By | 16th January 2018

Should we rent a car in Goa?

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Do you need a car in Goa? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments


Car rental options in Goa are relatively limited, and most visitors choose not to hire a car.  Goa Dabolim airport has a station nearby, although most visitors will use onward coach transfers.

Why should you rent a car in Goa?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? 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 Goa?

Goa Car hire summary

Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]



Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]




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

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]




Free parking score

Total 177 - of which 123 have free parking. [full notes - parking]




Why not? Visiting Goa without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Goa public transport quick facts

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score



Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Goa. 


Above all else however, even if you spend most of your time in Goa in and around your resort, there is one trip inland which we highly recommend, and that is the Dudhsagar Falls. This can be done by bus, but the train will take you not just direct to the falls, but to the bridge which was built to take the railway right over them. Nothing gets more spectacular than this when it comes to taking scenic train rides.

The Dudhsagar Falls experience is rated by many as one of the world’s top railway experiences, and it’s easily accessible as a day excursion.

Most transport in and around the popular resort areas in Goa will still be by road, but this can just as easily be using scheduled or chartered bus services or local taxis, so there isn’t a great deal of point in hiring a car.

Should we rent a car in Goa? Verdict – no


Car rental in - Goa Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Goa?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?

Is it worth hiring a car in Goa?

  • Based on value for money?

Should you rent a car in Goa?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

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

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Goa if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

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

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?



What is our final score for Goa on the Carornocar scale?


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Would you hire a car in Goa?

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