Mini (Class Minivan or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in South Korea.
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in South Korea are Sixt (7.9, 63 reviews), and Avis (7.0, 130 reviews).
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Based on car searches on KAYAK. The most popular cities to hire a car in South Korea are Seoul (67% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in South Korea). Jeju City (17%) and Incheon (17%).
The driving in South Korea is always on the right side of the road, and all passengers should use seatbelts while the vehicle is in motion. Any child under the age of 6 traveling with you is required to use a child seat, and it is forbidden for vehicles to use bus lanes (blue lanes), so try to avoid them wherever and whenever possible.
In order to rent a car in South Korea, you must be between 21 and 65 years of age and have had a valid driver’s license for at least one year. The age requirement is increased to 25 for certain vehicles (minivans or luxury cars) from selected agencies (Hertz) and you must have an International Driver’s Permit with you at the time you intend to rent the car.
If you are going to rent a car in South Korea, you should know that the average price of a liter of petrol is about 1,530 KRW (about 1.36 USD), and by the gallon you’ll have to pay about 5.15 USD. For diesel rentals, the price per liter is about 1,395 KRW or about 1.24 USD, while a gallon of diesel is about 4.68 USD.
When vacationing and driving in South Korea, please be aware that there are various speed limits in the country. Within the limits of the city, you are limited to no more than 60 km/h (about 38 mph), while outside of the city limits, the speed limit increases to 80 km/h (about 50 mph). On highways a maximum speed of 120 km/h (about 75 mph) is allowed.