There can be several reasons to travel between Fukuoka (Japan) and Busan (South-Korea). Of course this trip can be made by plane. Although journey times are longer, ferry travel is generally much cheaper than flying, but the ferry schedules are subject to seasonal changes and may vary according to the weather.
However, once arrived at the starting point of our journey, myself, I highly prefer to travel along the surface, i.e. by bus, cab, train or boat. For this trip we selected the JR Beetle high-speed hydrofoil boat for the ferry Busan-Fukuoka.
The JR Beetle and the Kobee ferries are the fastest options. However, there is a slower and cheaper ferry running between these two cities: the Camilla Line.
These boats run between Hakata Port International Terminal at Fukuoka and Busan Port
A few companies provide regular services between these cities:
- CAMELLIA LINE,
New CAMELLIA, 7 flights/week
- JR KYUSYU JET FERRY
BEETLE, 3 or 4 flight round trip/day
It is operated by JR Kyushu Jet Ferry, a division of Kyushu Railway Company.
The JR Beetle is a high-speed hydrofoil boat, which makes it the faster way to travel over the water between Korea and Japan, but only intensifies nausea when the waves are high.
- MIRAEJET CO.,LTD.
KOBEE, Round trip/two flight day
Please note: Apart of the seat cost to travel across, there will be a number of surcharges e.g. for fuel and terminal tax.
The cheapest bookings can be made through the Beetle website itself. However you might need to use Google translate to convert this japanese webiste into your language. We booked using this website a few weeks in advance and our tickets were nicely available when we arrived at the frontdesk. Here they provide the passengers with valuable information like the size of the waves at sea. So do not forget to bring your seasicknes pills in case you have a sensitive stomach.
Alternative you can use the Aferry website for your language.
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