The nearest airport is at Gunsan, to which there are 50-minute flights from Gimpo Airport twice a day. Only Korean Airlines (www.koreanair.com) and Asiana Airlines (http://us.flyasiana.com) offer flights. From Gunsan, you have to take a bus to Jeonju. The nonstop city coach bus takes about 90 minutes and costs W4,500 one-way.
You can also take a train from Seoul, departing daily at 6:35 and 7:50am, and then running every hour until 11:50pm. Fares vary from W3,500 for a Saemaeul train to W7,200 for a Mugunghwa train. Most trains take about 3 to 3 1/2 hours to get to Jeonju. From the south, you can take a northbound train from Yeosu -- the first train of the day departs at 5:20am and the last train leaves at 11pm. Most northbound trains cost W11,300 and the ride lasts about. 2 1/2 hours. The train station in Jeonju is in the northeastern part of the city. You can contact the Korea National Railroad (www.korail.go.kr) for more info.
From the DongSeoul Bus Terminal, buses to Jeonju run every half-hour with a first-class fare of W17,900 and regular fare of W12,200. The ride lasts about 3 hours. Express buses also run to and from Sangbong, Sungnam, Busan, Ulsan, Daegu, Gwangju, Daejeon, Goyang, and Incheon. Bus companies include Geumho Express (tel. 063/272-5117) to and from Seoul, southern Seoul, Sangbong, Gwangju, Sungnam, and Goyang; Tongyang Express (tel. 063/1588-6900) to and from Seoul, southern Seoul, Sangbong, and Daegu; Joong-ang Express (tel. 063/1588-6900) to and from Seoul, southern Seoul, Sangbong, Daejeon, and Goyang; Chunil Express (tel. 063/275-1001) to and from Seoul, southern Seoul, Sangbong, Ulsan, Sungnam, and Incheon; Hanjin Express (tel. 063/252-1580) to and from Seoul, southern Seoul, Sangbong, Busan, Ulsan, and Daejeon; and Samhwa Express (tel. 063/277-0572) to and from Incheon and Daegu. You can also take an airport limousine bus directly to and from Incheon Airport (at bus stops no. 3 or 16). Buses run daily from 6:30am to 9:30pm and run every hour. The 5-hour ride costs W21,000.
Unfortunately, none of Jeonju's city buses stops right at the bus terminal (tel. 062/277-1572, 767-2 Geumam-dong, Jeonju-si), but the walk to the main road to catch a bus is quite short. The good thing is that the city bus system is widespread and efficient, even providing service to nearby country towns. There are also plenty of taxis available to be flagged down on the street or waiting by the train or bus stations. The base fare starts at W1,000 and goes up based on time and distance.
There is a tourist information center (tel. 063/288-0105; http://tour.jeonju.go.kr) in "Reunion Square" off Jeonju Station, at the Jeonju Bus Terminal, and at the entry to the Jeonju Hanok Maeul. They all have English speakers and are open daily 9am to 6pm.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.