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Seoul and most of the big cities in Korea have well-developed public transportation systems, making it easy and convenient to travel around the country. However, it may not be as easy to get around Jeju Island and the smaller rural towns due to the absence of subway lines and the infrequent bus services; in such cases, renting a car is recommended. There are numerous car rental companies in Korea and renting a car is relatively easy. The largest car rental services are KT Kumho Rent-a-Car and AJ Rent-a-Car. Both companies have branches throughout Korea and also abroad. Many of the car rental services are clustered around the major traffic points such as Incheon International Airport, Gimpo Airport, provincial airports, KTX (high-speed train) stations, major railway stations and express bus terminals throughout Korea. Branch information can be found on each car rental company's website.

[Rental Requirements]

1. Driver's license, passport and credit card

You must have a valid international driver's license or a valid driver's license issued in Korea. Some car rental companies require both the international and the local driver's licenses (i.e., driver's license issued by the country of residence), so it is advised to check the rental requirements of the relevant companies in advance. To drive a car carrying up to up to nine passengers, a Type 2 driver's license is required. In order to drive larger vehicles accommodating ten or more passengers, you need a Type 1 driver's license. A passport is necessary for identification purposes. A copy of your passport may also be needed to complete your request. Vehicle rental fees must be paid with own your credit card.

* Notes

1. The names on your international driver's license and your passport must be identical. If the names differ, your international driver's license will not be accepted.

2. International driver's licenses that have validity in Korea are only those issued by a member state of the Geneva Convention and the Vienna Convention. The validity period of an international driver's license is one year from the date of your entry into Korea.
Note : China is not a member state of the Geneva Convention and the Vienna Convention, but an international driver's license issued in Hongkong or Macao is accepted in Korea. International driver's licenses issued anywhere else in China do not have validity in Korea.

☞ Click here to check the member states of the Geneva & Vienna Conventions

** Don't forget to check in advance if the international driver's license issued in your country has validity in Korea!

2. Driver Qualifications

* Large and premium car rental availability and driver qualification requirements vary by rental company. It is recommended to check in advance if you plan to rent such vehicles.
* For those not paying with a credit card, cash or debit card payments must be accompanied by a third-party guarantor in possession of a credit card.

[Information on Major Car Rental Companies]

AJ Rent-a-Car

Phone inquiries and reservations: +82-1544-1600 (Korean) / +82-2-6240-0713 (English)
Online inquiries and reservations: www.ajrentacar.co.kr (Korean, English)
Locations: Most major cities in Korea

Kumho Rent-a-Car

Phone inquiries and reservations: +82-1588-1230 (Korean, English)
Online inquiries and reservations: www.ktkumhorent.com (Korean, English)
Locations: Most major cities in Korea

SIXT Rent-a-Car

Phone inquiries and reservations: +82-2-3452-0001 (Korean, English)
Online inquiries and reservations: www.sixt.co.kr (Korean)
Locations: Most major cities in Korea

Donga Rent-a-Car

Phone inquiries and reservations: 1544-1064 (Korean, English)
Online inquiries and reservations: www.dongarent.co.kr (Korean)
Locations: Seoul, Jeju-do

Jeju Rent-a-Car

Phone inquiries and reservations: +82-64-735-3355 (Korean, English)
Location: Jeju-do

Jeju-do Car Rental Business Association

Phone inquiries and reservations: +82-64-747-4301 (Korean)
Location: Jeju-do

* Phone reservations are available for Koreans only. International
tourists can rent a car after going through certain rental procedures at the designated desk located at Jeju International Airport.

Last updated in December 2013




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