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Driving Through the Vibrancy of Hong Kong: Your Comprehensive Car Hire Guide

Set at the crossroads of Eastern and Western cultures, Hong Kong is a dazzling blend of skyscrapers, age-old traditions, sumptuous cuisine, and scenic beauty. Whether you're eager to delve deep into its urban jungle or explore its serene outskirts, hiring a car can be a brilliant way to experience Hong Kong’s diversity.


Why Consider Car Hire in Hong Kong?

  1. Personalized Exploration: Craft an itinerary tailored to your interests, whether it's sampling dim sum in a local eatery or watching the sunset from a secluded beach.
  2. Beyond the Cityscape: While Hong Kong’s efficient public transport covers its urban regions well, a personal vehicle offers unparalleled access to remote hiking trails, tranquil villages, and hidden beaches.

Need-to-Knows When Hiring a Car:

  • Driving Side: Hong Kong follows left-hand driving, a legacy from its British colonial era.
  • License Requirements: International visitors require both their home country's driver’s license and an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • City Navigation: Roads are well-signposted in both Chinese and English. However, given Hong Kong's dense traffic and intricate roadways, using a GPS is recommended.

Local Driving Customs:

  • Tunnels and Tolls: Many of Hong Kong’s tunnels and bridges charge tolls. It's essential to have cash (Hong Kong Dollars) on hand.

  • Parking: Parking space in Hong Kong is limited and can be pricey, especially in central areas. Public car parks are more plentiful in the New Territories.

  • Respectful Honking: Unlike some other cities, honking is used more conservatively in Hong Kong. It's often seen as impolite unless it's necessary for safety reasons.


Vehicle Selection and Weather Impact:

  • Urban Exploration: For navigating the bustling streets of Hong Kong, compact cars or sedans are preferable due to their maneuverability.

  • Nature Outings: If you're heading to the rugged terrains of Sai Kung or the winding roads of Lantau Island, consider a sturdier vehicle or an SUV.

  • Weather Considerations: While Hong Kong's climate is typically mild, the summer months can bring heavy rains and even typhoons. Always check weather advisories, and if you're unfamiliar with driving in heavy rain, reconsider your plans.


Recommended Driving Routes:

  1. Hong Kong Island Coastal Drive: Take a scenic drive along Victoria Road for panoramic views of the harbor and the South China Sea.

  2. Tai Mo Shan Adventure: Drive to Hong Kong's highest peak, Tai Mo Shan, for a refreshing escape with misty mountaintop views.

  3. Sai Kung Peninsula: Navigate to the eastern territories to experience a mix of lush forests, coastal geoparks, and quaint fishing villages.


First-time Visit Tips:

  1. Language: While Cantonese is the primary language, English is widely spoken, especially in service sectors.

  2. Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is the official currency. Credit cards are widely accepted, but cash remains crucial for small establishments and tolls.


Conclusion:
Hong Kong offers a thrilling symphony of experiences, from its iconic skyline to its rich cultural tapestry. Renting a car can unlock a unique perspective of this dynamic city.


Cheapest car hire in Hong Kong

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 59.49 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 416.47 EUR from 18/03/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda 3

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 59.49 EUR/day
Mazda 3

7 Days rental at 416.47 EUR from 18/03/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Tiida

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 67.83 EUR/day
Nissan Tiida

7 Days rental at 474.87 EUR from 18/03/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Tucson

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 79.12 EUR/day
Hyundai Tucson

7 Days rental at 553.84 EUR from 18/03/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Tucson

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 87.46 EUR/day
Hyundai Tucson

7 Days rental at 612.24 EUR from 18/03/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Stepwagon

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 106.59 EUR/day
Honda Stepwagon

7 Days rental at 746.16 EUR from 18/03/2024

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Hong Kong

  • Understand License Requirements: If you plan to drive in Hong Kong, ensure you have a valid driver's license recognized by the Hong Kong Transport Department. Visitors from many countries can drive with their international driving permits (IDPs) for a limited period, but it's essential to check the specific requirements before arrival.

  • Parking Challenges: Parking spaces in Hong Kong, especially in urban areas like Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, can be scarce and expensive. Before renting a car, research parking options near your accommodation or destinations you plan to visit. Consider hotels with parking facilities or public car parks, but be prepared for high fees.

  • Navigation and Traffic: Familiarize yourself with Hong Kong's road network and traffic conditions before driving. Use GPS navigation apps or maps to plan your routes and avoid congested areas during peak hours. Keep in mind that driving is on the left side of the road in Hong Kong, similar to the UK.

  • Insurance and Documentation: Ensure that you have appropriate insurance coverage for your rental car. Review the rental agreement carefully to understand what insurance is included and what additional coverage options are available. Carry all necessary documents, including your driver's license, passport, and rental agreement, whenever you're driving in Hong Kong.

  • Following these tips can help you navigate the complexities of renting a car in Hong Kong and make your experience safer and more convenient.

 

Popular car hire destinations in Hong Kong

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Hong Kong

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    L

    Road Driving Side

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    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

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    70kph

    Rural Speed Limit

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    80-110kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    HKD  27.76/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

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    50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

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    HKD

    Currency

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    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Average prices per day for car hire in Hong Kong

ItemPercent
January€ 64
February€ 63
March€ 63
April€ 55
May€ 60
June€ 64
July€ 65
August€ 66
September€ 69
October€ 67
November€ 68
December€ 68
ItemPercent
January€ 97
February€ 97
March€ 96
April€ 55
May€ 60
June€ 99
July€ 100
August€ 102
September€ 106
October€ 103
November€ 105
December€ 105
ItemPercent
January€ 84
February€ 83
March€ 82
April€ 55
May€ 60
June€ 85
July€ 86
August€ 87
September€ 91
October€ 88
November€ 90
December€ 90
ItemPercent
January€ 84
February€ 83
March€ 82
April€ 55
May€ 60
June€ 85
July€ 86
August€ 87
September€ 91
October€ 88
November€ 90
December€ 90
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ItemPercent
ItemPercent
ItemPercent
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Hong Kong

DieselUnleaded
Mar , 2023

€ 2.51

€ 2.79

Apr , 2023

€ 2.44

€ 2.70

May , 2023

€ 2.46

€ 2.73

Jun , 2023

€ 2.50

€ 2.77

Jul , 2023

€ 2.46

€ 2.72

Aug , 2023

€ 2.53

€ 2.78

Sep , 2023

€ 2.74

€ 2.90

Oct , 2023

€ 2.79

€ 2.95

Nov , 2023

€ 2.65

€ 2.82

Dec , 2023

€ 2.68

€ 2.87

Jan , 2024

€ 2.64

€ 2.83

Feb , 2024

€ 2.74

€ 2.90

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Feb , 2024 2.74 2.90
Jan , 2024 2.64 2.83
Dec , 2023 2.68 2.87
Nov , 2023 2.65 2.82
Oct , 2023 2.79 2.95
Sep , 2023 2.74 2.90
Aug , 2023 2.53 2.78
Jul , 2023 2.46 2.72
Jun , 2023 2.50 2.77
May , 2023 2.46 2.73
Apr , 2023 2.44 2.70
Mar , 2023 2.51 2.79

Car rental price statistics in Hong Kong

  • Average Price Icon
    € 416.43
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 114.93
    Highest daily price:
    Honda Stepwagon
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    10
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    2
    Most popular model:
    Hyundai Tucson
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    5
    Location with most cars:
    Hong Kong-sha Tin
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 59.5 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    HAWK - Hong Kong-Sha Tin
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