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See: Why rent a car in Macau ? | Why not? | Ratings | Summary | Comments

(All of these pages will look a lot nicer when they are tidied up later in the spring)

Your key questions for any destination:

Do I need a car in Macau?

Strictly speaking, there are very few travel destinations anywhere in the world where it's absolutely essential to rent a car in order to see the main points of interest.

That's why we give you loads of ratings scales from 1 to 10, rather than just yes or no answers!

  • The need question is generally answered by looking at public transport (transit) options. Is it good enough for visitors who are happy to consider using it?
  • How many public transport routes are there, and are they mainly rail or road (bus) based?
  • Is public transport fast, frequent, safe, reliable and cheap?
  • Does public transport actually take you to the places you'll probably want to see?

Is it worth hiring a car in Macau?

This question is usually more about value for money. For this, we look at Macau car hire options, and consider how rental costs compare with using transit.

How far are you likely to drive anyway, and how much might you expect to spend on fuel, road tolls, parking and any other charges. We compare Macau with other destinations locally and around the world.

This is obviously much more of an issue if you are planning a longer road trip than it is on a small island.

Should I rent a car in Macau? 

This is basically a merging of the two questions. Everything else might be about giving certain facts about the costs of car rental or using public transport in Macau, but answering this question is very much a matter of opinion.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2022 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. 

We do not intent to include detailed covid information, nor do we intend to suggest hiring a car, just because public transport might still have a mask requirement. Our advice will be based on the same criteria we've always used, ie whether or not you can get a better travel experience, or at least a better value one, by choosing not to hire a car.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Macau is in car rental price band: 0/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Macau? 

No. Car rental not possible.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Macau between the peak and the off peak season?

0/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 1/10

Non car score:7/10

Balance: 0

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

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, and 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, built on reclaimed land to the south of the territory, 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? Visiting Macau using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Macau ?


  • 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 don't you need a car in 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.

Ratings: How does Macau compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Macau? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Macau, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Macau? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Macau (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Macau? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Macau airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Macau car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 0

2019 - 0

2021 - 0

Average score - 0

Notes:

 

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Macau ?

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