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Looking to Book Car Hire in China 

Booking a hire car in China with Rhino Car Hire offers a seamless and efficient way to explore the vast and diverse landscapes of this captivating country. Whether you're planning to navigate the bustling streets of Beijing, embark on a scenic drive through the picturesque countryside, or visit the historic landmarks scattered throughout the nation, Rhino Car Hire provides a wide range of vehicles to suit your needs. From economical models for city driving to spacious SUVs perfect for longer journeys, every rental comes with competitive pricing and comprehensive insurance options to ensure your peace of mind. Furthermore, Rhino Car Hire's user-friendly booking platform allows you to easily select your vehicle, compare prices, and secure your booking with just a few clicks, making it an ideal choice for travelers seeking convenience and reliability. With customer service support available to assist with any inquiries or special requests, renting a car in China with Rhino Car Hire ensures a hassle-free and enjoyable travel experience, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the wonders of this ancient land.

China's vast expanse, diverse terrains, and millennia of history make it a unique destination. If you’re considering experiencing the Middle Kingdom by road, there are certain aspects to be aware of.

1. Benefits of Hiring a Car in China:

  • Flexibility: Navigate at your own pace and change plans on-the-go.

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path: Access lesser-known towns, villages, and scenic spots not served by public transportation.

  • Comfort: Enjoy a personal space, especially beneficial in a country with such a vast population.

2. Prerequisites & Considerations:

  • Driving License: International Driving Permits (IDP) are NOT recognized in China. To drive, you'll need a temporary Chinese driving license. This usually involves a straightforward written test, available in multiple languages.

  • Language Barrier: Signage in rural areas might be exclusively in Chinese. Having a translation app or a bilingual map can be crucial.

  • Right-Hand Drive: In China, you drive on the right side of the road, and the driver's seat is on the left side of the car.

  • Traffic & Driving Behavior: Chinese cities, especially mega-cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou, often experience heavy traffic. Additionally, local driving habits can be aggressive compared to Western standards. Patience and alertness are essential.

3. Scenic Routes & Recommendations:

  • The Karakoram Highway: One of the highest paved roads in the world, it offers views of some of the planet's tallest peaks, glaciers, and stunning valleys.

  • Sichuan-Tibet Highway: A challenging but incredibly rewarding route, you’ll experience diverse terrains, from verdant forests to towering mountains.

  • Coastal Drive from Shanghai to Qingdao: Experience the eastern coastline, bustling cities, tranquil beaches, and delicious seafood.

  • Yunnan Province: With its picturesque landscapes, ancient towns, and unique cultures, driving around cities like Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La can be a treat.

4. Car Type & Weather Considerations:

  • Cities & Coastal Areas: A standard sedan or compact car suffices for urban areas and the eastern coastline.

  • Mountainous Terrains: In regions like Tibet, Yunnan, and Xinjiang, an SUV or a vehicle with good ground clearance is recommended.

  • Weather: China's vast size means diverse climates. In winter, Northern China can be icy, requiring vehicles with winter tires. Southern China, being subtropical, can get very rainy, making anti-slip tires a good choice.

5. Additional Tips:

  • Tolls: Highways in China often have tolls. Ensure you have cash (Chinese Yuan) on hand.

  • GPS & Navigation: Use local navigation apps like Baidu Maps or Amap (Gaode Maps). Google Maps doesn’t work without a VPN.

  • Parking: In major cities, finding parking can be a challenge. Opt for accommodations that offer parking facilities.

  • Fuel: Petrol stations are abundant in urban areas but can be sparse in remote regions. Refuel when you have the opportunity.

In Conclusion:

While hiring a car in China offers a unique perspective of the country, it's essential to be well-prepared to tackle the challenges. Being patient, respecting local road customs, and staying alert can make your journey both enjoyable and safe. 


Cheapest car hire in China

Buick Excelle

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 146.15 EUR/day
Buick Excelle

7 Days rental at 1023.06 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Buick Excelle

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 168.63 EUR/day
Buick Excelle

7 Days rental at 1180.45 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Buick Excelle

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 189.34 EUR/day
Buick Excelle

7 Days rental at 1325.42 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Citroen C3-XR

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.58 EUR/day
Citroen C3-XR

7 Days rental at 326.11 EUR from 20/04/2020

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Maxus G10

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.94 EUR/day
Maxus G10

7 Days rental at 447.58 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Maxus G10

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.94 EUR/day
Maxus G10

7 Days rental at 447.58 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Maxus G10

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.94 EUR/day
Maxus G10

7 Days rental at 447.58 EUR from 22/08/2022

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai iX35

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.50 EUR/day
Hyundai iX35

7 Days rental at 241.56 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai iX35

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 35.65 EUR/day
Hyundai iX35

7 Days rental at 249.59 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai iX35

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 36.80 EUR/day
Hyundai iX35

7 Days rental at 257.61 EUR from 22/08/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Roewe 550

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 59.73 EUR/day
Roewe 550

7 Days rental at 418.15 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Roewe 550

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 59.73 EUR/day
Roewe 550

7 Days rental at 418.15 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Roewe 550

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 59.73 EUR/day
Roewe 550

7 Days rental at 418.15 EUR from 22/08/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in China

  • Obtain a Valid Driving Permit: Before you can drive in China, you'll need either a Chinese driving license or a temporary driving permit, as international licenses are not recognized. Make sure to arrange this essential documentation well in advance of your trip.
  • Familiarize Yourself with Local Traffic Laws: Driving in China can be quite different from what you're used to. Take some time to understand local driving habits and regulations, such as the use of honking as a common signal and the priority rules at intersections. Remember, safety first!

  • Choose the Right Vehicle for Your Needs: Consider the nature of your trip and select a vehicle that matches. Compact cars are great for navigating the busy city streets, while larger vehicles or SUVs might be better suited for travel in rural areas or if you're planning long distances.

  • Use Navigation Tools: Road signs in China are often in Chinese characters, and while some may have English translations, relying on GPS navigation or a reliable map app on your smartphone can be a real lifesaver. Ensure you have a data plan that allows you to use these tools while on the road.

  • Be Prepared for Traffic and Parking: Major cities in China, like Beijing and Shanghai, are notorious for their heavy traffic and sometimes complicated parking rules. Allow extra time for travel, especially during peak hours, and familiarize yourself with parking regulations and fees in the areas you plan to visit.

 

Popular car hire destinations in China

Laws and rules of the road when driving in China

  •  

    R

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    40kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    100kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    80-120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

      /Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    80mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    CNY

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Car rental agent statistics in China

  • Highest Rated Agent Icon
    5.2/10
    Highest rated agent:
    EHI
  • Lowest Rated Agent Icon
    5.2/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    EHI
  • Total Number of Reviews Icon
    354
    Total number of reviews in
    China
  • Most Locations Icon
    4
    Most Locations in China:
    AVIS
  • Average Wait Time Icon
    37
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • Total Rental Companies Icon
    3
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in China

ItemPercent
January€ 101
February€ 150
March€ 105
April€ 71
May€ 35
June€ 39
July€ 38
August€ 85
September€ 169
October€ 186
November€ 92
December€ 87
ItemPercent
January€ 28
February
March
April€ 29
May€ 25
June€ 22
July€ 29
August€ 25
September€ 25
October€ 23
November€ 25
December€ 27
ItemPercent
January€ 50
February€ 70
March€ 58
April€ 58
May€ 56
June€ 57
July€ 65
August€ 64
September€ 47
October€ 52
November€ 62
December€ 59
ItemPercent
January€ 38
February€ 45
March€ 45
April€ 44
May€ 45
June€ 44
July€ 46
August€ 45
September€ 34
October€ 32
November€ 43
December€ 43
ItemPercent
January€ 335
February€ 330
March€ 332
April€ 334
May
June
July
August€ 341
September€ 325
October€ 326
November€ 336
December€ 336
ItemPercent
January€ 58
February€ 49
March€ 50
April€ 48
May€ 43
June€ 43
July€ 43
August€ 46
September€ 59
October€ 59
November€ 46
December€ 47
ItemPercent
January€ 42
February€ 45
March€ 46
April€ 45
May€ 47
June€ 44
July€ 47
August€ 46
September€ 36
October€ 35
November€ 43
December€ 43
ItemPercent
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in China

DieselUnleaded
Mar , 2023

€ 1.01

€ 1.14

Apr , 2023

€ 0.94

€ 1.06

May , 2023

€ 0.98

€ 1.10

Jun , 2023

€ 0.97

€ 1.10

Jul , 2023

€ 0.91

€ 1.02

Aug , 2023

€ 0.95

€ 1.06

Sep , 2023

€ 1.00

€ 1.12

Oct , 2023

€ 1.08

€ 1.20

Nov , 2023

€ 0.97

€ 1.09

Dec , 2023

€ 0.97

€ 1.09

Jan , 2024

€ 0.93

€ 1.04

Feb , 2024

€ 0.98

€ 1.10

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Feb , 2024 0.98 1.10
Jan , 2024 0.93 1.04
Dec , 2023 0.97 1.09
Nov , 2023 0.97 1.09
Oct , 2023 1.08 1.20
Sep , 2023 1.00 1.12
Aug , 2023 0.95 1.06
Jul , 2023 0.91 1.02
Jun , 2023 0.97 1.10
May , 2023 0.98 1.10
Apr , 2023 0.94 1.06
Mar , 2023 1.01 1.14

Car rental price statistics in China

  • Average Price Icon
    € 786.94
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 478.00
    Highest daily price:
    Mercedes C300
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    16
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    4
    Most popular model:
    Buick GL8
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    4
    Location with most cars:
    Guiyang Longdongbao Intl Airport
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 112.4 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    AVIS - Nanchang - Changbei International Airport
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Beijing Airport
€19.7
 
 
Economy 5 5 2 from €19.7 per day
Suv 5 5 2 from €28.6 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €22.1 per day
Shanghai Airport
€19.7
 
 
Economy 5 5 2 from €19.7 per day
Suv 5 5 2 from €28.6 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €22.1 per day
Shenzhen Airport
€19.7
 
 
Economy 5 5 2 from €19.7 per day
Suv 5 5 2 from €28.6 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €22.1 per day