Road Signs in Cheju
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..
Rent a Car in Jeju
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.
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.
Airlines that fly to Cheju
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. 1588-8000Related to:
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The flexible way of getting around: rental car
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!!!
New Seaworld Ferry to Jeju Island
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% DCRelated to:
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From Seoul to Jeju
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..
By Ferry to Cheju Island
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.
Airport Bus Limousine JEJU
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 downtownRelated to:
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Taking The Bus
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.
Just fly there
Korean Air and Asiana are both flying a few times a day to Jeju Island. They are either taking off from Incheon or more likely from the former International Airport Gimpo. The flight time is about an hour.
The Airport is located in Jeju City.
Cheap ferry to Jeju
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!
Stand-by Tickets to Jeju at Gimpo Airport
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.
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.Related to:
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JEJU trolley bus tour
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)Related to:
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