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Car Hire in Seoul

Car Hire in Seoul

This information is correct as of June 2015.

Getting around South Korea’s capital by a rental car is not unheard of. Although the city is compact and you can get anywhere fast and public transport is more economical, driving around by car doubles as an experience not just to feel what it’s like to live there, but to explore sights during the journey itself. Find out more about the best rent-a-car deals via Skyscanner.

Where to hire a car in Seoul

There are a number of trusted and reliable rent-a-car providers within Seoul, South Korea. Companies such as AJ Rent-a-Car, KT Kumho Rent-A-Car (claims to be the leading car rental company in South Korea), and Sixt provide a range of options that will suit your specific needs and preferences. At Seoul’s Incheon International Airport, there are car rentals such as KT Kumho and AJ Rent-a-Car where you can pre-book reservations prior to your arrival, which will not only save you time at the airport itself, but also money. Cars can be readily picked up at the airport. These companies’ car rental desks are located at the first floor, near Exits 2-3 and 13-14 and are open between 6AM and 10PM. Off-site locations for rent-a-car are located in Mapo-dong, Gangnam-gu, Guro-gu, Jung-gu, and Seocho-gu, among others.

What to expect when hiring a car from Seoul

Before driving around Seoul, know first that the legal driving age here is 18 and one must possess an International Driving Permit (IDP) and other IDs, just in case. Traffic moves on the right and you should not worry about traffic signs and directions since they are both in Korean and English. When it comes to road conditions, fret not, since they are generally good. However, like most large and populated cities, expect horrible traffic jams in Seoul. Unfortunately, parking spaces are expensive and hard to find, so make sure you are informed of such areas before traversing.

Local drivers can be rather reckless, and usually most of them weave in and out of traffic, speed past traffic lights/beat the red light, and it is typical for them to blow-through the light after it has turned red whether pedestrians are in the crosswalk or not.

Getting to your destination

Gyeongbokgung
Arguably the best and the grandest among Seoul’s palaces, Gyeongbokgung served as the principal palace until 1592 when it was burnt down and was in ruins for almost 300 years until it was rebuilt again in 1865. Not just of historical value, the palace is also a fine example of architectural excellence.

From Seoul, Gyeongbokgung is accessible via 프레스센터.

Lotte World
A trip to Lotte World is promised to bring fun to the entire family or group that you’re traveling with. It has an amusement park, an ice-skating rink, a cinema multiplex, department store, folk museum, shopping mall, hotel, restaurants, and many other spots that you can enjoy.

Lotte World is located in Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, near Exit # 4 of of Jamsil Station on Subway Line #2 and #8.

National Museum of Korea
Houses the country’s ancient treasures inside a grand, marble-floored and lined modernist building. Surrounding it are a garden, a pond, ancient stone pagodas, the original Bosingak bell, and Dragon Falls.

Located in Ichon, the museum is near Metro line 1 or 4, in Seobinggo-ro, Yongsan-gu.

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