Agra

Should I hire a car in Agra? The city of Agra is undoubtedly most famous for being the location of the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s most iconic and heavily photographed tourist destinations, and a place which is perfectly well served by train, bus and other local transport services. Needless to say, whether you […]

Amman

Do I need a car in Amman? The Jordanian capital is an incredibly compact city, where the historic core is richly connected and inherently walkable. There are few reasons to want to drive anywhere immediately outside of the city, because all of the major attractions in Amman are very central. The compact nature of the old […]

Amritsar

Should I hire a car in Amritsar? As with other cities in India, the local car hire market is not well developed. It’s obvious to suggest that the core focus of any visit to Amritsar is going to have the Golden Temple as a highlight, but any excursions from the city are still more likely […]

Bagan

Do I need a car in Bagan? Bagan is an historic and compact city where all of the major sites are a short and easy walk from each other. The most iconic way to see Bagan in all of its glory would be to take a hot air balloon tour, for which the city is very […]

Bahrain

Do I need to hire a car in Bahrain? Hiring a car in any of the Gulf states is never for the fainthearted. Although the roads in this part of the world tend to be on the wider side of life, and many of them are brand spanking new, this region is also notorious for […]

Bali – Denpasar

Do you need a car in Bali? The natural starting point for a beautiful island like Bali is that this is the sort of place where you might well just want to kick off your shoes and relax in and around your resort for a week, indulging in as little movement as possible. There are […]

Bangkok

Is it worth renting a car in Bangkok? Bangkok is the second most visited city in the world, in terms of international arrivals, sitting behind just Hong Kong. Even if it’s very easy to visit the Thai capital without a car, the sheer number of tourists who come here, combined with the natgural desire to […]

Beijing

When it comes to making transport choices, whether it is roads that are as thick as treacle, crowded subways or streets that are impossible to cross, Beijing really looks as bad as it gets, however you prefer to get around. No reasons!!! – Beijing car rental is not advised / not usually possible without Chinese […]

Chennai

Should I hire a car in Chennai? Generally speaking, hire cars don’t make much sense when visiting India, partly because many visitors are not comfortable with local driving conditions, but also because large Indian cities tend to have extensive public transport, and taxis are cheap and plentiful. Furthermore, because India is so densely populated, it’s also […]

Dammam

Do I need a car in Dammam? Despite Saudi Arabia being largely closed to international tourists from outside the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, Dammam is one of the world’s top 50 visitor destinations by international rivals. Although other cities in the Gulf region, including most prominently Dubai, but also the Saudi cities of Riyadh […]

Delhi

Should I rent a car in Delhi? Our general advice for India is that most visitors don’t really consider getting a hire car, and this advice is no different in Delhi. Perhaps the only major difference between looking at Delhi and looking at some other large Indian cities is that Delhi has a clear division […]

Doha

Should I hire a car in Doha? When compared to other Arabian Gulf destinations, Qatar is actually a lot larger than one might expect. Certainly, the downtown area of Doha itself is compact, but as the city has expanded along the coastline and then developed vast new urban areas, this is still very much a […]

Dubai

Should I hire a car in Dubai? Before you hire a car in Dubai, we would like to sound a note of warning. The UAE has a reputation for having some of the most dangerous roads in the world, and this is not entirely undeserved. If you want the statistics, then the UAE is the […]

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Goa

Should we rent a car in Goa? [India] Car rental options in Goa are relatively limited, and most visitors choose not to hire a car.  Goa Dabolim airport has a station nearby, although most visitors will use onward coach transfers. Above all else however, even if you spend most of your time in Goa in […]

Guangzhou

Should we rent a car in Guangzhou? Local restrictions essentially all but exclude most tourists from hiring a car, although in Guangzhou we don’t really advise doing that anyway, even if you could. Whereas there are other scenic areas in China where it would be extremely useful to be able to drive in a hire car, […]

Guilin

Should I rent a car in Guilin? Local restrictions would naturally would make a recommendations for any Chinese city extremely straightforward – if you can’t hire a car, why would you even try? This is only compounded by the problem major Chinese cities have by being clogged with traffic and choking in air pollution. However, […]

Hangzhou

Should I rent a car in Hangzhou? Although Hangzhou is little-known in the west, it is still widely regarded as one of China‘s most beautiful cities, and it is rated as one of the top 100 international visitor destinations. The easiest way to reach Hangzhou from further afield is to take a direct long haul […]

Hanoi (draft)

Is it worth hiring a car in Hanoi? Our general advice for visiting Hanoi is that there are enough local public transport choices, including urban rail and long-distance trains to other destinations, making a rental car generally unnecessary. Some of the most spectacular island outcrops in Asia can be reached within a three-hour road journey […]

Ho Chi Minh City

Do I need a car in Ho Chi Minh City? Whereas our car hire advice for Hanoi tended towards saying that a car wasn’t really necessary there, our Ho Chi Minh City car advice is that the sheer range of national parks and other places to visit nearby mean that hire car is certainly something […]

Hong Kong

Is it worth hiring a car in Hong Kong? I’ve included Hong Kong simply because it is the most extreme example of a city where a hire car is a complete non-starter. You simply cannot even get a hire car at Hong Kong airport, nor would there be any reason to consider doing so. Some […]

Jaipur

Do I need a car in Jaipur? [India] Like many Indian cities, where the most impressive places to visit are very central, and there is so much to see in the immediate area around the city, we see little reason to want to hire a car in Jaipur, even if such services were readily available. […]

Jakarta

Should I rent a car in Jakarta? Sprawling Jakarta is one of Asia’s largest cities, with a population that is quoted as being at various levels above 10 million, depending on who is doing the counting, but the number moves upwards all the time. In terms of getting around Jakarta nothing is particularly easy – […]

Jeju

Should I hire a car in Jeju? Situated just off the southern tip of South Korea, the island of Jeju is perhaps most popular as a domestic tourism destination, yet it is also still one of the world’s top 100 destinations. So if you’re planning on visiting Jeju, is there any point in getting a […]