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!
This is one in a series of updates on Jeju’s travel/tourism infrastructure. We want our readers to have the latest details on what to expect when they arrive on the island by air and sea. The following info and photography was recorded at Jeju International Airport in June, 2017. (Click here for more transportation information on our VisitJeju.net site.)
If you haven’t been back to the island via Jeju International Airport in a while, please read on!
You might be pleasantly surprised by the changes to Jeju’s only international airport.
Literally every aspect of both inside and out of the facility has been improved to handle the ever-increasing numbers of travelers. This is to ensure that your all-important first impression of Jeju Island is as positive as possible.
Did you know? On most days at least 40,000 travellers use Jeju International Airport, but that number can even reach 90,000 daily users at peak times of the year!
Outside, the main taxi stand has been aggregated to reduce confusion. The many rental car companies’ pick-up areas have since last September been moved off site and replaced by an easy to use unified shuttle service terminal.
And when it comes to the perennial problem of parking and traffic congestion around the airport, visitors and locals alike now have more chance of getting a parking spot and not finding themselves in the middle of traffic jam en route to their Jeju vacation.
So last week we went over to the airport to document some of the current changes you’ll find at the airport and share them with you.
We asked ourselves: What would visitors to Jeju wonder about when they walk through those sliding doors at JIA’s arrival area.
The airport’s Tourist Information Centers haven’t changed much in the last few years:
Arrivals area (1st floor, between Gate 1 and Gate 2):
Departures area (3rd floor):
For your rental car (if you haven’t made a reservation yet — and you should (!) especially during the summer season when it’s very tough to find a rental):
Then head over to Gate 5 and cross the road:
A map of the shuttle bus bays:
Overall, this system looks to be much simpler and user-friendly than having to navigate the entire process on your own. Over time it’s certain to get more streamlined, as well.
As for the taxi and buses, they are in the same location, but with a slightly different set up Signage in English should be sufficient for you to find your bus/taxi.
If you need to buy a rechargeable bus card, you can get one at the convenience stores inside the airport (or at 600+ stores around the island). The basic fare is 1,300 won. Click here for more transportation information on our VisitJeju.net site.
In terms of food and shopping, more coffee and bakery chains, cosmetics and souvenir shops, and even Jeju Hallabong citrus vendors have opened in a refurbished area on the third floor.
And there are more changes on the way… in August a new system of 12 express bus routes at the airport will kick into high gear, making the airport more accessible than ever by public transportation.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has said it will increase the number of check-in counters and add additional security and immigration checkpoints.
A three-floor garage for 850 vehicles is nearly complete as well, bringing the total number of parking spaces at JIA to 1,500.
Work is also underway on a new airport access road to reduce traffic congestion from 2018.