Here’s everything you need to know about renting a car in Jeju Island in Korea!
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 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 is all the info!
1. Requirements for renting a car in Jeju Island
• Have a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) & Driver License from your home country
Those 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.
While the IDP itself is valid for one year from the date of issue, you can use your IDP for up to one year after entering Korea.
Only those that are issued by a member state of the Geneva Convention and the Vienna Convention are recognized in Korea. Driving permits 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.
• Never forget to bring your passport!
Bring 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.
• Pay with your own credit card
The 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
All drivers must be at least 21 years old and with driving experience of at least one year.
*The driver’s license must be valid for the entire rental period.
*The driver must have at least 1 year of driving experience.
*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.
*The Type D (SUV/RV/9- to 12-seater Mini Van) drivers must be minimum 26 years old with 3 years of driving experience.
Keep in mind that the requirement for driver qualification in Jeju Island is different from that of other parts of South Korea.
3. How to add an additional driver
When renting a car, you can add an 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
All the vehicles are covered by the basic general insurance, but you can choose to pay 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. How to save money on your car rentals
• Avoid same-day car rental!
You 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 a car rental service early. 😉
• Take pictures or videos
As 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 damage.
If you skip this process, you might be paying for something that you didn’t do.
• Check the gasoline
Before 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 the time of your rental. Otherwise, refueling charges will apply.
• Return your car at least an hour before (Return time: 7am~10pm)
Just in case of parking difficulties or post-accident matters, it’s strongly recommended that you return the car at least an hour before your flight! 😉
Additional costs may incur if the car is returned late!
Those who book their car rental service via Trazy.com have to return their car in the parking lot near Jeju Airport and return the key to the agent. After returning the car, you can take a free shuttle bus from the office to Jeju Airport. The shuttle bus runs every 10 minutes and it takes around 3~5 minutes from the office to the airport.
7. How to book Jeju car rental service with Trazy
Visitors to Jeju Island can book their car rental service online in advance at Trazy.com.
To book your Jeju car rental service, simply follow these steps:
• Visit the booking page for Jeju Car Rental here.
• Choose your travel date, pick up time, and preferred vehicle type.
• Choose your vehicle from 4 different types: Economy, Compact, Standard Sedan, and Mini Van.
*Korean GPS in English voice is available after changing the setting.
Drivers who book their Jeju car rental service through Trazy will enjoy:
• Unlimited mileage
• Third-party insurance (comprehensive coverage)
• Registration of additional driver at free of charge (up to 2 drivers)
Join a hassle-free day tour to enjoy Jeju Island!
- Jeju Taxi Tour
- Jeju Island Tour with Private Driver & Van
- Jeju East/West Course 1 Day Bus Tour (+ Snap Photoshoot)
- Olle Trail Hiking Tour on Jeju Island
*The following tours are temporarily N/A.
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- All About Jeju Olle Trail
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