All about rental cars

Is it safe to rent a car in Busan?

Can foreigners rent car in Korea?

In order to rent a car in Korea, you must have a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) or a valid driver’s license issued in Korea. An IDP allows citizens of a foreign country with a valid driver’s license to drive while in Korea. You must obtain your IDP in the same country that issued your driver’s license.

Is it safe to drive in South Korea?

Yes, it is safe but be aware that Koreans love their rules, and driving is no exception.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Korea?

Cheap car rentals in South Korea

Economy $65/day
Full-size SUV $78/day
Mini $59/day
Luxury $96/day
Compact SUV $103/day

Do you need a car in Korea?

It’s possible to get around the country without owning or driving a car due to the extensive public transport system, but foreigners can drive in South Korea on an International Driver’s Permit and, as an additional benefit, major road signs are in both Korean and English.

Can I drive in Korea with US license?

A foreigner with a foreign issued driver license can drive legally in Korea with an international Driving Permit for 1 year. But, the foreign license must not expire during that period. An international Driving Permit is for a foreigner not residing in Korea (visitor).

Is driving in Jeju difficult?

Jeju has a very simple road system and is relatively straightforward with only a few main roads connected all around Jeju. The road sign is general in English and landmarks are signposted. Additionally, most of the roads are flat, and not much traffic.

What should I avoid in South Korea?

Do not take anything with your hands, except for salad leaves to put rice or meat inside for example. 7. Around the table, it is very rude to blow your nose in front of others, you should sniff or pat your nose with a tissue. (It is also better to avoid doing it in public).

Is Taxi safe in Korea?

Taxi safety is a legitimate concern, but compared with the large number of expats living in Korea, the percentage of negative experiences is relatively small. Many drivers are thoughtful and helpful.

Is South Korea tourist friendly?

South Korea is a very safe country to visit. Its crime rates are much lower than in the US and on par with most European countries, Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. This mostly means that, for tourists and anyone else, it is perfectly safe to walk around at night, even in the larger cities. Violent crime is also rare.

Do I need international drivers license to drive in Korea?

To drive a car in Korea, people need a driver’s license or an international driver’s license from their own country. International driver’s licenses are valid for a period of one year.

Is there Uber in South Korea?

Unfortunately, Grab nor Uber is available in Korea. Uber had launched in Seoul in 2013, however, due to regulations and taxi industry’s resistance, Uber was ordered to stop operations in 2015. Grab never entered the market.

Can foreigners drive in Jeju?

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).

Is driving in Korea difficult?

Driving in Korea for foreigners is an easy way to explore the country without having to depend on public transport and organize the trip around timetables. It is worth bearing in mind that driving in Korea may be very different from other countries.

Is it expensive to drive in Korea?

How much does it cost to drive in South Korea? Here’s how much it costs to go on a 3-day road trip in South Korea based on 2020 prices and estimates. Rental car – Small and medium cars cost ‎USD 200-240 for 3 days. Large cars, luxury cars, and SUVs cost USD 350-500 for 3 days.

What is the drinking age in Korea?


Restaurants: Most open daily from 10am to 10pm. Government offices are open weekdays from 9am to 6pm, closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Drinking Laws — The legal drinking age is 20 (or more specifically Jan 1 of the year the person turns 20, since everyone is considered a year older when the year turns).

Do I need international drivers license to drive in Korea?

To drive a car in Korea, people need a driver’s license or an international driver’s license from their own country. International driver’s licenses are valid for a period of one year.

How do I get an international driving permit in Korea?

How do I get an International Driving Permit in Korea?

  1. Get your Korean driver’s license.
  2. Apply for an International Driving Permit.
  3. Go to the foreigners office and get your International Driving Permit.
  4. Take it with you when you travel.

Is Korean driving license international?

As for a foreign national with a Korean driver’s license :

Notwithstanding the valid period on an international driving permit, it may be invalid after 1 year from entering the relevant country according to the international treaty & the relevant legislations.

How do you get around Jeju without a car?

In Jeju Island, there are City Bus, Tourist Shuttle Bus, and Airport Limousine Bus and these buses cover almost all of Jeju Island. Taking these are the cheapest way to get around the island. However, you do have to go through an inconvenience like long intervals that can be time-consuming.

Should I go Jeju or Busan?

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Busan (Pusan) and Cheju (Jeju), we can see that Busan (Pusan) is more expensive. And not only is Cheju (Jeju) much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Cheju (Jeju) would let you spend less money overall.

How many days should I spend in Busan?

Assuming you spend about two weeks in South Korea, I think 2-3 days in Busan is a good amount of time to spend. This allows you a full day to explore all the city’s major tourist attractions, plus time for a day trip outside the urban core, such as to coastal Haedong Yunggungsa temple.