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Jeju International Airport: All you need to know

Have a smooth start (and finish) to your trip with this airport guide.

Jeju International Airport

Jeju Airport is a mid-sized airport with a domestic and international terminal. It’s famous for being one stop in the world’s busiest passenger route from Jeju to Seoul Gimpo.

Navigating the airport in both arrivals and departures is relatively easy, but this guide and the included resources will hopefully answer any questions you have about using the airport.

How early should I arrive at Jeju Airport?

This depends on whether you are flying to another city in Korea or internationally. Typically, check-in closes 30 minutes before departure for domestic flights and 1 hour before departure for international flights. But you’d want to get there at least an hour early for domestic flights and 2 hours early for international ones.

Jeju Airport Tip ✈️

Jeju International Airport has a tool that estimates how busy the airport is and how long it will take to go from self check-in, to baggage drop, to boarding in the current live conditions for domestic flights. It’s worth checking before you set off.

Checking in at Jeju International Airport

You must check in independently before dropping your bags at Jeju International Airport. You can do this either via the airline’s online or mobile check-in processes or via the self-serve kiosks in the airport. These are easy to use, just input the required information to get a printout of your pass.

Self-service kiosk at Jeju Airport

Once you have your boarding pass, you can head to either the bag drop or go straight to security.

Heading through security

Security for domestic travelers is in the center of the airport. When heading into security, there’s a separate queue for people with foreign passports. I don’t usually wait for more than a couple of minutes at this point, although I guess there’s a chance you could get stuck behind a large tour group.

The queue for security itself can be busier but there are plenty of X-ray machines so you can usually breeze through this section in under 10 minutes. I haven’t been through security at the international terminal so I’m not sure how it differs.

Jeju International Airport shopping

The domestic terminal at Jeju International Airport has a large duty-free style shop that sells all the items you’d expect to see at an airport such as cosmetics, sunglasses, bags, chocolates and snacks, watches and more.

It’s a nice place to grab some items before your trip. The domestic terminal also has a convenience store and a small souvenir shop.

Before going through security, shopping is limited to some shops selling Jeju souvenirs like orange chocolates, a cell phone accessory shop and an Olive Young, which is one of the most popular Korean cosmetics stores.

The international terminal has a small Lotte Duty Free shop, as well as a duty-free pickup zone where you can pick up items bought either online or at one of the island’s duty-free shops. There’s also a convenience store and a souvenir shop.

Food at Jeju International Airport

If you’re feeling hungry before your flight, you have several food choices. Pre-security, there are several cafes and eateries including an Angel-in-us Cafe, a Korean food court, and Egg Drop.

Jeju Airport Food Court

There are fewer options post-security and these depend on your terminal. The domestic terminal has a guksu noodle restaurant, Angle-in-us cafe, and a Korean food court. The international terminal has a couple of cafes and a noodle and rice restaurant. You can see an up-to-date map of all the eating options here.

Flying into Jeju International Airport

Arriving on a domestic flight is typically a fast and streamlined process. Without checked bags you can walk straight through the arrivals area and be outside the airport in as long as takes you to walk from the plane, which I find usually takes no longer than 5 to 10 minutes

Checked baggage typically comes through very fast too, it’s usually processed within minutes of my arrival at the luggage pickup.

The international terminal adds passport control to this process which will increase the amount of time it takes to get through.

Getting to (and from) Jeju International Airport

Jeju International Airport is located in the center of Jeju City and is easy to access from both Shin Jeju and Gu Jeju by taxi, rental car or bus. Depending on the area of Jeju City your staying in, a taxi is unlikely to take more than 20 or 30 minutes from anywhere in the city.

Here are some estimated taxi journey times according to Kakao Maps:

  • Jeju Dream Tower, in the central Nohyeong-dong area of Shin Jeju: 12 minutes
  • Ramada Plaza, in the coastal area of Gu-Jeju: 13 minutes

The airport is around 43km from Jungmun Tourist Complex and 47km from Seogwipo Bus Terminal. Driving or getting a taxi should take around an hour to an hour and a half to or from both locations. You can also get the airport limousine bus which we explore in further detail later in this article.

Jeju International Airport Address: Jeju-do, Jeju-si, Gonghang-ro 2

Taxis at Jeju International Airport

Getting a taxi at Jeju International Airport is super easy. When you exit the airport walk straight ahead across the road where you’ll see the taxi line.

Choose the one for either Seogwipo (south side of the island) or Jeju (north side of the island) depending on where you are traveling to. There may be a long line, especially if you’re going to Jeju City, but don’t be put off as it typically moves quite fast.

When you take the taxi, the driver will start the meter and you’ll have to pay when you arrive at your destination. In my experience, taxi drivers are very trustworthy so you shouldn’t worry about being ripped off.

Buses at Jeju International Airport

Buses at Jeju Airport

Plenty of buses stop at Jeju International Airport. This includes both local buses and buses that take you to further away locations on the island.

The bus stops are situated on the road directly outside the arrivals gates. Look at the signs to see where each one goes. Below is a graphic from the Korean Airports website that shows where to find bus stops for different locations.

Source: Korea Airports Corporation

For up-to-date information on bus times, download either Kakao or Naver Maps. Both offer English language versions and while many place names are in Korean, many of the bigger destinations are in English and the bus numbers and times are relatively easy to follow.

You can also use Google Maps, but the information doesn’t seem as accurate or comprehensive.

Jeju Airport Limousine Bus 600

The Jeju Airport Limousine bus 600 is an express bus that travels from the airport to Jungmun and then Seogwipo, two of the most popular destinations on the south side of Jeju.

To get this bus, exit the airport at gate 5 and then head right till you find bus stop 1 (you can see the location of the bus stop in the graphic above).

The bus departs between every 16 and 40 minutes starting at 6 a.m. and continuing until 10:40 p.m. It makes 3 stops in the north of the island before heading straight to Jungmun Tourist Complex where it stops at all the main hotels in the area. It then travels from Jungmun to Seogwipo stopping at the main attractions along the way.

Here’s a list of the stops the bus makes:

  • Jeju International Airport
  • Jeju Sun Hotel
  • Halla Hospital
  • Jeongjon Village
  • Donggwang Transit Station 5
  • Chang-cheon-ri
  • Unam-dong
  • Yerae Entrance[S]
  • Jungmun Resort Entrance[S]
  • Jungmun Resort
  • Parnas Hotel Jeju
  • The Shilla Hotel
  • The Suites Hotel
  • Bloom Jeju Hotel
  • Lotte Hotel
  • Kensington Resort Jeju Jungmun
  • Little Prince Museum[W]
  • The Seaes Hotel
  • Jeju International Convention Center
  • Daepo Harbor
  • Baeteungae Entrance
  • Yakcheonsa
  • Wolpyeong Village
  • Gangjeong Nonghyup Bank
  • Wangdaewat
  • Kensington Resort
  • Seokeondo
  • Jeju World Cup Stadium
  • Saetgijeong Park
  • Seogwipo Harbor
  • Seobok Exhibition
  • Paradise Hotel Entrance
  • Seogwipo KAL Hotel

The Airport Limousine Bus 600 costs up to KRW 5,500 and the journey takes one hour 43 minutes from the first to last stop when traveling from the airport and one hour 52 minutes when traveling to the airport.

Is Jeju Airport an international airport?

Yes, the airport’s full name is actually Jeju International Airport. While the vast majority of flights are to domestic destinations, you can fly to plenty of regional locations. The exact destinations are subject to change, but you can often fly to and from Japan, China, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei and more.

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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.