Guide to Driving In Hong Kong - Drive Safe in Hong Kong

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Hong Kong and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

50 kph

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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

70 kph

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motorway speed limit

80-110 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 50mg

drink and drive limit
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You drive in Hong Kong on the Left side  
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The currency in Hong Kong is HKD
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To rent a car is  21 years and to drive is 18 years of age
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Current fuel price in Hong Kong 1.94 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Hong Kong

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Hong Kong?

Driving in Hong Kong
Pocket guide to driving in Hong Kong
Profile:
Hong Kong
HKD
Driving in Hong Kong
SPEED: (kph)
50
70
80-110
Speed limit in Hong Kong
Holiday:
Rush hour in Hong Kong
Cameras:
YES
YES
Speed cameras in Hong Kong
FUEL:
1.82
1.53
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Hong Kong
DRIVE:
LEFT
Drive LEFT in Hong Kong
MIN AGE:
18
21
Min driving age in Hong Kong
DRINK:
50mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Hong Kong
EMERGENCY:
999
Emergency phone number in Hong Kong
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Hong Kong
PHONES:
NO
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Hong Kong
SEATBELTS:
YES
YES
Seat belt in Hong Kong
There are nearly 300 cars registered in Hong Kong per kilometre of road making the roads some of the busiest in the world during rush hour. Driving in Hong Kong is not for the faint of heart and whilst its infrastucture is excellent, the sheer volume of cars on the roads in Hong Kong can make any journey for those not accustomed to driving in Hong Kong somewhat daunting. Visitors to Hong Kong don't usually rent cars for self-drive, public transport is excellent and unless you are familiar with the roads in and around Hong Kong, quite likely quicker and cheaper than private car rental.

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Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 999

Police Fire: 999

Police Ambulance: 999

Notes:

Fuel Prices in Hong Kong by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Much like the traffic in Hong Kong, parking can be very congested as is always in high demand. Parking in off street car parks is recommended where possible, however on street parking is permitted, but only in marked parking zones / bays.

Parking meters are common in Hong Kong and are colour coded to determine the maximum stay permitted at any given meter;
 
  • Yellow - 30 minutes
  • Brown - 1 hour
  • Blue - 2 hours
Parking charges are applicable during times of operation and are clearly displayed on the parking meter. A parking meter with a white top signals that parking charges apply 24/7 even on bank holidays. Meters are being phased out in favour of digital parking ticket machines.

Parking Enforcement
As demand for parking in Hong Kong is so high, it is essential that parking is not abused, as such there are a vast amount of parking attendents / enforcement officers operating in Hong Kong who operate with little, if any leniancy. If you exceed your designated parking time, you can expect a parking fine.

Disabled Parking in Hong Kong
Hong Kong as very good disabled parking provision. You will find disabled parking bays on on-street parking as well as off street and multi-storey car parks. They are generally very well signed and located conveniently close to amenities. Disabled badge holders are exempt from parking fees at on-street parking meters / bays and receive a 50% concession on government multi-storey car parks.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 999

Police Fire: 999

Police Ambulance: 999

What to do in an emergency

In the event of an emergency you should call 999.

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

English is generally very spoken in Hong Kong, however you may find the following phrases useful;
 
  • Petrol station- 加油站 (Jiāyóu zhàn)
  • Police- 警察 (Jǐngchá)
  • Emergency- 急 (Jí)
  • Car seat- 汽车座椅 (Qìchē zuò yǐ)
  • Windscreen- 风档 (Fēng dàng)

 

Hong Kong Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Hong Kong by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun, 2019 1.61 1.94
May, 2019 1.63 1.97
Apr, 2019 1.62 1.95
Mar, 2019 1.60 1.91
Feb, 2019 1.56 1.86
Jan, 2019 1.53 1.82
Phil Partridge
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Travel writer, car rental guru, Phil has rented cars all over the world and shares his knowledge and experience on the Rhinocarhire.com Blog. Favourite country to visit: France.

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