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Please note that 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 Guilin car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Guilin 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 Guilin? 

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


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

0/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 8/10

Non car score:4/10

Balance: 6

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

General comment -


Local restrictions would naturally would make a recommendations for any Chinese city extremely straightforward – if you can’t hire a car, why would you even try? This is only compounded by the problem major Chinese cities have by being clogged with traffic and choking in air pollution.

Why? Visiting Guilin using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Guilin ?

However, Guilin is very different, as the focus here is very much on the landscape, and less on the city of Guilin itself. Yet it is still perfectly possible to travel around here either by taking an organised bus tour or by doing a river cruise, but you will still have more flexibility if you use a car for some of your trip.

Therefore, our advice here is that if you either have the appropriate licence, or you are travelling with someone who does, then Guilin is definitely the sort of destination where it’s well worth considering getting a hire car.

Even if you aren’t able to hire a car yourself, then it might still be worth looking at getting a car with driver, or taking a private tour.

Why not? Visiting Guilin without a car

Why don't you need a car in Guilin ?

Ratings: How does Guilin compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Guilin? TBC

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

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

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






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

2017 - 4

2019 - 4

2021 - 6

Average score - 5



Should you hire a car in Guilin? Yes – in certain circumstances.


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