Sightseeing on Jeju Island by foot is an excellent opportunity to experience the wonders of Jeju’s natural beauty, but sometimes you just need to give your legs a rest. Jeju Island has a wide selection of different options for travel that are easy to utilize and also offers tourist-friendly service. Here are a few convenient and widely accessible ways to travel around the island without breaking the bank!
[Please be aware that there are a limited number of Global Taxis available, so if you are planning on utilizing this service, make sure to call early!]
Global Taxi Service is a service supported by the government of Jeju for foreign language services in English, Chinese and Japanese.
So, you didn’t rent a car, and you are opting to use a taxi cab service? Great idea!
Here’s how you get one:
FIRST, call 1899-4314 to hire a cab. There are 3 language options available: English (press 1), Chinese (press 2), Japanese (press 3).
Global Taxis are convenient and affordable for short distances, as they charge the same fare as normal taxi cabs. The base fare on the taxi meter for a 4-passenger cab starts out at 2,800 won (USD2.50). A jumbo taxi (7-passenger taxi) charges 3,800 won (USD3.40) as the base fare.
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of renting a car, you have the option to lease a Global Taxi for a minimum of 8 hours at a cost of 150,000 won (USD135) for a 4-passenger cab and 200,000 won (USD180) for a jumbo taxi. For every additional hour, it will cost you an extra 20,000 won (USD18) and 30,000 won (USD27), respectively.
The taxi driver you hire will speak a basic level of the language you requested, so asking simple questions or directions will not be an issue. He will get you to your desired location with no problem!
If you hire the Global taxi for the day, you can leave your bags and baggage in the taxi cab. The driver will keep watch over it, but it is still recommended that you keep your valuables with you at all times!
Rent in advance! For the best fares and availability, booking in advance is best. Rental cars get sold out very quickly during peak seasons, which include:
- The two major Korean holidays
Lunar New Year (January or February)
Chuseok (September or October)
Please note: Because these dates are set using the lunar calendar, they will differ on the Gregorian calendar every year.
- The week of Children’s Day (early May)
- Summer peak season (mid-July to mid-August)
So, make sure to book your vehicle with enough time to spare!
If you did not book your car prior to your trip, no worries! You can rent a car at the rental car stations located by Gate 2 at Arrivals on the 1st floor. This is not the recommended method, but it will save you in a pinch!
Take pictures of your car to record any damages. The rental company will usually ask their clients to do this to minimize any possible car damage issues. And don’t forget to mark where your gas meter is! You will have to fill up your tank to at least that mark before you return the vehicle. In the case that you are unable to fill up the gas to the required amount, the rental car company will charge your credit card for the price of the gas, plus a fee of 5,000 won (USD4.50)
Schedule plenty of time for picking up your rental car at the airport. To better route traffic, the Jeju government placed all car rental companies off-site, so all rental car companies provide a free shuttle bus to and from the airport. Every company’s shuttle bus has a designated area at the shuttle bus terminal. Depending on the location of your rental company’s headquarters, the shuttle bus ride can take anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes, depending on local traffic conditions. So, make sure to schedule in plenty of time for pick up!
You will need your International Driver’s Permit and a photo ID to rent your vehicle. Be aware that in order to legally drive in the Republic of Korea, you will need to carry your International Driver’s Permit, along with your passport at any time you are operating a vehicle. International Driver’s Permits also have expiration dates, so make sure you will not be driving on an expired permit!
It is required for foreigners to purchase full coverage insurance on rental cars. There is no fixed cost for full coverage insurance; the price will vary by vehicle and rental dates. It may feel pricey, but the peace of mind far outweighs the financial cost!
When returning your rental car, you will return it to the same location from where you received your car. Sometimes, the rental company will ask you for your rental contract to verify information, so make sure you put it somewhere safe! Upon returning your vehicle, the shuttle bus will drive you back to the airport. Make sure you schedule in plenty of time for finalizing paperwork, vehicle inspection and shuttle bus ride back to the airport!
TO TAKE THE SHUTTLE BUS:
Exit Gate 5 at the Jeju International Airport. Cross the road at the crosswalk, and follow the yellow arrows that direct you to the Rent-a-Car shuttle bus terminal. Inside the terminal, you will find a map that will direct you to the location of your shuttle bus stop. If you still have questions, there is an information desk in the terminal building with helpful employees who can help you in English or Chinese.
The bus routes on Jeju Island have recently undergone a major overhaul to make the public transportation system easier and more convenient for both residents and tourists. There are now 8 express bus routes with new stops that will connect you to Jeju International Airport, and will make it possible to get anywhere on the island from the airport in under an hour. The Jeju government has implemented a plan to exponentially increase the number of buses, build new bus lanes for quicker service, as well as offer free WiFi along the way for your convenience.
The buses are color-coded by 3 different colors, according to their function and distance of the area covered. The red buses are express buses, and they travel longer distances, hitting only the major stops along the way. These buses are more expensive than the other buses, as they travel farther distances. The blue buses are trunk buses, which also runs for longer distances, although not quite as long as the red buses. However, these are still considered local buses, so they have more frequent stops than the express buses. Finally, the green buses are branch buses, which also have frequent stops and run for shorter distances across the island, usually sticking to a single local region.
For local buses, the fare is a flat fee of 1,200 won, and it is reduced to 1,150 won if you use a re-chargeable transit card (example: T-money card). Express buses are slightly more expensive, and the fare will cost you between 2,000-3,000 won per trip, depending on your destination of travel.
The bus system is looking to be an extremely viable option to tour the island, so we’ve assembled a tour for you that will circle the island around the coast, all by bus!
Bus 101 is an express bus along the Eastern Line that begins at the airport and circles east and down to Seogwipo Bus Terminal. Bus 102 is the parallel line to it, which begins at the Jeju Bus Terminal and ends at the Seogwipo Bus Terminal along the western coast of the island. Both routes stop at Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal and Seogwipo Bus Terminal, so this makes the perfect opportunity to circle completely around the island, solely by bus. Let’s begin by going east on Bus 101. Board Bus 101 at Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal or the Jeju International Airport, and we’re off!
Bus 101 Stop: Hamdeok Seoubong Beach (함덕해수욕장)
Address: Seoheul-gil, Jeju City
Tel. No.: 064-728-3393
Operating Hours: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Note: July 15 - August 15: Extended hours, beach closes at 9:00PM
TIP: To visit the famous Woljeongri Beach, transfer to Bus 201-1 at Kimnyeong Elementary School (김녕초등학교). Exit at the Woljeongri stop (월정리).
Address: Woljeongri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju City
Bus 101 Stop: Sehwa-ri (세화리)
Address: Haemajihaean-ro, Jeju City
Operating Hours: Summer Season - 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Winter Season - 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
TIP: To visit Hado Pogu, a quiet and picturesque fishing village that is popular for taking photos, transfer to Bus 201-1 at Sehwa-ri. Exit at the Hadori stop (하도리).
Address: Hadori, Gujwa-eup, Jeju City
Bus 101 Stop: Goseong-ri (고성리 성산농협)
Address: 284-12, Ilchul-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju
TIP: To visit Seongsan Port, or if you plan on taking a trip to Udo Island, transfer to Bus 201-4 at the Seongsan Transfer Point stop on the other side of the road. Exit at the Seongsan Port Ferry Terminal stop (성산포항 종합여객터미널).
Address: 130-21 #63643 Seongsandeungyong-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju
TIP: To visit the Jeju Folk Village, get off Bus 101 at Pyoseon Transfer Stop (표선환승정류장), and cross the 4-way Pyoseon Sagari intersection to the diagonal corner. Walk east 1 block to the Pyoseon Saguri Stop (표선사거리). Take Bus 732-1, 732-2 or 732-3 to the Pyoseon Jeju Folk Vil-lage stop (표선제주민속촌).
Address: Minsokhaean-ro 631-34, Pyoseon-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju
Bus 101 Stop: Namwon-eup Community Service Center (남원읍사무소)
Namwon Keuneong Promenade (남원 큰엉해안)
Address: Namwon 2-ri, Namwon-ri, Namwon-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju
Bus 101 Stop: Seogwipo Registration Office (서귀포등기소)
Cheonjiyeon Falls (천지연폭포)
Address: Namseongjung-ro, Cheonji-dong, Seogwipo, Jeju
Bus 101 Final Stop: Seogwipo Bus Terminal (서귀포버스터미널)
Take some time, relax, and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Seogwipo! When you’re ready, board Bus 102 going west from Seogwipo Bus Terminal, and we’re off again!
Bus 102 Stop: Jungmun Post Office
Yeomiji Botanical Garden
Address: 93, Jungmungwangwang-ro, Seogwipo, Jeju
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bus 102 Stop: Andeok Nonghyup Bank (안덕농협)
Address: 218-10, Sanbang-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju
Hours: Winter season 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Summer season 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Note: Subject to change according to weather conditions)
Jeju Sculpture Park
Address: 1836, Iljuseo-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo, Jeju
TIP: To visit Gapado Island, a beautiful island off the southwest coast of Jeju, get off at the Daejeong Transfer stop (대정환승정류장). Walk back towards the 4-way intersection, and cross the road going south. Walk south one block, and transfer at the Hamo 3-ri Chukhyeop stop (하모3리 축협). There are a number of buses that will take you to Moseulpo Port (모슬포항). A few of them include Bus 761-1, 761-3 and 752-1.
Address: Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju
Ferry Ticketing Booth
Tip: To visit Jeju’s world-famous Chocolate Museum, get off at the Daejeong Transfer stop (대정환승정류장), and walk back toward the 4-way intersection. Cross to the diagonal corner and walk south one block to the Moseulpo End stop (모슬포종점). Get on Bus 250-4 and exit at the Nonggong-Danji stop (농공단지).
Address: 144 Ilijuseo-ro, 3000-beongil, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo, Jeju
Bus 102 Stop: Gosan 1-ri (Catholic Church) (고산1리 - 성당앞)
Address: Gorak-ro, Hangyeong-myeon, Jeju-si, Jeju
TIP: To visit Chagwido Port, known for its’ spectacular view of Jeju’s sunsets, transfer at the Gosan 1-ri Catholic Church stop (고산1리, 성당앞). Transfer to Bus 771-2 and exit at the Chagwido Port stop (차귀포구).
Address: 1161 Noeulhaean-ro, Hangyeong-myeon, Jeju
Bus 102 Stop: Hallim-ri (한림리)
Address: 300, Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju City
Bus 102 Stop: 5-Day Market (제주 민속오일장)
Jeju Traditional 5-day Market
Address: Oiljangseo-gil 26, Jeju City
Open on the 2nd, 7th, 12th, 17th, 22nd and 27th of every month
Bus 102 Final Stop: Jeju Bus Terminal
We hope you all the best memorable experiences during your trip to Jeju Island!
Happy and safe travels!
For more information, visit the website: www.visitjeju.net