Where to Stay in Busan for Tourists [2022 & 2023]

A common question for visitors is where to stay in Busan, as it is a large city with attractions which are spread out over a large area. Busan is a city of beaches so a popular option is to stay near the beach if possible – but beware that these beaches are VERY popular during the summer swimming season so ensure you book early to ensure you do not miss out.

Below we will provide an overview of the main Busan neighborhoods for tourists, including recommended accommodation options for each district ranging from luxury hotels, to mid level and cheap hotels in Busan. Each area has a unique vibe and surrounds, so pick the area which best connects with you!

A key aspect to finding the best place to stay in Busan is to ensure you have close access to public transport – that will enable you to more easily get around Busan.

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Best Place to Stay in Busan for Tourists

Fortunately the main tourist attractions in Busan are mostly central and easily accessible. There are many popular areas for tourists to stay in Busan where you will have easy access to the Busan transport system.

Tourist Map of Busan

To help you better understand where each tourist attraction is located in Busan we have put together a detailed map below. You can zoom in and out, and click on each attraction to see more details without leaving this page.

Districts in Busan for Tourists

Busan is a much smaller city than Seoul which makes it much easier to understand the most popular areas for tourists to stay in Busan. Below I will go into detail to explain the best places to stay in Busan as well as our recommended accommodation options for each area.

Our top pick for the best area to stay in Busan for tourists is Haeundae Beach – there is a lot to see and do in the local area and the beach is amazing! A great alternative option is Gwangalli Beach, which is a great beach in its own right and only a short walk to Haeundae Beach. From these beaches you can easily access the attractions on the eastern side of Busan. Both of these beaches can be very busy all year around with the attractions and various events which are held.

For foodies and market lovers, another great option is to stay in the old Busan downtown market area so you can shop until you drop right from your doorstep – and this location also provides faster access to the western attractions of Busan.

If you would like to stay at a quieter beach, make sure you check out the option to stay at Songdo Beach, which is located south west from Busan Station. Alternatively, there are a lot of accommodation options near Busan Station, which is a great central location to enable you to explore Busan.

Where to Stay in Haeundae Beach

The 1.5km long white sandy Haeundae Beach is the most famous beach in South Korea, and is a very popular destination for both locals and tourists, attracting over 10 million visitors every summer season to swim and sun bathe. Haeundae Beach is located one hour by bus north east from Busan Station.

With the easy beachside access and many great food options, activities and walks, you will be pleased to hear that there are many great beachside Haeundae Beach hotels, including luxury, mid level and budget options. Book early for peak summer season as they will sell out quickly!

View over Haeundae Beach in Busan
View over Haeundae Beach in Busan

Hotel Name

Stars

Rating

Price

Top Features

Book

8.5

$$$

Beach views, west end of beach, indoor swimming pool, rooftop terrace, bars and restaurants and free parking

8.9

$$

Beach or landmark views, east end of beach, 24 hour reception, free parking, sun terrace

8.7

$

  6 Minute walk to beach, mid beach, shared lounge, free wifi, onsite parking

The Westin Josun Busan

The Westin Josun Busan is a 5 star rated luxury hotel with amazing beach views of Haeundae Beach and Gwangan Bridge and excellent reviews.

The Westin Josun Busan is located on the beachfront at the western end of Haeundae Beach, with easy access to the beach, Dongbaek Island Coastal Walk and the very popular The Bay 101 restaurant and entertainment area.

The Westin Josun Busan is a fantastic luxury option for both couples and small families, due to amazing views from every room of either Haeundae Beach or Gwangan Bridge. The spacious double, twin and executive rooms and suites have many amenities including room service, bathrobe, fridge and satellite channels on the TV.

At the hotel there are many other amenities included, including an indoor swimming pool, free parking and fitness center. There are six food and beverage options, ranging from buffet and Korean restaurants, coffee in the Panorama Lounge and O’Kims Irish Pub for a relaxed drink overlooking Haeundae Beach.

The Westin Josun Busan is easy to get to from Gimhae Airport, using a combination of the Light Rail and bus for a trip taking approximately 1:30 hours. Alternatively you can book a private transfer through Klook. Check out more information about how to get around Busan from Haeundae Beach in our Busan transport article.

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Mipo Oceanside Hotel

Mipo Oceanside Hotel is a 2 star rated mid level hotel with amazing views over Haeundae Beach from many rooms and excellent reviews.

The Mipo Oceanside Hotel is located on the beachfront at the eastern end of Haeundae Beach, with easy access to the beach, the Haeundae Sky Capsule to Cheongsapo and SEA Life Busan Aquarium.

The Mipo Oceanside Hotel is great for families, and it has spacious modern family suites with either Korean or Western style rooms, sea view or city view, private bathrooms, included breakfast and free wifi able to accommodate up to four people. Wheelchair accessible suites are also available. The suites have many amenities including a dining table and chairs, fridge, microwave, tea/coffee maker, bathrobes, slippers, tumble dryer and drying rack.

Amenities include a rooftop sun deck with spectacular views of Haeundae Beach, grocery delivery, airport shuttle (additional charge), free onsite parking, accessible parking, electric vehicle charging and 24 hour reception, with many food options and convenience stores nearby.

The Mipo Oceanside Hotel is easy to get to from Gimhae Airport, using a combination of the Light Rail and bus for a trip taking approximately 1:30 hours. Alternatively you can book a private transfer through Klook. Check out more information about how to get around Busan from Haeundae Beach in our Busan transport article.

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Kimchee Haeundae Guesthouse

Kimchee Haeundae Guesthouse is a 2 star rated budget hostel with excellent reviews. Kimchee Haeundae Guesthouse is located a few blocks back from the center of Haeundae Beach, with a 6 minute walk to the beach and easy access to all beach activities.

Kimchee Haeundae Guesthouse is a great option for singles, couples, groups and families as it has single, double, twin, triple and quad rooms with private bathrooms able to accommodate up to four people, as well as 4 and 8 bed mixed and female only dormitories with shared bathrooms. All rooms and dormitories include bathrooms, a kitchenette with fridge, microwave and dining table and chairs and a washing machine and executive lounge access.

Amenities include airport transfers, shared executive lounge, free wifi and a reception desk.

Kimchee Haeundae Guesthouse is easy to get to from Gimhae Airport, using a combination of the Light Rail and bus for a trip taking approximately 1:30 hours. Alternatively you can book a private transfer through Klook. Check out more information about how to get around Busan from Haeundae Beach in our Busan transport article.

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Where to Stay in Gwangalli Beach

Gwangalli Beach is also a famous beach and is the closest public beach to central Busan and is located a 45 minute bus trip east from Busan Station. By both day and night the views over Gwangandaegyo Bridge are spectacular! Along with swimming during the summer season, Gwangalli Beach has many other great activities to explore, including many events and performances, diverse water sports, cafes, restaurants, and amazing views both by day and night.

In the area around Gwangalli Beach there are many great options to stay with the beach on your doorstep, including mid level and budget options.

Gwangalli Beach in Busan
Gwangalli Beach in Busan

Hotel Name

Stars

Rating

Price

Top Features

Book

7.8

$$

On the beach, bar, games room, 24 hour front desk, breakfast and on iste parking

8.1

$$

On the beach, bar, terrace, 24 hour reception desk, breakfast and free parking.

Kent Hotel Gwangalli by Kensington

Kent Hotel Gwangalli by Kensington is a 4 star rated mid level hotel with amazing views over Gwangalli Beach from many rooms and excellent reviews.

Kent Hotel Gwangalli by Kensington is located on the beachfront in the center of Gwangalli Beach, with easy access to the beach.

Kent Hotel Gwangalli by Kensington is great for couples and families, and it has spacious modern double, twin, and family rooms, with sea view or city view, private bathrooms and free wifi able to accommodate up to three people. The rooms have many amenities including tea/coffee maker, bathrobes and slippers.

Amenities include a bar, onsite parking, accessible parking and 24 hour reception, with many food options and convenience stores nearby.

Kent Hotel Gwangalli by Kensington is easy to get to from Gimhae Airport, using a combination of the Light Rail and bus for a trip taking approximately 1:30 hours. Alternatively you can book a private transfer through Klook. Check out more information about how to get around Busan from Haeundae Beach in our Busan transport article.

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Ocean The Point Hotel

Ocean The Point Hotel is a 2 star rated budget hotel with amazing views over Gwangalli Beach from many rooms and excellent reviews.

Ocean The Point Hotel is located on the beachfront at the eastern end of Gwangalli Beach, with easy access to the beach.

Ocean The Point Hotel is great for couples and families, and it has spacious modern double, twin, family and accessible rooms and suites, with sea view or city view, private bathrooms and free wifi able to accommodate up to four people. The rooms have many amenities including washing machine, refrigerator, extra long beds, tea/coffee maker, bathrobes and slippers. Some rooms also have hot tubs and tumble dryers.

Amenities include a bar, free onsite parking, accessible parking and 24 hour reception, with many food options and convenience stores nearby.

Ocean The Point Hotel is easy to get to from Gimhae Airport, using a combination of the Light Rail and bus for a trip taking approximately 1:30 hours. Alternatively you can book a private transfer through Klook. Check out more information about how to get around Busan from Haeundae Beach in our Busan transport article.

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Where to Stay at Songdo Beach

Songdo Beach was the first public beach in South Korea which opened in 1913, and is located a 35 minute bus trip south west from Busan Station. Along with swimming during the season, Songdo has many other great activities to explore, including the Songdo Skywalk and Busan Air Cruise Cable Car overhead, which travels from Songnim Park and Amnam Park, where you can enjoy the coastal walk.

In the area around Songo Beach there are limited options to stay on the beach, which is great as it is a much quieter beach option compared with Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach.

Songdo Beach Skywalk and Cable Car in Busan
Songdo Beach Skywalk and Cable Car in Busan

Hotel Name

Stars

Rating

Price

Top Features

Book

8.0

$$

On the beach, many rooms with ocean views and outdoor terraces, 24 hour reception, onsite restaurants and parking.

8.5

$$

On the beach, many rooms with ocean views, 24 hour reception, onsite restaurants, fitness center and parking.

8.2

$$

  On the harbour, many rooms with harbour views and outdoor terraces, 24 hour reception and parking.

Best Western Plus Busan Songdo

Best Western Plus Busan Songdo is a 4 star rated mid level hotel with amazing views over Songdo Beach from many rooms and excellent reviews.

Best Western Plus Busan Songdo is located on the beachfront in the center of Songdo Beach, with easy access to the beach.

Best Western Plus Busan Songdo is great for couples and families, and it has spacious modern double, twin, and family rooms and suites, with sea view or city view, private bathrooms and free wifi able to accommodate up to three people. The rooms have many amenities including tea/coffee maker, bathrobes and slippers, and many rooms also have an outdoor terrace.

Amenities include a cafe and restaurant, onsite parking, accessible parking and 24 hour reception, with many food options and convenience stores nearby.

Best Western Plus Busan Songdo is easy to get to from Gimhae Airport, using a combination of the Light Rail and bus for a trip taking approximately 1:15 hours. Alternatively you can book a private transfer through Klook. Check out more information about how to get around Busan from Songdo Beach in our Busan transport article.

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Fairfield by Marriott Busan Songdo Beach

Fairfield by Marriott Busan Songdo Beach is a 3 star rated mid level hotel with amazing views over Songdo Beach from many rooms and excellent reviews.

Fairfield by Marriott Busan Songdo Beach is located on the beachfront in the center of Songdo Beach, with easy access to the beach.

Fairfield by Marriott Busan Songdo Beach is great for couples, and it has spacious modern king, double and twin rooms, with sea view or city view, private bathrooms and free wifi able to accommodate up to three people. The rooms have many amenities including tea/coffee maker, bathrobes and slippers.

Amenities include a cafe and restaurant, fitness centre, onsite parking, accessible parking, electric vehicle charging station and 24 hour reception, with many food options and convenience stores nearby.

Fairfield by Marriott Busan Songdo Beach is easy to get to from Gimhae Airport, using a combination of the Light Rail and bus for a trip taking approximately 1:15 hours. Alternatively you can book a private transfer through Klook. Check out more information about how to get around Busan from Songdo Beach in our Busan transport article.

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Busan Beach Hotel Busan Songdo

Busan Beach Hotel Busan Songdo is a 3 star rated mid level hotel with amazing views over the harbour near Songdo Beach from many rooms and excellent reviews.

Busan Beach Hotel Busan Songdo is located 1.4km north from Songdo Beach, with easy access to the beach by bus.

Busan Beach Hotel Busan Songdo is great for couples and families, and it has spacious modern double and twin rooms and family suites, with sea view or city view, private bathrooms and free wifi able to accommodate up to three people. The rooms have many amenities including tea/coffee maker, bathrobes and slippers and many rooms also have an outdoor terrace.

Amenities include onsite parking and 24 hour reception, with many food options and convenience stores nearby.

Busan Beach Hotel Busan Songdo is easy to get to from Gimhae Airport, using a combination of the Light Rail and bus for a trip taking approximately 1:15 hours. Alternatively you can book a private transfer through Klook. Check out more information about how to get around Busan from Songdo Beach in our Busan transport article.

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Hotels near Busan Station

Staying in a hotel near Busan Station makes a lot of sense to be able to get around Busan easily on the Subway system and buses. This location in Busan also makes it easy on arrival or departure if you are catching KTX Bullet Trains or a ferry to other parts of South Korea or to Japan. Around Busan Station there are many mid level and budget hotel options.

The area around Busan Station is more austere, as the main tourist attractions are located a short distance away from Busan Station – for example the downtown market area and the beaches.

Hotel Name

Stars

Rating

Price

Top Features

Book

8.5

$$

Sea views from many rooms, 200m walk from Busan Station.  Bar and restaurant, free onsite parking and fitness center.

8.9

$$

Rooftop terrace, sea views from many rooms, 300m walk from Busan Station.    24 hour reception, free onsite parking.

9.2

$

  Hostel rooms with private bathrooms for up to 4 people, 300m walk to Busan Station.  Free wifi, shared kitchen and laundry.

ASTI Hotel Busan Station

ASTI Hotel Busan Station is a 4 star rated mid level hotel with sea views from many rooms and excellent reviews.

ASTI Hotel Busan Station is located a 200m walk to Busan Station.

ASTI Hotel Busan Station is great for couples, and it has spacious modern double and twin rooms with sea view or city view, private bathrooms and free wifi able to accommodate up to two people. The rooms have many amenities including tea/coffee maker, bathrobes and slippers.

Amenities include a bar and restaurant, free onsite parking, fitness center and 24 hour reception, with many food options and convenience stores nearby.

ASTI Hotel Busan Station is easy to get to from Gimhae Airport, using a combination of the Light Rail and bus for a trip taking approximately 1 hour. Alternatively you can book a private transfer through Klook. Check out more information about how to get around Busan from Songdo Beach in our Busan transport article.

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Notte La Mia Hotel

Notte La Mia Hotel is a 3 star rated mid level hotel with sea views from many rooms and excellent reviews.

Notte La Mia Hotel is located a 300m walk to Busan Station and is also close to Busan China Town.

Notte La Mia Hotel is great for couples, groups and families, and it has spacious modern double, twin and triple Western and Korean style rooms and suites with sea view or city view, private bathrooms and free wifi able to accommodate up to six people. There is also a great family room option where you have your own private swimming pool inside your room! The rooms have many amenities including tea/coffee maker, refrigerator, bathrobes and slippers.

Amenities include a rooftop terrace with amazing views, free onsite parking, free accessible parking and 24 hour reception, with many food options and convenience stores nearby.

Notte La Mia Hotel is easy to get to from Gimhae Airport, using a combination of the Light Rail and bus for a trip taking approximately 1 hour. Alternatively you can book a private transfer through Klook. Check out more information about how to get around Busan from Songdo Beach in our Busan transport article.

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Inside Busan Hostel

Inside Busan Hostel is a 2 star rated budget hostel with excellent reviews. Inside Busan Hostel is located a 300m walk to Busan Station and is also close to Busan China Town.

Inside Busan Hostel is a great option for singles, couples, groups and families as it has single, double, twin, triple and quad rooms with private bathrooms able to accommodate up to four people. All rooms include private bathrooms and free wifi.

Amenities include a reception desk, shared kitchen, laundry and outdoor garden area.

Inside Busan Hostel is easy to get to from Gimhae Airport, using a combination of the Light Rail and bus for a trip taking approximately 1:30 hours. Alternatively you can book a private transfer through Klook. Check out more information about how to get around Busan from Haeundae Beach in our Busan transport article.

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