Have you been looking for the best Airbnb in Busan? Look no further! Here we share the best Airbnbs in the most popular areas to stay in Busan.

Busan is South Korea’s second-biggest and probably fastest-growing metropolis.

The city has much to offer. You have excellent beaches, enchanting temples, the colorful Gamcheon cultural village and much more. The different sights are spread out across the whole city. Therefor a day-trip from Seoul won’t give you enough time to witness all it’s beauty.

In this complete guide we showcase carefully handpicked Airbnb’s in 6 popular tourist areas in Busan.

Although we tried to limit our selection to properties that are relatively close to public transport we highly recommend to hire a rental car to explore Busan. Not all tourists sights are well-connected to public transport and if you don’t have your own means of transport you will loose lot’s of time on buses and subways.

Driving in South-Korea is easy and relaxed. We talk about our experience of our Korean road-trip here.

We hope that our explanation of the districts will help to make your choice taking into account what kind of activities you want to do in Busan and what places you want to see. 

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In a hurry? Our picks for the best Airbnb’s in Busan

Is Airbnb legal in South Korea

The short answer is Yes. 

The owners must follow a number of administrative steps and it is known that many fail to do so. 

They need to register the place and the government needs to approve them to operate an accommodation business. There are also some requirements. One of them is that the owners need to live in the same accommodation they rent out.

Here you can read more about the Korean regulations on the website of Airbnb

Landlords are expected to mention if their property is registered in their ad but often this cannot be found. We recommend contacting the host if you’re concerned about the legitimacy of the property you’re looking at.

But you may wonder if it’s worth the trouble.  The police is not actively on the look-out for unregistered properties and you won’t be in problem if you’re staying in one.

Occasionally police might address tourists who are in a non-tourist region to ask what they are doing there.  If you think your property is not legal you can say that you’re staying at a friends place. If you say that you’re staying at an Airbnb they may ask for more details to check the legitimacy of that property.  

Police will never give you a hard time. It’s the owner who might be in trouble as he is not approved and not paying taxes.

We heard about a rare instance where people were kicked out of their Airbnb. If this happens, you can contact Airbnb who will refund you and find you another accommodation nearby.

When you are hesitant about renting an Airbnb after reading the above, you can always opt for a hotel room instead. 

Here you can find more info about the best hotels to stay in Busan. 

Is Airbnb safe in Busan

There is always the risk that the police may ring at your door when your Airbnb isn’t registered but besides that renting an Airbnb in Busan is safe. 

Busan is a safe and well-developed city and the Airbnb’s that we describe below are all in popular tourist districts close to public transport.

What to look for when choosing your Airbnb in Busan

Searching for Airbnb’s in Busan will return more than 300 properties.  Finding a property in such a long list would be a hell of a job.

That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you, limiting ourselves in this article to a small selection of only the most amazing Airbnbs in Busan.

You may wonder what we did to have the good properties pop out.  Below are the criteria we used.

Popular tourist area

We limited our selection of properties to those located in popular tourist areas. Which leads us to the question of which area to stay in while in Busan.

Let’s start by saying there is no best area to stay in. All the areas we cover in this blog post have their advantages and disadvantages.

The best place to stay in Busan depends on what you want to see and do and where your interests lie. You can read our quick guide to get an idea if a region is a good match for your trip.

Below we grouped the properties per region and describe each region in more detail so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

Super hosts

We also tried to limit our selection to apartments hosted by Super hosts. Unfortunately, this wasn’t always possible. For every property we discuss, we have mentioned whether or not it is a super host

Super hosts are experienced hosts that are recognized by Airbnb for their exceptional quality.  They respond quickly to guests’ requests, at least 80% of their reviews are 5-star (with an overall average of 4.8 or higher) and they rarely cancel reservations.

Especially the latter is important as this gives you peace of mind. 

Nothing is more annoying than having to look for new accommodation at the last minute when your reservation is canceled a few months or weeks before your planned travel date.

English speaking host

An English speaking host was the third criteria we used. 

We stayed in an accommodation in South Korea where the owner did only speak Korean. 

Although we managed to understand each other our conversations were kept to a minimum, the payment, and a short tour around the property to show the available amenities. 

If your host speaks English he will be able to enlighten you about the nearby sights and his favorite bars and restaurants.

This personal touch is one of the main reasons we choose to stay in Airbnb’s so that’s why we made it a criterion.

English reviews

We only picked apartments with a number of English reviews. This was an indication for us on how well the Airbnb owner spoke English. 

Gamcheon Village in Busan
Gamcheon Village

Which region to stay in Busan – Quick guide

Here we will share some suggestions about the best places to stay in Busan for first-timers, when you’re traveling with your kids, want to go shopping or enjoy some days at the beach.

It will only take a few minutes to read through this quick guide.

You can click on the names of the neighborhood to read about it in more detail and see the selection of Airbnb properties in that area.

The best area to stay in Busan for the first time

Seomyeon

If this is your first visit to Busan you will probably want to discover as much of the city as possible. A central location with good access to public transport can help you with that.

Therefor, our advise would be to stay in Seomyeon.

Seomyeon lies in the center of Busan and offers great public transportation options to a lot of Busan’s highlights.

The Seomyeon Shopping District has everything from cosmetics over fashion to numerous bars and restaurants. It’s popular with young people and lively well into the wee hours.

Still, those who want to combine shopping and sightseeing might prefer Nampo-dong. The old downtown area of Busan has it all. You will find affordable stores as well as high-end international brands.

By staying here you are staying in what we think is the best shopping district.

In Nampo-dong you are also within walking distance of the Jagalchi fish market, BIFF square, Busan Tower and the Lotte department store underneath the Lotte Tower.

Because Nampo-dong is closer to these sights it is more touristy and you will see this reflected in prices in restaurants and accomodation.

Where to stay in Busan if you want to make use of public transport

When you have to rely on public transportation, we highly recommend staying in Seomyeon.

Seomyeon is the only district where you have direct access to the two key subway lines of Busan, line 1 and 2. These lines take many of Busan’s main attractions.

Although the other districts we cover in this article are also connected to Busan’s extensive subway network those would require you to transfer. That would make your trip a little or sometimes much longer.

The best area to stay in Busan for nightlife

Haeundae, home to the eponymous famous beach, is a popular tourist hang-out. It has a lively nightlife scene. You will find casual bars mixed with trendy cocktail venues.

Restaurants cater to all tastes. There is excellent Korean food but if you crave for a burger, a burrito or a pasta you will have no problem finding these.

Seomyeon is also known for its nightlife. The area mainly attracts a young and local crowd. Because of this the prices are somewhat lower. You will not find as much international options but it is a good place to mingle with the locals.

Busan beach family South Korea
Where to stay in Busan? Why not near the beach in Haeundae or Gwangan.

Best neighborhood in Busan for families with children

If your primary goal is sightseeing, I would advise staying in a central area like Seomyeon. It is a vibrant neighborhood, lively well into the wee hours, but it is perfectly safe. If you choose an accommodation a little away from the nightlife hot spots you shouldn’t have problems sleeping.

If you plan on spending the majority of your time on the beach you’re better off staying in Haeundae or Gwangan. Both districts are family-friendly. The first is more upscale but also somewhat more remote.

Therefor, if your plan is to include some sightseeing during your visit it is better to opt for Gwangan which is more centrally located.

Sasang is another lovely family-friendly district. The riverside walk and the park are nice areas to play and relax with your kids. Unfortunately, it is at the outskirts of the city, far from popular sights and not that well-connected. I would only opt to stay in this area if you have a rental car.

The best area to stay in Busan for the beach

Busan’s beaches are famous. You’ve come to the right place if you want to spend some lazy days sunbathing while your kids build sandcastles.

The two most popular beach areas are Haeundae and Gwangan. There are numerous accomodations in both.

Haeundae is more international and more sophisticated. It’s also a little away from downtown. Gwangan is more centrally located and is better if you want to soak up the local atmosphere.

The best place to stay in Busan – the in-depth guide

Here is our in-depth guide wih more information about the different areas and a selection of excellent Airbnb accomodations.

Here we share the pros and cons of each area so you can choose the best area to stay in Busan based on your own interests and preferences. 

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Dongbaekseom Island

Best Airbnb Haeundae

Haeundae is a popular holiday destination in South Korea. It is famous for its beaches. They attract many local tourists and tend to get crowded in summer.

Haeundae is located slighthly outside Busan. It is a great choice if you want to relax at the beach but not ideally located for sightseeing. Busan’s sights are spread out across the whole city. Some are located in and around Haeundae but others are at the far other side of the city.

Shopaholics can indulge in the world’s largest department store, Shinsegae Centum City.  The shopping paradise is located inland but can easily be reached by subway.

During sunset, you can join the many couples for a stroll along Dalmaji-gil Road. It is famous for the beautiful ambience, its views of the blue ocean, the pine tree forest, and the white sandy beach. Another evening you can head over to the Dongbaek peninsula for an at least equally good experience.

Haeundae has an active nightlife scene although it is not as vibrant as Seomyeon.  Those looking for a wild and loud party can choose from different bars but parties in Seomyeon tend to continue well into the wee hours whereas Haeundae becomes more quiet after 11 PM.

Haeundae also has sophisticated cocktail bars and restaurants offer all types of food from all over the world.

Main attractions in and around Haeundae

How to get here by public transport?  Haeundae is located almost at the end of subway line 2

Pros and cons

  • Close to Haeundae beach
  • Plenty of restaurant and bars with international cuisine
  • In close proximity to some interesting Busan attractions
  • Located a little outside Busan, a long commute to reach downtown
  • Far from other main attractions
  • The beach can get very crowded from June to September

Conclusion

If you want to relax and spend some days at the beach Haeundae is the best area to stay in Busan. You can combine days on the beach with visiting some of the sights in and around Haeundae.

Other sights are further out.  This makes Haeundae not ideal for first-time visitors that want to scrap all prime sights of their bucket list.  Certainly not if you need to rely on public transport.

Best Airbnb in Haeundae for couples

Ocean view studio

Entire apartment hosted by Minhyuk

  • 4 guests, 1 bedroom, 3 beds (1 queen and 1 bunk bed) and 1 bathroom
Airbnb Haeundae Beach
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Amazing ocean view studio in a great location with plenty of restaurants and bars nearby. To get to the beach or the Busan Sea Life aquarium you just need to cross the street. Very friendly and accommodating host.

Rating: 4.67

Extra amenities: 

  • Wi-Fi
  • Free pick up service from the Airport or KTX station
  • Self check-in possible between 10AM and 7PM
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bus stop nearby

Guests say that the studio exceeded their expectations and that they will book this Airbnb again when they revisit Busan.

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The Blue

Entire apartment hosted by Laurie – Superhost

  • 2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 bath ( an extra futon on the floor can be provided to sleep 2 more)
Great Airbnb in Busan near Haeundae beach

This very well-equipped apartment is located just a block away from Haeundae beach. There are several shops and restaurants within walking distance. You can park your car for free in the underground parking.

Your card key also gives you access to the fitness and the rooftop garden.

This is a great place to stay if you are looking for a beach holiday, it offers a good balance between price and quality.

Laurie is a super host, she is very responsive and helpful.

To get to the subway  you will need to walk 12 to 15 minutes.  If you arrive from the airport you better take the airport limousine bus to the Paradise hotel which is only a 2-min walk from the apartment.

Several other buses also stop within walking distance.

Rating: 4.82

Extra amenities: 

  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Self check in with keypad
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer

Guests say that the apartment has everything you need and a little more. Great value for money.

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Best Airbnb in Busan for families

Fabulous House at Pale de Cz building

Entire condo hosted by Laurie – Superhost

  • 6 – 16 guests, 3 bedrooms, 3 queen beds, 2 bathrooms (extra guests will need to sleep on futons on the floor)

The apartment has 3 bedrooms with 3 queen size beds. If your party is larger you need to provide the exact number of people and extra bedding will be provided.

Great airbnb at Haeundae Beach
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This spacious apartment lies in an incredible location overlooking the beach of Haeundae. The beach is a 2 minute walk. Close by you will find a supermarket, several convenience stores and a bakery. There is also a restaurant and a number of convenience stores located on the lower floors of the building.

It’s a 10-minute walk to the nearest subway station. The hop-on hop-off bus stop is only a short walk.

The host is very helpful with everything and responds right away when you have questions.

Rating: 4.85

Extra amenities: 

  • Free parking for 2 cars
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning in every room
  • Washer and dryer
  • Swimming pool, fitness, and golf range ( free for 2 people, more people for an extra charge )

Awesome place with great views and wrap around balconies. Most guests found this property above expectations.

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Diamond Bridge Gwangandaegyo Bridge Busan at night
Diamond Bridge

Best Airbnb in Gwangan

Beach lovers may have a hard time choosing between Haeundae beach and Gwangan beach.  International tourists tend to flock more to Haeundae, locals seem to prefer Gwangan.

That’s why Gwangan is somewhat cheaper and offers more opportunities to mingle with the locals. If you’re looking for a more authentic experience you will probably want to come here.

In comparison, Haeundae is sometimes seen as a “m’as-tu-vu” place.

Gwangan also beats Haeundae when it comes to panoramic views.  Once the sun sets you will enjoy impeccable views on the beautifully-lit Diamond bridge.

Overall Gwangan offers a more laid-back vibe. If you are looking to meet expats and long-term travelers, this is the perfect place for it. The beach is lined with lots of coffee shops, cafes, and good restaurants.  There’s no better place to enjoy a cocktail or a good meal with the beautifully lighted Diamond bridge in the background.

The Gwangan area is more centrally located. You are close to the beach but at the same time you’re only minutes away from some good shopping districts as both the Shinsegae Centum City department store and the Kyungsung University area are only 3 subway stops away.

Main attractions in and around Gwangan

  • Gwangalli Beach
  • The beautiful lighted Diamond bridge offers perfect photo opportunities at night
  • Centum City department store 

How to get here by public transport? The closest metro station is Gwangan station.  From there it’s about a 5-minute walk to reach the beach.

Pros and cons

  • Perfect for beach lovers
  • Beautiful views on the Diamond bridge
  • Only 8 km from Busan city center, so easier to visit other attractions
  • If you aren’t that fond of the beach, there are better places to stay in Busan

Conclusion

Gwangan is the best place to stay in Busan if you plan on spending some days on the beach and if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option that gives you an true authentic feeling.

It’s located closer to the city center.  This makes it a great compromise if you want to combine some beach days with some sightseeing.

Best Airbnb in Gwangalli beach for couples

Gwangali beach Oceanview rooftop

Entire apartment hosted by Byungjin

  • 2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 bath

According to the listing on Airbnb this property can sleep 6 people but only 1 double bed is present.  Extra people will need to sleep on futons on the floor.

Great Airbnb near Gwangali beach
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This wonderful apartment in the heart of Gwangalli beach is perfect for couples. The great asset of this apartment is without a doubt the terrace.

From the big terrace, you can enjoy gorgeous views of Gwangalli beach and the diamond bridge.

The only drawback of this property is that the bathroom is only accessible from the terrace.

Rating: 4.68

Extra amenities: 

  • Wi-Fi
  • BBQ
  • Washer + Dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Free parking for one car

Wonderful apartment with amazing views.

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Gwangali Beach 1 min. Ocean view/H-atelier

Entire apartment hosted by 혜민 – Superhost

  • 4 guests, 1 bedroom, 2 beds (1 queen and 1 sofa bed), 1 bathroom
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This well-maintained studio is located a few minutes from the beach, many restaurants, cafés, bars, and Suncheon train station. Right in front of the studio is a bus stop. The subway station is within walking distance.

Enjoy the breathtaking view from the studio especially at night when the Gwangan bridge is lit up.

Rating: 4.83

Extra amenities: 

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Free parking for one car

Good home base for discovering everything Busan has to offer.

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Best Airbnb in Gwangan for families

Zino’s place

Entire apartment hosted by 러블

  • 4 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds ( 1 queen and 2 small doubles) , 1,5 baths
Best Airbnb in Gwangan for families
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Zino’s place lies right in front of Gwangalli beach.

You can enjoy breathtaking views of the bridge right from your room, especially at night.

The lower floors of the building house a small shopping mall with some pubs and restaurants. Several more can be found within walking distance.

Guests say the apartment is more spacious than expected and agree that the beds are comfy. They also love the special details such as the designer chair and the wooden table.

For light sleepers, the curtains in the bedroom may not darken enough.

The host is very responsive and trustful.

Rating: 4.83

Extra amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Easy Self check in with keypad

Great house with amazing views!

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Luke’s Place

Entire suite hosted by  Eui Sheuk

  • 16 guests, 3 bedrooms, 4 beds (1 king, 2 queens, 1 air mattress), 2 bathrooms

Note that the basic occupancy is 6 people and the maximum occupancy is 26. Extra mattresses will be then provided.

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Luke’s place is an amazingly spacious and comfortable Airbnb. The views are amazing and the big terrace is a great spot to have a BBQ or to listen to the sound of the waves.

Guests love the hosts personal attention.

Recommended if you are traveling with a big group or family. The only downside is that parking your car isn’t free.

Rating: 4.83

Extra amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Washer and dryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Lift

Great place to stay with amazing views.

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Lotte Department Store Seomyeon Busan South Korea

Best Airbnb in Seomyeon 

Seomyeon is the commercial center of this bustling metropolis. It acts as the central transportation hub. At the heart of the district is the Seomyeon subway station where the two major lines in Busan’s network cross.

These metro lines swiftly take you to popular tourist attractions such as the Beomeosa Temple, Haeundae Beach, Jagalchi Market (including the Busan tower and Lotte Department Store) and Gwangalli Beach.

Bujeon station, one-stop North on line 1, is the terminal station of the East line, officially the Donghae Nambu Line, operated by Korail. Trains for Gyeongju leave from this station. If you stay in Seomyeon you can easily do a day trip to Gyeongju.

Seomyeon 1 Beonga street is where all the action is. Freely translated 1 Beonga means ‘First street’. It is the main street of Busan and one of the busiest streets of the city.

The street is also known by many other names such as Food street or Art street. It’s a pedestrian street and the place to go for a drink or a meal. You will find cheap bars and restaurants.

There are regular street performances, especially during the weekends.

Seomyeon started as a hotspot for everybody young and trendy but now also draws national and international tourists. There party scene is still very much present and the bars and clubs still attract an overwhelmingly young crowd.

Shopaholics love the gigantic Lotte Department Store and bargain hunters rave even more about the huge underground Seomyeon shopping complex with a wide range of shops selling all kinds of goods at very affordable prices.

Main attractions in and around Seomyeon

  • Seomyeon 1 Beonga street also called food street which lots of restaurants
  • Lotte Department Store
  • Underground Seomyeon shopping complex

How to get here by public transport? Seomyeon station is centrally located in the district and can be reached with subway line 1 and line 2.

Pros and cons

  • Centrally located near public transport. You can easily visit Busan’s most important tourist spots without losing too much time
  • Plenty to do day and night
  • Not so suited for those who want to get a tan at the beach as it requires quite a long subway ride to the best beaches in Haeundae and Gwangan

Conclusion

Seomyeon might not be as fancy as Haeundae and the views might not be as good as Gwangan but strategically it is very well located.  

This makes it our first choice for first-time visitors.  Especially, if you want to get the best out of a limited number of days, this is definitely the best location.

Best Airbnb in Seomyeon for couples

Song’s house

Entire apartment hosted by Song – Superhost

  • 6 guests, 1 bedrooms, 3 beds (1 queen, 1 double and 1 futon) and 1 bathroom
Best Airbnb in Seomyeon for couples
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Song’s house is a stylish apartment in a very central location.

It’s conveniently located next to Seomyeon station and within walking distance of the many shops, restaurants and pubs in Seomyeon main street. The famous Kyochon fried chicken can be tasted in the restaurant downstairs. It is in a good location to explore the whole of Busan.

The apartment looks exactly as on the pictures. Guests find that it is quite spacious compared to other apartments they stayed at in South Korea.

Song is a very friendly and responsive host who is always willing to help when you have questions.

Rating: 4.89

Extra amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Digital door lock
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer

Highly recommended if you want to stay in a central location for exploring everything Busan has to offer.

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Sunny’s neat and cozy house

Entire apartment hosted by Sunny

  • 4 guests, 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1 bath

Although according to the host the apartment can accommodate 4 people, guests say that it is more suitable for 3.

As you can see in the pictures the second bedroom is on a mezzanine and not separated by a wall.  This setup is not ideal if you’re traveling with friends or family and value your privacy.

Best airbnb in Seomyeong
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Sunny’s house is located in the heart of Seomyeon, close to restaurants, bars and the station, but far enough not to have any disturbances at night.

The Lotte Department store is also within walking distance.

Guests say Sunny is a very friendly and responsive host and that they recommend Sunny’s place if you are looking for an Airbnb in a central location in Busan.

Rating: 4.90

Extra amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Washer + Dryer

Great Airbnb located in the heart of Seomyeon. Perfect for those that want to explore Busan.

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Best Airbnb in Seomyeong for families

It wasn’t easy to find an Airbnb in Seomyeong with 2 separate bedrooms.

Most Airbnbs squeeze several beds in one room or are in loft style meaning the second bedroom is in a mezzanine.

We did manage to find this one airbnb below.

Eco house

Private room hosted by Mac – Superhost

  • 6 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1 bath
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Eco house is in a good location in the center of Seomyeon, right behind the Lotte Department store and nearby public transport and several restaurants and pubs. This is a perfect location for exploring Busan.

Guests say the place is clean and comfortable.

Mac is a very helpful and responsive host.

Rating: 4.79

Extra amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Washer
  • Air conditioning in each room

A nice and cozy place to stay with your family while you are in Busan.

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Busan Tower South Korea

Best Airbnb in Nampo-dong

Nampo-dong is Busan’s version of the popular Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul. Shopaholics can loose themselves for days in Nampo-dong’s shopping galore.

Here is everything from high-end designer brands to 5.000 won stores.

The district not only draws foreign tourists, also the locals love to come here to indulge in a shopping spree.

It’s also a good place to stay for sightseeing. You’re close to the Jagalchi fish market, the Lotte department store, BIFF square where the International Film Festival is held yearly, and the Busan tower.

Nampo-dong is also known for its street food scene. Stalls are selling Korean specialities but as the Korean cuisine is also influenced by the outside world you will find an international mix that caters to all tastes. It’s a true foodies paradise.

Main attractions in and around Nampo-dong

  • Jagalchi fish market
  • Lotte Department store
  • Busan Tower
  • Taejongdae

How to get here by public transport? Nampo-dong is accessible via Busan Line 1.  There’re stops at Nampo (nearby the Lotte Department Store and the Busan Tower) and Jagalchi.

  • The perfect ‘shop till you drop’ district
  • Perfect area for foodies as the street food scene is fantastic
  • Within walking distance of Busan Tower and Jagalchi Fishmarket
  • Busan’s beaches are relatively far away and will require a transfer. If you want to combine sightseeing and shopping you’re better off staying in Gwangan.

Conclusion

Nampo-dong is the best place to stay in Busan for shopping and is also ideal to do some sightseeing.

Because of Jagalchi market there are many excellent seafood restaurants.

Best Airbnb in Nampo-dong for couples

Nampo near & Ocean view & cozy #Z3

Entire apartment hosted by 광회 – Superhost

  • 4 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 bathroom

If you are more than 2 people, a floor mattress is provided. Although it is advertised that this apartment can accommodate 4 people, it is not ideal and it might be better to look elsewhere.

Great Airbnb in Nampo-dong for couples
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This Airbnb lies in an easy to find a location near Nampo station and within walking distance of the Jagalchi fish market and the Lotte Department store. The Airbnb is relatively new and exactly as shown in the pictures.

From the Airbnb you can enjoy great views of the harbor and the bridge.

A 24hr convenience store is located at the first floor of the building.

The host is easy to communicate with and responds quickly.

Rating: 4.86

Extra amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Easy self check in with keypad

Great Airbnb with beautiful views for exploring Busan

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Best Airbnb in Nampo-dong for families

Rocket family house

Entire apartment hosted by  은영

  • 6 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds and 1,5 bathroom
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The Rocket family house is located in the old city center of Busan. It is close to shops and restaurants but in a fairly quiet neighborhood. It is spacious when compared to local standards and other properties.

The host is very friendly and helpful and gives excellent restaurant recommendations.

The apartment in on the third floor and is accessed via a quaint staircase that really adds to the charm of the place. Unfortunately it makes it less convenient if you’re traveling with a lot of lugage.

Some guests mention that the room isn’t very soundproof and that they could hear the voices of the guests in the other rooms. If you are a light sleeper, you may want to consider staying elsewhere.

The Jagalchi subway stop is nearby and you can also easily reach the apartment with the airport limousine bus.

If you have your own car you may find it hard to park it near the apartment.

Overall, it makes a great home base for sightseeing Busan.

Rating: 4.68

Extra amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer + Dryer
  • Easy self check in with keypad

Awesome Airbnb that lies in an excellent location for exploring Busan.

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Entire apartment by AJ – Superhost
  • 8 guests, 3 bedrooms, 7 beds, 2 bathroom
beautiful Airbnb not far from Busan station
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AJ house is located in the center of Busan 2 stops from Busan station and close to the Lotte Mall and Jagalachi fish market. There are also a lot of restaurants in the neighborhood.

From the floor to ceiling windows you can enjoy amazing views of the ocean and the harbor. The view is especially spectacular at night.

AJ is a super host, he responds quickly to questions and is very helpful.

Rating: 4.86

Extra amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Airconditioning
  • Washer
  • Easy self check in with keypad

This is an amazing property to stay in while you are in Busan.

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Kyungsung University Busan South Korea

Best Airbnb in Kyungsung

If you are looking for a non-touristy place to stay in Busan then Kyungsung, named after the local university, might be the place for you.

Because of the presence of not one but two universities (Bukyoung university is also just around the corner) it has a student-like vibe but many expats also call this place home. You will find many vintage and boutique shops and the student-scene has also attracted many affordable bars and eateries.

Clubs are open Thursday to Saterday and often feature live bands. These places are popular with foreigners and because of the many expats that frequent them they usually have english speaking staff.

Unfortunately Kyungsung is not particularly well located for any of the key tourist attractions in Busan. The closest highlight is Gwangali beach and this is about  30 minutes with either bus or subway.

How to get here by public transport? Subway line 2 stops at Kyungsung University.

  • Non-touristy, off-the-beaten-path location
  • Affordable restaurants and good nightlife
  • No sights or touristic attractions nearby except for Gwangali beach which is still 30 minutes away
  • Further away from all key touris attractions

Conclusion

Kyungsung is the best place to stay in Busan if you want to join the party-scene or are looking for a place of the beaten path.  It has affordable restaurants and bars and an active nightlife-scene. It should be relatively easy to meet locals and expats alike.

Best Airbnb in Kyungsung for couples

Condo hosted by Rex

Entire condo hosted by Rex – Superhost

  • 3 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 queen bed (extra guests sleep on floor mattresses), 1 bathroom
Best Airbnb in Kyungsung

Rex place is a lovely apartment with all the necessary amenities near the bustling Kyungsung University area and within walking distance from a metro station and many restaurants.

Rex is a caring host who goes above and beyond for his guests. He can arrange a pick-up from Gimhae airport if required.

Great value for money!

Rating: 4.88

Extra amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Self check in with an electronic keypad door lock

A great place to stay while you are in Busan.

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Rex has also a bigger apartment suitable for max 6 people.

Best Airbnb in Kyungsung for families

Hotel icon Condo hosted by Rex

Entire condo hosted by Rex – Superhost

  • 6 guests, 2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1 bath

The apartment has 2 bedrooms with each a queen size bed. Extra people will need to sleep on a futon on the floor.

Best Airbnb in Kyungsung
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Spacious, modern apartment with a nice terrace. It features comfortable beds and has a lot of closet space. Everything looks exactly as in the pictures.

There are plenty of restaurants in the neighborhood and Rex is able to help you order dinner if you prefer.

He is a helpful host who speaks good English and answers quickly if you have questions.

Rating: 4.93

Extra amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Electronic keypad door lock

Excellent Airbnb for those that are traveling with their family or in a group.

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Yachts Sasang Busan South Korea

Best Airbnb in Sasang

Sasang is another non-touristy district in Busan.  It’s located across the river from Gimhae International Airport, Busan’s main airport. 

It’s a good location to stay if you are arriviving on a late flight or leave early morning. You are at the aiport in a mere 15 minutes. The light rail train connects Sasang with the airport.

Right next to the Sasang subway station is Busan’s West Intercity Bus Terminal also known as Busan Seobu Bus Terminal.

This terminal is smaller than the central bus terminal but is in a better location. Ironically the central bus terminal is nowhere near the center. It is actually far North of Busan at Nopo, the end station of Subway line 1.

Several buses depart daily from the West terminal for Seoul, Gwangju, and many other cities in the Southern provinces of South-Korea. 

You won’t find any large department stores in Sasang.  Instead, there are plenty of small convenience stores (7-eleven, …) You will not starve either, there is a myriad of restaurants and small eateries to choose from.

Sasang is at the western edge of the city and is not particularly well located for any of the tourist sights.  I would not recommend staying here unless you have a rental car.

How to get here by public transport? The Sasang subway station is located on line 2.  This subway stop is also where you would transfer to the Light rail trains that head to the airport.

  • Close to the airport
  • Close to the bus terminal
  • Perfect if you are interested in making day trips from Busan by bus
  • Further away from tourists sights and attractions

Best Airbnb in Sasang for couples and families

Sasang all for you house

Entire apartment hosted by Stella

5 guests, 1 bedroom, 2 beds, 1 bath

The room has only 1 bed and 1 sofa bed. So it is best suited for couples or families with children.

Great Airbnb near Busan Airport
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This is a cozy little place close to the Gimhae airport which can be easily reached with the subway. Sasang station is just a 5-minute walk away.

You will stay in a nice room with comfy beds. Nearby you will find plenty of shops and restaurants.

Stella is a very friendly host.

Rating: 4.79

Extra amenities:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning
  • Washer
  • Free parking on premises

This pleasant Airbnb is a great option if you have an early flight.

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Top reasons to stay in an Airbnb in Busan

Accommodation is always a huge consideration when traveling and in recent times this often comes to the Airbnb vs hotel debate.

Busan counts numerous Airbnb properties so it may be a good alternative to a hotel.

There are a number of aspects to consider when looking at potential Airbnbs.

More privacy

Staying in an Airbnb often provides more privacy than a traditional hotel as Airbnb accommodation is usually separate.

This also allows for more freedom as there aren’t as many strict rules regarding house-cleaning and the like.

Rather, there are usually simple common courtesy guidelines.

This freedom also extends to having a full kitchen and separate rooms, making Airbnb a great choice for longer stays.

More unique and authentic experience

While hotels are fairly similar in most parts of the world, Airbnb can differ hugely by location.

This can provide a more unique and authentic experience of staying in a new place.

This can also allow for meeting local residents and learning local customs and recommendations.

This integration is helpful in bridging the gap between being a tourist and understanding the area, people, and culture better.

Often better value than a hotel especially when you are traveling as a family

When it comes to price, Airbnb can often work out as better value than a hotel, especially considering all the benefits that come with it.

You will be able to share the same space with your group, spending more quality time together. It is also easier to manage a family in a regular complete apartment as opposed to spread out across several different hotel rooms.

If you are traveling as a family or in a group, it will usually also turn out significantly cheaper than a hotel.

Conclusion

We understand how difficult it sometimes is to find the right kind of accommodation for your stay. With this blog post we did our best to help you in finding high-quality apartments wether it is for a romantic getaway with your loved one or a family reunion.

Have a look at our selection of exellent hotels if you did not find anything to your liking.

Have a great stay in Busan!

If you are traveling beyond Busan, you can find our South Korea travel guide here.

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