Seoul

Do you need a car in Seoul?

Should you rent a car in Seoul South Korea > Seoul

In terms of both population and economic importance, high-tech Seoul is one of the largest cities in Asia, and it also has an incredibly well developed an extremely efficient underground system which stretches well out into all of the distant suburbs. In some popular tourist cities, underground systems are really only useful for commuters, whereas in Seoul, the underground is also useful for heading both around and out of the city, and into several different scenic areas and national parks which can be reached at the end of the line.

Seoul Introduction

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Why should you rent a car in Seoul?

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 Seoul?

Seoul Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

80%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€375

 #276/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €X

300/300

 

Free parking score

Total 1286 - of which 466 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

36%

#175/300

 

There are very few reasons for a tourist to want or need to rent a car in Seoul. We don’t recommend it!

  • As with any destination, a hire car might give you flexibility outside the city, but local buses are still widely available, even to more remote places.
  • Incheon Airport is situated comfortably outside the city of Seoul, so it’s easy enough to join the motorway network and head south from here in a rental car.
  • Seoul, and in particular, Incheon Airport, is the natural place to start a South Korean road trip – although there are easier ways of getting around!
  • For shorter journeys jou still need to make by road, it may be better to take taxis if you don’t want to use public transport.

Why not? Visiting Seoul without a car

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Seoul public transport quick facts

Train score

 

70%

Water travel score

40%

Overall public transport score

90%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

100%

  • Seoul is also a city that has undergone extensive mechanisation and expansion, buoyed on by conglomerate headquarters, and a South Korean government policy that relies heavily on Washington for support. This has meant that Seoul has effectively become a city of many centres, and it’s also worth looking at the technopolis of Incheon alongside the better known Seoul city centre. Incheon is also the location the Seoul’s main international airport, and fast rail services are provided throughout the region.
  • Parking in South Korea can generally be expensive and hard to find.
  • Seoul is also a city that has decided to do some amazing rejuvenation work by removing a motorways and creating a linear park in Cheonggyecheon, a place that is even more impressive at night.
  • There are various different places to visit in association with the demilitarised zone, and this can all be easily done by bus, as the 38th parallel sits just to the north of Seoul.
  • If your plan is to head south from Seoul, then this can easily be done by taking the KTX high-speed rail service, which uses the same design of TGV trains as are used by the French SNCF. There are a number of places further south on the Korean peninsula where a hire car might be useful, but there really isn’t any particular reason to pick one up in Seoul itself.
  • It’s also worth adding a brief note on driving standards in South Korea – out of all the countries that publish road safety statistics in terms of the danger on a per mile travelled basis, South Korea has one of the worst records. However, this is all relative – there are only around 30 countries that publish road safety data in full detail, and driving standards in South Korea are still substantially better than they are in almost all of Asia, other than Japan. Road signs on major roads should also be in (Roman script) English as well as Korean.

Do you need a car in Seoul?  Verdict – you really don’t need a car in Seoul. It’s likely to be far more trouble than its worth.

Ratings

Car rental in - Seoul Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Seoul?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Seoul?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Seoul?

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 Seoul 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 Seoul 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 Seoul if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

0

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Singapore

Is it worth hiring a car in Singapore?

Should you rent a car in Singapore Singapore > Singapore

This should be reasonably obvious, but there really is no point at all in thinking about getting a hire car in Singapore! As the most densely populated major city anywhere in the world, everything in Singapore is on the higher side of high rise, and the city has an enviable reputation for having an efficient and of course squeaky clean public transport system.

Singapore Introduction

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This doesn’t mean to say that Singapore is quite as easy to get around without a car as you might initially expect – there are only six major mass transit lines, and the city has gone for ultra-high volume lines, rather than the sort of broad coverage that you might expect in a city like Paris or Beijing. If your hotel happens to be a little bit further out from the more central areas (where you will pay heavily for the privilege), then be prepared to have to take a local bus or light rail shuttle to get to the underground (MRT) first, and then get onto your destination.

Needless to say, buses and taxis in Singapore are both widely available, and getting around isn’t just about rail services.

If you are staying centrally but want to venture out after the MTR has closed, taxis are still widely available. Singapore has a reputation for being an extremely safe city, and walking is easy enough, although the sheer density of the place means that the main roads are always going to be busy with traffic of some sort. The heat and tropical humidity in Singapore tend to make it a difficult place to walk for long periods, especially during the middle of the day, however, many covered walkways are available to provide shade and connections between the taller buildings.

All of this adds up to there being very little reason for getting a hire car in Singapore, apart from the obvious question of picking up a rental car at Singapore airport and then driving into peninsular Malaysia. If you aren’t planning on spending any time in Singapore itself and you aren’t really too worried about costs, then this might make sense, as unlike somewhere like Hong Kong, hire cars are at least available at the airport. However, unsurprisingly, Singapore airport car hire options tend to be on the pricey side, more on a par with a European destination like Norway! Be prepared for border queues to get across into Johor Bahru on the other side. However, this still might mean less hassle than using local buses to get into Malaysia and then picking up a hire car in Johor. Note that both Singapore and Malaysia drive on the left, and that many of the driving customs follow similar patterns to those developed in the United Kingdom.

Why should you rent a car in Singapore?

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 Singapore?

Singapore Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

70%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€375

 #275/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €390

230/300

 

Free parking score

Total 474 - of which 180 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

38%

#167/300

 

Is it worth hiring a car in Singapore?

  • No reason to hire a car here!
  • If you want a hire car to drive into Malaysia, it is generally better to hire one in Johor Bahru.

Why not? Visiting Singapore without a car

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Singapore public transport quick facts

Train score

 

80%

Water travel score

60%

Overall public transport score

90%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

100%

  • Excellent public transport – amongst the best in the world.
  • Taxis are widely available.
  • Take a boat trip in Singapore harbour.

Ratings

Car rental in - Singapore Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Singapore?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Singapore?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Singapore?

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 Singapore 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 Singapore 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 Singapore if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

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Is it worth hiring a car in Singapore?  No, absolutely not!

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St Petersburg

Do you need a car in St Petersburg?

Should you rent a car in St Petersburg Russia > St Petersburg

St Petersburg Introduction

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In a city that is so famous for its grandiose architecture and museums, in particular the Hermitage, it’s only natural to assume that there isn’t much point in getting a hire car, and that is exactly what we suggest.

Why should you rent a car in St Petersburg?

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 St Petersburg?

St Petersburg Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

80%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€175

 #205/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €X

300/300

 

Free parking score

Total 740 - of which 192 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

26%

#224/300

 
  • Car hire not advised.

Why not? Visiting St Petersburg without a car

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St Petersburg public transport quick facts

Train score

 

80%

Water travel score

80%

Overall public transport score

90%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

90%

Do you need a car in St Petersburg? Even for heading out of the city of St Petersburg, for example to visit the Catherine Palace, then guided bus tours are readily available, whilst independently minded travellers can also take advantage of the cheap and plentiful local trains.
Verdict – no.

Ratings

Car rental in - St Petersburg Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in St Petersburg?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in St Petersburg?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in St Petersburg?

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 St Petersburg 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 St Petersburg 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 St Petersburg if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

1

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Zante

Do I need a car in Zante?

Should you rent a car in Zante Greece > Zante

Zante Introduction

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Why should you rent a car in Zante?

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 Zante?

Zante Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

40%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€65

 #38/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €X

300/300

 

Free parking score

Total EST - of which EST have free parking. [full notes - parking]

40%

#157/300

 

Do I need a car in Zante? There are a few reasons why!

  • The island could be larger than you think! Budget for an hour to reach the northern parts from the airport or Zente town.

Why not? Visiting Zante without a car

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Zante public transport quick facts

Train score

 

100%

Water travel score

90%

Overall public transport score

100%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

100%

Ratings

Car rental in - Zante Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Zante?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Zante?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Zante?

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 Zante 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 Zante 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 Zante if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

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Zante is just big enough for a car to be useful for some people some of the time, but it’s no more than that.

Even with the usual hassles of waiting for buses which may or may not show up on time, and which may be full, you canstill do ok here using public transport.

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