Although there are no problems with the public transportation system in cities such as Seoul, we encourage you to explore South Korea by car. There is nothing to beat the fun of owning your car. I don’t think any country can be more similar to our Korean driving experience in Japan.
You can schedule your own schedule, you only need to load your luggage into the trunk. Taking a train usually means you will drag your luggage up and down on several flights of stairs. Maybe you will think that there are elevators in many places, but they are not always easy to find. So here, we will share the perfect Korean self-driving travel guide you need to know.
Driving in South Korea
Driving in South Korea can be a considerable challenge for foreigners, but it is actually much easier than we expected. This language seems to be an obstacle at first, but you will overcome it on your journey.
Korean car rental
Renting a car in Korea is not a problem for most visitors, but there are some restrictions. Before you go to Korea, the most important thing is the driver’s license.
South Korean auto Public Division
Many international brands have appeared in the Korean car rental market, but there are also some local brands. Hertz is part of the Lotte Car Rental in South Korea and has the most locations. We rented a car belonging to Avis from AJ Rent-a-car.
Other major brands include Sixt, National, HI Car Rental and Jeju-OK Car Rental. I can’t find the website of Hi rent-a-car. Jeju Island has only one place in Jeju Island, because their website is only Korean, so it is best to book with them at Rentalcars.com.
Comparing prices and models on rentalcars.com is easy. You can often find some good offers, all reservations will be confirmed immediately and cancelled free of charge.
International driver’s license Han Guo
If you want to rent a car in Korea, you need an international driving permit. The permit should not be more than one year and must be signed by a country that has signed the Geneva or Vienna Convention (or both). When you pick up your vehicle, your driver’s license and international driving permit need to be issued by the same country. You will also need to show your driver’s license and international driver’s license and passport.
Your rental company may mention that an international driving permit needs to be issued by an embassy or consulate. We read this in a confirmation email from Avis, which made us initially confused. Don’t worry too much about this, just follow the steps in your country and it’s generally fine.
In other South Korean car owned grid
Most car rental companies will require drivers to be 21 years of age and have at least one year of driving experience. This is not a legal requirement. By comparing various rental agents, you may find some less strict ages.
Take an international driver’s license
Be sure to bring an international driver’s license and a regular driver’s license. Both must be issued by the same country.
Your credit card must be in the name of the driver.
Global positioning system
We recommend renting a built-in GPS car or installing a local Naver Maps app (for Android and iPhone). The Naver Maps website is only available in Korean, but the app is available in English and works fine. (We use the Android version) It looks very similar to any other GPS application you are familiar with.
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Local SIM card
When you want to use Naver’s app, a local SIM card comes in handy. We originally taught that this is the only reason we need it, but once we get the SIM card, we will find other useful applications, such as the Seoul Metro app (Android and iPhone) and Mangoplate, to find delicious restaurants.
You can book your SIM card online or when you arrive at the airport. There is a limited possibility of purchasing a SIM card after leaving the airport. KT has a SIM card office near Exit 2 of Hongik University Station, which you can purchase at 7-11 stores in Myeoung-dong, Hongdae, Dongdaemun, Jongno or Haeundae.
All major highways are turning. The good news is that interest rates are low. We have taken local roads in some cases, we only need to cover a short distance, but for long-distance travel, such as Seoul to Busan, the speed of the turn is much faster (Mount Korea). Highways sometimes look like an endless tunnel and bridge chain, and local roads lie around each hill.
How does the high channel work?
You can verify that your rental car is equipped with Qualcomm equipment. Don’t just trust the Qualcomm logo. You need a card in your mirror device to work. I suggest you ask if the rental car company can use the Qualcomm Lane.
If you can use the high channel, all you have to do is drive along the blue lane and slow down near the toll booth. Your charges will be registered and your car rental company will send you a fee notice later. If you do not have a Qualcomm device, you should avoid the blue channel and select any other toll booth, and you will receive a card showing where you are on the highway or will need to pay by cash or credit card. Make sure you have cash because foreign credit cards often don’t work.
High-speed phase machine
The quality of the expressway is very good but does not consider speeding, because South Korea’s speed limit is usually 100 km / h or less, and all roads in South Korea are filled with high-speed cameras and closed-circuit television.
Fortunately, most GPS systems will tell you about the upcoming camera. Even if you don’t have your own GPS, you can follow Koreans who seem to have been moving fast on each speed camera at the last minute. In addition to the camera, you will also encounter an average speed zone, which is the only freeway area where no one is accelerating.
Driving wind grid
Overall, I found the Korean driving style to be polite and relaxed. The old articles I read when I was preparing for my road trip used to be different, but due to strict law enforcement and ubiquitous CCTV coverage, these articles have improved significantly over the past few years. However, you should pay attention to some important traffic rules .
Some important traffic regulations are
– Koreans are driving on the right side of the road
– The phone can only be used hands-free
– All passengers must wear seat belts
– Allow red turn right unless there is a red arrow traffic light
– Allow left turn intersections only when there are green arrows
– bus lanes are indicated by blue lanes
We hope that these tips will encourage you to travel on a road trip in Korea. With our tips, renting and driving in Korea is fun.