Maps of Busan
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Getting Around Busan:
The Busan Hanero Card (하나로카드) is a very useful travel card system that can be used on:
Light rail (e.g. to the airport)
Local road toll ways (Such as Gwangallli Bridge)
The physical card itself costs ₩6000, and then you can buy and put money on the card using kiosks in almost every subway station.
Some convenience stores also allow you to recharge a card.
Using the Hanaro card will save you some money. The minimum subway fare is reduced from ₩1100 to ₩990 (you will still pay the ₩200 difference for length of travel). A local bus is reduced from ₩1200 to ₩1080.
When leaving a bus you can 'scan out' in order to have a discounted fare when you board another bus if within 20 minutes.
Furthermore, when you "scan out" from a subway and "scan in" to a bus within 20 minutes then the bus fare is reduced to ₩250.
The four lines of the Busan Subway -- Red (1), Green (2), Brown (3), and Blue (4) can connect you to most places of interest in Busan. Signs and announcements are in English so finding your way is easy.
The Busan Gimhae Light Rail (Purple) line meets up with both the Brown (3) and Green (2) Metro lines. The light rail provides a convenient way for transiting to Gimhae International Airport. Apart from the airport and Gimhae town, there are not many places of interest on this line. Note that the light rail ticketing is not integrated with the Busan Metro, and therefore a seperate ticket is required to change between them. (The Hanaro card can still be used to pay for tickets)
There are plenty of taxis prowling the streets of Busan. Regular taxi flag drop is ₩2200 for the first two kilometers, then the meter starts ticking at ₩100 for each 143 m or every 34 seconds if the taxi is going under 15 kph. Deluxe "mobeom" taxis (black and red) charge ₩4500 for the first 3 km and then ₩200 for each 160 m or 38 seconds. Fares increase 20% between midnight and 4AM. Prices are for 2012 and subject to change.
You can use the Hanero public transport card to pay for taxis as well. There is however no discount.
Busan has a good and comprehensive bus system. It is worth using a Hanero card (see 'Subway Section') since these can be used from transfers (just swipe your card when leaving the bus).
Note that the ride on the bus can be very bumpy on Busan's hills, therefore at rush hour you may find yourself standing up for a long journey swaying about the whole time!
Also note that the front seats of the bus have yellow seat covers, which mean they are designated for elderly people. You are allowed to sit as long as you give it up when an elderly person boards.
The front of the bus has the destination displayed in Korean, English and Japanese, although on the bus there will be no English route maps whatsoever.
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