16 October 2012

Transportation in Jeju Island

These are some remarks regarding public transportation in Jeju.
  • Buses in Jeju Island accept Seoul's t-money card. You can buy and top-up it in convenience store, like GS25 and Family Mart.
  • City buses normally charge 1000won for cash, or 950won for t-money card. If you pay by card, tap it to the machine when you aboard and when you alight. If you transit between 2 buses during a certain times, fee for the next bus can be 0won, or free.
  • Intercity buses vary depends on the distance, usually between 1000-3000won. There's no different fee paying with cash or card. When you aboard the bus, tell the driver about your destination, he will tell you how much it is, and you have to pay there directly. If you pay by card, no need to tap it again when you get off.
  • There are 2 bus terminals in Seogwipo city. The main bus terminal is in the south-east of downtown, near the Jeongbang Waterfall, which is also the old one. The second one is to the right of the E-mart in front of the World Cup Stadium. I usually stopped and transited in the main bus terminal.
  • Almost every bus in Jeju equipped with English announcement, so you'll know what next stop is. Every stop also has name written so you can see it clearly, especially if you sit on the right side. I always sat on the right side.
  • Taxi fare in Jeju Island is quite cheap, compare to Seoul. The initial meter charge is 2200won.

Cute bus stop in Jeju Island

This is the public transportation I took to go to places I mentioned in this post.

East of Jeju Island

I visited East of Jeju when I was staying in Jeju-si in HKJeju II. The hostel is just 10 minutes away from Jeju Bus Terminal, so if you travel with 2-3 people, it's easier and cheaper to take taxi. I was traveling alone and I needed to safe my spending in transportation. People say, taking bus in Jeju is not easy and wasting time because the bus is not so frequent. But if you know the bus timing, you know when exactly you have to go to the bus stop, and you will not waste your time for waiting.