By | 16th January 2018

Is it worth hiring a car in the Maldives?

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Do you need a car in Maldives? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

This one really is about a simple as it gets, you can’t hire a car here, because there would be nowhere to drive it.

The Maldives are a hugely spreadout chain of islands with very few roads, and even if you plan to do nothing other than fly into the country’s main airport just outside the capital Mahe, and then stay there for the duration of your holiday, you still can’t pick up a rental car at the airport, because it’s on a separate island.

Why should you rent a car in Maldives?

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 Maldives?

Maldives 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 399 - of which 88 have free parking. [full notes - parking]



  • You can’t!

Why not? Visiting Maldives without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Maldives 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 Maldives. 


  • Most travel in the Maldives is by boat.
  • On each island, local facilities will be within a short walking distance.
  • No roads to drive on!

The capital Malé itself is densely packed into a tiny island, where everything is sufficiently close together to make the city walkable, although a few local taxis are also available. Yet all of the major resorts in the Maldives are going to need some sort of onward transfer, and this will either be by boat or by air, so that just no point in even considering car hire.

Maldives car hire verdict – this is a very strict no, you just can’t, you wouldn’t, and there would be no point even if you could!


Car rental in - Maldives Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Maldives?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?

Is it worth hiring a car in Maldives?

  • Based on value for money?

Should you rent a car in Maldives?

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 Maldives 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 Maldives 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 Maldives 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 Maldives on the Carornocar scale?


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

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