Guide to Driving in Jeju: Lotte Rent-A-Car and GPS phone numbers

Jeju’s intercity bus system has improved since I was there ten years ago. Still, bus is not a convenient option. The waiting time for the bus is quite long and the bus stops are sparsely located around the island. With a toddler in tow, driving in Jeju makes more sense to us. Or perhaps also you who are in a big travel party.

Traveling by car is a popular option for tourists to the island. Hence, it’s easy to rent and drive around Jeju. You’ll see, most cars will be relatively slow because the drivers are foreigners as well.

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Renting Car in Jeju


Requirements for Car Rental in Jeju

Before you decide to rent a car in Jeju, it’s important you have certain documents and requirements. They are generally required by car rental companies of foreigners, and the following is explicitly stated in Lotte’s email to us.

Requirements for car rental in Jeju:

  1. Driver must be at least 21 years old
  2. International Driving Permit
  3. Driver’s Passport
  4. Main driver has to pay by own credit card at pick-up branch or pay online in advance (to be safe, bring the credit card used for payment). Payment is unavailable with debit card and cash at pick up branch. Travelling companion’s credit card is accepted if the person is with the main driver during rental period.
  5. Address (temporary place of residence) and contact number when signing the rental lease agreement at pick-up branch.

International Driving Permit

You are required to present International Driving Permit (“IDP”) when you pick up your car. For holders from United States of America, only permit issued by The American Automobile Association (“AAA”) is accepted.

In Singapore, you can only apply IDP through Automobile Association of Singapore (“AAS”).

  • Apply online on AAS website.
  • If urgent, head down to AAS branches (Kallang Bahru and Ang Mo Kio) for walk-in applications and collect IDP on the spot within 1 hour.

Car Rental Companies in Jeju

Based on online reviews, our choices came down to Lotte Rent-a-car and AJ Rent-a-car. We went with Lotte in the end. Although Lotte is more expensive, it seems more established and has more positive reviews than AJ.

Tip #1: For most car rental companies in Korea, like Lotte and AJ, signed up for their free membership online to enjoy discounted rates. To get Lotte’s member discount, you can register it for free on their website. Or if you have Krisflyer membership, you might want to consider Hertz.

Tip #2: Book online to reserve a car and get better rates. This is especially true during peak period, where you might not even get a car over the counter.


Lotte Rent-A-Car


Renting from Lotte Rent-A-Car

We reckoned we would be dead beat after a red eye flight from Singapore to Seoul, followed by a connecting flight to Jeju. Hence, we thought it’s best to take Jeju Airport Limousine 600 (“#600”) from Jeju airport to Seogwipo, where our Airbnb was, and then rent a car the next day.

#600 bus is at Gate 5, you can pay by cash or T-Money Card. The bus fare ranges from ₩1,300 to ₩5,500, depending on your alighting stop. The bus comes every 18-20 minutes, with first bus leaving airport at 6:20am and the last bus at 10:00pm. For more information on Jeju Airport Limousine 600, you can refer to Jeju Weekly, ISFNT, and Jeju Tourism.

However, Lotte’s branch at Seogwipo is not near our Airbnb. So, we aborted the plan and hubby had to fight his tiredness to drive us to from one end of the island to the other, Seogwipo.

After we touched down at Jeju island, we took Lotte’s complimentary bus from Jeju airport to Jeju Auto House (the branch near the airport). It’s a two way bus, and the ride was about 10 minutes. If you’re not sure where to hop on this bus, head to Lotte’s rental counter next to Gate 2 and 3 and ask.

Lotte’s Branches in Jeju:

  1. Jeju Auto House; Mon – Sun / 08:00AM – 10:00PM
  2. Jeju Lotte Hotel: Mon – Sun / 09:00AM – 6:00PM

Choose either branch to pick up your car during opening hours. There is no car delivery service.

Our Car Rental Reservation:

  • Car Type: Hyundai LF SONATA (G)
  • Pickup and Return Location: Jeju branch
  • Rental Period: ~3 Days
  • Pickup and Return Timing: 18 October 2018 (14:30); 22 October 2018 (10:00)
  • Fare Information (car rental including car seat):
    • Approx Total (during reservation): ₩274,400 (S$335)
    • Actual Total: ₩269,400 (S$329)

Review of Lotte Rent-A-Car

The pickup was fuss free. I guess, since it is common to rent a car to explore the island, the car rental staff are experienced dealing with non-locals. Anyway, we got a queue number, settled the admin stuff at the counter, and followed the staff to the car. He showed us how to use the car seat and pointed out some important car mechanisms. Car and car seats were in good condition and felt new. There’s even a sun shade provided for the baby (photo above).

The car didn’t give us problems throughout the ride and it was easy to drive. There was a mini accident that left some minor scratches, however it was covered by the insurance. The car insurance included in the rental fee was so comprehensive that there were no checks performed before and after we rented the car.


Experience of Driving in Jeju


For left hand drive folks, there might be a tendency to drive too far left, so be careful! Nevertheless, driving was a breeze in Jeju. Many drivers were foreigners unfamiliar with the roads, so they were also driving slowly to find their way. But not to worry about losing your way too much, all rental cars are equipped with GPS device.

It’s important to note that in Korea, the GPS device uses telephone numbers of the destination instead of address. Sure you can input the attraction name, but it might not bring you to the specific entrance or worse, to some other similar name location. Phone numbers is like coordinates or postal code to pin point your destination more accurately than addresses.

Hence, to save time on the road, planning in advance helps! Because who would easily know the phone number of a waterfall?


Jeju’s List of GPS Phone Numbers


To save you even more time, refer to my list of GPS phone numbers of Jeju attractions. Please let me know if there is any error or new update so I can keep the list updated. You can leave a comment below. It will definitely help other travellers!

Useful Navigation APPs

To test out the GPS phone numbers and see if they’re really bringing you where you want to go, you can download “KakaoMap” APP to try them out and plan your route. If you are taking public transportation in Seoul, this and “KakaoMetro” APP can both help you to navigate as well. Or you can use the desktop version: map.kakao.com

You’ll realise that Google maps or Apple maps don’t help much if you are driving around Jeju. Yes, you can see where all all the landmarks, but you wouldn’t find the driving route.

Places of Attraction in Jeju

In my list, I will omit the first four digits of the phone numbers, +82-64-xxx-xxxx, because you just need to key in the last 7 digits into your GPS.

In alphabetical order,

  • Airport (Jeju International Airport): 797-2525
  • AJ Rent A Car: 726-3322
  • Best Western Jeju Hotel: 797-6000
  • Cheonjeyeon Falls (천제연 폭포): 760-6331 / 738-1529
  • Cheonjiyeon Falls (정방폭포): 733-1528 (ticketing office); 760-6331 (actual location)
  • Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff (주상절리대(대포동지삿개)): 738-1521
  • Gwandeokjeong Pavilion (관덕정(제주)): 710-6717
  • Hallasan National Park (Eorimok Trail): 713-9950
  • Innisfree Jeju House: 794-5351
  • Jeongbang Falls (정방폭포): 733-1530
  • Lotte Rent-a-car: 751-8000
  • Love Land: 712-6988
  • National Museum of Jeju: 720-8000
  • Ocean Palace Hotel: 730-5800
  • O’Sulloc Tea Museum: 794-5312
  • Oedolgae Rock (외돌개(제주)): 732-8027
  • Seongsan Ilchulbong (성산일출봉): 710-7923
  • Seopjikoji (섭지코지): 784-2810
  • Songaksan Mountain (송악산): 794-7711 (starting point); 760-2655 (actual mountain)
  • Stone Culture Park: 710-7731
  • Udo Island (Ferry from Seongsan Port): 782-5671

Eating Places of Jeju

In my list, I will omit the first four digits of the phone numbers, +82-64-xxx-xxxx, because you just need to key in the last 7 digits into your GPS.

If you want to know what I think of the food, refer to “What to Eat in Jeju | 21 Food Choices“.

Coffee and Bread

  • 소보리당로 222 (Cafe/Coffee): 010-3832-7896 (last 8 digits)
  • A Factory Bakery (Bread): 720-8223
  • Sister Field (시스터필드) (Bread/Organic): 739-2225

Traditional Markets

  • Dongmun Traditional Market: 752-3001
  • Seogwipo Maeil Olle Market (서귀포매일 올레시장): 762-1949
  • (Modern) Lotte Mart Jeju: 798-2500

Black Pork BBQ

  • Black Pork Street: 753-0008
  • Donsadon (돈사돈) (Very nice!): 747-7876
  • Neulbom Heukdwaeji: 744-9001
  • Ppolsal House (뽈살집): 763-6860

Restaurants/Eateries

  • Guksu Bada, Jungmun (국수바다)) (面的海洋) : 739-9255
  • Myeong Jin Jeon Bok 명진전복 (Abalone Porridge): 782-9944
  • Negeori Restaurant, Seogwipo Jeju (네거리식당): 762-5513
  • Seabong Kitchen: 763-8460
  • UDO: Pungwon (풍원) (Famous Hallasan Fried Rice): 784-1894

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For more Korea travel tips, refer to our itinerary for our South Korea trip (Jeju and Seoul).



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