Is it worth hiring a car in the Maldives?

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Maldives Introduction

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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 should you rent a car in Maldives?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Maldives?

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  • You can’t!

Why not? Visiting Maldives without a car

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Maldives public transport quick facts

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Walking and Cycling Overview

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  • Most travel in the Maldives is by boat.
  • On each island, local facilities will be within a short walking distance.
  • No roads to drive on!

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!


Car rental in - Maldives Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Maldives?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Maldives?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Maldives?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Maldives if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Maldives if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Maldives if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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