What Every Traveler Needs to Know about Renting a Car in Jeju Island

What is an efficient and convenient way to get around Jeju Island? Of course, by renting a car and driving!

It’s reasonably affordable than hiring a car and a driver and a convenient way to see the beautiful natural wonders without going through the hassle of using a public transportation.

For travelers who want to get around by driving in Jeju Island, we’ve put together all the vital info as well as useful tips for saving money on a car rental that every traveler should know! 😉

A. Requirements for Renting a Car in Jeju Island

1. Have a Valid International Driving Permit (IDP)

id-cardThose who wish to drive in Jeju Island (including 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 hopping on a plane to Jeju island!

Only those that are issued by a member state of the Geneva Convention and the Vienna Convention are recognized in Korea.

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

2. 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.

3. Pay with Your Own Credit Card

credit-cardThe rental fees are only accepted via your own credit card. If you want to make payment via other options such as bank transfer or Alipay, click here.

B. Driver Qualifications in Jeju Island

steering-wheelThe driver must be 21 or older with a driving experience of at least one year. If you are qualified, you can drive all types of vehicles in Jeju island.

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

C. 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.

D. 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 (due to damage or theft for example).

The charge for the loss of use is calculated by per-day and it’ll be 50% of the car’s daily rental fee.

For example, if your damaged vehicle’s daily rental rate is 50,000 KRW and took 2 days to repair (50,000 x 4 = 200,000), you have to compensate 100,000 KRW (50% of 200,000) to the rental company.

E. 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 a number of car rental companies, all of which offer reservation services and same-day car rentals. The rental rates are similar or less, so compare them before you rent the car.

F. How to Save Your Money on Car Rentals

1. 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 some budget on a car rental.jeju-car-rentalSince Jeju Island is a famous tourist destination popular among both locals and tourists alike, you may not be able to rent a car on-site especially if you’re traveling during high season. Thus, the best option is to rent a car online in advance. If you want to book online, click here. 😉

2. 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. Also, check inside the car thoroughly and see if there is anything that could potentially be considered a damage.

If you skip this process, you might have to pay money for something like scratches, loose parts and many more that you didn’t do, which would make your day awful.

3. 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 you return the car, don’t return it with the tank full of gasoline (it’s non-refundable, so just drive around as much as you can and return it with little leftover of gasoline).

4. 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! 😉

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Getting around Jeju Island in South Korea – Public Transportation & Transport Info

Jeju Island is a beautiful island, but it’s not easy to get around because there is no subway or train. Especially if this is your first-time travel to Jeju Island, you will feel lost and struggle for sure.

So take a look at this basic guide to getting around Jeju Island by public transportation before you go!

How to get around Jeju island?

In Jeju Island, there are various types of transportation options- bus, taxi, car, motorcycle/scooters and bikes– and each type offers its own unique travel experiences.

Buses and taxis are the two main public transportation in Jeju Island and are commonly used by the travelers. There is NO train nor subway system on Jeju Island.

1. By Bus

In Jeju Island, there are inner (intra-city) and outer (intercity) city buses and Airport Limousine Bus and these buses cover almost all of Jeju Island.

Taking these are the most economical way to get around the island. However, you do have to go through an inconvenience like long intervals that can be time-consuming.

All buses accept cash or Seoul’s T-money transit card, but we recommend using the T-money card for the fare because you can transfer twice within 60 mins, each within 30 mins, for free (you will be able to save some money!).

A. Intra-city Bus & Low floor Bus

Intra-city buses run only within Jeju City and Seogwipo City. Since intra-city bus stops at all bus stops, the interval is usually around 30 mins to 1 hour, which means you have to wait a long time for the next bus. This is the reason why they are more likely used by local residents than travelers.

However, if you do take this bus, the flat fare costs 1,200 won for all destinations and the fare for middle/high school students is 900 won and for elementary school students and younger is 400 won.

Following are the intra-city bus routes and their major stops:

  • 10 (Jeju Nat’l Univ(JNU)-Gwangyang-Hamdeok)
  • 92 (Jeju High School-DaeU Daerim Apt.-Int’l Port)
  • 100 (Halla College-Bus Terminal-Jungangro-Samyang1dong)
  • 500 (Halla College-Jungang Rotary-JNU)
  • 502 (Halla College-Jeju Bus Terminal-JNU(Wolpyeong))
  • 300 (Halla Arboretum-Airport-Terminal-Airport-Halla Arboretum)

You can also find low-floor buses in Jeju Island, which operate in Jeju City and Seogwipo City only. These buses have no steps between one or more entrance and are to minimize inconvenience for the weak and elderly for the elderly and people with disabilities (in wheelchairs for example).

B. Intercity Bus

Intercity buses run between the intercity bus terminals of Jeju city and Seogwipo via numbers of different routes and they stop at several bus stops including major tourist attractions (but not at every stop like the intra-city bus does).

The base fare is 1,300 KRW and is surcharged by distance. The intervals are around 20 mins, so for travelers and tourists, taking the intercity bus is a better option.jeju-island-transportation-1Route #701 runs every 20 mins (Jeju – Sehwa – Sungsan – Seogwi) – for looking around east Jejujeju-island-transportation-3Route #702 runs every 20 mins (Jeju – Hallim – Daejung – Seogwipo) – for looking around west Jejujeju-island-transportation-4Route #780 runs every 10~15 mins (Jeju – Sungpanak – Seogwi – World cup stadium – Jungmun – Jeju) – circulates Jeju island in a circle

C. Airport Limousine Bus (No. 600)

 

jeju-limousine-bus-route
Photo courtesy of Visit Jeju

The No. 600 Airport Limousine circulates between the Jeju International Airport, Jungmun Complex and Seogwipo every 18~20 minutes, and makes its final stop at the Seogwipo KAL Hotel. The whole route takes about 80 mins.

 

■ Route

Jeju Intl. Airport → Jeju Sun Hotel → Grace Hotel → Jungmun Tourist Complex·Yeomiji Botanical Garden Entrance  → Kensington Jeju Hotel → Hyatt Regency Jeju → The Shilla Hotel → The Suites Hotel → Hotel Hana → Lotte Hotel → HANKOOK Condominium → JEJU TOURISM ORGANIZATION→ Seas Hotel & Resort → Jeju Intl. Convention Center (ICC)·Jungmun Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliffs → Daepo Port → Yakcheonsa → Wolpyeong Village → Gangjeong Nonghyup → Kensington Resort Akgeuncheon → Seogeondo →Jeju World Cup Stadium → New Kyungnam Hotel → Seogwipo Wharf →Seobok Exhibition Hall → Paradise Hotel Entrance → Seogwipo KAL Hotel

Turnaround Time

  • Airport~Jungmun Tourism Complex: 50 mins
  • Airport~Seogwipo KAL Hotel: 80 mins

Bus Fare and Timetable

  • Jeju International Airport: First Bus – 06:20, Last Bus – 22:00 (18~20 min intervals)
  • Seogwipo New Kyungnam Hotel: First Bus – 06:20, Last Bus – 21:50
  • Late-night Limousine Bus departs from Jeju International Airport (in front of Gate 5) at 22:50.
  • Airport~Yeomiji Botanical Garden Entrance:  4,500 won
  • Airport~Gangjeong, Punglim, Jeju World Cup Stadium: 5,000 won
  • Airport~Seogwipo New Kyungnam Hotel, Seogwipo KAL Hotel: 5,500 won

For middle/high school students the bus fare costs 20% off the regular fare and 50% off the regular fare for elementary school students.

※You can purchases the ticket at the airport stands, Sinjeju ticket office, and the New Kyungnam Hotel ticket office.

Still confused? Here are 2 options that will save you from hassle!

A. Jeju Island Golden City Tour Bus

jeju-island-transportation-4In Jeju Island, there is Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour Bus called Jeju Island Golden City Tour Bus that is designed for travelers to hop on and off all day at Jeju Island’s best sights and destinations. The city tour bus runs from 8:00 am to 8:50 pm. See the map of Jeju Golden Bus City Tour route here.jeju-golden-city-tour-busThe advantage of this transport is that you can visit the attractions you want to see and customize your itinerary of your choice. It’s a simple and yet convenient way to travel around the island at a reasonable price. To buy a one-day pass, click here.

B. Jeju 1 Day Bus Tour

jeju-1day-bus-package-2Another great option for travelers to Jeju is Jeju 1 Day Bus Tour, which provides 3 great tour loops, all of which take you to the best attractions and the highlights of Jeju Island. To book the tour, click here.

2. By taxi

If the bus system in Jeju is too complicated and you don’t have international driver’s license, the alternative option is taking a taxi.jeju-island-transportation-6Taking a taxi on the middle of the road in Jeju Island can be frustrating and tiresome, so our advice is to call a taxi (1,000 KRW but it’s better to ask the fee when calling a taxi) or hire a taxi for a day.


Hiring a taxi is definitely recommended to those who are looking for a convenient and comfortable ride throughout the day and a personalized, free and easy tour. Book Jeju Taxi online here.

3. By car

jeju-island-transportation-2For those who have an international driver’s license, renting a car is the best option to look around the island’s major attractions and natural landscape. It allows you to reach destinations in Jeju Island that are difficult to reach by using public transportation.jeju-car-rentalCar rental service for Jeju Island is available here.

4. By Motorcycle or Scooter

Want some thrills and speed? For those who have international driver’s license, taking a ride on a motorcycle or scooter is a great option to get around Jeju Island. You can find several motorcycle/scooter rental shops especially around the Jeju International Airport.

5. By Bike

Cycling along the breathtaking coastal roads or in lush natural parks and forests sure is a great way to explore the authentic beauty of Jeju Island.jeju-bike-rentalIf you don’t have international driver’s license, renting a bike can be an alternative and it’s highly recommended to couples and solo travelers. It you want to rent a bike, click here.

Browse our collection of the best transport deals for Jeju Island. Choose the right one according to your travel group!

If you are planning a trip to Jeju Island with your family or in a group of friends or travel buddies, travel well by taking these options into consideration before you go.😉

A. Hire a Private Driver & Van

jeju-private-driver-vanThis can be a perfect option for those who want to travel around Jeju Island without a hassle with your family or friends as a small private group, which can accommodate from 2 to 8 people. This option is highly recommended for a family with kids!jeju-airport-transfer-taxiYou can freely write a list of destinations you want to visit and give it to the agency who will then customize your itinerary and help you can get around the island in a more time-saving way. Booking is available here.

If your group only needs a transportation that provides a pick-up service from Jeju Aiport to your desired destination, check out our private van or mini bus transfer service here.

B. Join a Small Group Van Tour

Similar to the private van tour, a small group van tour can be another great option for a group of travelers and tourists from 2 to 9 people.jeju-small-group-tourIt is more affordable and inexpensive since the tour is not private (meaning that other groups of travelers can join the tour). The itinerary for the tour is already planned out, so if you don’t want to go through the hassle, you should join this tour. Booking is available here.

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