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Busan Taxi: The Best Taxi Service

Useful Tips and Information for Taking a Taxi in Busan


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Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


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Taxis in Busan

Busan is an expansive port city located on the southern tip of the Korean peninsula. It’s a modern hub where ancient temples, mammoth shopping centres and soft golden-sand beaches all converge; there’s so much to see and do in this exciting city. Navigating the numerous available transport options can be a little daunting, especially for first-time visitors, which is why we recommend taking a Busan taxi to get you where you need to go, comfortably and stress-free. Taxis are available 24/7 and can be hailed from the street or picked up at a taxi rank, booked through a Busan taxi app, phoned directly, or booked in advance.


Hand picked & english speaking drivers


Same price as a regular Taxi from the line


Drivers are always on time


24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
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(00:00 - 05:00)
A white Busan taxi with an orange taxi light on the roof and a yellow strip across the doors with the company details displayed on it.

Busan Taxi Prices

Taxi fares in Busan are very reasonably priced, making them an affordable option for getting from A to B. There are three different types of taxis: regular standard-sized taxis, deluxe jumbo-sized taxis, and international taxis. The deluxe taxis are more spacious and have English-speaking drivers, and international taxis require a booking in advance. All three services use a taximeter to calculate their fares which are set by the city council, however, regular and deluxe taxis are the most common and popular services used throughout the city. The final cost is determined by the time and distance travelled and fares are calculated as follows:

Regular taxis

Base rate + 2 km: €3.40 (KRW 4,800)
Each 132 metres: €0.07 (KRW 100)
Each 33 seconds: €0.07 (KRW 100)

Deluxe/Jumbo taxis

Base rate + 2 km: €5.30 (KRW 7,500)
Each 132 metres: €0.15 (KRW 200)
Each 33 seconds: €0.15 (KRW 200)

For all taxis, rates increase by 20% between 23:00 and 00:00, 30% between 00:00 and 02:00, and 20% between 02:00 and 04:00. A 30% surcharge is also applied to rides beyond the city centre when using a regular taxi. 

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How to get a taxi in Busan

With thousands of taxis available throughout the city, getting a taxi in Busan couldn’t be easier. Regular taxis in Busan are a silver/grey colour with yellow number plates and can be hailed from the street; look for the lit-up ‘TAXI’ sign on the roof and a red sign on the dashboard. Black Deluxe/Jumbo taxis have a yellow roof sign and while they can also be flagged down, they are most easily picked up from designated taxi ranks, transport hubs, popular tourist spots and hotels. 

If it is late at night or you’re travelling from a less frequented area of town, you can use a taxi call service to arrange for a taxi to collect you from your location such as your hotel. Keep in mind that you may incur a call-out charge for this service. Some popular taxi call services are:

Deungdae Taxi: +82 (51) 600 1000
Navi Call: +82 (51) 1599 8255

Booking a taxi online in Busan isn’t very common, but the most popular taxi app in Busan is KakaoT, known as Kakao Taxi. To use the app you will need to register, although it is possible to pay with cash if you prefer not to register your card details, and the price is the same as a regular taxi.

Benefits of booking a Busan private transfer in advance

While taxis in Busan are plentiful and readily available, understanding the different taxi types and their pricing can be quite confusing, and this can be even more challenging when there is a language barrier. For a seamless journey in a modern vehicle with a local English-speaking driver, we recommend booking your Busan taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups. You’ll gain access to unbeatable prices, a 24/7 customer service team, and guaranteed on-time pickups. Child seats are available upon request. Best of all, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your holiday knowing your transport needs are taken of.

Busan Taxi Tips

  1. Tipping is not common in Busan and can sometimes cause offence or embarrassment so it is best to just politely thank your driver for good service.
  2. Drivers in regular taxis generally don't speak English so it is good practice to have the address of your destination available in Korean.
  3. Always use the taximeter and check that it has been reset to zero before starting your trip.
  4. Request a receipt at the end of your trip to confirm the price is correct and so that you have the driver's details in case you accidentally leave behind any personal items.
  5. Take note if a seagull, the official bird of Busan, appears on a taxi; this means that the driver speaks a language other than Korean.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxi in Busan

Busan’s public transport facilities, as well as many of the city’s main attractions, are completely wheelchair-accessible and thankfully this also extends to taxi services. All three taxi types have space to fit a foldable wheelchair and can assist passengers as required. Moreover, Busan Facilities Corporation established Duribal and Jabi Call to support wheelchair users, disabled passengers, and pregnant women, with over 1,000 vehicles in circulation providing services at a discounted rate.

If you require a specialised vehicle, we recommend you book one in advance; you can phone +82 (51) 466 8800 or +82 (051) 500 8888.

Busan Taxi Safety and Complaints

In Korea, both taxi drivers and their vehicles must meet certain requirements to be considered road-safe for passengers so you should feel safe using taxis in Busan. If, however, this isn’t the case at any point during your ride, or if you feel you have been overcharged, you can submit a complaint to the taxi company directly, or with the local tourist police. If you do intend to make a complaint, keep hold of your taxi receipt along with the vehicle and driver registration details.

Frequently asked questions

Can I call a Busan taxi?

You can phone a call taxi service directly for a taxi to be dispatched to your hotel or location. Deungdae Taxi (+82 (51) 600 1000) and Navi Call (+82 (51) 1599 8255) are two well-known and trustworthy companies.

Are there any reliable Busan taxi apps?

The most popular taxi app in Busan is Kakao Taxi which allows you to book a taxi at the same price as a regular taxi. To use the service you will need to set up an account which can take some time and while it is useful in areas where taxis aren’t available off the street, wait times can be quite long. Pre-booking a taxi with Welcome Pickups provides a more reliable service with a guaranteed on-time pickup at a time and location of your choosing.

How can I pay for my taxi in Busan?

When taking a taxi in Busan you can pay for your ride using a credit/debit card or in cash using the local currency – wons. It is also possible to pay your taxi fare using T-money; this is a type of smart card that can be loaded with cash and used on public transport including taxis. If you book online with Welcome Pickups or using a Busan taxi app, you will pre-select your payment option online or through the app at the time of booking.

How do taxis in Busan calculate their fares?

Taxis in Busan calculate their fares using a taximeter based on the time and distance travelled, with different base rates and tariffs depending on the type of taxi. Tolls and surcharges will be added on top of the final fare cost, and tipping is not required or expected.

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