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This is a pretty good physical map of Busan powered by Googlemap. Zoom in and zoom out. This is helpful when planning out your itinerary, especially, when you have only a few days and want to plan carefully what to see in a certain part of town.
This is a good interactive map for Busan. The link below takes you to Dynamic Busan site and in the middle of the page you will see Busan Tourism Maps. Click on view of Busan City Tourist Map.
Your hotel will also provide you some excellent street maps of Busan.
We took the train to Gyeong-ju, then to Ulsan and then back down to Busan. The last train from Ulsan to Busan was at 10pm or so.
The train ride from Busan to Gyeong-ju was about 2 hours and cost about US$10 per person. From Gyeong-ju to Ulsan about 45 minutes. Train ride fares change for the same distance depending on the time you are taking the train.
There is a KR Pass. Korean non-resident (foreign) pass for railroad travel by tourists. You wil need to show your passport. For 3 days, about US$76 and 5 days, about US$114 and additional costs of 50% for sleeping cabin and KTX First Class. So, do your math first to see if this is worthwhile for you. We did not purchase the KR Pass.
Korail operates the KTX (bullet train) and Korail (regular train). To sit in first class costs about US$20 more per person. The seats are more comfortable and lots more leg room. IT IS WORTH IT!
We traveled back to Seoul after a few days and I forgot to purchase the first class tickets. We ended up in tiny seats, legs jammed into the seat in front of us, more people filled in the seats. When traveling the KTX for a long distance like we did, make sure to select a direct route. The train will still stop at other stations but no detours that would cause your trip to take longer than necessary.
See my travelogue album on Train Ride to Busan for more pics.
The website below might help you with information not provided here.
We bought our tickets at a ticket booth and we used the vending machines. At a ticket booth, you explain which station you want to arrive at. One travel is generally 1,300 won in Busan (a little more than what it costs in Seoul). To use the vending machines, select English, select which direction and the number of tickets. You can then put bills or coins into the machine to pay. Don't use a denomination that is too large. The machine will give you change. Allow a minute for the machine to generate your tickets and your change.
You put your ticket in the gate machine and it spits back out after you pass through the gate. GRAB this ticket because you will need it later on to exit the Metro station.
Most subway maps are written in Korean, Japanese and English.
Foreign currency is not accepted at subway ticket windows, so make sure you have Korean Won.
Senior citizens, handicapped persons and children have priority seating. Senior citizens will also cut in front of you to enter the metro first and will also cut in line to get a ticket at the ticket booth. Complimentary ticket machine gives free metro tickets to senior citizens.
Inside a typical taxi
Taxi Drivers in Busan want to be your tour guide and will slow down to show you things and/or take the longer way to your destination - the scenic route. So, you should indicate you want to get to your destination by the shortest route. The valet at your hotel could probably relay this message to the taxi driver for you because most taxi drivers do not or will not speak English.
Do not take photos while riding in a taxi. The taxi driver will stop so you can take your picture and all the while, the meter is still runing.
Have your destination written down in Korean (if possible) so you can show the taxi driver where you want to go. If you don't speak fluent Korean, there is a HUGE possibility the taxi driver doesn't understand you.
There is no tipping in South Korea. You do not have to tip the taxi driver.
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