One of the first things you’ll be thinking about when planning out a vacation is the mode of transportation. If you’re looking to explore the island at your own pace, then renting a car may be the best option for you. Here’s an article with more details.
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DRIVING IN SOUTH KOREA
Rental companies have their own policies when it comes to international licenses, but in general, you must be at least 21 years of age with at least 1 year of driving experience to rent a car. Some companies require you to be at least 26 years of age with a minimum of 3 years of driving experience to drive larger vehicles.
BOOKING YOUR RENTAL CAR
Renting a car at the airport will most likely result in higher rates, but more than that, there may be a chance that companies will be sold out. The tip here is to rent your vehicle far in advance of your trip. For a helpful video about everything you need to know about renting a car, check out “How to Rent a Car and Drive in Jeju, Korea” on our Visit Jeju Global YouTube channel.
PEAK TRAVEL SEASONS IN JEJU
The typical high seasons for travel to Jeju Island occur during the summer, as well as the two major Korean holidays: Lunar New Year (January/February) and Chuseok (September/October). The dates for these holidays change every year according to the Lunar calendar.
RENTING AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE
If fuel cost and eco-friendliness are concerns for you, then renting an EV may be exactly what you want. There are plenty of charging stations around, and most of the attractions you visit will likely have one on-site. For more information, check out our video, “Reasons to Rent EVs in Jeju” on the Visit Jeju Global YouTube channel!
PICKING UP YOUR RENTAL CAR
All rental companies are located off-site, so you will be offered a free shuttle to the rental location. Once you arrive at the rental lot, the rental company will process your paperwork. They will also ask you to take pictures of the exterior of the car. This is common practice in Korea, and it’s to make sure that you record any damages to the car so you don’t get charged for it afterward.
NAVIGATING AROUND JEJU
The Google Maps navigation system does not work in South Korea, so if you are planning on using your smartphone to help you get around, a couple of good Korean map options are KakaoMap and NAVER Map.
TRAFFIC SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS
Speed limits and traffic violations in South Korea are monitored by surveillance cameras. If you are using a navigation system, it will alert you if there is a camera coming up, along with the speed limit.
Keep in Touch With Jeju!
Jeju Island’s official information site: Visitjeju.net
Free Jeju Travel Info Available by Chat (Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. KST)
The JTO’s informative YouTube channel: Visit Jeju Global