Bus from Incheon Airport to Busan
Yes, Busan is 5 hours away from Incheon Airport by bus but the journey is actually not too long compared to taking aeroplane if you consider the time taken for checking-in, boarding a flight, collecting baggages and airport transfer.
From Incheon Airport, you can catch a bus to Busan at Bus Stop 10C located at 1st Floor of the Terminal 1, as shown in the floor plan below. (NOTE: Bus to Busan also picks up passengers from the New Terminal 2 of Incheon International Airport)
|Bus Stop 10C located at 1st Floor of Incheon Airport Terminal Building where you can take a bus to Busan|
Bus Ticket Fare for One Way Trip from Incheon Airport to Busan
The bus service from Incheon Airport to Busan is managed by Gyeongbuk-Kochi-Service. The bus ticket fare for a single trip is KRW41,800 per person. This ticket price is not expensive considering that the distance covered is actually about 5 hours. It is definitely cheaper than flight ticket.
Frequency and Timetable for Bus from Incheon Airport to Busan
The frequency of bus from Incheon Airport to Busan is about every one and a half hour (every 90 minutes). The first bus departs from Incheon Airport bus stop 10C to Busan at 7.00am in the morning. The second bus to Busan departs Incheon Airport at 8.30am while the third and forth bus departs at 10.00am and 11.30am respectively. In the afternoon and evening, there are another 7 buses departing from Incheon Airport to Busan at 1.00pm, 2.30pm, 4:00pm, 5.30pm 7.00pm, 8.30pm and 10.00pm.
Timetable for bus from Incheon Airport to Busan:
07:00 08:30 10:00 11:30(송도경유) 13:00 14:30 16:00(송도경유) 17:30 19:00 20:30 22:00
Late Night Bus from Incheon Airport to Busan
If your flight arrive late you miss the last normal bus from Incheon Airport to Busan at 10:00pm, you can still take the special late-night bus from Incheon Airport Busan at 11:30pm. However, the bus ticket fare for late night bus is KRW46,600 (slightly more expensive than KRW41,800 for normal hour bus). You will arrive at Busan around 4.30am. Best of all, you can sleep in the comfort of deluxe limousine bus while travelling from Incheon Airport to Busan Cross-Country / Express Bus Terminal.
Taking Returning Bus from Busan to Incheon Airport
You can also take the same bus service managed by Gyeongbuk-Kochi-Service after your stay in Busan to get to Incheon International Airport. If you plan to do so, you can buy your returning ticket at Busan Cross-Country / Express Bus Terminal.
Should You Take Train or Bus from Incheon Airport to Busan?
Both train and bus will take you from Incheon International Airport to Busan. If you choose train, you will have to take AREX train from Incheon Airport to Seoul Station (43 minutes) first before catching another 2.5 hour train from Seoul to Busan with waiting time in between when changing train at Seoul Station. In total, the travel time is slightly shorter than taking bus from Incheon Airport to Busan. In terms of ticket price, train is also more expensive because a 1 day Korail Pass for train to Busan is KRW70,200. For people who have a lot of baggages and would like to avoid the hassle of dragging along heavy baggages when changing trains, taking bus from Incheon Airport to Busan may still be the preferred option.