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Beijing

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When it comes to making transport choices, whether it is roads that are as thick as treacle, crowded subways or streets that are impossible to cross, Beijing really looks as bad as it gets, however you prefer to get around.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Beijing car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Beijing is in car rental price band: 0/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Beijing? 

No. Car rental only available to holders of Chinese driving licences.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Beijing between the peak and the off peak season?

0/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 1/10

Non car score:4/10

Balance: 1

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Beijing using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Beijing ?


  • No reasons!!! – Beijing car rental is not advised / not usually possible without Chinese licence.
  • See taxi / hiring a car with driver below.
  • Pedestrian perils – the streets in Beijing are very difficult to cross, even if you consider yourself to be a “confident” and agile pedestrian. Be prepared for turning cars to come at you from the left and the right, even when you have a green man. Dangerous traffic violations are a common everyday occurrence in Beijing – far more so than in any comparable city that I have visited. However, this still isn’t a reason to consider driving here!
  • Crowded subway – the subway in Beijing is notoriously crowded, and at peak times you will have to queue to get in to some of the busiest stations. Transfer corridors between platforms can be crowded too, as of course are the trains! However, this is still no reason to really think about any alternative choices – the buses are crowded too, and slow over any distance. You will have a much bigger problem finding a taxi, and even if you do find one, the subway is still going to be far quicker once you get on it!

Why not? Visiting Beijing without a car

Why don't you need a car in Beijing ?


  • Superlative subway – Beijing has the busiest single metro system in the world (the combined systems of Tokyo – Yokohama are busier).
  • The Beijing subway serves all of the major points of interest – it provides comprehensive coverage of the whole city.
  • Buses are also widely available, and they are useful for shorter local trips.
  • The subway and the buses are both extremely cheap to use – around $0.25 per trip.
  • Taxis are widely available and cheap (but it can be a problem to find one in the rush hour).
  • Most of the places of interest in the city are within the inner circle (Line 2) of the Beijing subway, so little additional transport is needed.

Beijing Airport Express

If you do decide to get around the city using just public transport and walking, then it’s still worth bearing in mind that the cheap prices that apply on the buses and subway do not apply on the airport express rail link – depending on whereabouts in the city you are staying, and the size of your group, it might still be worth just taking a taxi for this particular trip. Remember that the airport rail link in Beijing is nothing special – it’s not a superfast maglev like Shanghai, nor is it particularly well connected with the rest of the city.

Getting out of Beijing / Car + driver

For any kind of travel beyond the city of Beijing, then a hire car or at the very least a car with driver (or simply agreeing a day rate with a local taxi driver might start to look like a reasonable idea). There is still no need for this if you just want to visit popular tourist sites, and in particular if you just want to go to the most accessible parts of the great Wall of China.

Visiting the Great Wall of China from Beijing

Numerous different tour operators will provide day trips to the Great Wall of China from Beijing, typically going to either Badaling or Mutianyu.

Before confirming any booking, make sure you check the language that the tour will be offered in – you might well find agents offering seemingly very cheap trips to the wall from around US$10, but the tour will be entirely in Mandarin, and the tour guide will speak very little English.

[james]

Now if you are a local Beijing resident, then you are already heavily discouraged from owning a car through heavy taxation rates on first year car registrations, and car ownership only being possible in the first place by entering into a ballot where only one in 5 applicants get the opportunity to go ahead and buy a new vehicle.

So what has this got to do with whether or not to get a rental car in Beijing? Well, as a tourist, you will have to face even heavier restrictions, because if you don’t have a local Chinese driving licence (see box text), then there’s no point in even going to the rental desk in the first place. You might expect that all of these very heavy restrictions on car usage would add up to creating a city where it was reasonably easy to get around.

So if we were just assessing Beijing by based on public transport alone, then the city does actually look perfectly respectable – and if we were just doing our assessment based on raw statistics, then the fact that Beijing has the world’s busiest metro system, and one of the world’s biggest networks of dedicated bus lanes, with a single journey on either costing around just $0.30.

This all looks very good, but statistics alone never paint the complete picture. Just try going out of one of the many super heated (in winter) or air-conditioned (in summer) complexes of buildings in Beijing and crossing the road at a busy intersection. Never mind the worry of drivers making right turns, they are coming at you making left turns as well, as if this special privilege of owning and driving a car in Beijing gives drivers a kind of entitlement that means that the pedestrian here frankly just doesn’t matter.

The city does have a token urban bike hire programme, but with many cycle lanes acting as impromptu car parks, very few people dare to cycle. For 9 million bicycles in Beijing, read there now being about 9,000 left.

On top of the extremely unpleasant basic challenge of trying to cross the road, Beijing is one of the most heavily polluted cities on the planet, again, despite all the government attempts to restrict car ownership.

So it goes without saying that any advice we could offer for getting around the city of Beijing itself isn’t going to based on hiring a car, but even though that may well be the obvious case, we don’t think this transfers in any way to a suggestion that Beijing is a pleasant place to get around without one. Instead when it comes to transport alone, Beijing feels more like a 21st century transport dystopia, and if you really want to feel like you are on the set of Blade-runner, there are one or two buildings that can make you feel just that.

[jamesend]

Ratings: How does Beijing compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Beijing? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Beijing, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Beijing? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Beijing (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Beijing? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Beijing airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Beijing car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

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Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Beijing ?

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Guangzhou

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See: Why hire a car in Guangzhou ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

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Quick Ratings

Price band

Guangzhou is in car rental price band: 0/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Guangzhou? 

No. Car rental only available to holders of Chinese driving licences.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Guangzhou between the peak and the off peak season?

0/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 1/10

Non car score:3/10

Balance: 1

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Local restrictions essentially all but exclude most tourists from hiring a car, although in Guangzhou we don’t really advise doing that anyway, even if you could. Whereas there are other scenic areas in China where it would be extremely useful to be able to drive in a hire car, or where it’s well worth arranging some sort of other private tour with a driver (e.g. Guilin), this simply isn’t the case in Guangzhou.

Why? Visiting Guangzhou using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Guangzhou ?


  • Car hire not advised.

Why not? Visiting Guangzhou without a car

Why don't you need a car in Guangzhou ?


  • Firstly, and most obviously, Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton, sits right at the top of the Pearl River Delta, and in the middle of a mega-city region which has more people than any other on earth. Needless to say, public transport here is very well developed, so much so, that the Guangzhou metro bleeds into the metro in neighbouring Fonghsan.
  • In turn, Fonghsan sprawls into Dongguan, which then sprawls into Shenzhen, and both of these cities, each with a population above 10 million people, also have their own metro and urban rail systems.

Ratings: How does Guangzhou compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Guangzhou? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Guangzhou, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Guangzhou? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Guangzhou (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Guangzhou? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Guangzhou airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Guangzhou car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 1

2019 - 1

2021 - 1

Average score - 1

Notes:

 

Should you rent a car in Guangzhou? This entire region is simply so built-up that there is very little green space between any of these cities, and the most interesting places to visit are undoubtedly within the centres themselves. This simply creates very little motivation to want to hire a car, even if the option was available.

Therefore our car hire advice per Guangzhou itself is an absolute no.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Guangzhou ?

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Hangzhou

Asia > China > Hangzhou

See: Why hire a car in Hangzhou ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Hangzhou car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Hangzhou is in car rental price band: 0/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Hangzhou? 

No. Car rental only available to holders of Chinese driving licences.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Hangzhou between the peak and the off peak season?

0/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 2/10

Non car score:6/10

Balance: 1

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Why? Visiting Hangzhou using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Hangzhou ?


  • No particular reason to rent a car here.

Why not? Visiting Hangzhou without a car

Why don't you need a car in Hangzhou ?


Although Hangzhou is little-known in the west, it is still widely regarded as one of China’s most beautiful cities. Hangzhou it is rated as one of the top 100 international visitor destinations.

The easiest way to reach Hangzhou from further afield is to take a direct long haul flight to Shanghai, and then to travel here by train. It’s also possible to fly here from other cities within China.

Hangzhou has a well-developed public transport system, which includes mass transit railways as well as buses. Although many of the city’s attractive gardens and palaces are all within a short walk from each other.

Ratings: How does Hangzhou compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Hangzhou? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Hangzhou, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Hangzhou? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Hangzhou (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Hangzhou? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Hangzhou airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Hangzhou car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 1

2019 - 1

2021 - 1

Average score - 1

Notes:

 

Given the extensive restrictions on international visitors hiring cars in China, car rental isn’t really an option in Hangzhou anyway. There is little need for it.

Should you rent a car in Hangzhou? – No!

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Hangzhou ?

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Shanghai

Asia > China > Shanghai

See: Why hire a car in Shanghai ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Shanghai car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Shanghai is in car rental price band: 0/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Shanghai? 

No. Car rental only available to holders of Chinese driving licences.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Shanghai between the peak and the off peak season?

0/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 1/10

Non car score:6/10

Balance: 1

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

Our advice has remained broadly the same since we first looked at the city.

 

Why? Visiting Shanghai using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Shanghai ?


  • Generally not advised (and requires Chinese driving licence).

Why not? Visiting Shanghai without a car

Why don't you need a car in Shanghai ?


This naturally means that any Shanghai car hire suggestions have to lean heavily towards saying that it’s probably best not to bother, although you can always hire a car with driver if you really want to go somewhere that is out of range of the more obvious taxis or public transport options.

Naturally, it goes without saying that for getting around the huge modern metropolis that is Shanghai, you can use the well developed subway system, which is one of the busiest in the world. On top of this, whether you arrive into the main Pudong International airport or not, it’s worth experiencing the Shanghai maglev train, just for the sheer thrill of it – the ride might be over in just 8 minutes, but this is still the fastest train service anywhere in the world!

Needless to say, for heading to destinations which are outside the reach of local trains, longer distance express services combined with high-speed trains running on dedicated lines make up a comprehensive network of rail routes, and this will almost certainly be faster and more convenient than going in a car (with hired driver).

Beyond Shanghai

Suzhou and Hangzhou

In particular, trains are useful for visiting Suzhou to the west and Hangzhou to the south-east, with both of these cities being within range of a long day trip, although we would suggest that it would be far better to overnight in the beautiful city of Hangzhou, which is well renowned for its gardens.

A two-week holiday in China might well include stopping off in Shanghai when travelling between Hong Kong and Beijing, a journey which would take around 10 hours to do by express train, with Shanghai being roughly in the middle, although many people will prefer to fly.

Three Gorges

Heading inland from Shanghai, you might want to look into a cruise through the legendary Three Gorges. The hugely controversial Three Gorges Dam has meant that some of the original points of interest in the Gorges, including spectacular cliff hugging walkways, have been submerged, but the flipside has been that the dam has made this area more navigable, so there’s a wider choice of cruises on offer, and some have much better reputations than others!

However, the Three Gorges are still nowhere near Shanghai, but they are closer to Shanghai than any other major city with which Westerners might be familiar. A typical Three Gorges cruise might last 3 or 4 nights, and it would be easiest to fly to Chongqing first and then transfer back from Yichang to Chongqing by bus. The road journey is a spectacular mix of impressive engineering through tunnels and over bridges. you could also fly back to Shanghai, or onwards elsewhere from Yichang

Needless to say, whichever way you look at it, any excursion from Shanghai that involves the Three Gorges doesn’t need a rental car.

Ratings: How does Shanghai compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Shanghai? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Shanghai, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Shanghai? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Shanghai (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Shanghai? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Shanghai airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Shanghai car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 1

2019 - 1

2021 - 1

Average score - 1

Notes:

 

Is it worth hiring a car in Shanghai? There’s little reason to want to hire a car here, and it’s extremely difficult to do so unless you either hire a car with driver or already have a valid Chinese licence.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Shanghai ?

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Shenzhen

Asia > China > Shenzhen

See: Why hire a car in Shenzhen ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

It’s easy enough for the visitor to Hong Kong to come across at one of the two border crossings (Lo Wu and Futian) that Shenzhen shares with the Special Administrative Region, where subway systems are available on both sides.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Shenzhen car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Shenzhen is in car rental price band: 0/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Shenzhen? 

No. Car rental only available to holders of Chinese driving licences.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Shenzhen between the peak and the off peak season?

0/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 3/10

Non car score:1/10

Balance: 1

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

Our advice has remained broadly the same since we first looked at the city.

 

You can travel around Shenzhen in a day using local public transport, and you can also travel elsewhere in the Pearl River Delta region, including to the city of Guangzhou, using express rail services from Shenzen’s main railway station, which is four stops from the border. A dedicated high speed link between Hong Kong and Guangzhou is under construction, with the first section through Shenzen already being open.

Why? Visiting Shenzhen using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Shenzhen ?



However, Shenzen might still be somewhere where it makes sense to hire a car, if you are able to get hold of the appropriate licence to do so. The key reason for this is that if you have been staying in Hong Kong or even in Macau, then you will have noted that there are very tight restrictions on driving in both locations, and with Hong Kong and Macau driving on the left (that being the more trivial observation) and with local authorities simply not wanting huge volumes of cars driving across from the Pearl River Delta (that being the more practical and political observation), you would simply never find yourself flying into either Hong Kong or Macau and then picking up a hire car to do a road trip into southern China – that’s just not going to happen, even with the right licences.

So even though there is little reason to hire a car in Shenzen just to drive locally, you might want to look into getting one the driving elsewhere, especially if your plan is to head well beyond the cities of this region.

Why not? Visiting Shenzhen without a car

Why don't you need a car in Shenzhen ?


  • Simply because if you are just here on a day trip excursion from Hong Kong, there’s no need to do so.
  • Hiring a car in China is always problematic (see text, above), but in the Pearl River Delta, traffic is a particularly bad problem.
  • There is an extensive metro system in Shenzen. This links in with high speed rail services for travelling between Hong Kong and Guangzhou (partially open).

Ratings: How does Shenzhen compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Shenzhen? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Shenzhen, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Shenzhen? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Shenzhen (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Shenzhen? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Shenzhen airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Shenzhen car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 1

2019 - 1

2021 - 1

Average score - 1

Notes:

 

Is it worth hiring a car in Shenzen? Verdict – if you are considering hiring a car in Shenzen as a potential continuation from Hong Kong, and if you have the correct paperwork. If you are simply visiting Shenzen or anywhere else in the Pearl River Delta as part of a day trip from Hong Kong, then there is no point in even looking at car hire options.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Shenzhen ?

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Suzhou

Asia > China > Suzhou

See: Why hire a car in Suzhou ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments


Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Suzhou car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Suzhou is in car rental price band: 0/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Suzhou? 

No. Car rental only available to holders of Chinese driving licences.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Suzhou between the peak and the off peak season?

0/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 2/10

Non car score:7/10

Balance: 1

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

Our advice has remained broadly the same since we first looked at the city.

 


Why? Visiting Suzhou using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Suzhou ?



Why not? Visiting Suzhou without a car

Why don't you need a car in Suzhou ?



Ratings: How does Suzhou compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Suzhou? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Suzhou, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Suzhou? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Suzhou (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Suzhou? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Suzhou airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Suzhou car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 2

2019 - 1

2021 - 1

Average score - 1

Notes:

 


Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Suzhou ?