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


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?

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 Guangzhou?

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



  • Car hire not advised.

Why not? Visiting Guangzhou without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou. 


  • 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.


Car rental in - Guangzhou Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Guangzhou?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/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 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 Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou 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 Guangzhou on the Carornocar scale?


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

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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