Gimpo Airport in Seoul seemed to have an organized system set-up for getting stand-by plane tickets to Jeju as well as points around Korea. I arrived in Seoul in May from an international flight hoping to head to Jeju but without a domestic ticket. I headed to Gimpo in the afternoon, found that flights were booked, and just hoped to get a stand-by ticket, as I was scheduled to meet a family for a homestay that night. I did this with Korean Air and got the deal for about regular price (could've been $80 but can't quite remember). I along with a number of other Korean hopefuls left our name with the ticket agent, paid the money upfront, received a slip of paper with a specific time listed on it, and waited for our names to be called at the stand-by counter at the given time. Once they were ready to call the chosen names at the counter, the lucky folks (seemingly 10-15 of us) handed in our slips, picked up a boarding pass, checked in our bags, and had about 10 minutes to head up to the gate. It seemed to go like clockwork and I made it to Jeju Airport safely, despite the quite windy approach into Jeju.
Korean Air / Asiana Airlines
Korean Air and Asiana Airlines offer more than 30 flights per day (!) from Gimpo Airport in Seoul to Jeju-Do.
Costs vary by season and weekday/weekend (approx. 58,000 KRW - 87,000 KRW per one-way trip). Booking in the Internet can save you 5 - 20%, also depending on day and whether it's a morning or afternoon/evening flight.
Check the subsequent tip for more information on this new budget airline...
How to get a ticket?
Korean Air: www.koreanair.com
Jeju Air: http://www.jejuair.net/
2.) Airline Offices
Go to one of the many branches of Korean Air or Asiana and purchase it on spot.
If you're not flying on the weekend, the easiest way might be to simply go to Gimpo Airport and purchase it right there. That way, you can just get your ticket for the next available flight. If you arrive up to 15 minutes before departure, you can still get on the flight.
Korean Air : Call 1588 - 2001 for assistance.
Asiana : Call 1588- 8000 for assistance.
Jeju Air: Call 1599-1500 for assistance.
Jeju Air is Korea's first low-budget air carrier.
It started business oficially on March 25, 2006 with its Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircrafts and offers daily flights to Jeju-Do from Seoul-Gimpo and Busan.
As with most budget carriers, Jeju Air's attractiveness solely comes from the low airfare, which is usually around 20 to 30% cheaper than those of Korean Air or Asiana.
Service is almost non-existent:
- no drinks
- no food
- baggage check-in costs extra
- internet reservation only
Only setback for non-Korean travelers:
The major problem for foreign visitors is the all-Korean website. No English is available as yet and I don't expect it to be introduced soon.
Hence, if you'd like to use Jeju Air for your travel to the island, I'd suggest to ask your local hotel staff in Seoul or Busan to help you with the reservation. As long as you don't intend to fly over the weekend you shouldn't have major problems finding a vacancy.
The Airport Limousine (no. 600) is the perfect way to get from the airport to your hotel or pension and vice versa.
Departure is every 10 - 15 minutes right in front of the exit doors and the route covers all major hotels and resorts in the South. Buses run from approx. 6am to around 10pm.
3,900 KRW for the hotels; 5,000 KRW for Seogwipo city
~ 45 minutes to the hotels around Jungmun beach and 60 mins. to Seogwipo city.
The best way of getting around on Jeju Island is definitely by car. Compared to the non-stop-crowded streets of Seoul or Busan, Jeju-Do offers a very comfortable way of driving without traffic jam.
There are only two problems you may encounter:
a) Language barrier --> as everywhere else in Korea, the language barrier might be a big hurdle to overcome when intending to rent a car. There are rental car companies all over the island but after having visited Jeju-Do for many times, I can only recommend to get your car from the AVIS rental office. The staff speaks (a little) English and contracts are bilingual. Just inquire at the AVIS information desk at the arrival hall. There is a free shuttle bus that drives you the short distance to their head office. AVIS is slightly more expensive than other rental companies but you are less likely to be cheated or trapped in misunderstandings. If you don't mind signing a contract you don't understand, just get your car directly at the airport from one of the numerous rental vans on the parking lot. For those, however, who like to know the contents (or at least part of it) of what you sign, you rather stick to AVIS.
b) Speed limits --> the maximum speed on Jeju Island is 80 km/h... and only in designated areas. Most of the time, you'll be cruising around with 50 - 60 km/h, which sometimes feels like crawling (especially when driving on almost deserted 3-lane-highways). Speeding might be dangerous though as Jeju-Do is covered with a tight network of radar units being mounted over most of the streets.
Daily rates start at around 90,000 KRW for small (e.g. SM3) and around 350,000 KRW for luxury vehicles (e.g. BMW 3-series). However, the longer the period, the cheaper the rate.
Specials: If you're staying at one of the hotel resorts in the south, you might wanna get your car at the hotel's rental car office, where hotel guests can enjoy up to 50% discount!!!
Korea has a well- developed domestic flight network served by Korean air and Asiana Airlines.
You can buy a ticket in advance at the airport ticketing counter or visit the airlines office.
office: city hall subway stn, exit 10
Find Mr. Lee's bike shop. It's a block south of the Seosara Junction, on the east side of the street, in Old Jeju. Mr. Lee speaks English very well, and will rent you a 50cc scooter for 20 dollars a day. It's PERFECT for getting around the island. Make sure you also get a helmet.
Now, I really wouldn't recommend this to anyone since the journey to Cheju by ferry is long, ardous and it drives a person with ADD like me, NUTS! But still there are a lot of patient folks out there so here's the details. You can take a ferry from all over Korea to Jeju, really!
Here's a sample of the prices and places of embarkation, based on 1st class cabin rates ( You wouldn't want to travel 3rd class for 11 hours or so right?)
Incheon->Jeju (USD165) for 15 whopping hours
Busan->Jeju(USD 170) for 11 whopping hours
Click the website for an updated pricing.
Seongsan Port Terminal and U-do Round Trip Ferry.
Every Hour Departure,
Take a 12~15minute.
[ Total U-do tour Fere/Person : 5500won ]
Round Trip Ferry : 4000won
Charges for Provincial Park : 1000won
Port Fare : 500won
Mokpo to Jeju Island round trip
Ship Name : New Seaworld Express Ferry
Gross Tonnage : 12,000Ton
Total Length : 150.8m
Beam : 25m
Passengers Capacity : 1,310/Persons
Speed : 23knot
Ship Name : Car Ferry Rainbow
Gross Tonnage : 5,000Ton
Total Length : 115m
Beam : 21m
Passengers Capacity : 642/Persons
Speed : 23knot
Departure ( Day/ Time )
New Seaworld Express Ferry : Every day / Dp 09:00~ Ar 13:10 ( Off-day / Monday )
Car Ferry Rainbow : Every day / Dp 15:00~Ar 19:30 ( Off-day / Sunday )
Car Ferry Rainbow : Every day / Dp 08:40~Ar 13:10 ( Off-day / Sunday )
New Seaworld Express Ferry : Tuesday~Saturday/ Dp 17:30~Ar 21:40 ( Off-day / Monday )
Sunday / Dp 16:30~Ar 20:40
New Seaworld Express Ferry
Level/ Amount/ Child/ School(10%)/ Adult Group(20%)/ School Group(30%)/ DC(50%)
1Class Bed/ 86,350/ 43,200/ 77,850/ 69,400/ 60,900/ 43,950
2Class Bed/ 50,100/ 25,050/ 45,250/ 40,400/ 35,500/ 25,800 ( First )
2Class Bed/ 39,450/ 19,750/ 35,650/ 31,850/ 28,050/ 20,500 ( Second )
2 Quarter/ 28,350/ 14,200/ 25,650/ 23,000/ 20,300/ 14,950
3 Quarter/ 21,800/ 10,900/ 19,800/ 17,750/ 15,700/ 11,650
Rpoun Trip ( Oneway 30% DC )
Driver Fares 50% DC
The ferry to Udo costs 4,000 won for a return ticket. It departs hourly, on the hour, from Seongsan harbour and takes about twenty minutes. You must also pay a 1,000 won admission fee to land in Udo. Buses are waiting at the harbour in Udo to take passengers around the island.
There are comfortable seats inside on the upper deck.
Korean Air and Asiana both operate frequent daily flights to Jeju. There are flights from Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka in Japan, as well as flights from 11 airports in South Korea.
A flight from Seoul costs 65,000 won on weekdays and 69,000 won on weekends.
If you don't want to go through the hassle of renting a car, I spent a lot of time getting around in very affordable taxis. Taxis in Osaka (where I lived at the time) are ridiculously expensive, so I felt like I was getting a great deal. The dispatchers and drivers speak practically zero English, but know the island inside out and can work from pretty basic maps/directions.
I took a taxi into Hallasan National Park, and after paying the entry fee for the park the driver tried to charge me a little extra. I just wanted to understand how much more he wanted, so I pointed to "I don't understand" in my phrasebook, and he dropped the matter. If you can enlighten me as to what happened, please do.
Signs for tourist sites are written in three languages (English, Chinese, Korean )in Cheju and other parts of South Korea. Also, the whole of Cheju is divided into clearly maked expressways and roads. So it's pretty easy to drive around here. Just take note that the signs for minor roads are only written in Hangul though, so ask for directions in broken Korean if you have to..
Chejudo island, one of the nine provinces of Korea, is only an hour's fligt south of Seoul and less than that from Pusan or Taegu. There are also direct flights from Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.
Korean Air and Asiana Airlines serve the domestic flight network linking Korea's 11 major cities. Flight time to any of these destinations is approximately one hour.
Information Reservations :
Korean Air : Telephone. 1588-2001
Asiana Airlines : Telephone. 1588-8000
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Satisfaction: Very Good
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