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How to get to Jeju Island

For both international and domestic travellers.

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Around 15 million tourists visit Jeju every year. The vast majority of these are domestic travelers who arrive via either domestic flights or one of the ferries that depart ports in cities across Korea.

But, plenty of international travelers visit the island too, usually either via one of Korea’s other airports or by traveling on a flight straight to the island. Read on to discover all you need to know about getting to Jeju island.

How to get to Jeju island?

The easiest way to get to Jeju for the vast majority of travelers, both domestic and international, is to fly into Jeju International Airport. Domestic tourists who live close to a port or who don’t like flying can also take the ferry to Jeju from one of several locations.

Flying into Jeju from Korea

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Photo: A plane approaching Jeju Intentional Airport

The vast majority of tourists that visit Jeju fly from Seoul Gimpo Airport to Jeju International Airport. This one-hour-10-minute flight is actually the busiest route in the world–flights make the journey every five to 10 minutes, with the first flight leaving at 6.35 am and the last at 9.15 pm!

The route is relatively affordable, with tickets starting at around 50,000 KRW after tax and charges one way. The price rises to 100,000 KRW at peak times or on busy flights, so book early if you want the best possible deal. It’s typically easy to pay a small fee to cancel flights, even up to the day of the journey.

Both airports are in the center of their respective cities, making the route super convenient. In Seoul it’s easy to get the subway to the airport, while Jeju has plenty of bus links.

Many other Korean airports have flights to Jeju. Busan is most notable and there are around 20 flights between the two cities every day. You can also fly in from Daegu, Cheongju, Gwangju, Gunsan, Yangyang, Wonju, Ulsan, Yeosu, Pohang, and Sacheon.

Flying into Jeju internationally

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Photo: A plane approaching Jeju International Airport flying over Iho Taewoo Beach

There are a limited number of international flights into Jeju International Airport. The exact destinations change relatively frequently but you can currently fly into Jeju form cities including Hong Kong, Kansai, Bangkok, Singapore, Osaka, and Taipei.

For international travelers from countries that don’t fly direct to Jeju, the easiest way to fly to Jeju is to fly into Incheon International Airport, then transfer to Gimpo International Airport via the Airport Railroad Express train, and then fly into Jeju.

How to get to Jeju from Incheon Airport ✈️

Unfortunately, there are currently no flights from Incheon to Jeju. This means you have to transfer from Incheon International Airport to Gimpo International Airport where you will take a domestic flight to Jeju.

The transfer is relatively simple thanks to the train that connects Incheon and Gimpo Airport. The train takes around 45 minutes.

When making this transfer, you will go though passport control at Incheon Airport. It used to be the case that if you booked all your flights on the same ticket, you could check in your baggage at your home country, and the airline would take your bags all the way through to Jeju (and vice versa).

However, at the time of writing, this is no longer the case–you must pick up your bags before making the transfer between Seoul and Incheon. You’ll then have to go through the baggage drop-off procedure at Gimpo Airport.

Korean Air recommends that you leave at least 170 minutes between your arrival time in Incheon and your flight departure time in Seoul. This time is reduced to 150 minutes when traveling in the other direction.

Getting the ferry to Jeju

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You can get the ferry to Jeju from six cities in Korea, including Busan (12 hours), Mokpo (4 or 5 hours), Haenam Usuyeong (3 hours), Wando Island (2 hours 40 minutes or 5 hours via Chujado Island), Goheung (3 hours 40 minutes), and Yeosu (5 hours 30 minutes).

Most of these routes run once or twice a day. They are subject to cancellation depending on the weather. Find out more information, including the websites you can use to book tickets here. Unfortunately, many of the websites are in Korean, so may be challenging to use for tourists who don’t speak Korean.

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Duncan Elder

Duncan first came to Jeju in 2011. The plan was to stay for six months. 11 years later, he's still here and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the island on Inside Jeju.