As there were no direct flights between Singapore and Jeju, this was what we did:
1. Book flights to and from Singapore to Seoul's Incheon Airport
2. Book flights to and from Gimpo Airport to Jeju
On the day of departure from Singapore, we flew to Incheon Airport, then we hopped onto the AREX, which took us to Gimpo Airport. From Gimpo, we took the domestic flight to Jeju.
Our flight from Gimpo to Jeju was booked on ASIANA airlines. Other airlines also ply the same route - KOREAN AIR, JEJU AIR and EASYJET.
Allow a buffer of around 3 hours between the landing time in Incheon and the boarding time to Gimpo (in case of flight delays / baggage delays etc).
We didn't feel confident about driving in Jeju, as it was the winter season (wet and slippery roads) and the vehicles are left-hand drive. Hence, we contacted our hotel before we arrived, and asked them to recommend a taxi driver to us. Our plan was to rent the cab for our sightseeing trips.
Our hotel was located in Seogwipo, and the rental cost depended on the distance travelled, as well as duration.
For Day 1, we rented the cab for about 8 hours - took us to Seongsan Ichulbong, lunch at the MINT in Phoenix Island Resort, Seopjikoji, Jeongbang Falls, Cheonjiyeon Falls and Oedolgae. We paid KRW 100,000, plus another KRW 10,000 to reimburse the driver's lunch.
Day 2, we rented the cab for a few hours to O'Sulloc Tea Museum, lunch and the Jusangjeolli Cliff. We paid KRW 30,000.
We thought that the fees quoted were fair and reasonable - after all, we didn't have to drive and could enjoy the comfort of traveling from one place to the next with much ease. The cab was also very clean.
2 flights (Korean Air and Asiana) will get you here from Gimpo Airport (Seoul) and it's a one and a half hour flight.
There's car rental booth and tourist information centre in the airport.
You will need to have international license to rent a car.
WudoAirport Bus Limousine (Airport~ Jungmun, Seoguipo)
The airport bus limousine runs between Jeju Airport to Jungmun and Seoguipo
Route: Airport - Holiday Inn Crown Plaza Hotel - Renaissance Hotel - Yeomiji Botanical Garden Entrance - Hana Hotel
Route: Hyatt Hotel - Silla Hotel - Green Villa Hotel - Lotte Hotel - Hankuk Condominium - Yeomiji Botanical Garden Entrance
Route: New Gyeongnam Hotel - Seoguipo Port - Paradise Hotel - Seoguipo KAL Hotel
Airport Deluxe Bus
Airport Deluxe Bus rotates the downtown
Driving in a rented gas-filled car is one of the most popular way to move around Jeju even when you can't read Korean. Main Roads are well labelled in English as shown on given maps. The roads allow easy stop at the side for sight-seeing.
This tour bus is best for those on honeymoon, family trips, group or individual tours. The tour covers the east and west parts of Jeju and a city tour and nighttime hotel area tour can be added on for no additional charge.
64-1330 (Eng, Kor, Chn, Jpn)
The best way to travel around Jeju-do is by car. I rented mine from Haeun Rentacar. It cost 70,000 won per day, for a top-of-the range 2.0 l automatic Sonata with an in-car navigation system, which not only guides you to every location, but also warns you about approaching speed limits and police cameras. This is very necessary on Jeju-do, where the maximum speed limit is 80kph, but in most places only 60kph or 50kph. The police cameras are often placed at the bottom of a hill, just after the speed limit has inexplicably changed from 80kph to 50kph.
The major car rental firms have desks inside the airport; the others operate from minibuses in the airport car park. If you don't have a Korean license, you need an international one. Driving outside of Jeju city is a real pleasure, as there is very little traffic on the country roads.
Other car rental companies in Jeju include:
Grand Rent Car 064 743 6022
Green Rent Car 064 743 2000
Nam-seoul Rent Car 064 743 8333
Daesin Rent Car 064 744 8123
World Rent Car 064 743 1007
Cheju Rent Car 064 742 3301
The best way to get to Jeju is by plane. And once you're in Korea, taking a plane is pretty much like taking the subway. It's cheap, fast and convenient. There's no need to buy a ticket beforehand. Just turn up at the domestic airport in Seoul (GIMPO AIRPORT is accesible via subway line 5) and purchase a ticket from Korean Air or Asiana Airlines. Tickets from KoreanAir is cheaper. Sometimes, you'll even get a discount if you book your tickets online. Check the website I included below..
: Ignore the message " for foreigners residing in korea" . I managed to book my tickets online and I'm not an expat wife living there..
All flights between Mainland South Korea and Jeju (CJU) are strictly domestic flights, so some people need a visa to transit at Seoul or Busan, even though they might not need the visa for Jeju.
Transferring in Busan (PUS) could be the better option, as PUS's two terminals (International and Domestic) are a mere 200 meters away from each other.
Transferring in Seoul most likely would mean to connect between Inch(e)on ICN and Gimpo (GMP), as all flights from Seoul to Jeju depart from GMP. Transfer would be a 35 minute train ride (commuter train departs every 12 minutes) at roughly 3 USD oneway. All in all, for a transfer between ICN and GMP not less than 3, better 3.5 hours should be allowed.
Flight options from the Philippines:
TransAsia flies 2pw from TPE; not sure if transiting requires a visa there.
China Eastern (MU) flies daily from Shanghai-Pudong (PVG). If you book MU through PVG on one ticket you can stay airside and do not need a visa to connect there.
Our courses, which include natually unexplored regions of Jeju island, offer something for everyone!
1. We offer day tours for any travelers who come to jeju independently.
2. Entrance fees, fuel costs, driver's tip and parking fees are included.
3. No tipping. No pressure to participate in optional tours. No additional charges.
4. Sufficient time will be allowed for lunch in an area where there are a variety of restaurants. (participants should make their own lunch arrangements or if they prefer, they can hve lunch with us at a restaurant of our choosing.
5. No guided tours but a translator will accompany with you on the bus.
6. East course and West course day tours are offered on alternate days.
7. Each day tour starts around 9 am. and finishes around 6 pm.
8. Day tour schedules may change depending on weather conditions or seasonal factors.
1.Sangumburi - The only crater in Jeju located at ground level.
2.Seongeup Folk Village - Currently, more than 200 people live in the village and continue to abide by traditional jeju customs and traditions.
3.Seopjikoji - The best View in the Eastern area. The location of the popular soap opera All In
4.Seongsan Ilchulbong(Sunrise Peak) - A symbol of Jeju. Registered as a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.
5. Manjanggul - The longest lava cave in the world. Registered by UNESCO as a world natural heritage site.
6. An exhibition hall of Jeju's specialities - The place is managed by Jeju provincial office. Yeha tour guarantees that place is the least expensive in jeju.
7. Mysterious road - Cars with their engines off appear to go by themselves.
1.O'sulloc Tea Museum - A panoramic view of a seemingly unlimited green tea field.
2.Mt.Sanbang - When you look down at the ocean from the upper half of the mountain, you will never forget the breathtaking view.
3.Yongmeori Coast - A unique coast has been piled up by wind and sea erosion oever several thousands years.
4.Jusangjeoli Rocks - When lava from erupting volcanoes met the ocean, it formed these interesting pillar-shaped rocks.
5.Oadolgae - A large rock that stands alone in the middle of the ocean. The location of the popular Korean soap opera Dae Jang Gum.
6.Cheonjiyeon Waterfall - There is a picturesque place which falls down crystal water between valleys.
7. Jeongbang Waterfall - The only coastal waterfall in the orient where waters enter directly into the sea.
8.Mysterious road - Cars with their engines off appear to go by themselves.
The most common transportation mode when sightseeing in Jeju is by rent-a-car or rent-a-taxi. But the cost can be rather expensive. The suggested Jeju one-night, two-days course presents a convenient and affordable way to explore Jeju on a trolley bus over the course of two days.
Dae Sin Rent-a-car: Nohyeong-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, 82-64-744-8123 http://chejudrive.com
Korea Rent-a-car: Nohyeong-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, 82-64-748-5005 http://www.hankookrent.co.kr
Jeju Dream Rent-a-car: Yeon-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, 82-64-744-3939 http://www.dreamrent.co.kr/default.asp
Hansung Rent-a-car: Yeon-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, 82-64-747-2100 http://www.hansungrent.co.kr
Arirang Rent-a-car: Nohyeong-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, 82-64-749-2139 http://www.arirangrent.co.kr
Budget Rent a Car: Nohyeong-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, 82-64-748-2727 http://www.budget.co.kr
Dong-a Rent-a-car: Yongdam 2-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, 82-64-743-1515 http://dongarent.co.kr
Korea Express Rent-a-car: ido 2-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, 82-64-746-5967 http://korexrentcar.co.kr
Jeju Asan Rent-a-car: Nohyeong-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do, 82-64-743-9991 http://www.car7.co.kr
The closest port in mainland Korea to Jeju-do is in Wando. One can take the Hanil Express ferry from Wando to Jeju for only around 13,000 won! There are 2 trips every day at 1430 and 1530 and it takes only 3 hours! More information here:
I am also planning to take the ferry on my next Jeju visit and I will update this tip accordingly!
Rent a car while you're in Jeju or you'll be at the mercy of Korean - speaking guides and the availability of the sparse buses in the islands. Most of the best scenic sites of the island are at remote places so you'll need a car to see them.
I got this 1.3L, Hyundai Family Car for about US$80 for 3days and 2 nights from Jeju Ok rent a car. The chap there was remarkably friendly and he even gave me a 50% discount because of my credit card. Here's the details in case you need a car as well:
1)Jeju Ok Rent a Car (743-4000,Mr Chang Jian Heng)
Website:http://www.jejuokrent.co.kr/, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also other companies:
1)Geumho Rent a Car +82-64-743-8107(Kor/Eng/Jap.)
2)Jeju Rental Car Service Associaton +82-64-747-4301(Kor/Eng/Jap)
3)AVIS Rent a Car +82-64-749-3773(Kor/Eng/Jap)
Note: The rental car information desk is near the arrival gate at Jeju International Airport . Yes, they Do speak English/Mandarin/Japanese. It is usually possible to rent without a reservation as there's lots of car agents here.
At Jeju Ferry Terminal (Jeju City), the staff there kept asking us where we're going and kept reminding us to go to the "Foreigner Only line". We thought we would get strip-searched or something. When it was time to leave, the staff checked our passports and tickets, then let us go ahead of the huge line-up. That was it. Just a special treatment.
Being the first in the ferry, of course we got the best spot in our third-class room. This room takes 30 people. No division, no order. You're lucky not to be facing a foot if you're the last one to arrive.
In the summer, you may choose to sleep in the lobby or at the viewing area outside... if you could bear the wind.
The cost was about $48US per person for a 13.5hr cruise.
Visit http://english.tour2korea.com and
http://www.chejuinfo.net/index_e.html for more info.
The bus is one way to get from the Airport to the other parts of the island. However, the buses aren't the most convenient way to get around Jeju, particularly if you're on a tight schedule. I had one full day to go around the island and no access to a car. The bus goes to most places you'd want to go to, but some extended walking and/or hitchhiking may be involved (e.g. Manjang Caves). Plus the frequency of the buses isn't too good. Be aware that you'll have a lot of free time waiting for the next bus. Thus I had to make sure that at night time I was in a place that had enough connections to make it back to my homestay in Jeju City before it got too late. That means you'll have some choices to make as to which sights you'd want to see most. If you can plan to do so ahead of time and have the funds, rent a car. The island's sights are more spread out and the island is not as small as you expect it to be.
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416-6 Haedo-Dong,Nam-Gu, Nam-Gu, Pohang, Korea, Re
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
2812-4 Saekdal-dong, Jeju City, 697-130, South Korea
Good for: Families