By | 16th January 2018

Is it worth hiring a car in Macau?

Do you need a car in Macau > Should you rent a car in Macau Macau > Macau ( MFM )

Do you need a car in Macau? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Our Macau car hire advice really is very simple – you can’t, so don’t even think about it!

Even if you could, renting a car in Macau would be even more pointless than renting one in nearby Hong Kong, which does at least have some amazing roads to drive on if you could find enough of a gap in the traffic to move! Yet Macau is even more densely packed in then Hong Kong.  In all honesty, the main attractions here are the casinos, where the only wheels which will be rotating are the ones on the roulette tables. Whether your visit to Macau is more focused on the more historic city centre or the vast casino complexes of the Cotai Strip, Macau is easy enough to get around using either taxis or the free resort shuttles which are readily available from the main Macau ferry terminal.

Why should you rent a car in Macau?

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 Macau?

Macau 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 93 - of which 39 have free parking. [full notes - parking]



  • You can’t!

For anyone arriving in Macau and then considering a road trip into mainland China beyond, then this is also very difficult for any international visitors who don’t already have a valid Chinese driving licence. For a few more suggestions on this, please see our car hire advice pages for neighbouring Zhuhai, or for travelling into Shenzen across the land border from Hong Kong.


Why not? Visiting Macau without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Macau 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 Macau. 


  • Buses, including resort minibuses and taxis are the only motorised ways to get around Macau.
  • The old town in Macau is easy to walk around, but be prepared for some steep climbs.
  • Regular ferry services (foot passengers only) to and from Hong Kong, including hydrofoils.

Therefore our Macau car hire advice verdict is about as strong no as it gets (and unsurprisingly, it’s exactly the same for neighbouring Hong Kong).


Car rental in - Macau Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Macau?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?

Is it worth hiring a car in Macau?

  • Based on value for money?

Should you rent a car in Macau?

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 Macau 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 Macau 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 Macau 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 Macau on the Carornocar scale?


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

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