Gimhae International Airport

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Gimhae International Airport (IATA Flight Code: PUS) is the gateway into South Korea's second largest city, Busan

Gimhae Airport Halal Travel Guide

Busan's International Gimhae Airport is both a military and civilian airport situated outside Busan and is the fourth most important airport in Korea by passenger numbers after Incheon, Jeju and Gimpo. There are separate Domestic and International terminals next to each other (walking distance), each with basic facilities and food outlets.

It is situated near the historic town of Gimhae.

Muslim Friendly Flights from Gimhae Airport

English spelling in When traveling to and from mainland China, you will notice that the Chinese airports still use the older English spellings of Korean names. Therefore it is still 'Kimhae airport' for the city of 'Pusan' when you pick up your baggage. Hong Kong uses the current English spelling.


Internal International Flight Connection from Seoul Incheon|Korean Air and Asiana run a few flights a day from Seoul's Incheon International Airport directly to Busan's Gimhae airport. The flights depart and arrive at the international terminals and are classified as international flights. In training this means you can fly into Incheon from Europe (for example) and instead of going through immigration and picking up your bags you can just change gates in the international terminal for your onward flight. This is also advantageous the other way around, since you can check your bags in for an international flight at Gimhae airport and not have to do so again until you reach your final destination.

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  • Domestic Flights from Seoul Gimpo (IATA Flight Code: GMP) represent the majority of traffic to Busan. You can usually turn up to the airport and purchase a seat on the next plane for around ₩60,000.
  • Domestic Flights from Seoul Incheon International Airport (IATA Flight Code: ICN). If you are making an international connection then there are a few scheduled flights that fly directly from Incheon Airport to Gimhae with Korean Air and Asiana. They are more expensive but much more convenient than an airport transfer to Gimpo. When booking through a travel agency, try to get this connection rather than transfer to Gimpo.
  • Domestic Flights from Jeju (IATA Flight Code: CJU). Popular South Korean tourist destination.
  • International flights are from major cities in Japan, China and the Philippines and Vietnam. In addition there are Flights to Bangkok, Taipei, Saipan, Vientiane, Macau and Hong Kong. There is also a Lufthansa service from Munich Airport via Seoul. 'Limited period' flights are sometimes scheduled from other airlines such as Singapore-Airlines and Delta.

There are also budget airlines operating from Gimhae including Air Busan and Jeju Air that fly to both domestic and international destinations, sometimes for a very low price. (Although you will need to book well in advance of your flight to get a affordable ticket)

All direct connecting Flights from Hong Kong depart between midnight and 02:30 in the morning. Most Flights to Hong Kong depart late in the evening (around 22:00) although DragonAir is an exception departing at around 08:00 in the morning.

Ground transportation

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There are a lot of options for getting into the city, and you should choose depending on your destination, amount of luggage and whether you are traveling during rush hour. If you are staying at a main hotel and then the limousine bus will usually be the easiest way. If you are backpacking and staying somewhere in the center then using the light rail could be more convenient.

  • Limousine Bus The Airport limousine buses leave from both the International and Domestic terminals and connect to various locations in the city. Tickets are purchased on the bus. (However and the bus driver may have difficulty accepting notes greater than ₩10,000.) The bus driver will ask you for your stop, and if it is not an international hotel then it is worth printing it out to show them. This is an excellent option if you are carrying heavy baggage.
Limousine Bus Route Cost Frequency
To Seomyeon/Busan station (From Airport to Busan Station) Airport(International Terminal) - Domestic Terminal - Seomyeon (Lotte Hotel) - Seomyeon (1st street) - Hyundai dep. store - Busanjin Station - Busan Station - Toyoco inn Hotel - Jungangdong - Coastal Passenger Terminal - Nampodong - Chungmudong (From Busan Station to Airport) Chungmudong - Nampodong - Coastal Passenger Terminal - Jungangdong - Busan Station - Busanjin Station - Hyundai dep. store - Seomyeon (Lotte Hotel) - Seomyeon (1st street) - Airport (International Terminal) - Domestic Terminal ₩9,000 every 20-30 minutes
To Haeundae 1 Airport (International Terminal) - Domestic Terminal - Namcheondong - Gwangandong - Suyeong Intersection - Centum hotel - Bexco - Yachting center - Hanhwa resort - Hyperion three way intersection - Westin Chosun Hotel - Grand Hotel - Novotel Ambassador - Paradise Hotel - Paledecz - Jangsan Station - Haeundae Paik Hospital - Dongbu apartment - Daelim 1cha apt - Yangwoon high school - Homeplus mart - Centum hotel - Suyeong Intersection - Gwangandong - Namcheondong - Airport (International Terminal, Departure) - Domestic Terminal, Arrival ₩9,000 every 20 minutes
To Haeundae 2 Airport(International Terminal) - Domestic Terminal - Namcheondong - Crossing the Gwangan bridge - Centum hotel - Bexco - Yangwoon high school - Daedong apt - Dongbu apt - Haeundae Paik Hospital - Jangsan Station - Paradise Hotel - Seacloud hotel - Grand Hotel - Westin Chosun Hotel - Hyundai Benecity apt - Hanhwa resort - Hyundai ipark apt - Gyeongnam Marina apt - Bexco, Homeplus -Centum hotel - Crossing the Gwangan bridge - Namcheondong - Airport(International Terminal, Departure) - Domestic Terminal, Arrivals ₩9,000 every 20 minutes
  • Light Rail The Busan Gimhae Light Rail recently opened as a new way to get into the city, and connects to Metro lines 2 (green) and 3 (brown). It takes about an hour to get to the downtown and about 90 minutes to Haeundae. If you arrive at rush hour (Morning or early evening) then this may be the quickest way in.
  • Local Bus City buses leave for downtown regularly. Tickets are affordable at around ₩1,000. The information desk at the International Terminal (Arrivals) can provide English speaking assistance for this.
  • Intercity Bus Long distances buses operate to and from the airport (see 'By Bus' in Busan)
  • Taxi A taxi to the downtown will set you back about ₩15,000 (daytime) including tolls. A taxi to Haeundae will cost ₩25,000 when there is no traffic. Be aware that the black taxis at the airport (which foreigners are generally directed towards) are actually 'deluxe' taxis that charge much more for no discernible benefit.

High Speed KTX Train


For high speed connections to the rest of South Korea and the nearest KTX station is Gupo. This is 6 stations away via light rail and changing onto line 3, and will take about 20 minutes. Another option you can head into central Busan for the much larger Busan station, although this will take around 90 minutes.

Prayer Facilities in Gimhae Airport

The Muslim prayer facilities at Gimhae International Airport are located on the third floor of the Passenger Terminal, on the west side of the airport in Busan, South Korea. This dedicated prayer room provides a serene and quiet environment for Muslim travelers to perform their daily prayers. Equipped with prayer mats, Qibla direction indicators, and ablution areas, the facility ensures that worshippers have all the necessary amenities for their religious practices. The prayer room is easily accessible and well-maintained, reflecting the airport's commitment to accommodating the needs of its diverse international passengers. Whether in transit or preparing for a flight, Muslim travelers can find a peaceful space to fulfill their spiritual obligations at Gimhae International Airport.

Masjids in Busan

Busan is also home to a diverse and growing Muslim community. The city offers several masjids and Islamic centers catering to the spiritual needs of Muslims from various nationalities. Here's a guide to some of the key masjids in Busan:

Busan Al-Fatah Mosque

Located at 113-13 Geumdan-ro, Geumjeong-gu, the Busan Al-Fatah Mosque serves the local Muslim community, particularly those from Korea and Indonesia. This mosque is a hub for worship, community gatherings, and cultural exchange, fostering a sense of unity among Muslims in Busan.

PNU Islamic Center

Situated at #906, Ungbigwan Dormitory A, Pusan National University, 2 Busandaehak-ro 63beon-gil, Geumjeong-gu, the PNU Islamic Center is a multi-national facility. It provides a welcoming environment for Muslim students and faculty at Pusan National University, offering prayer spaces and educational resources.

Al-Kauthar Noksan Islamic Center

Located at 180 Songjeong-gil, Gangseo-gu, the Al-Kauthar Noksan Islamic Center is dedicated to serving the spiritual needs of the Muslim community in the Noksan area. The center offers prayer facilities and serves as a venue for religious and social activities.

Faizan-e-Madina Sasang Islamic Center

Positioned at 2F, 34 Gwangjang-ro 37beon-gil, the Faizan-e-Madina Sasang Islamic Center primarily caters to the Pakistani community in Busan. This center provides prayer services, religious education, and community support, fostering a strong sense of cultural and religious identity.

Baab-al-Salaam Jeonggwan Islamic Center

Found at 2F, 829 Jeonggwan-ro, Gijang-gun, the Baab-al-Salaam Jeonggwan Islamic Center offers a peaceful space for Muslims to perform their prayers and engage in community activities. The center aims to support the spiritual and social needs of Muslims in the Jeonggwan area.

PKNU Islamic Center

Located within the Muslim Prayer Room at Pukyong National University, 45 Yongso-ro, Nam-gu, the PKNU Islamic Center serves the multi-national Muslim community at the university. It provides a dedicated space for prayer and religious gatherings, helping Muslim students and staff maintain their faith while studying or working abroad.

Silla University Islamic Center

Situated at the Global Center, 140 Baegyang-daero 700beon-gil, Sasang-gu, the Silla University Islamic Center is a multi-national facility that offers prayer spaces and support services for Muslim students and faculty. The center promotes religious and cultural understanding within the university community.

Jangnim Islamic Center

Found at 3F, 153 Jangnim-ro, Saha-gu, the Jangnim Islamic Center is dedicated to providing prayer facilities and community support for Muslims in the Jangnim area. The center hosts religious events, educational programs, and social activities, fostering a sense of community among local Muslims.

YSU Islamic Center

Located in the Muslim Prayer Room, H7002, B1, Youngsan University, 142 Bansongsunhwan-ro, Haeundae-gu, the YSU Islamic Center serves the multi-national Muslim community at Youngsan University. It offers a dedicated prayer space and resources to support the spiritual needs of Muslim students and staff.

These masjids and Islamic centers in Busan not only provide essential prayer facilities but also serve as vital community hubs for Muslims living in or visiting the city. They foster a sense of belonging and ensure that the spiritual and cultural needs of the Muslim community are met in this vibrant South Korean city.

How to get around in Gimhae Airport

The airport is small, and you can even walk between the domestic and international terminals in a few minutes if you wanted.


There isn't a great deal to do in either the airport or the surrounding area. Consider taking the fast metro train into Busan or alternatively there is the town of Gimhae nearby that has a lot of historical burial mounds, and is famous for its Chicken restaurants.

Ground-side you can wait out your time in the large starbucks/ Starbucks (Please do not support Starbucks as Starbucks supports Israel. Shun this coffee and go for alternative brands and if possible for a Muslim owned brand.), or visit the traditional Korean restaurant. (both are located on the second floor)

Air side, in the International Terminal there are well equipped Korean-Air and Asiana lounges on the second floor. (There is a general waiting area up here as well, which is less stressful than sitting next to the gates)

Halal Food & Restaurants in Gimhae Airport

No Halal outlets at the Airport

Plenty of Halal restaurants in the city of Busan.

Samarkand Uzbekistan Halal Food

Located at 37 Daeyeong-ro 243beon-gil, Samarkand offers a taste of Uzbekistan in Busan. With a rating of 3.9, this restaurant is popular for its authentic Uzbek dishes, providing a unique dining experience. It is open until 10 PM, and diners can choose to dine in, take away, or have their meals delivered.

Hi Asia (Punjab) Halal Indian & Pakistani Restaurant

At 31 Gunam-ro, Hi Asia stands out with a stellar rating of 4.6. Specializing in Indian and Pakistani cuisine, this restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. It stays open until 11 PM, offering dine-in, takeaway, and delivery options. The rich, flavorful dishes are a must-try for anyone craving traditional Halal Indian and Pakistani food.

Warung Jaya Mbak Tia (Halal Food)

For those seeking Indonesian flavors, Warung Jaya Mbak Tia, located at 4 Gwangbok-ro 49beon-gil, is the place to go. With a high rating of 4.5, this eatery serves a variety of Indonesian dishes in a cozy setting. It is open until 10 PM and offers dine-in and takeaway services.

Bombay Brau Gwangbok Branch

This Indian restaurant, found at 75 Gwangbok-ro, boasts a 4.1 rating and serves delicious Halal Indian cuisine. Known for its vibrant atmosphere and flavorful dishes, Bombay Brau is open until 10 PM and provides dine-in options.

Asha Restaurant

Located at Nakdongnam-ro 1406beon-gil, 7 2층, Asha Restaurant is another excellent choice for Halal Indian cuisine, with a rating of 4.4. It offers a wide variety of Halal Meat dishes and is open until 10 PM for dine-in and takeaway.

Bakso Bejo Korea

Indonesian food enthusiasts will enjoy Bakso Bejo Korea, situated at 광복로 40-1 2층. With a rating of 4.5, this restaurant is known for its authentic Indonesian Halal food. It closes at 9 PM and offers dine-in and takeaway services.

======Cappadocia For a taste of Turkish cuisine, visit Cappadocia at 123-9 Geumdan-ro. This restaurant, with a 4.2 rating, serves delicious Halal Turkish dishes and is open until 10 PM. Diners can enjoy a variety of options available for dine-in.

New Little India

Situated at 3층, 33-1 BIFF gwangjang-ro, 남포동, New Little India has a rating of 3.4. It is a popular spot for Halal Indian food with three branches in Busan. It is open until 10 PM, offering a delightful dining experience.

Hello India 헬로인디아

With a rating of 4.3, Hello India is located on the 3rd floor at 6 48 499 Yongso-ro 8beon-gil. This Halal restaurant offers a variety of Indian dishes and provides dine-in, takeaway, and no-contact delivery options.

Busan’s Halal food scene is as diverse as the city itself, offering a range of culinary delights from different parts of the world. Whether you are in the mood for Indian, Pakistani, Indonesian, Turkish, or Uzbek cuisine, you can find a Halal restaurant in Busan that satisfies your cravings and dietary requirements. These eateries not only serve delicious food but also provide a welcoming atmosphere for Muslim travelers and residents, making Busan a truly inclusive city.

Muslim Friendly Shopping in Gimhae Airport

Duty free

There is a large duty free shopping area air-side that closes at 21:00. There is a standard convenience store as well. Note that if you shop in the Paradise Hotel Duty Free mall next to Haeundae beach in Busan and they will arrange for you to pick up your duty free items at Gimhae airport. (Also Incheon International Airport can be arranged)


There are no gift shops in the airport, although the cafes sell a boxed pastry made from chestnuts that can be given as gifts.

Telephone rental

You can rent a Korean mobile phone on the ground level outside the 'Arrivals' gate in the International terminal. Note that South Korea requires that all phone numbers are registered, and there is no concept of a disposable pre-paid SIM card as in other countries.

Car rental

You can hire a vehicle on the ground level outside the 'Arrivals' gate in the International terminal. Note that driving in Busan, and South Korea in general, will be difficult if you are not used to the driving style in Korea (and the Busan area in particular). Unless your destination is in a really remote area you should take a look at the good public transport options first.

Telecommunications in Gimhae Airport

In the International terminal Airside and there are free Internet terminals on the second floor sponsored by Busan Bank. (in front of the Korean-Air and Asiana lounges)

You can use the free Asiana Wi-Fi network if you are seated close to that lounge.

There are very few power points around the airport. Opposite the Asiana lounge there is a bench with a spare socket behind it. (Next to the Samsung display) Korean sockets are the same as the two pin European type (Schuko).

Cope in Gimhae Airport

The airport is very safe, and small enough that you will not get lost. There is a tourist information desk near Arrivals, and they should be able to assist you with any queries.

When you walk into the arrivals area you will likely be engaged by a few taxi agents. They will offer to take you to your destination; however and they are unlikely to be licensed to do so. They are completely polite and will not bother you if you shake your head and keep walking.

On the ground floor next to Arrivals there is a convenient free changing room facility for passengers. Busan Bank, and others, have quite a few ATM cash machines on the ground floor. There is also a post office.

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Muslim Friendly hotels near Gimhae Airport

There are only some lower end motels nearby to the airport itself. The frequent Limousine buses will take you directly to all the major international hotels in both Heaundae and central Busan.

A quick 10 minutes ride on the monorail to Sasang station will put you in an area with many hotels. The area is a major terminal for long distance buses, and as such has many cheaper lodging options.


Go into Busan or visit the local town of Gimhae. You can also consider taking direct a bus down to Geoje Island. (about 1 hour)

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