Jeju Car Rental Guide: How to Rent a Car in Jeju Island, Korea

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 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


• Have a valid International Driving Permit (IDP)

id-card

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.

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.

• Never forget to bring your passport!

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

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


steering-wheel

All 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.

*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 (Mini Van) drivers must be 26 years old or older and have 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 an 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


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All 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 pick up your car


• Look for the ‘Rent-a-Car’ building

Exit through Gate 5 and head to the parking lot section 5 – parking spot 8. Take the shuttle bus to the Rent-a-Car building. The shuttle bus runs every 5 minutes and takes around 5 minutes to get to the 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


• Avoid same-day car rental!

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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 car rental service early.  😉

• Take pictures or videos

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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 a damage.

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

• Check the gasoline

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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 time of your rental. Otherwise refueling charges will apply.

• Return your car at least an hour before

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Just 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! 😉

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 at “Hanjin Rent-a-Car Office” and return the key to the agent.

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,Mini Van.

*Vehicles GPS in English and Korean are available (optional). English GPS are available at an additionational charge of 20,000 KRW per GPS (not per day).

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)


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

44 comments

  1. 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?

        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. 🙂

  2. 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?

    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.

    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.

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. 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

  8. 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. 🙂

  9. Firstly, thank you so much for all the information on driving in Jeju Island.

    Currently I am holding a Malaysian driving license and already book a car thru AJ Rent-a-car web for our trip this October. I already search through their website but they didn’t mention any info regarding the IDP. Do I still need to have the IDP or my driving license in enough for short-term driving in Jeju Island.

    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hello, Sarimah! It is required for the foreigners to have both IDP and local driver’s license (driver’s license issued in the country at issue) to drive in Jeju Island. You must present them when renting your car in Jeju. If you need further assistance, we advise you to contact the AJ Rent-a-Car’s Jeju Branch directly (☎ +82-(0)64-726-3322 for Jeju Branch). Operation hours for the Jeju branch is from Monday to Sunday, from 8am until 10pm. Hope this info helps!

  10. Hi,
    My friends and I are thinking of renting a car maybe on day 3 of our trip in Jeju. Do you know if there are other car rental companies around the island or are they all located at the airport?
    Cheers

  11. Hi,

    I am planning to self-drive in Jeju on Dec 25, 2017 for 4 nights. Just would like to check if the road is dangerous and/or slippery during this period?

    How about route to Mt. Hallasan and/or other mountainous road? Do i need a chain and if it is provided?

    Thanks
    Chris

    1. Hello Chris! The road conditions depend on the amount of snowfall, and at this moment, it is not possible to predict whether you will see snow in mid-December at Jeju. It is unlikely in early winter, but please check the weather forecast regularly before your traveling date. The snow chains will be provided by car rental companies in Jeju Island during the winter season (but not at all times), but it is best for you to check with your car rental company in advance whether it will be provided during your travel period. Hope this answers your question! 🙂

      1. Hi! I was about to ask the same question as Chris’! Same date we will be in Jeju as well!
        From the past experience, is there any issues/ concerns driving in Jeju in winter season? We are coming from a tropical country so we might not be familiar driving during winter season.

        1. Hello, tsasy! There are snow showers with strong wind in Jeju Island during the winter sometimes, but it’s usually less likely to see snow during December. Even if it snows, we expect little or no accumulation of snow in Jeju. But do keep in mind that the roads may be slippery due to snow and rain and please check the weather forecast regularly for indication of rain or snow just in case! 🙂

  12. Hi there,
    I have type B international driving permit with this statement : motor vehicles used for the transport of passengers and comprising, in addition to the driver’s seat, at most eight seats, or those used for transport of goods…

    i am looking at kia carnival 9 seaters vehicle for 6 people including me as driver, i need to double confirm whether i am eligible to drive 9 seaters car in Jeju.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Alvin, if you have Type B, you can drive a 9-seater vehicle in Jeju Island. However, the policies may differ from the car rental companies, so it’ll be safe to check with your car rental company just in case. 🙂

  13. Most of the time there is a lot of trouble in getting a car rental. Many questions come from the mind. The problem I was having by reading your blog is removed. You have explained very well. I liked your post. Thank you so much for sharing. I will suggest your posts to my friends. Hope more people will appreciate your posts.

  14. Hi we would like to rent a car during our visit to Jeju in Dec but I read that we would need a credit card for booking. We only have debit cards but is it still possible to rent a car coz that seems like the best option in Jeju.In a dilemma😔 .
    Thank you.

    Yusni

    hi

    1. Hello, Yusniyarni! Unfortunately, credit card is required in order to rent a car in Jeju Island. Hope everything works out well!

  15. Hi, I would like to rent a mini van for 4 days from 3rd-7th March 2018. I’m 40 with a D license and more than 10 years of driving experience.
    i) Am I eligible to rent your Mini Van?
    ii) Is your Mini Van sufficient for 8 adults + 1 toddler?
    iii) Do I just book via https://www.trazy.com/experience/detail/jeju-car-rental-rent-a-car or is there further arrangements needed to be made before I proceed with the booking?
    iv) Is it confirmed rental which by we will definitely get our vehicle on our day of arrival?

    1. Hello, Domenick Tham! Here are our answers to your questions:

      1) You must have an IDP (International Driving Permits) issued by a member state of the Geneva Convention or the Vienna Convention as well as your domestic driving license. In order to rent a car in Jeju, you must have a credit card with your name on as well.

      2) Our Mini van (Starex) can accommodate up to 10 people max (including the driver).

      3) Yes, please book our car rental service via the link: http://www.trazy.com/experience/detail/jeju-car-rental-rent-a-car. The only thing you will need to do in advance is to have your IDP and credit card ready. If there are any issues regarding your reservation, we will be contacting you via email.

      4) Once you complete your booking/payment, we will contact the car rental agency to proceed your booking. If all the mini vans are already fully booked during your desired period, we will try and look into other agencies where mini vans are available. If there are no vehicles available for you, you will receive a full refund.

      Hope our answers helped!

  16. Hello ,
    I have USA driver license , also Vietnam Driver license , but I just don’t have International Driver License , can I rent a car to drive in Jeju?

    1. Hello Jackie! You must have both an International Driving Permit (IDP) and a license issued from your home country in order to rent a car in Jeju Island. Hope this answers your question. 🙂

  17. Hi, i am looking to rent a car from 3-5th December 2017. i have around 8 years of driving experience and hold a Singapore driving license. am i eligible? also, what can i be looking out for when i rent a car?
    do you provide car rental services and pick up location for the car?

    Thanks

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