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Maldives 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 Maldives?
No. Car rental not possible.
Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Maldives between the peak and the off peak season?
0/10 (0 = stable prices)
Driving score: 1/10
Non car score:8/10
(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)
General comment -
This one really is about a simple as it gets, you can’t hire a car here, because there would be nowhere to drive it.
The Maldives are a hugely spreadout chain of islands with very few roads, and even if you plan to do nothing other than fly into the country’s main airport just outside the capital Mahe, and then stay there for the duration of your holiday, you still can’t pick up a rental car at the airport, because it’s on a separate island.
Why? Visiting Maldives using a hire car
Why do you need a car in Maldives ?
Why not? Visiting Maldives without a car
Why don't you need a car in Maldives ?
Ratings: How does Maldives compare?
Is it worth hiring a car in Maldives? TBC
This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Maldives, 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 Maldives? TBC
This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Maldives (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 Maldives? 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
High Speed Rail:
Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):
As you start ....
Does Maldives airport have a direct rail link?
(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No
Has our advice for Maldives car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?
2017 - 0
2019 - 0
2021 - 0
Average score - 0
The capital Malé itself is densely packed into a tiny island, where everything is sufficiently close together to make the city walkable, although a few local taxis are also available. Yet all of the major resorts in the Maldives are going to need some sort of onward transfer, and this will either be by boat or by air, so that just no point in even considering car hire.
Maldives car hire verdict – this is a very strict no, you just can’t, you wouldn’t, and there would be no point even if you could!
Do you or don't you need a car in Maldives ?