How to Get Around Jeju Island for Tourists [2023]

A popular question is how to get around Jeju Island. While Jeju Island is relatively small, there is a large number of things to do on Jeju Island. The presence of Hallasan Mountain in the middle of the island does complicate travel across the island.

Jeju Island has an oval shape, and measures 73km / 45 mi west to east and 31 km / 19 mi north to south. Hallasan Mountain is a dormant volcano which sits in the centre of the island and is the tallest mountain on the island with a height of 1947m (6,398 ft).

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Jeju Island Arrival Locations

Most visitors to Jeju Island will arrive in Jeju City, which is located on the north side of the island. Tourists will arrive by either airplane or ferry.

Flights to Jeju Airport (CJU)

Jeju Island Airport (Airport code CJU) is an International Airport, which means that many tourists can travel directly to Jeju Island from other countries as their first point of entry into South Korea. There are also many domestic aircraft services within South Korea to get to Jeju Island.

One of the most popular flight routes is from Seoul to Jeju Island. There are multiple carriers who service this route, and as a result, prices are cheap, and there are almost hourly departures from Gimpo Airport near Seoul to Jeju Island. You can check out the options through the below Skyscanner flight search box.


View over Jeju Airport to Jeju City and Mt Hallasan on Jeju Island
View over Jeju Airport to Jeju City and Mt Hallasan on Jeju Island

Ferry to Jeju Island

There are multiple options to travel from mainland South Korea to Jeju Island by ferry. All ferries arrive in Jeju City Port. The ferry departure points and options are detailed below.

  • Incheon (Seoul) to Jeju Island Ferry. An overnight trip typically departs at 7pm and arrives on Jeju island at 9.30am with 14.5 hour travel time. The return trip departs Jeju at 7.30pm/8.30pm and arrives in Incheon at 9am/10am. Departs on this route every 2 days.
  • Busan to Jeju Island Ferry. An overnight trip, typically departs at 7pm and has a 12 hour travel time, departs every 2 days.
  • Mokpo to Jeju Island. A daytime trip, typically departs in both morning and afternoon most days and has a 4.5 hours travel time.
  • Nokdong (Goheung) to Jeju Island. A daytime trip, typically departs once per day and has a 3.5 hour travel time.
  • Yeosu to Jeju Island. An overnight trip, typically departs at 1.30am and has a 6 hour travel time, departs daily.

The easiest option to find and book your ferry trip is through the DirectFerries.com website, with the exception of the Incheon to Jeju service.

How to Get Around Jeju Island

After you arrive in Jeju City, there are multiple options to get around as follows. These options are further detailed in the article below.

  • Rent a car in Jeju Island
  • Book day tours
  • Catch the local buses
  • Use local taxis
  • Book an electric scooter or electric bicycle

Renting a Car in Jeju

One of the most popular options to get around Jeju Island is to rent a car. This is a great option if you have a Drivers Licence and International Drivers Permit, as you can pick up your car on arrival in Jeju City and have total flexibility for your trip in terms of where to go and what to see. A great option to compare providers and book your hire car is through either DiscoverCars.com or RentalCars.com, and through the below deal box.

Jeju Island Tours

If you cannot or prefer not to rent a car, day tours are a great option to get around on Jeju Island. There are many options available, including coach, small group and private tour options. Check out our detailed article on Jeju Island Tours to learn more about these options in detail. Below is a summary table of our recommended Jeju Island day tour options.

From $US 62
Jeju Island UNESCO & Must-Visit Attractions Coach Day Tour

Jeju Island UNESCO & Must-Visit Attractions Coach Day Tour

  • Book this tour for up to four days to do four different routes with an English speaking guide.  All admission fees are included.
  • See a combination of UNESCO Listed attractions and other fun attractions.
  • West Jeju Route A and East Jeju Route A on Mon/Wed/Fri
  • West Jeju Route B and East Jeju Route B on Tue/Thurs/Sat
  • Pick up and drop off from your Jeju City Hotel
From $US 106
Jeju Island UNESCO Small Group Day Tour

Jeju Island UNESCO Small Group Day Tour

  • Book this tour for two days to do two different routes with an English speaking guide.  All admission fees are included.
  • See all of the major Jeju UNESCO listed attractions, and also hike a short trail on Mt Hallasan on the South Course (Viator East and South course links)
  • Jeju East Route on Tue/Thu/Sat and Jeju South Route on Mon/Wed/Fri
  • Pick up and drop off from your Jeju City Hotel
From $US 123 (cheaper for larger groups)
Jeju Island Private Day Tour

Jeju Island Private Day Tour

  • Book this 9 hour private tour for up to 10 people with an English speaking driver
  • Pick up and drop off from your Jeju City Hotel
  • Recommended routes, however you can customise your itinerary to suit your interests.
  • Book this tour for multiple days to make the most of your Jeju Island visit!
  • Admission fees, food and drinks not included, need to pay for drivers lunch
  • Costs from $US 246 (for 2 people, cheaper per car prices for larger groups)
From $US 174
Jeju Island 2/3/4/5 Night Package tour including Return Flights from Seoul, Hotel & Private Taxi Tour

Jeju Island 2/3/4/5 Night Package tour including Return Flights from Seoul, Hotel & Private Taxi Tour

  • Book this Jeju Island Package Tour for either 2,3, 4 or 5 nights, which includes your hotel accommodation in Jeju City and return flights from Seoul for groups of up to 4 people (per person price reduces for larger groups)
  • Choose either Flight plus Hotel only or All Inclusive (which includes a one day 8 hour private tour)
  • Costs from $US 174, price gets cheaper for larger groups.  Can add on other tour options for longer stays.

Jeju Island Bus Options

If you prefer to get around Jeju without a car, you will be pleased to learn that Jeju Island has an extensive bus network. There are services which circle the Jeju Island coastline, and also bus options which cross the island and loop in specific areas. There are Intercity Buses, Express Buses, Tourist Shuttle Buses and Airport Limousine Bus services.

If you plan to use the local bus options, take time to plan your visit to group attractions together in each area so you can make the most of your visit and minimise wasted time. You can find the Jeju Island bus network map at this link. Use either the KakaoMap (Apple Store or Google Play Store) or Naver Map (Apple Store or Google Play Store) apps to see the options for your specific routes.

The main local transport cards to use on the Jeju Island buses are the Railplus Transport card, the T-money card or a Cashbee card. You can purchase and load credit to your local transport card at any convenience store or bus station. Transport cards can be used on all buses.

Where to Stay on Jeju Island if you Plan to Use the Bus

If you plan to use the bus to get around Jeju Island, look for accommodation options which are located in close proximity to Jeju Bus Terminal and Seogwipo Bus Terminal. From each location you will be able to more quickly access most tourist attractions.

Jeju City Bus Terminal
Jeju City Bus Terminal

How to Get from Jeju Airport to Jeju City

If you want to quickly travel from Jeju Airport to Jeju City, there is an express limousine bus, number 600, which travels to various locations in Jeju City as detailed below. No. 600 departs approximately every 20 minutes over the period 6.20am to 10pm with ticket prices up to 5500 won depending on how far you plan to travel.

  • Jeju International Airport
  • Jeju Sun Hotel
  • Grace Hotel
  • Jungmun Tourist Complex·Yeomiji Botanical Garden Entrance
  • Kensington Jeju Hotel
  • Hyatt Regency Jeju
  • The Shilla Hotel
  • The Suites Hotel
  • Hotel Hana
  • Lotte Hotel
  • Hankook Condominium
  • Jeju Tourism Organisation
  • Seas Hotel & Resort
  • Jeju International Convention Center (ICC)

How to Get from Jeju Airport to Seogwipo

If you want to quickly travel from Jeju Airport to Seogwipo, there is an express limousine bus number 600 which travels via Jeju City to Seogwipo. No. 600 departs approximately every 20 minutes over the period 6.20am to 10pm with ticket prices up to 5500 won depending on how far you plan to travel. The bus stops at the following locations on the southern coast to get to Seogwipo.

  • Jungmun Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliffs
  • Daepo Port
  • Yakcheonsa
  • Wolpyeong Village
  • Gangjeong Nonghyup
  • Kensington Resort Akgeuncheon
  • Seogeondo
  • Jeju World Cup Stadium
  • New Kyungnam Hotel
  • Seogwipo Wharf
  • Seobok Exhibition Hall
  • Paradise Hotel Entrance
  • Seogwipo KAL Hotel

How to Explore Jeju City by Bus

Jeju City is easy to get around using the Jeju City Hop On Hop Off Bus, which operates daily from 9am to 7pm. To do the full loop takes two hours, and below are the stops to check out. This is a great option to get to your hotel (if it is located on the loop), drop off your luggage and then easily explore Jeju City. You can book your Jeju City Hop On Hop Off Bus tickets through Trazy.

  • Jeju International Airport
  • Jeju Sports Complex
  • Jeju City Hall
  • Jeju Folklore and Natural History Museum / Samseonghyeol Shrine
  • Sarabong Peak / Sanjideungdae Lighthouse
  • Jeju International & Domestic Ferry Terminal
  • Dongmun Traditional Market
  • Gwadeokjeong Pavilion
  • Tapdong Square (Jeju Beach Theatre)
  • Yongyeon Suspension Bridge
  • Yongduam (Dragon Head Rock)
  • Eoyeong Coastal Road
  • Dodubong Peak
  • Iho Tewoo Beach
  • Jeju Folk Five-Day Market
  • Black Pork Restaurant Street
  • Halla Arboretum (Arboretum Theme Park, Nexon Computer Museum)
Jeju City Hop On Hop Off Bus Route Map
Jeju City Hop On Hop Off Bus Route Map

How to Explore the Eastern Section of Jeju Island by Bus

The eastern side of Jeju Island is accessible by several bus options as follows:

  • Bus 201 is an Intercity bus that operates around the coastline of eastern Jeju Island, from Jeju Bus Terminal – Seongsan Ilchulbong – Seogwipo Bus Terminal. It runs every 15-30 minutes and is a good option to quickly travel to these locations.
  • Bus 101 is an Express bus which travels from Jeju Airport to the Seogwipo Bus terminal via the eastern coastline with more stopping points.
  • Many other buses provide access to eastern Jeju. Use either the KakaoMap or Naver Map apps to see the options for your specific destinations.
Sanbangsan Mountain on Jeju Island
Sanbangsan Mountain on Jeju Island

How to Explore the Western Section of Jeju Island by Bus

The western side of Jeju Island is accessible by several bus options as follows:

  • Bus 202 is an intercity bus that operates around the coastline of eastern Jeju Island, from Jeju Bus Terminal – Gosan – Seogwipo Bus Terminal. It runs every 15-30 minutes and is a good option to quickly travel to these locations.
  • Bus 102 is an Express bus which travels from Jeju Airport to the Seogwipo Bus terminal via the western coastline with more stopping points.
  • Many other buses provide access to western Jeju. Use either the KakaoMap or Naver Map apps to see the options for your specific destinations.
Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff on Jeju Island
Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff on Jeju Island

Jeju Tourist Shuttle Bus

The Jeju Tourist Shuttle Bus enables you to visit both the eastern and western loops of attractions on Jeju Island. You can purchase a day pass for 3,000 won for adults, 2,000 Won for teens and 1,000 won for children to enable you to hop on and off these buses, or alternatively use your T-Money card to pay as you go. These buses with yellow signs operate approximately every 30 minutes over the period 8.30am to 5.30pm each day.

Jeju Tourist Shuttle Bus – Eastern Circuit

The Jeju Eastern Circuit buses are No. 810-1 which operates anti-clockwise, and No 810-2, which operates clockwise. Stops on the Eastern Circuit are as follows, with Daecheon Transit Center as the connection point for this route. You can get from Jeju City to the Daecheon Transit Center on the No. 111 bus.

Many of the bus route stops are to enable you to go hiking amongst the many volcanic cones in the region, combined with various theme parks, museums and villages.

  • Daecheon Transit Center
  • Geoseunsemi, Andol, Batdol, and Min Oreum Volcanic Cones
  • Abu Oreum Volcanic Cone
  • Songdangri Village
  • Darangshi Oreum Volcanic Cone Entrance (South)
  • Sonji Oreum Volcanic Cone
  • Yongnuni Oreum Volcanic Cone
  • Jeju Rail Bike
  • Darangshi Oreum Volcanic Cone Entrance (North)
  • Bijarim Forest Arboretum
  • Maze Land
  • Dunji Oreum Volcanic Cone
  • Deokcheonri Village Hiking Trail
  • Eodae Oreum Volcanic Cone
  • Hanul Land, Indoor Mineral, Fossil and Kite Museums
  • Camellia Hill Wetlands Center
  • Albam Oreum Volcanic Cone
  • Daheeyeon Tea Farm & Geomunoreum Lava Tubes
  • Seonindong Village
  • Fairy and the Woodcutter Theme Park
  • Seonheul Gotjawal Village Wetlands
  • Jeju World Natural Heritage Center, Geomun Oreum Volcani Cone
  • Daecheon Transit Center
Jeju Tourist Shuttle Bus 810 Map
Jeju Tourist Shuttle Bus 810 Map

Jeju Tourist Shuttle Bus – Western Circuit

The Jeju Western Circuit buses are No. 820-1 which operates clockwise, and No 820-2, which operates anti-clockwise. Stops on the Western Circuit are detailed below, with Donggwang Transit Center as the connection point for this route. You can get from Jeju City to the Donggwang Transit Center on the No. 151 bus.

Many of the bus route stops are to enable you to go hiking amongst the many volcanic cones in the region, combined with various theme parks, museums and villages.

  • Donggwang Transit Center
  • Hello Kitty Island
  • World Car Museum
  • Seogwangdongri Village
  • Soinkgook Theme Park – minature models of famous landmarks
  • Seogwangseori Village
  • Norimae Flower Park
  • Gueokri Village
  • Shinpyungri Village
  • Sanyang Gotjawal
  • Jeju Peace Museum
  • Cheongsu Village Community Center
  • Jeoji Oreum Volcanic Cone
  • Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art, Kim Tschang-Yeul Museum, Jeoji Artists’ Village
  • Bangrimwon
  • Spirited Garden
  • Jeju Gotjawal Hwansang Forest
  • Jeju Glass Castle Theme Park
  • Jeju O’sulloc Tea Museum
  • Jeju Aerospace Hotel
  • Jeju Aerospace Museum
  • Jeju Myths and History Theme Park
  • Donggwang Transit Center
Jeju Tourist Shuttle Bus 820 Map
Jeju Tourist Shuttle Bus 820 Map

Jeju Island Taxi Service

As Jeju Island is quite small, using local taxis to get around can be a great option. You can either flag a taxi for shorter hops, or alternatively, you can book a Jeju tour taxi for a whole day of exploring.

Jeju taxi fares are quite affordable. For example, from Jeju City to Seogwipo will cost approximately $US 35-45. To catch a taxi from place to place within Jeju City should cost a maximum of $US 10 per trip, the specific amount depends on the distance travelled.

For single taxi rides, use the Kakao T app which can be downloaded from either the Apple Store or Google Play Store. Note that taxis on Jeju Island will mostly congregate around the busier locations, so if you are in a more remote location, you may need to wait longer to be collected.

To book a Jeju taxi tour for a full day, click here to check out and book through Klook.

Alternatively, Viator offer a great range of half day, 1, 2, 3 and 4 day taxi tour options, including the option to request to share a taxi with another group. Click here to check out the private Jeju taxi tour options through Viator.

Jeju Island Electric Scooter or Bicycle Hire

A fun alternative transport option to get around Jeju Island is to hire an electric scooter or bicycle with details as follows:

  • Hire an electric scooter for either 4 hours, 2D1N or 3D2N. Your scooter, helmet and protective gear will be delivered to and picked up from your Jeju Island hotel. You can also purchase flat tyre insurance. Click here to check out and book your electric scooter hire through Trazy.
  • Hire a Mountain Bike, Road Bike or Electric Bicycle. You can choose your start and finish date, and the package includes the bicycle, helmet, rain cover, bottle holder, tail lights and a bicycle lock. Pannier rental is also available on collection. You can pick up and drop off your bicycle 300m from Jeju Airport on all days except Wednesday. Bicycles can also be delivered to your accommodation if required. Click here to check out and book your bicycle hire through Trazy.

Note that bicycles can only be carried onboard the Express Buses (Numbers 100-182) and Airport Limousine Buses (Numbers 600 and 800) in the underneath storage compartment.

Jeju Island FAQs

We have put together some Jeju Island FAQs to help you better plan your visit.

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