Guangzhou

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Guangzhou?

Do you need a car in Guangzhou > Should you rent a car in Guangzhou China > Guangzhou ( CAN )

Do you need a car in Guangzhou? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

[China]

Local restrictions essentially all but exclude most tourists from hiring a car, although in Guangzhou we don’t really advise doing that anyway, even if you could. Whereas there are other scenic areas in China where it would be extremely useful to be able to drive in a hire car, or where it’s well worth arranging some sort of other private tour with a driver (e.g. Guilin), this simply isn’t the case in Guangzhou.

Why should you rent a car in Guangzhou?

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 Guangzhou?

Guangzhou Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

20%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€155

 #180/300

 

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

 

 €X

300/300

 

Free parking score

Total 998 - of which 473 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

47%

#134/300

 
  • Car hire not advised.

Why not? Visiting Guangzhou without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Guangzhou public transport quick facts

Train score

 

30%

Water travel score

60%

Overall public transport score

50%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

30%

  • Firstly, and most obviously, Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton, sits right at the top of the Pearl River Delta, and in the middle of a mega-city region which has more people than any other on earth. Needless to say, public transport here is very well developed, so much so, that the Guangzhou metro bleeds into the metro in neighbouring Fonghsan.
  • In turn, Fonghsan sprawls into Dongguan, which then sprawls into Shenzhen, and both of these cities, each with a population above 10 million people, also have their own metro and urban rail systems.

Should you rent a car in Guangzhou? This entire region is simply so built-up that there is very little green space between any of these cities, and the most interesting places to visit are undoubtedly within the centres themselves. This simply creates very little motivation to want to hire a car, even if the option was available.

Therefore our car hire advice per Guangzhou itself is an absolute no.

Ratings

Car rental in - Guangzhou Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Guangzhou?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Guangzhou?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Guangzhou?

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 Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou 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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Would you hire a car in Guangzhou?

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