An important note on Jeju’s updated bus system and this blog post
From August 2017, Jeju Island implemented a new city and intercity bus system. It increased the number of buses in service, while simplifying the routes, fees and numbering system.
Consequently, the contents of this previously published blog post may have changed. We therefore would kindly request that you consult this page for new bus maps in English on VisitJeju.net, and this page on our blog for a chart of the old and new bus route numbers.
If you read Korean, then the province’s official bus system website is a useful and up-to-date resource. We hope you’ll enjoy your travels on Jeju Island!
Jeju has many tourist attractions, though most of them are located in Seogwipo City. If you’re staying in Jeju City, keep reading on how to take the bus down south and beyond.
Our starting point today is Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal. You can get here by city buses #5, #17, #26, #31, #70, #95 #100, #200, and #502. The Jeju City Tour Bus also stops here. The fee for the city bus is a flat rate of 1,200Won (or 1,150Won with a T-money card).
Inside the bus terminal is a Jeju Tourist Information booth.
When you go to the ticket booth, you can see a map of all the routes going from the Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal.
You can purchase a ticket to your destination with cash, and receive a ticket that states the price of your ticket, your destination, and the date and time of bus departure. The fee for the intercity buses varies depending on distance, from 1,300Won to 3,300Won (all the way to Seogwipo).
You can also use your T-money card on the Jeju intercity bus if you don’t want to use cash. You can load it ahead of time at any convenient store in Jeju.
The buses that leave the Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal are: #701, #702, #710, #720, #730, #740, #750, #755, #781, #782, and #960.
Bus #701, #702, #730, #781, and #782 all go to Seogwipo. But the fastest routes to Seogwipo would be #781 (eastward) or #782 (westward).
After purchasing your ticket, your can check the digital screen for bus arrival time.
If you have some time, you can buy snacks and drinks, or even eat some street food, like odaeng (fish paste on a stick).
When it is almost bus departure time, you can go to the back of the terminal where are the bus stations are located.
If you go to any bus station, you can see the time table and the major stops that the bus will pass by. If you miss the departure time, don’t worry, and just get on the next bus.
When your bus comes, you can get on the bus and hand the driver your ticket. Or you can also tap your bus card on the reader.
The bus has a luggage space and spacious seats.
The bus tends to depart exactly on time. If you do, you’ll have to wait for the next bus. Buses come at 10-20 minute intervals, depending on the route.
After you enjoyed your time in Seogwipo, you can take the intercity bus back to Jeju City by going to the Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal.
It is located at right next to E-Mart near the Jeju World Cup Stadium.
Inside of the Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal, you will also find a Tourism Information booth, and a small store that sells snacks and other knick-knacks.
If you would like to buy a ticket with cash, you can go to the ticket booth.
Just like at the Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, the bus stations are at the back of the bus.
As noted earlier, buses #701, #702, #730, #781, and #782 all go from Seogwipo to Jeju city. To take the fastest route back to Jeju City, you should take bus #781. Following the east coast, it takes about 1 hour and 5 minutes. To take this bus, you need to cross the street opposite of where the Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal and E-mart are to the World Cup Stadium bus stop.
Inside the bus stop is a digital screen of bus arrival time, bus #781 time table, and the unique ID of this bus stop.
The bus we are waiting for is bus #781. Notice that E-mart is across the street.
You can use your T-money card to take this bus back to Jeju City.
With a T-money card, you get two free transfers (up to 1,300Won) within 30 minutes of tapping your card after getting off the bus.
For example, after checking out the different attractions at Jungmun Tourist Attraction Complex, I took the Limousine Bus #600 from Jungmun Complex to Jeju World Cup Stadium (where the Seogwipo Intercity Bus Terminal is) for 1,500Won. I tapped my card before alighting. From the World Cup Stadium bus stop to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, it costs 3,300Won (farthest distance) but I was only charged 2,000Won when using my T-money card. After getting off at Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, I was able to take bus #502 back to Jeju Welcome Center for free when I used my T-money card, thanks to the 2nd free transfer. So remember, tap your T-money card before you get off the bus!
Have fun traveling to Seogwipo to see all those cool tourist attractions, like Hello Kitty Island, Jeju Automobile Museum, Teddy Bear Museum, and more. Are you planning to take the intercity bus anytime soon?