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Abovetheclouds
1,491 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
Easy to use. Similar to the Seoul metro system. Clean, clearly signposted and very easy to navigate. A few things, there are multiple exits and stations are huge so give yourself time to get in and out. Also allow time if you need to transfer between lines. Know which exit you need as if you take the wrong exit, you will end up walking around in circles! I am from London originally and it is easy to trace your steps if you take the wrong exit as stations are small but here, it's a different story! If you have been to Japan you will know what I mean. Many stations have underground shopping malls too. Trains come frequently. Line up in an orderly fashion and don't push. Even if seats are free, don't sit in seats allocated to pregnant or elderly women. June, 2022 with Korea still opening up after the C-19 pandemic you need to wear masks in stations and on trains. You can purchase a T-Money Card if you are in Korea a while which you can add money to accordingly each time. The same card can be used on the Seoul metro and of course on the bus. I haven't tried it yet but as I understand you can also use it to purchase goods at convenience stores. You need to put a deposit on it which is refundable but make sure to return it when you are finished. Don't loose the card. Tap the card upon entry and exit at the metro station and funds will be deducted accordingly. There are very few staff at the stations. However machines are easy to use and you can adjust the language accordingly to your preference. I would highly recommend downloading the KR Busan metro map which you can use offline too. It allows you to type in your start and end destination. It will tell you how long the journey will take, where you need to transfer if applicable and which direction you need to go. Very useful.
Written June 6, 2022
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Derrick Wong
Singapore, Singapore168 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
The metro will bring you to a lot of underground shopping malls in Busan. Do check out which are the trendy one because almost everyone looks the same. The more trendier malls are probably in Seoul. The trains come on time, and it is easier to move about using this subway. However, if you are the first time going to Busan, and you do not have not small change such as 10000 won, it can be troublesome because the nearest train station do not have the means for you to change the notes. So you may want to get something from the convenience shop inside the terminal or have a cup of coffee, get the smallest notes and top up your metro cards.
Written January 3, 2020
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Travelove58
11,120 contributions
Nov 2019 • Family
Generally, the Metro system in Korea is very efficient, fast & clean. The Seoul Metro is bigger & more comprehensive but Busan though smaller, is just as good.

Almost every major Metro station & those in the city itself here will have an underground shopping mall. The mall in bigger stations like Seomyeon is huge. Its like an underground mini- city by itself.

For ease & convenience, always use the T-Money stored value card instead of struggling with the ticket machines which can be difficult to use.

Written March 12, 2020
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haileythegolden
Edmonton, Canada2,462 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
The metro system is efficient and easy to use. All the lines are Color coded. The only confusing thing is that the stations are huge with multiple exits and entrances and lots of stairs when entering and exiting. There are elevators but you have to look for them. The bathrooms in the stations are extremely clean
We used the same money card we had in Seoul for busan. We used the green line alot to go to huandae beach . The beach is about a 6 block walk from the subway exit
Written October 1, 2022
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Canadian Globetrotter
Toronto, Canada530 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
Used metro several times while visiting Busan. Although the lines are not as extensive as Seoul metro, it is super clean, efficient and punctual. I also found the fares were fairly cheaper than North America. Really impressed!!
Written May 9, 2019
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wireless_in_CA
United States4,694 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
For 5000 won, we bought all day passes that gave us unlimited use of the Busan metro system. This was a great deal for efficiently getting around the heart of Busan and making as many stops as we wanted to.

Tickets were easily purchased from the ticketing machines though we had to make sure we had small 1000 won bills or coins. It would not take larger bills. The tickets dispensed were small, rectangular and made of paper and could be easy to misplaced if not careful. Tickets were inserted into each gate and removed after entering.

Our daughters were able to use their T cards from Seoul and still able to take advantage of the discounted teens rate with just a tap of their card.

Signage inside the stations and on the trains were good (included English) which helped with our navigation. Line 1 ran north to south to Jagalchi Market and close to the Gamcheon Village while Line 2 ran east west getting us to Haeundae beach and Centum Mall. All stations were very clean.
Written June 22, 2019
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Luca Lo Iacono
Rome, Italy154 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
Clean, high speed internet, lockers, 24/7 convenience stores everywhere.

And it connects you pretty much everywhere to the city, I stayed at Kyungsung-de for a month and it couldn't be any better.

BEWARE: if you're 190cm or taller get used to bow prior boarding, I'm 195 and constantly smashing my forehead while getting on the metro.
Written March 25, 2019
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FiendsOnly
Moscow, Russia141 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
1) In most cases people trevel to Busan after Seoul or Incheon. If you are going to use metro more than once use T-money card — it's universal transportation card in Korea. You can get it in a vending machine in the Incheon airport. Put money on a card and pay for metro on entrance.
2) Generally you can return any ticket and get refund! Don't drop even used single ride ticket. Use deposit refund machines that are usually situated near vending machines. But in Busan I haven't seen them (but I think they exist). In any cases, you can drop your T-card on your way back to Incheon.
3) Sometimes using metro is not the quickest way to get to. Prepare for 1-1,5 hour trips in Busan metro and don't be late to your train!
4) Platforms and tunnels are often very long. You may walk 150 m just to interchange from line to line on one station.
5) Watch for special stickers on seats for pregnant women. )
6) WC in a stations.
7) Elevators.
Written April 5, 2017
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PaulSiow
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia2,731 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
We travelled extensively on the Busan Metro visiting many places and sights. We bought a day pass for KRW 4,500/pax, which allowed us unlimited travel on any metro train for the day. The pass is not valid on the Busan-Gimhae LRT to the airport. We also purchased a T-Money card with preloaded value for use on buses and at times when we do not have an all day pass for the train. There were very few occasions when we had to take the bus to visit some tourist attraction as most places are reachable by using the trains coupled with a short walk. There are only 4 lines on the metro and with the help of a map or google, it is very simple to navigate our way around. The metro is regular, prompt and efficient and we saved a lot with our unlimited travel day pass.
Written September 6, 2017
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lfiebert
Lansdale, PA603 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Next to Seoul's Metro this is the best subway system I have ridden. It is very large with multiple lines. It has well marked route maps, signs that are informative on platforms and speaking and visual signs on the cars themselves. Employees are friendly and a few have a good command of English. It is an extremely clean system, and appears to be safe for riders at all hours. The T-Money Card makes things so much easier especially if you plan to be in Korea for more than a few days. Adding additional funds to the card is extremely easy.
Written May 3, 2017
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