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How to get from Gimhae Airport to Gyeongju

Gyeongju, known as the museum without walls, is an up-and-coming destination located in the North Gyeongsang Province of South Korea. Gyeongju’s distinctive neighbourhoods bring a vibe of their own so you’ll want to allow enough time to soak up the atmosphere of each one. The House of the Gyeongju Choi Clan sets the tone for tranquil Gyochon Hanok Maeul, you’ll find bustling cafes and eateries in trendy Hwangridangil and just south of the city centre, you can discover historical sites from when the city was the centre of the Silla dynasty. On your travels, be sure to sample some of Gyeongju’s best street food; cream cheese garlic bread, hanwoo, and barbequed ribs are just a few to get those taste buds tingling.

There are two main ways to travel from Gimhae Airport – also known as Busan Airport – to Gyeongju: taxi or private transfer, and bus. The fastest and most convenient options are to take an airport taxi from right outside the arrival terminal or to pre-book a private transfer so that your driver will be waiting for you when you land. A cheaper option is to take an intercity bus, but be aware that the bus can have long wait times.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €47 60min 24/7
Bus €13.30 70min 07:20–22:00

How to get from Gimhae Airport to Gyeongju by taxi

The quickest and easiest way to get from Gimhae Airport to Gyeongju is to take one of the airport taxis waiting for passengers outside the airport terminal. The journey takes around 60 minutes during light traffic and you can choose to take a regular taxi or a deluxe/jumbo taxi.

Taxi fare from Busan Airport to Gyeongju

Taxi drivers in Busan don’t charge flat rate fees, even for longer journeys. They calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the distance travelled and the length of the journey. For a trip to Gyeongju in a regular taxi, you’ll pay around €47 (KRW 67,300) for up to 4 passengers. If you choose to upgrade to a deluxe or jumbo taxi, your fare will cost around 40% more, with tolls and surcharges added on top.

For the same fare as a standard taxi but with no hidden costs, we recommend booking your private transfer in advance with a trusted company such as Welcome Pickups.



Trip Duration

60 Min.

*Fare prices will vary unless booked in advance.

Value for Money

Airport taxis are available any time of day from Gimhae Airport (PUS).

Where can I take a taxi from?

Designated taxi ranks are located in front of each airport terminal as you pass through Gate 3.


For a convenient and hassle-free journey, especially after a long day of travelling, a taxi from Busan Airport to Gyeongju is your best option. You’ll get dropped off directly to your destination, won’t have to wait around for public transport, and can enjoy the ease of stowing your luggage in the vehicle rather than carrying it onto a bus.

Editor’s Note

Payment can be made in the local currency of won, with a credit/debit card or with a reloadable T-money smart card which you can purchase from the airport upon arrival.

Useful Tips

Between 23:00 and 04:00 there is a 20 to 30% surcharge on all taxi rides.
Regular taxi drivers are less likely to speak English, so it is wise to have your destination's address on hand in Korean to avoid any confusion.
Make sure the taximeter has been reset to zero and adjusted to the correct tariff before beginning your journey.

How to get from Gimhae Airport to Gyeongju by train and bus

The cheapest way to travel from Gimhae Airport to Gyeongju is to take an intercity bus. Cheonma Tourism provides a direct intercity bus service from the airport to Gyeongju Intercity Terminal which takes 70 minutes, excluding wait times.

How much does the bus cost?

A single-journey ticket from Busan Airport to Gyeongju costs €6.65 (KRW 9,500) per traveller. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or from the service counter and available ticket machines at the airport using cash, card, or T-money.



Trip Duration

70 Min.

Buses depart every 80 to 90 minutes.

Value for Money

Intercity buses to Gyeongju run between 07:20 and 22:00.

Where do buses depart from?

From the Domestic Terminal, you’ll find the intercity bus departure platform outside Gate 4 on P1. If you’re arriving at the International Terminal, buses depart from outside Gate 3 on P2.


If you’re travelling solo or on a budget, the intercity bus is the most cost-effective option. Buses are comfortable and travel directly to Gyeongju, although you’ll still need to make your way to your accommodation from the bus terminal.

There can be lengthy wait times in between services, so if the bus schedule doesn’t line up with your flight’s arrival time, booking a private transfer in advance may be a better option if you prefer to get on your way as soon as you land.

Editor’s Note

It's important to note that express bus services make fewer stops than regular services so if time is a priority, be sure to book an express service.

Useful Tips

Discounted tickets are available for students, and children under the age of 6 can travel for free if they don't require a seat.
Buses generally don't have a bathroom on board and there are no stops on shorter journeys.
Fares may be higher if travelling at night.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Gyeongju from Gimhae Airport?

Downtown Gyeongju is located approximately 82 km from Gimhae Airport which can be reached in about 1 hour when travelling by taxi or private transfer during light traffic.

How do I get from Gimhae Airport to Gyeongju?

The two most direct and convenient transport options when travelling from Busan Airport to Gyeongju are a taxi or private transfer, which take around 60 minutes, and the bus which takes around 70 minutes. Both options can take longer during peak traffic and you’ll need to wait up to 90 minutes in between bus services.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Busan Airport to Gyeongju?

For a regular taxi during the day (04:00-23:00) you can expect to pay €47 (KRW 67,300) for up to 4 passengers, excluding tolls and surcharges.

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