Jeju Island Guide: All about Jeju Car Rental

What is the most efficient and convenient way to get around Jeju Island, or Jeju, in Korea? Of course, by renting a car and driving.

It’s one of the most convenient ways to get around Jeju Island without going through the hassle of using a public transportation. Plus, renting a car is affordable than hiring a private car and a driver.

For foreign travelers who want to rent a car in Jeju Island, here are all the info! 😉

1. Requirements for Renting a Car in Jeju Island

A. Have a valid International Driving Permit (IDP)

id-cardThose who wish to drive in Jeju Island, and other parts of South Korea, must have a valid driver’s license, or International Driving Permit (IDP).

Some car rental companies may ask for both the IDP and the local driver’s license (which must be issued by the country of your residence). But because the rental requirements differ by companies, it’s better to browse through each company’s website in advance. 😉

Do take note that it is impossible to drive in Korea with a foreign issued license only. So check whether your IDP or driver’s license issued in your country is valid in Korea or not before your trip.

Only those that are issued by a member state of the Geneva Convention and the Vienna Convention are recognized in Korea. Driving permit issued in China, Indonesia and Taiwan are not allowed for rentals in Korea.

For more info on Foreign Driver’s License and the IDP, check out Korean Driver’s License Agency’s website.

B. Never forget to bring your passport!

passportBring your passport (for identification purposes) and also have a copy of your passport (some companies may ask for it). The names on your IDP and your passport must be the same. If not, your driving permit will be denied.

C. Pay with your own credit card

credit-cardThe rental fees are only accepted via your own credit card (no debit card or cash). All major international Credit Cards – such as American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard and Visa – are accepted.

If you want to make payment via other options such as bank transfer or Alipay, click here.

2. Driver qualifications in Jeju Island

steering-wheelAll drivers must be 21 years old or older and the IDP must have been issued at least one (1) year prior to the rental date.

*The driver’s license must be valid for the entire rental period.

*In case of the international driving permit Class 1, the license expires a year after the aptitude test; and rental is not available with the expired international driving permit.

Keep in mind that the requirement for driver qualification in Jeju Island is different from that of other parts of South Korea.

3. Want to add additional driver?

When renting a car, you can add additional driver (limited to one only). This additional driver must also register and go through the confirmation process with the rental company and yes, everything is free of charge.

4. Car rental insurance

car-collisionAll the vehicles are covered by the basic general insurance, but you can choose to pay an optional insurance if you want.

Also, the drivers are liable to compensate the rental company for the loss of use (ex. damage or theft).

You will have to pay 50% of the car’s daily rental fee per day.

For example, if your damaged vehicle’s daily rental rate is 50,000 KRW and took 4 days to repair (50,000 x 4 = 200,000), you have to compensate 100,000 KRW (50% of 200,000) to the rental company.

5. Where to rent a car at Jeju International Airport

Look for the ‘Rent-a-Car’ Building

Exit through Gate 5 when you arrive at Jeju International Airport. Turn right and follow the pedestrian path until you reach the Rent-a-Car building.

In this building, you can find a number of car rental companies. All of them offer reservation services and same-day car rentals. The rental rates are similar or less, so compare them before you rent the car.

6. How to save money on your car rentals

A. Avoid same-day car rental!

rent-a-carYou may want to avoid renting a car on site on the day of arrival. There is a huge difference in the rental rates between on-site and online so book online in advance if you want to save money on your car rental.

During high season, you may not be able to rent a car on-site. It’s best to book your reservation for car rental service early.  😉

B. Take pictures or videos

photo-cameraAs soon as you take over the car, the first thing you should do is to take pictures or videos of the exterior of the car. Inspect the car thoroughly. Look for scratches, loose parts, or anything that can be considered a damage.

If you skip this process, you might be paying for something that you didn’t do.

C. Check the gasoline

racesBefore you drive away, check how much gasoline is left and refuel your vehicle immediately at the nearest local gasoline station.

When returning the car, the gasoline tank should be refilled with the same amount of fuel at time of your rental. Otherwise refueling charges will apply.

D. Return the car at least an hour before

rentingJust in case of parking difficulties or post-accident matters, it’s strongly recommended that you arrive at the Rent-a-Car building and return the car at least an hour before your flight! 😉

Find this blog helpful? Don’t forget to check out Trazy.com for all the exciting activities to do in Jeju Island in Korea!

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  1. Hi there!

    I’m looking into renting a car on Jeju-do, but we are wondering if it is possibele to take it on a ferry to the mainland during our trip?
    We will ofcourse return it on Jeju-do.

    Thanks for your help!

    Kind regards,

    Jae

    1. Hi Jae Lankwarden! Sorry for the belated reply. We have checked with a car rental company and they told us that you are only allowed to drive in Jeju Island. Hope this answers your question!

      1. Hi,
        Thanks for your effort and reply.
        Maybe nice to know for other people looking into this,
        I actually got a reply from Lotte Rental Cars that it was allowed to take the car on the ferry. 🙂

  2. Hi,

    Currently I am holding Malaysian driving licence. I would like to convert it to Singapore driving licence in near future as I am a Singapoe permanent resident. Will i be disqualified upon the conversion as the possession will be less than a year? I look forward to hearing from you soon, thanks.

    Best regards,
    Louis Goh

  3. Hi,

    I ‘ve just paid for the car rental thru Sixt using my credit card. But the booking was made under my boyfriend’s name since he has the international driving permit and will be the driver there. Is it ok that he is not the owner of the credit card? Because I will be showing up for the car pickup with him and my credit card anyway.

    1. Hello, Chow! If you have rented the car through our website, Trazy.com, we can tell you that it is okay if your boyfriend is not the owner of the credit card, however it is acceptable only if you are going to accompany your boyfriend and pick up the car with him. If you have rented from Sixt, you may want to contact them directly and ask for details. 🙂

  4. Hi there,
    I am planning to rent a car in Jeju during my stay in April and although I posses an International Driver’s Licence, a local licence, and as well has having more than a year of driving experience, I am only turning 21 in July. Would I still be able to rent a car?

    1. Hello Joshua! In order to rent a car in Jeju Island, a driver must be over the age of 21 and so it will be difficult for you to rent a car in Jeju. Hope this answers your question. 🙂

  5. Hi ,

    I just got my license on 1st of December 2016 and my International driving permit has been approved. Am i able to rent a car? (given that i do not possess my license more than 1 year)

    Appreciate the help. Thank you!

    1. Sorry for the belated reply. Unfortunately, due to driving insurance issues, you must possess a driving license that is valid more than a year in order to rent a car. Hope this answers your question!

  6. hi! Do you know if there is a cut off for what time we can return the car? I have a flight back to seoul in the morning at 7am and am just wondering if it is possible to pump and return the car at such an early timing? What time do they open and what time do they close? Can’t seem to find the info on the lotte rent a car website!

    Also, if i return the car at 7am, do they count it as an extra day? Should I return the car on the previous day before my flight instead?

    1. Hi, the rental rates are calculated on a 24-hour (1 day) basis. So your total rental rate is calculated based on the time of reservation. The actual operation hours for Lotte rent-a-car in Jeju Island is from 8am, but they allow people to return the car from 6am. When you are renting, make sure you tell the staff that you would like to return the car early and they will help you out with your issues. Hope this answers your question. 🙂

    1. It is possible to drive in Korea, using an international driving permit issued by member countries of the Geneva & Vienna Conventions. To check if your country is included in the list, please refer to the link: https://dl.koroad.or.kr/license/en/sub/popVienna.jsp. And if your country is included in the list, you are able to drive in Korea for 1 year from the date of entry with an international driving permit issued from your country.

    1. And if your country is included in the list, you are able to drive in Korea for 1 year from the date of entry with an international driving permit issued from your country.

  7. hi, i have applied for an international license. However, I do not have a driving experience for more than 1 year. Will it be possible to rent a car in jeju?

  8. I browse through your blog and it is very helpfull. I will be grateful if you can give me any futher infomation about renting a car in jeju, i read that the driver must be 21 or older with a driving experience of at least one year.
    I am 28, have almost 3 years of driving experience with my local driver’s license (English and Vietnamese are printed on it) but my International Driving Permit (IDP) has just issued for 1 month. So Do i meet the requirements for renting a car in Jeju island?
    Could i make payment via other options such as bank transfer or Alipay?
    I appreciate any help that you can provide.Thank you.

      1. Hi there,
        I am planning to rent a car in Jeju during my stay in April and although I posses an International Driver’s Licence, a local licence, and as well has having more than a year of driving experience, I am only turning 21 in July. Would I still be able to rent a car?

      2. Hello Joshua! In order to rent a car in Jeju Island, a driver must be over the age of 21 and so it will be difficult for you to rent a car in Jeju. Hope this answers your question. 🙂

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