Jeju Island, situated off the coast of South Korea is the country’s largest island, also known as their very own Hawaii. Apart from Seoul and Busan, Jeju is probably the next destination most travellers go to, especially during the summer. If you’re thinking of booking a flight to Korea’s volcanic island, here’s our Jeju travel guide on the budget you’ll need for your trip!
We all know that flights take a huge chunk of our budget, which sometimes hinders travellers to push through. But not this time if Jeju is your destination. Coming from the country’s capital city Seoul or Busan, airfare is really cheap. It can range from 60SGD to 100SGD for roundtrip flights.
Going around Jeju Island
Jeju has an amazing bus system that is easy to navigate and very reliable. You don’t need to worry about not having your own car to drive around as the busses have stops to all of the places to visit in Jeju like major Jeju tourist places or hiking trails. What’s also great about their bus system is that it is cheap – from point A to point B, about a 2-hour ride (which is at the opposite side of the island) is only 4SGD. You can also use your T-money card from Seoul when you take the bus.
For places to stay in Jeju, you have so many options as the island has a wide range of guesthouses, hostels, and hotels for each type of traveller. If you’re travelling in a big group and want to save money, your best choice would be a guesthouse which is normally in a dorm-style setting with bunk beds. Most of these guesthouses are separated by gender and are priced around 13SGD to 20SGD a night. If you’re a solo traveller or have a friend with you, a lot of hostel rates include a simple breakfast, a private room, and common washroom – this can cost around 46SGD and above.
No Jeju travel guide will be complete without talking about the fresh seafood Jeju has to offer. And we are telling you that seafood on the island is some of the best you’ll have. What better way to experience the local island life than eating at traditional markets? Here, you’ll find the freshest seafood sold at really cheap prices! You can enjoy a delicious bowl of knife-cut noodles and stir-fried spicy squid with rice for only ₩6,000 or 7SGD. In the main city Seogwipo, they have the 5-day Traditional Market which is open on weekends, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you want a list of the island’s famous markets, read this guide.
Included as one of the 7 Wonders of the World, Jeju Island boasts some of the most scenic, picturesque and gorgeous attractions and most of these places won’t cost too much. Attractions like Jusangjeolli Cliff, Cheonjeyeon Falls, Jeongbang Waterfall, Seongsan Illchulbong and many other natural wonders will cost you less than 4SGD. Meanwhile, entrances to museums is usually around 8SGD to 15SGD.
Read our Jeju travel guides for more places to visit and things to do on the island! You can also visit Jeju Tourism Organization for more information about the island.