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Busan (Pusan), Pusan-gwangyoksi, South Korea

How much does it cost to travel to Busan (Pusan)?

You should plan to spend around $89 (₩118,857) per day on your vacation in Busan (Pusan). This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $27 (₩35,368) on meals
  • $21 (₩28,046) on local transportation
  • $82 (₩108,604) on hotels

A one week trip to Busan (Pusan) for two people costs, on average, $1,250 (₩1,664,005). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Busan (Pusan) cost?

A one week trip to Busan (Pusan) usually costs around $625 (₩832,002) for one person and $1,250 (₩1,664,005) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Busan (Pusan) on average costs around $1,250 (₩1,664,005) for one person and $2,499 (₩3,328,009) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Busan (Pusan) will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Busan (Pusan) on average costs around $2,678 (₩3,565,724) for one person and $5,356 (₩7,131,448) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Busan (Pusan) has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Busan (Pusan) expensive to visit?

Prices in Busan (Pusan) are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within Asia, Busan (Pusan) is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Osaka or Nara.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Busan (Pusan) Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Busan (Pusan)?

The average Busan (Pusan) trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Busan (Pusan) travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) 108,604 ($82)
Local Transportation 1 28,046 ($21)
Food 2 35,368 ($27)
Entertainment 1 27,277 ($20)
Alcohol 2 8,040 - 24,121 ($6 - 18)
Accommodation Budget in Busan (Pusan)
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Busan (Pusan) is $41 (₩54,302). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Busan (Pusan) is $82 (₩108,604). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Busan (Pusan)

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Busan (Pusan) based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $38. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Busan (Pusan)
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Busan (Pusan) is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $21 (₩28,046) per person, per day, on local transportation in Busan (Pusan).

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Busan (Pusan)
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Rental Cars in Busan (Pusan)
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Food Budget in Busan (Pusan)
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Busan (Pusan) can vary, the average cost of food in Busan (Pusan) is $27 (₩35,368) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Busan (Pusan) should cost around $11 (₩14,147) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Busan (Pusan) is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Busan (Pusan)?

Typical prices for Food in Busan (Pusan) are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Busan (Pusan), but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.

  • McDonald's
  • Carp Bread

Entertainment Budget in Busan (Pusan)
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Busan (Pusan) typically cost an average of $20 (₩27,277) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Busan (Pusan)
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $12 (₩16,081) on alcoholic beverages in Busan (Pusan) per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Water Budget in Busan (Pusan)
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  • On average, people spend $0.88 (₩1,167) on bottled water in Busan (Pusan) per day. The public water in Busan (Pusan) is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Busan (Pusan) On a Budget
Busan (Pusan) Haedong Yonggungsa Temple and the Haeundae Sea in Busan, South Korea.
An important port city in South Korea, Busan is known for its beaches, mountains, and temples. With a thriving harbor, the city's main revenue comes from international shipping, although the area is quite popular with tourists from all over the globe, too. The place is bustling with sailors from around the world as well as tourists who come to enjoy the culture of this modern and dynamic city.
While it is a bustling modern city, Busan is also home to some amazing temple complexes that are worth the visit. Beomeosa Temple is located up in the nearby mountains, and though it is only a short drive, the aura of the place feels a world away. The temple gets very busy with worshippers, hikers, and tourists on the weekend. There is also a trail that leads to a beautiful view overlooking the city. Yonggungsa Temple is another Buddhist complex that spreads along the shoreline. It is well known for its Buddhist statues and sculptures, and has a unique feel with beautiful architecture and the sound of the ocean always in the air.

Other landmarks include Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Busan Tower at Yongdusan Park, Haeundae Beach, and Gamcheon Cultural Village. A picturesque setting with colorful and historic alleyways, Gamcheon is sometimes called "the Santorini of the East." As far as museums go, a few located within the city include the Busan Modern History Museum, Busan Museum, Busan Museum of Art, and the Radium Art Center. Each has much to offer in local art and history. For even more ideas and places to visit, check out this 3 day itinerary for Busan.
Nampo-dong is a popular shopping and commercial district of Busan. It is a bustling center of activity with a long main street lined with shops, cafes, restaurants, and outdoor sculptures. With plenty of walkways, tourists from all over are attracted to the cosmopolitan appeal of this neighborhood. The areas around Pukyong National University and Kyungsung University also have many cafes, bars, and restaurants that attract college students and the younger crowd. Good food, a lively atmosphere, and every appeal of a thriving city can be found wherever you might find yourself in Busan. Like any city, most blocks are lined with things to see and do.

Beyond sight-seeing, shopping, and wandering the city streets, Busan has an aquarium at Haeundae Beach, the Jagalchi Fish Market where you can buy and sample fresh seafood, the Spaland Centum City where you can enjoy a variety of spa facilities and hot rooms, as well as Hur Shim Chung Spa which claims to be one of the largest hot spring complexes in Asia. It contains hot, tepid, cold and strawberry milk-filled baths, saunas, pools, and an outdoor section too. Of course, one could hike along the grounds of the temple complexes mentioned earlier, taking in the decorative architecture and serenity of the environment. Beomeosa even offers temple stay for men and women who don't mind a monks' diet.

Being located right on the water, there are also opportunities to hop on a boat tour or cruise of the area, as well as relaxing beaches. Some of the best are Haeundae Beach where surfing and jet-skiing is available, Songjeong Beach which is smaller but less crowded, and Gwangalli Beach where you can catch great views of the Gwangan Grand Bridge lit up at night.
Food and Dining
Being a coastal city, Busan is well known for its seafood. Some dishes native to Busan in particular include a seafood and green onion pancake called dong-nae pajeon (get it here), a flaky cod soup with vegetables called daegu tang, and a soup called bokguk which is made with a very poisonous pufferfish that can be dangerous to eat if not prepared correctly. Check if the place is licensed to serve it before you indulge in the delicacy. Restaurants, bars, and cafes can be found all throughout the city, though street food is a very popular way to grab quick and tasty bites on the go. Typical to Korea, most dishes are served with rice and a staple side dish called kimchi. Though it is known to be spicy, most people, locals and visitors alike, tend to develop a taste for it. Since Busan is a major city, the selection of food is diverse from traditional Korean cuisine, fast food, and Western fare to other international selections. Tipping is not customary in Korea.

Busan's International Gimhae Airport is the third most important airport in Korea and is located in Gangseo-gu, Busan. International flights include major cities in Japan, China, the Philippines, and Vietnam, plus flights to Russia (Vladivostok), Thailand (Bangkok), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Taiwan (Taipei), Saipan, Macau, and Hong Kong. There are also domestic flights available. Bus, rail, and taxi provide connections to the airport.

Busan is well connected on the Korean rail network with high speed trains run by KTX. Cheaper but slower lines are run by Saemaeul and Mugunghwa.

By boat, Busan is connected to Japan at the International Ferry Terminal.

Since driving and parking in Busan can be difficult, the best way to navigate the city is by public transportation. The two major bus stations are the Dongbu Intercity Bus Terminal and the Seobu Intercity Bus Terminal.

Once you're in Busan, methods of local transport include subway, light rail, taxi, and bus.
Busan is one of many cities in South Korea. If you're looking to see more of the country, read this 7-day itinerary for South Korea.

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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.