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By | 16th January 2018

Should we rent a car in Goa?

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Goa car hire quick facts

Cheapest rate for one week Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

X

 #299/300

  • Price alone isn't the only factor in determining whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Goa but clearly it's an important one. See our "why" section for more figures.
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]

 €

X

 300/300

  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.
Free parking score Based on the number of hotels which offer free parking.Total 177 - of which 123 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

69

%

51/300

  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.

Goa public transport quick facts

"Top trumps" train score

Higher scores go to the systems which take you to the most amazing places.

68%

#68/300

  • [full notes - top trumps trains]
  • A good rail system doesn't mean you shouldn't hire a car, but it often means you have a decent range of options.

Overall public transport score {coming shortly}

This is a more practical rating based on bus and rail travel.

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  • [full notes - overall transit] buses | trams | metro | local & regional rail | national rail
  • Is public transport in Goa good value, or is it worth hiring a car just because it is cheaper overall?

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score {coming shortly}

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Goa

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Need, worth & should!

Whether you have come here asking "do I need a car in Goa", "is it worth hiring a car in Goa", or whether or not you "should" hire a car here, these are all slight variations on a similar theme:

Do you need a car in Goa?

This is essentially based on whether or not public transport and other "non car" options are good enough to get around and beyond the city.

Is it worth hiring a car in Goa?

Is car hire good value, especially during the peak season? How does this compare with transit fares?

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?

Do you need a car in Goa? Introduction

When someone asks "Do you need a car in Goa?", this often breaks down to two key questions:

  1. Can you actually get around using public transport, or is a car all but essential?
  2. Is it worth hiring a car in Goa? Is it good value for money, compared with non-car options?

Over the next few sections, we wil look at the pros and cons of driving in Goa as a tourist, and ultimately weigh these up, so we can answer the key question of Should you rent a car in Goa?

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments


[India]

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.

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car hire quick facts

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  • Price alone isn't the only factor in determining whether or not it's worth hiring a car in [table “1” does not have that cell /]
    but clearly it's an important one. See our "why" section for more figures.
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]

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  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.
Free parking score Based on the number of hotels which offer free parking.Total [table “5” does not have that cell /]
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have free parking. [full notes - parking]

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  • During the peak holiday season, public transport is often better value, as many train and bus fares are fixed throughout the year. See our "whynot" section for more suggestions.

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public transport quick facts

"Top trumps" train score

Higher scores go to the systems which take you to the most amazing places.

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  • [full notes - top trumps trains]
  • A good rail system doesn't mean you shouldn't hire a car, but it often means you have a decent range of options.

Overall public transport score {coming shortly}

This is a more practical rating based on bus and rail travel.

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#---/300

  • [full notes - overall transit] buses | trams | metro | local & regional rail | national rail
  • Is public transport in [table “1” does not have that cell /]
    good value, or is it worth hiring a car just because it is cheaper overall?

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score {coming shortly}

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#---/300

Need, worth & should!

Whether you have come here asking "do I need a car in [table “1” does not have that cell /]
", "is it worth hiring a car in [table “1” does not have that cell /]
", or whether or not you "should" hire a car here, these are all slight variations on a similar theme:

Do you need a car in [table “1” does not have that cell /]
?

This is essentially based on whether or not public transport and other "non car" options are good enough to get around and beyond the city.

Is it worth hiring a car in [table “1” does not have that cell /]
?

Is car hire good value, especially during the peak season? How does this compare with transit fares?

Should you rent a car in [table “1” does not have that cell /]
?

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

Why not? Visiting Goa without a car

What is public transport like in Goa? What about local conditions for walking or cycling? Can you rely on public transport and maybe a few taxis for most or all of your trip? Are there some times of year when it's easier to get by without a car than others? When should you rent a car in 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

Ratings

Our slider ratings range from 0 (it isn't even possible to hire a car, e.g. Hong Kong) through to 10 (you really must rent a car here, e.g. Phoenix, Tampa). However, most places are somewhere inbetween these extremes, and this is where it gets more interesting! Further ratings breakdowns, including a much more detailed public transport rating, are currently being added. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

Would you hire a car in Goa?

Have you driven in Goa? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Goa?

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