When in Jeju-do, it is difficult to keep yourself inside the hotel for a long time. There are just so many amazing attractions to see and exciting activities to do in this popular South Korean island. Getting around Jeju-do, you get to see spectacular displays in nature, which include the Manjanggul Lava Tube, a 7-km cave with the world’s largest known lava column (23 meters tall); Seongsan Ilchubong, a 180-m high volcano also known as “Sunrise Peak”; the botanical garden, Hallim Park, with two caves and a total of 16 gardens; Yeomiji Botanic Garden, a huge indoor garden with 2,000 species of rare plants and 1,700 species of trees and flowers; and Cheonjiyen Waterfall, Jeju-do’s most popular waterfall; not to mention the island’s many other attractions.
Jeju-do (also Jeju Island or Cheju Island) has a total land area of 1,820 square kilometers, which include eight populated isles and 54 uninhabited islets. There’s only one airport in Jeju City so once you arrive by air, there’s no getting around Jeju-do by plane. Taxis and buses are the main modes of public transport.
Getting around Jeju-do on land is a whiz, thanks to Jeju City’s efficient bus transport system that involves four major bus networks. The first network runs around the inner city for a flat rate. The capital city is Jeju City, and tourists will have an easy time going around the many city attractions by bus. Locals love biking in and around the metropolitan area and this should be a fun way for foreign tourists to see the city as well. There are several bike rentals around.
Another bus network runs from Jeju City to Seogwipo and on to some of tourist attractions around the city, specifically the Jungmun Tourist Resort Complex and other attractions at the southern part of the island. Other buses run from Jeju’s inter-city bus terminals to Seogwipo through different routes, cutting across the island or going around the coastal routes. Bus fares range from 1,000 to 3,000 won; Seoul’s T-money transportation cards are used but not those from Busan Mybi, Daejeon Hakkumi or Daegu. The buses are called “shi-nae” (inner city buses) and “shi-wei” (inter-city buses).
Upon arriving at the Jeju International Airport in the capital city, tourists may choose whether to hop into shi-nae buses or the more expensive airport limousine bus that goes to Seogwipo. The express limousine service makes a few stops, which include the Jungmun Tourist Resort Complex, International Convention Center, and World Cup Stadium.
Travelers who wish to get around the island faster may get a taxi or rent a car or motorcycle. Taxi fare is reasonable, but an entire day’s use could amount to 100,000 won. A downside is that not many taxi drivers speak English. A rental car or motorcycle is the best way to get around and see all the tourist attractions within and around the city. There are several rental services that may be arranged at the hotel. The only downside to riding a motorcycle is that it often rains in Jeju-do.
The island’s ferry terminal is also quite efficient, which is why getting to Jeju-do by boat and getting around Jeju-do by boat also are practical and inexpensive options. About 6% of all travelers coming to Jeju-do come in by sea.