montmartre of Busan, Dalmaji-gil is the road that stretches from the Haeundae Beach to the Dalmaji Hill. Here you will find numbers of small or large galleries, unique coffee shops and restaurants. The area is popular as a filming location. The name dalmaji was given because one is greeted by the moon at the end of the walk on the hill ('dal' means moon, and 'maji' means greeting). Visit with a friend or loved ones, or even by yourself, and take with you a romantic memory of Busan.
Haeundae Dalmaji-gil Road
☞ Official site: eng.haeundae.go.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)

Mount Geumnyeonsan (금련산)
Located in Suyeong-gu at 415 meters above sea level, Mount Geumnyeonsan is known as the site of Banyaam Hermitage and Baramilda Temple. Today, only traces of the temples remain. Mount Geumnyeongsan is famous for its beautiful bell sounds. The view of the Busan Port and Gwangalli Beach from the top of the mountain at night is so beautiful that some people come back just for it. In the mountain is the Youth Training Center, a water well, and hiking trail open to residents.
Geumnyeongsan Mountain
☞ Official site www.suyeong.go.kr (Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese)