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See: Why hire a car in Hong Kong ? | 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 Hong Kong car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong? 

No. Only very limited car hire options (e.g. Kowloon). No rental facilities at airport.

Volatility:

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

0/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 1/10

Non car score:10/10

Balance: 0

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

General comment -

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

 

Is it worth hiring a car in Hong Kong? I’ve included Hong Kong simply because it is the most extreme example of a city where a hire car is a complete non-starter.

You simply cannot even get a hire car at Hong Kong airport, nor would there be any reason to consider doing so. Some major car hire companies such as Avis do have offices elsewhere in Hong Kong, but prices are exorbitant and there is just no need.

Even in somewhere “obvious” like Venice, there are numerous reasons why getting a hire car can be a great idea for exploring outside the city, whereas here, the idea of Hong Kong car hire remains all but a non-starter.

Naturally, it goes without saying that Hong Kong has one of the most modern and extensive mass transit systems in the world, backed up by extremely high frequency buses and those legendary double-decker trams – and walking is also easy, even if it can get a bit sticky in the tropical heat.

Why? Visiting Hong Kong using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Hong Kong ?


Well basically, you can’t, or if you really wanted one, you could pick up a car in Central, but you are going to pay through the nose (don’t expect any change out of HKG 1,000), and then you will need to pay for parking on top.

However, if we swap “car” for “taxi” or simply we ask – why go around by road in Hong Kong, instead of by MTR or ferry, then that’s an entirely different question!

Hong Kong road trip (buses and taxis)

Why not? Visiting Hong Kong without a car

Why don't you need a car in Hong Kong ?


There are no car rental facilities at Hong Kong International airport, and only a handful of car-rental offices within Hong Kong itself. Even if you go across the board into Shenzen, none of the major Western car hire companies are represented – so essentially, car hire in Hong Kong is all but a non-option.

Or essentially:

Hong Kong by MTR train, tram and ferry

Given that Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated cities on the planet and that the import of cars is so heavily taxed, it is hardly surprising that public transport and other means of getting around are of a very high quality. In fact, Hong Kong is one of the few cities in the world (perhaps together with Amsterdam, London, New York and San Francisco) where numerous different means of transport are effectively icons of the city in their own right, rather than just means of getting around. Here is just a small selection of options:

  • Hong Kong Metro (MTR).
  • Hong Kong double-decker trams.
  • Hong Kong Star Ferries.
  • Hydrofoils (and other ferries) to Macau.
  • The Hong Kong Peak tram (actually a funicular railway).
  • The Central <> Mid Levels escalators (an outdoor escalator system some 800m long).
  • Visit Ocean Park and take a choice of outdoor escalator, funicular railway or cable car to get to there.
  • The Ngong Ping 360 cable car on Lantau Island, leading up to Po Lin Monastery.
  • Hong Kong by bus / minibus or bus tours.
  • Hong Kong on foot – pedestrian highways.
  • Hong Kong parks and beaches/hiking trails.

The Star Ferry or the hydrofoil to Macau are two essential experiences when visiting this part of the world. Taxis are also widely available throughout Hong Kong -note that different colours denote different districts.

Ratings: How does Hong Kong compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Hong Kong? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Hong Kong, 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 Hong Kong? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Hong Kong (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 Hong Kong? 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 Hong Kong airport have a direct rail link?

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

 

 

 

 


Changelog

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

2017 - 0

2019 - 0

2021 - 0

Average score - 0

Notes:

 

Is it worth hiring a car in Hong Kong? If your plan is to carry onwards into mainland China, then public transport is pretty good throughout the Pearl River Delta region, but if you do want to hire a car, it is much better to do so once on the other side of the border. Note that it is still very difficult to find Hong Kong or Shenzen car hire deals using online search engines. Be prepared to have to check locally and pay through the nose.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Hong Kong ?

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Macau

Asia > Macau (SAR) > Macau

See: Why hire a car in Macau ? | 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 Macau car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Macau 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 Macau? 

No. Car rental not possible.

Volatility:

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

0/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 1/10

Non car score:7/10

Balance: 0

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

General comment -

 

Our Macau car hire advice really is very simple – you can’t, so don’t even think about it! Even if you could, renting a car in Macau would be even more pointless than renting one in nearby Hong Kong, which does at least have some amazing roads to drive on if you could find enough of a gap in the traffic to move! Yet Macau is even more densely packed in then Hong Kong, and in all honesty, the main attractions here are the casinos, where the only wheels which will be rotating are the ones on the roulette tables. Whether your visit to Macau is more focused on the more historic city centre or the vast casino complexes of the Cotai Strip, built on reclaimed land to the south of the territory, Macau is easy enough to get around using either taxis or the free resort shuttles which are readily available from the main Macau ferry terminal.

Why? Visiting Macau using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Macau ?


  • You can’t!

For anyone arriving in Macau and then considering a road trip into mainland China beyond, then this is also very difficult for any international visitors who don’t already have a valid Chinese driving licence. For a few more suggestions on this, please see our car hire advice pages for neighbouring Zhuhai, or for travelling into Shenzen across the land border from Hong Kong.

Why not? Visiting Macau without a car

Why don't you need a car in Macau ?


  • Buses, including resort minibuses and taxis are the only motorised ways to get around Macau.
  • The old town in Macau is easy to walk around, but be prepared for some steep climbs.
  • Regular ferry services (foot passengers only) to and from Hong Kong, including hydrofoils.

Therefore our Macau car hire advice verdict is about as strong no as it gets.

Ratings: How does Macau compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Macau? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Macau, 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 Macau? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Macau (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 Macau? 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 Macau airport have a direct rail link?

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

 

 

 

 


Changelog

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

2017 - 0

2019 - 0

2021 - 0

Average score - 0

Notes:

 

Summary

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