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South Korea Car Rental Mini Guide

South Korea is being touted as the new Vietnam or Cambodia, there’s a lot to see varying between the military might on the border and the natural wonders and temples. Car hire in South Korea is a great way to see the country but although generally developed, there are many parts of the country where roads are just dirt tracks and a car is a rarity.
 
How do I get Into South Korea?
South Korea has three main international airports; Incheon and Gimpo in Seoul and Gimhae Airport in Busan. These field most of the international flights to the country from Europe and North America. Asiana and Korean Air both fly from London Heathrow to Incheon and to fly to other parts of South Korea you’ll need to organise domestic flights which mainly leave Seoul from Gimpo Airport. Once at the airport collect your prebooked hire car. Alternatively hire a car at Incheon if staying in the city. 

South Korea Factfile

  • South Korea is officially the whole of the Korean peninsula with the north not recognised by the UN
  • The country’s origins stretch back nearly 4,500 years
  • Korea comes from the name of the dynasty, Goryeo that ruled the region hundreds of years ago
  • The border between North and South Korea is the most heavily guarded in the world
  • The country was embroiled in the first war of the Cold War era in 1950 which claimed the lives of over 2.5m people

Cheapest car hire in South Korea

Chevrolet Spark

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.75 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 544.30 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Chevrolet Spark

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 77.75 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 544.30 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Elantra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 86.25 EUR/day
Hyundai Elantra

7 Days rental at 603.79 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Elantra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 86.25 EUR/day
Hyundai Elantra

7 Days rental at 603.79 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Elantra

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 86.25 EUR/day
Hyundai Elantra

7 Days rental at 603.79 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Avante

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 138.22 EUR/day
Hyundai Avante

7 Days rental at 967.60 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Morning

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 124.64 EUR/day
Kia Morning

7 Days rental at 872.54 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mini Clubman

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 158.60 EUR/day
Mini Clubman

7 Days rental at 1110.20 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Sonata

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 135.54 EUR/day
Hyundai Sonata

7 Days rental at 948.81 EUR from 21/11/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Sonata

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 135.54 EUR/day
Hyundai Sonata

7 Days rental at 948.81 EUR from 21/11/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Sonata

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 135.54 EUR/day
Hyundai Sonata

7 Days rental at 948.81 EUR from 21/11/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Sonata

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 135.54 EUR/day
Hyundai Sonata

7 Days rental at 948.81 EUR from 21/11/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Ssangyong Tivoli

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 192.54 EUR/day
Ssangyong Tivoli

7 Days rental at 1347.84 EUR from 21/11/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Carnival

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 209.47 EUR/day
Kia Carnival

7 Days rental at 1466.34 EUR from 21/11/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia K5

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 145.02 EUR/day
Kia K5

7 Days rental at 1015.14 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Grandeur

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 232.84 EUR/day
Hyundai Grandeur

7 Days rental at 1629.93 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Kia Sportage

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 281.00 EUR/day
Kia Sportage

7 Days rental at 1967.02 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in South Korea

  • Drive on thee RIGHT-hand side of the road in South Korea
  • South Korea has toll roads, you can pay by card but it's always wise to carry some cash just in case
  • There are just 2 recognised car rental companies in South Korea, Avis and Lotte
  • South Korea boast the most efficient car rental on earth with an average waiting time of just 11 minutes
  • 7 seater rentals in South Korea are the largest capacity vehicle available to hire
 

Popular car hire destinations in South Korea

Laws and rules of the road when driving in South Korea

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    60kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    80kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    80-120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    KRW  1854.23/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    KRW

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in South Korea

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Tamra rent
1
6.3/10
19
€ 138.22
€ 145.02
€ 212.91

Car rental agent statistics in South Korea

  • 6.3/10
    Highest rated agent:
    TAMRA RENT
  • 6.3/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    TAMRA RENT
  • 19
    Total number of reviews in
    South Korea
  • 4
    Most Locations in South Korea:
    AVIS
  • 34
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 3
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in South Korea

ItemPercent
January€ 44
February€ 44
March€ 42
April€ 54
May€ 55
June€ 56
July€ 55
August€ 52
September€ 48
October€ 47
November€ 50
December€ 44
ItemPercent
January€ 41
February€ 72
March
April€ 43
May€ 58
June€ 43
July€ 148
August€ 82
September
October
November€ 86
December€ 55
ItemPercent
January€ 64
February€ 63
March€ 64
April€ 130
May€ 130
June€ 134
July€ 123
August€ 79
September€ 77
October€ 76
November€ 81
December€ 67
ItemPercent
January€ 66
February€ 67
March€ 130
April€ 97
May€ 96
June€ 98
July€ 99
August€ 126
September€ 143
October€ 162
November€ 161
December€ 95
ItemPercent
January€ 131
February€ 118
March
April€ 230
May€ 192
June€ 232
July€ 203
August€ 206
September€ 226
October€ 222
November€ 182
December€ 135
ItemPercent
January€ 40
February€ 40
March€ 40
April€ 42
May€ 43
June€ 43
July€ 42
August€ 44
September€ 44
October€ 44
November€ 44
December€ 40
ItemPercent
January€ 69
February€ 92
March
April€ 108
May€ 107
June€ 109
July€ 108
August€ 112
September€ 104
October€ 102
November€ 136
December€ 81
ItemPercent
January
February
March
April€ 71
May€ 77
June€ 72
July€ 90
August€ 90
September
October
November
December

Select category to see average car hire prices in South Korea

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in South Korea

DieselUnleaded
Sep , 2022

€ 1.47

€ 1.38

Aug , 2022

€ 1.55

€ 1.49

Jul , 2022

€ 1.64

€ 1.62

Jun , 2022

€ 1.48

€ 1.49

May , 2022

€ 1.47

€ 1.47

Apr , 2022

€ 1.48

€ 1.54

Mar , 2022

€ 1.47

€ 1.53

Feb , 2022

€ 1.17

€ 1.30

Jan , 2022

€ 1.10

€ 1.24

Dec , 2021

€ 1.08

€ 1.21

Nov , 2021

€ 1.20

€ 1.34

Oct , 2021

€ 1.16

€ 1.31

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Sep , 2022 1.47 1.38
Aug , 2022 1.55 1.49
Jul , 2022 1.64 1.62
Jun , 2022 1.48 1.49
May , 2022 1.47 1.47
Apr , 2022 1.48 1.54
Mar , 2022 1.47 1.53
Feb , 2022 1.17 1.30
Jan , 2022 1.10 1.24
Dec , 2021 1.08 1.21
Nov , 2021 1.20 1.34
Oct , 2021 1.16 1.31

Car rental price statistics in South Korea

  • € 544.25
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 301.18
    Highest daily price:
    Kia Carnival
  • 20
    Total cars available
     
  • 4
    Most popular model:
    Hyundai Sonata
  • 8
    Location with most cars:
    Jeju International Airport
  • € 77.8 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    AVIS - Gyeongju Station - Avis - Gyeongbok Do

FAQs about car hire in South Korea

How much does it cost to hire a car in South Korea?

Car hire in South Korea starts from just €77.80 per day for a (mini) class car from Avis. The average price to hire a car in South Korea is just €168.90 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in South Korea is a Kia Carnival car for a (standard) class from Tamra rent costing €301.20 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in South Korea?

We often have special offers on car hire in South Korea including free additional drivers, for example, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in South Korea?

Car hire prices in South Korea are kept low thanks to the 2 car hire companies across the country. With over 5 car hire locations and 53 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in South Korea.

Who is the best car hire company in South Korea?

Based on over 19 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in South Korea Is Tamra rent who score on average 6.3/10 across all locations in South Korea.

What is the most popular car hire location in South Korea?

The most popular locations to hire a car in South Korea is Jeju International Airport with 1 car hire companies and 8 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in South Korea?

Current fuel prices in South Korea are €1.384/ltr for petrol and €1.467/ltr for diesel as of 5 September 2022, it’ll cost on average €55 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €59 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in South Korea?

Speed limits in South Korea are in km/h and are generally 30-80 km/h on urban roads, 60-80 km/h on rural roads and 80-120 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in South Korea?

Avis is the cheapest car hire company in South Korea offering a (mini) class car such as the Chevrolet Spark for as little as €544.60 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in South Korea?

The most popular car hire category in South Korea is the Hyundai Sonata available from 1 car hire companies in over 4 locations.


 

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