Aberdeen

Should I hire a car in Aberdeen? The Granite city sits in a geographically remote corner of the UK, but once you get there, can you get around easily using public transport? Or is a hire car all but essential? What are the main Aberdeen car hire options? There are many reasons to rent a car in Aberdeen, but the city and its surroundings can also still be explored using local public transport options, even if your journey choices will be a lot less flexible:

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Why should you rent a car in Aberdeen?


Aberdeen rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Aberdeen.

How much will a week's car hire in Aberdeen?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Aberdeen. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Aberdeen.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£97$126107 €
Peak£122$159134 €
Peak 4 door+£132$172145 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Aberdeen, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Aberdeen

Reasons why you should I hire a car in Aberdeen

  • Remoteness — although you will have no problem getting around the city itself, public transport routes starts to thin out massively once beyond the central city area.
  • Limited train routes — Aberdeen is right at the end of the East Coast route from London via Edinburgh. The only other train service is a limited frequency (one train every two hours) route to Inverness. Whereas even Inverness by comparison is a rail hub, with routes fanning out on each of the major compass points, Aberdeen really isn’t a great base for exploration by train.
  • Backed into a corner – the simple reality is that Aberdeen sits in a corner, and only has one railway line running through it. Of course, the roads are also constrained by this geography, but you can at least drive in your own time, and not wait hours for a train. This is a key reason why Aberdeen car hire is strongly advised as the better option.
  • Limited attractions — there are relatively few points of interest in Aberdeen itself, whereas the surrounding countryside offers plenty of places to visit, including the famous Balmoral Castle. Without a car, these places are difficult to get to.

Will your Aberdeen hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Aberdeen here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

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6111653%MEDIUMAVERAGEIt's easy enough to find a hotel here around the edge of the centre - it's then compact enough to walk into town.

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Why not? Aberdeen without a car

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Visiting Aberdeen without a car

There are very few reasons not to hire a car for a visit to Aberdeen, unless you’re making a very brief stay in the city itself, and aren’t planning on venturing very far beyond city limits.

  • Balmoral by bus: Hardy public transport users can go by bus to Balmoral Castle, which is just next to the village of Crathie on the A93. Allow around 3 hours, up to 8 buses each way per day, but you will have to change at least twice outside the summer season.
  • Orkney and Shetland — Aberdeen offers both onward flights and ferry services to the Orkney and Shetland Islands. You can take a hire car onto the ferry services, but is much cheaper to go as a foot passenger, and take advantage of local bus services, where you are also likely to pick up a good deal of local knowledge from fellow passengers.
  • Scenic coastal rail route — the train route from Edinburgh up to Aberdeen has a number of particularly scenic stretches, especially as it hugs the coast for much of the route. Flying into Aberdeen and out through Edinburgh would be one way to enjoy this route, although the availability of flights there is generally much better than it is to Aberdeen anyway. Another option is just to pick return flights to Edinburgh and take the train in both directions. If you are flying in and out of Aberdeen, then this train route is still worth exploring at least down to Stonehaven, where it goes inland.
  • Start at Dyce: A very quick shuttle bus (or taxi) is available from Aberdeen Airport to nearby Dyce station, from where most trains heading south start. Dyce is also the best place to board trains heading to Inverness, as this avoids going into Aberdeen city centre and back out again. However, your journey options are still limited to the route heading west to Inverness, and the coastal route heading south beyond Aberdeen.

Specific Aberdeen Car Hire Questions

Is it worth renting a car in Aberdeen just for part of my stay?

Not really – Aberdeen makes a great base for exploring the Highlands, but there are only limited points of interest within the city itself. Unless your plan is to get around the Highlands entirely by bus and train (in which case, make your connection at Dyce and don’t go into the city centre), then you really should hire a car in Aberdeen for the whole duration of your stay.

Is it worth renting a car in Aberdeen even for backpackers, students and other travellers who are on an extremely tight budget?

Probably not – based on price alone, you will get better value travelling by train and coach, especially if you book well in advance. It’s also easy enough to arrange coach or minibus tours of the Highlands or of the Isle of Skye from Inverness, and even if none of these options will give you the same flexibility as renting a car, they will almost certainly still be better value.

Do I need a car in Aberdeen if I am planning on staying in the city / downtown?

Yes – even if you are staying right in the centre of Aberdeen, you will want to go out of the city, and in particular you want to go and visit the Cairngorms National Park. You really should hire a car for this.

Bear in mind that reaching places like, for example, Aviemore is usually going to mean going through Inverness and making a change, so it will be quicker to drive. Hotels right in the city centre are unlikely to provide free parking, but Aberdeen is sufficiently compact that you should be able to find a hotel with free parking around the edge of the city centre that is within easy walking distance, or short bus ride from the centre.

For example, the Village Hotel group are one chain who are known to provide free parking on all of their sites, and they have a location on the western side of the city. In total, about half of all hotels in Aberdeen will have free parking for guests. 156

I usually try to avoid driving if I can – so should I hire a car in Aberdeen?

No – we would rate Aberdeen is the most car focused major travel destination in the UK, but you will still find far more options for onward travel by bus and train then you will in many other places in Europe. If you are visiting Aberdeen from North America, then you will probably find that the choice of public transport (or transit) in Aberdeen is actually quite good, and you will also find a much wider range of onward connections via Inverness.

I am a train enthusiast – do I still need to hire a car in Aberdeen?

Absolutely not – you may well have already taken the train up to Aberdeen via Edinburgh, a route which takes you across the world famous Forth Bridge as well as the rebuilt Tay Bridge. Further to the west, you have a choice of three of the most spectacular train rides anywhere in the world; the most impressive one being the Kyle line from Inverness. Heading south from Inverness, you also have the Highland mainline which can take you back towards Perth, whereas the West Highland mainline can be joined at Fort William by taking a coach connection from Inverness. However, if you only plan to take one or two train trips, then you should still hire a car in Aberdeen, and then just use park-and-ride at local stations. Other than in the centres of Aberdeen or Inverness, you should be able to park for free at most stations in the Highlands and Aberdeenshire[1].

I am mainly interested in history and architecture and urban/cultural attractions – should I still hire a car in Aberdeen?

Probably – Aberdeen is a wealthy city, and this means that it has an impressive range of cultural attractions relative to its size, but the real star here is still the scenery, so as per the general advice above, you’re probably will still want to rent a car. If you’ve tried looking up the bus schedules to get to Balmoral Castle (you will have to change twice, eventually back on to the same bus, due to shift restrictions), then you will agree that you really do need to get a car in Aberdeen if you want to see any castles other than those in the city centres!

How many people would we need in the car before a rental becomes better value than using transit?

If there are two or more of you travelling together, you are probably going to find that it’s worth hiring a car in Aberdeen. The only real exception would be for much younger travellers who may have difficulty obtaining a rental car package without paying a substantial supplement. Generally, for solo travellers, it is going to make more sense to travel around by scheduled bus, tour bus or train, but renting a car might still be more convenient.

We are senior citizens, should we rent a car in Aberdeen?

There are no particular reasons why senior citizens shouldn’t hire a car in Aberdeen, at least up until the age limits imposed by the rental companies, usually around 70 to 75.

However, UK residents who have a Senior Railcard will be able to get one third off all train travel, and this will apply in Scotland as it does in England and Wales, even though English concessionary bus passes are not valid here. Travelling by train from Aberdeen is also usually quite stress free – the lines in this part of Scotland are nothing like as busy as they are in the central belt, and reliability is usually quite good, but service patterns are often very irregular, especially if you want to travel over to Inverness and then try and find a connection from there.

Do I need a rental car if I am flying into Aberdeen airport but staying in another destination outside Aberdeen?

Probably, yes. Even if you are staying in another town which has a good bus service, or which is on the main railway line, you will then still be quite restricted in terms of where else you can visit from there.

If I’m planning on touring around, is this best done in a rental car?

Generally, yes – the Scottish Highlands and Islands are naturally very popular with touring motorists, but getting a rental car isn’t the only way of moving around. Travelling by train and bus, you can still see places like the spectacular done robing Castle further up the east coast, you can continue deep into sky by bus, and combine this with a train trip on the Kyle line if you want, and there are usually buses integrating at both ends of the island ferry routes. The roads in the Highlands tend to be very winding, with many smaller roads often using passing places, and some drivers will find this quite stressful. If you travel around the Scottish islands by car ferry, you get to benefit from the “Road equivalent pricing” fair capping (see above), but many car rental companies will still require you to take out daily ferry insurance, and this can be an unwelcome extra expense.

Should we try to visit Aberdeen without a car because that’s better for the environment?

It’s difficult to make the environmental case for train travel on very rural Scottish routes, which often have very low passenger occupancy rates, so fuel consumption per person would be much higher than on busier routes further south.

It’s not unreasonable to point out that none of these Highland lines would be built today if a so-called “business case” had to be made based on current usage, yet the trunk routes between Aberdeen and Inverness and the Central Belt still have an important role to play in terms of providing an alternative to the heavily congested main highways (A9/A90). There are no electrified lines north of Falkirk, so all of the mainline trains you take will be using diesel.

Should I hire car in Aberdeen to start a road trip?

Absolutely – we’ve included a suggestion for a sample Scottish Road trip which could start in either Edinburgh or Glasgow and then taking in the West Coast and the Isle of Skye. This route would certainly pass through Inverness, and it would be easy enough to include Aberdeen in this loop. You may also find a better combination of flight and car hire deals in Aberdeen if you are making a comparison with Inverness. If you are planning on taking a road trip which includes more places to the south, then generally speaking, the best Scottish car rental deals are in Edinburgh or Glasgow. This is also where you will find a much wider choice of inward flight, including direct long haul flights from the USA and Canada. However, by starting your road trip from Aberdeen, you do at least have direct access to the Cairngorms.

Should I rent a car in Aberdeen and return it somewhere else?

Advice on One Way Rentals from Aberdeen

Maybe, especially if you have a driving route in mind which starts in Aberdeen and then ends up in another major Scottish city, in particular in Edinburgh or Glasgow. However, I would usually expect this to be cheaper if you do it the other way round, since the one-way fee is often determined on a mileage basis, whereas the actual rental fee is going to be more competitive further south. On the other hand, depending on your flight or train options, it might be worth hiring a car in Aberdeen and then dropping it off in Inverness. Any one-way rental fee could be better value than having a long drive back to where you started (but that is still only going to be about 2 hours, so not really long by North American standards!).

Should I rent an RV / camper / caravan in Aberdeen, instead of a car?

Yes, touring with a camper is very popular in the Scottish Highlands, especially with the recent promotion of the NC500 coastal touring route. Many visitors with campervans simply bring their own vehicles over from the Continent, but there are also several places which will provide campervan rentals in Aberdeen.

Needless to say, if you are visiting from North America, then you will find that fuel prices in the UK are significantly higher here, and you should also be warned that prices tend to rise further still as you head north or west from Inverness. However the cost of fuel should be balanced against the cost of staying in hotels or bed and breakfasts – something that can be extremely difficult during the July and August peak season. Remember as well that even roads classified as “A” roads (i.e. trunk roads) can still be single-track in some places, including on some recommended scenic drives (like the NC500). Always observe local etiquette and signs which advise any slower vehicle to pull over and allow faster drivers to pass. In some cases, the roads will not be suitable for a large camper van.

Should I hire a car from Aberdeen Airport, or from the city centre?

Generally, in the UK, you will get a better deal from on-airport car hire. This is because airports tend to have much bigger parking lots, as land is cheaper than in the city centre. You should not expect to pay an extra airport facility fee like you do at some airports in the USA.

If you do rent a car in the centre of Aberdeen, you do at least have the advantage that the major hotels, railway station and the port are all close to each other, so there are a few car hire options within this area. However, some rental offices are further out, and some may be at the airport, so make sure you specifically request “Aberdeen STATION”.

I’m moving to Aberdeen – do I need a car to live here?

Commuting in Aberdeen is very different to being a tourist. The city is compact enough that you can get to most places using a combination of bus and walking. This is not a very cycle friendly city, and you will need a car in Aberdeen if you need to commute to any of the major office locations around the edge of the city – this is an oil town after all!

[1] Technically the City of Aberdeen is separate to Aberdeenshire.

Verdict

So should you hire a car in Aberdeen? As Scottish cities go, when it comes to train networks, Aberdeen is certainly the weakest link, so to get to other places you would almost certainly end up needing to go by bus. This is not our view of travel enjoyment — buses should be there to supplement train journeys, not as a preferred method of transport in their own right. There are also no truly “world class” scenic railway routes heading out of Aberdeen, whereas there are out of Inverness or Glasgow, and to a lesser extent, Edinburgh.

For this reason, Aberdeen gets our strongest verdict of all Scottish cities that a car is necessary to get the best out of your trip.

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Do you need a car in Aberdeen?
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Abu Dhabi

Do I need to hire a car in Abu Dhabi? Compared to its larger and glitzier brother Dubai, Abu Dhabi is substantially more compact, such that nowhere in the downtown area is more than a short bus or taxi ride away from anywhere else, but you will still be using motorised transport more than walking.

Do you need to rent a car in Abu Dhabi?

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  • Do I need a car in Abu Dhabi? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Abu Dhabi? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Abu Dhabi? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

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Would you hire a car in Abu Dhabi?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Abu Dhabi, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
NOT SUREMAYBEIs it safe?

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Abu Dhabi. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

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Abu Dhabi car hire advice

Whereas Dubai has invested heavily in rail-based transport, there is no such service in Abu Dhabi, so it’s a choice of waiting outside in the dusty heat for a bus or taking the much more commonplace option of a taxi. Then there’s the natural question that if you are spending let’s say one week in Abu Dhabi, will you also want to visit Dubai, and will you want to travel elsewhere within the UAE, and possibly even on to Oman? Abu Dhabi car hire certainly isn’t for everyone, but it might still be an option for your visit.

It certainly is perfectly possible to travel between Abu Dhabi and Dubai by bus, and plenty of people do so, but Abu Dhabi is also not lacking in its own huge range of architectural gems. Visitors can either use state-backed scheduled bus services, or they can take guided tours.

For trips into the desert, then 4×4 vehicles tend to be more popular, although the practice of “dune bashing” has been heavily criticised for its environmental damage.

Why should you rent a car in Abu Dhabi?


Abu Dhabi rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Abu Dhabi.

How much will a week's car hire in Abu Dhabi?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Abu Dhabi. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Abu Dhabi.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£72$9479 €
Peak£82$10790 €
Peak 4 door+£72$9479 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Abu Dhabi, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Abu Dhabi

Reasons why you need to hire a car in Abu Dhabi

  • Public transport in the city is poor – no metro, only taxis and buses.
  • Plans for an Abu Dhabi metro are currently on hold – despite the rapid growth of the city, including huge expansion of the airport, there are still no confirmed plans for mass rapid transit in the city.
  • Coaches to other cities in the UAE only offer limited service – they are an option for getting to Dubai, but less so for anywhere else.
  • A car provides more flexible access across the whole city.
  • Hire car useful for day trips to Dubai.
  • Fuel is cheap!
  • Car rental in Abu Dhabi is generally good value when compared with other destinations in the Gulf region. Expect to pay a little bit more than in Dubai.

Will your Abu Dhabi hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Abu Dhabi here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

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8616452%LOWAVERAGELarge parking garages can be found next to the major malls.

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Visiting Abu Dhabi without a car

  • The roads in the UAE are amongst the least safe in the world – it might be better to leave the driving to somebody local.
  • Abu Dhabi is actually very compact – and you can get by using buses or walking, especially once you are outside the midday heat.
  • Some parts of Abu Dhabi are well shaded with trees, whereas there are also many other places which are refreshed by the sea breeze. Abu Dhabi is hot by any standard, but there are still ways to enjoy the city on foot without being completely overwhelmed.
  • Plenty of activities based around the waterfront, car not needed.
  • Vist the Mangrove National Park – this is in a very central location, and easy to reach by bus or taxi. You canalso go kayaking here.
  • Car fanatics can have lots of fun at the Yas Circuit – but you can easily get there by bus or taxi.

Warning!

Any Abu Dhabi car hire advice also has to come with the significant caveat that the roads in the United Arab Emirates have some of the worst accident figures of any country that publishes this data. However, given the sheer volume of tourists and expats, these figures tend to look even worse than they actually are. On balance, there is certainly no need to get a hire car if you are literally just stopping over in Abu Dhabi, but for a longer trip then car rental starts to become something as well worth considering.

James says - a travel note!

Anyone with an interest in technology might well want to take a look at the futuristic Masdar City near Abu Dhabi International airport. Masdar is designed to have much more in common with traditional Middle Eastern cities, with steep sided streets having additional natural climate control systems to make them inherently walkable.

Masdar does also have its own bus terminal. If all of Abu Dhabi was built like Masdar, then our verdict would be very different, but sadly it is not – Masdar is the experiment, not the reality, and it’s only really worth visiting if you have an interest in the architecture or the technology.

Verdict – yes (may be useful for longer visits, especially for getting out of the city).

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Do you need a car in Abu Dhabi?
No, but it helps

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Acapulco

Do I need to rent a car in Acapulco? Whether or not you want to actually go loco down in Acapulco, this is not a part of the world that is served by trains in any shape or form, nor does Acapulco have much to offer in terms of cycling facilities or walking trails, so to get around, you are going to need to use motorised road transport of some form.

Do you need to rent a car in Acapulco?

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  • Is it worth renting a car in Acapulco? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Acapulco? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

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Would you hire a car in Acapulco?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Acapulco, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
NOT SUREMAYBENOT SURE

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Acapulco. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

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  • Acapulco is a relatively densely packed city, constrained by hillsides to the east and the coast to the west, and all of the major resorts are actually relatively close to each other. There’s a perfectly adequate bus service serving Acapulco, and taxis are plentiful and relatively cheap. There are also plenty of activities based around the beach and waterfront environment, so driving isn’t really necessary.

Venturing inland from Acapulco

  1. For visitors who want to start exploring further afield and who want to take a road trip inland, then a hire car becomes a lot more useful.
  2. Scheduled coach services are available, but they are primarily aimed at providing intercity service between major urban areas, rather than for touring.
  3. Needless to say, given the reputation has as a party city, if you are coming here to “go Loco”, that’s absolutely nothing to do with trains, as there aren’t any!
  4. For all the beach and resort stuff, a hire car is never really going to come into the equation – it’s much better just to stick to walking and taxis.

Why should you rent a car in Acapulco?


Acapulco rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Acapulco.

How much will a week's car hire in Acapulco?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Acapulco. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Acapulco.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£86$11295 €
Peak£96$125106 €
Peak 4 door+£86$11295 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Acapulco, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Acapulco

Why do you need to rent a car in Acapulco?

  • Public transport is poor outside of the city.
  • No trains of any kind.
  • Starting point for Mexican West Coast road trip.

Will your Acapulco hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Acapulco here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

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5412145%LOWAVERAGEDevelopment in the city is limited by the hotels around it, and unless you are staying further out in a purpose-built resort, you will probably find that getting free hotel parking here is unlikely. There are still a variety of paid parking garages available.

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Why not? Acapulco without a car

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  • Plenty to do within the city, especially around the beaches.
  • No real need for a hire car if doing planned excursions.
  • Going loco down in Acapulco – enjoy the party, no need for a car!

Acapulco car hire verdict

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So, is it worth hiring a car in Acapulco?

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Do you need a car in Acapulco?
NO

On balance, our Acapulco car hire advice is that there isn’t really any need to get a rental car here, and Acapulco is the type of destination where there’s a lot more going on within the city than there is around it. If you do choose to hire a car in Acapulco, you might prefer to focus on a single day rental, picking up and returning the car in resort, rather than at the airport, although both options are widely available with various different providers. Acapulco car hire tends to be reasonably comparable in value to other coastal resort destinations in Mexico.

This is only a very brief summary of car hire advice in Acapulco, and we would very much welcome feedback from visitors. Please use the comments form below for feedback and your own suggestions on Acapulco car hire.

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We have not yet had the privilege of visiting Acapulco, so this advice is based on online research, including looking at road maps, transit systems, street views, forums, Acapulco car hire costs and so on. If you have your own Acapulco car hire tips, or have suggestions on whether or not you need a car in Acapulco, please share them below.

 

Accra

Is it worth getting a hire car in Accra? Generally,  Accra car hire advice leans towards not doing so. The Ghanaian capital is not a destination which is served by any of the major car hire companies, so most visitors will just stick to using local shuttle bus and taxi services.

Do you need to rent a car in Accra?

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  • Do I need a car in Accra? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Accra? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Accra? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Accra?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Accra, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
NOT SURENOT SURENO

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Accra. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

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Most of the major resorts in Accra are along the coastline to the east of the city centre. Resort transfers aren’t particularly fast or convenient, but the resorts along Teshie Rd are reasonably well connected with Kotoka International Airport, which sits to the northeast of the city centre, and to the north of the major resorts.

There are a number of excursions into rain forest parks and other natural features which are well worth doing, and which are generally done by minibus tour. These will all take you well into the Ghanaian interior. It is unlikely that Accra car hire will have much appeal for tourist trips.

Public transport in Accra

Following decades of almost non-existent service, the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) is now overseeing a major investment in track infrastructure, with major technical and financial input from China. It looks like future years will see the restart of inter-city services within Ghana, but for the time being, trains are only really useful for suburban services within Accra.

Accra does have an extensive public bus system, including one high profile bus rapid transit route. However, these services are aimed more at local users than at providing efficient transfers between resorts, or to and from the airport. If you are staying at a hotel within Accra, then local bus services should be able to provide useful links to and from the city centre.

Why should you rent a car in Accra?


Accra rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Accra.

How much will a week's car hire in Accra?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Accra. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Accra.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£287$373316 €
Peak£287$373316 €
Peak 4 door+No cars**N/AN/A

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Accra, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Accra

  • A hire car, or hired car with driver, is always going to allow you to see each destination at your own pace.
  • Wheels will be needed to visit Ghana’s spectacular national parks (see below).
  • Public transport is poor.
  • Rail services in Ghana are currently being redeveloped, but at the moment, they are of little use to tourists.

Will your Accra hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Accra here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
17419490%N/AVERY HIGHAn amazing number of hotels will offer free parking, but it's still a nightmare place to drive in.

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Accra without a car

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  • Most visitors will take some kind of organised tour, rather than self-drive hire.
  • Roads relatively unsafe, and not well developed beyond a small number of trunk highways.
  • Very limited car hire services available.

Accra car hire verdict

Not really worth looking at trying to hire a car here – few options available.

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Do you need a car in Accra?
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Ghana Holidays and Accra car hire?

Ghana has a total of 21 protected park areas, including no less than 7 national parks. This makes the country ideal for exploring as part of a tour package, and a wide range of options are available, often including flight packages from the UK or elsewhere. The main interest of Carornocar is whether or not there is any reason to hire a car for independent or small group travel within a destination. Based on the relative lack of road infrastructure in Ghana, and the remoteness of the national parks relative to the city of Accra itself, our Accra car hire advice still remains a firm “no”. However, this doesn’t mean we don’t think you should move around outside the city, far from it! Ghana.

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We have not yet had the privilege of visiting Accra, so this advice is based on online research, including looking at road maps, transit systems, street views, forums, Accra car hire costs and so on. If you have your own Accra car hire tips, or have suggestions on whether or not you need a car in Accra, please share them below.

Agra

To be updated

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 arrive into Agra by train, by plane or by bus, there are numerous local transport options for onward transfer in order to visit the Taj Mahal. The main railway station is situated adjacent to the famous Agra Fort, and from here, the Taj Mahal complex is just over 1km / less than a mile away.

Beyond Agra

It would be a shame to come this far, and to only have time for the Taj Mahal itself, and perhaps a brief glance at Agra Fort. There is still a great deal to see nearby, but regardless of how long you have here, and what else you manage to visit, a hire car is unlikely to be much help:

  • Fatehpur Sikri – situated around 45 minutes away from Agra by road, or just over one hour by train is the stunning but haunting abandoned for complex of Fatehpur Sikri.
  • Bharatpur – situated on the busy tourist route between Agra and Jaipur is the historic palace of Lohagrarh, itself surrounded by it’s own walled fort set within a moat. Bharatpur is also the gateway to the Keoladeo National Park, known for its incredible variety of migratory birds. The park gate is right on the edge of Bharatpur, a city which is compact and easy enough to walk around, although you may prefer to take a minibus or taxi to the park.

Either way, a hire car here just really isn’t going to be a huge amount of use.

Why should you rent a car in Agra?


Agra rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Agra.

How much will a week's car hire in Agra?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Agra. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Agra.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peakNo quotes*N/AN/A
PeakN/AN/AN/A
Peak 4 door+N/AN/AN/A

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Agra, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Agra

  • Very few reasons to rent a hire car in Agra!

Will your Agra hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Agra here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
8111372%HIGHHIGHJust because most hotels in India will offer free parking, this still doesn't make self-drive car hire a sensible option.

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Agra without a car

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  • All of the main attractions are a short distance from public transport.
  • Buses and taxis are widely available and cheap.
  • Trains will take you right to the Agra Fort.
  • Taj Mahal is close to Agra Fort railway stations.
  • Excursions beyond Agra by rail.
  • Poor state of local roads.
  • Very limited car hire availability.

Agra car hire verdict

The car hire market in India is not widely developed, and only a few of the major international players are represented here.

Therefore, there is little reason to recommend hiring a car in Agra.

Verdict – NO

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Alicante

Do I need to hire a car in Alicante?

Do you need to rent a car in Alicante?

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Welcome to Carornocar, where we provide answers to questions about whether or not it's worth renting a car when on holiday / vacation in 300 destinations around the world.

These questions typically boil down to three key areas:

  • Do I need a car in Alicante? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Alicante? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Alicante? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Alicante?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Alicante, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
ABSOLUTELY!YESYES

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Alicante. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

For full details of how we review each city, please see our ratings guide.



Generally, we would say that a hire car is a good idea if you are flying into Alicante and then heading for one of the various coastal resorts in the area, and would say that it’s more the case here than it is in any other destination in mainland Spain.

Why should you rent a car in Alicante?


Alicante rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Alicante.

How much will a week's car hire in Alicante?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Alicante. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Alicante.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£28$3631 €
Peak£77$10085 €
Peak 4 door+£91$118100 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Alicante, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Alicante

  • We would advise getting a rental car in Alicante for all of the obvious reasons you would expect here – Alicante car hire is cheap, the roads are of a good standard, and with a rental car, you will have a huge amount more flexibility to get around.
  • In terms of specific places to visit when you hire a car in Alicante, this is mainly a matter of exploring coastal scenery and beaches in either direction from the city, but a car can also be useful for exploring inland, and particularly for heading to attractive local towns like Teruel (See also Valencia – you can do some of this by train).
  • There have been some improvements in the tram network around the city of Alicante in recent years, but there’s still nothing stretching out as far as the airport. Most of the more recent holiday resort development has been very much based around serving tourists who either have their own hire cars, or who are more likely to use and taxis and resort shuttles.

Will your Alicante hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Alicante here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
440195622%MEDIUMLOWAs far as Spanish cities are concerned, Alicante is relatively typical, in that only around one hotel in five will advertise itself as offering free parking, but many others will have their own garages where you can park for a fee. In resorts outside the city, free parking is more common, but always check beforehand, and don't take it for granted!

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Alicante without a car

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The one place where you really will find that public transport is more than adequate is in the city of Alicante itself. If this where you choose to stay, you will feel very much like you are visiting real Spain, rather than just another tourist resort.

  • With the tram work network having expanded massively in recent years, as is the case in many Spanish cities, you should have no problem getting around using either this system or the local buses. However, there is a sharp decline in service standards the moment you get outside the city.
  • Historic Alicante is also easy enough to walk around, and various bike hire options are ideal for gentle cycling along the beach. Since you will often be walking in narrower medieval streets, there’s always plenty of shade – but be warned that much of the old town is hilly.
  • Alicante is popular with road cyclists, but there aren’t so many off road trails, and designated cycle paths are limited to a few areas around the waterfront, and a limited number of urban trunk routes.
  • Most of the central area in Alicante is also either pedestrianised, or on streets which are closed off for through traffic.
  • The local trains might not take you to anywhere particularly useful, but you can certainly fly into Alicante and then continue on by express train to other parts of Spain, especially if you are looking for a fast link to Madrid or Barcelona, or if you want to take a day trip to Valencia (see those pages for further details).
  • Alternatively, you can also travel onwards from Alicante to any of the Balearic Islands by ferry.
  • To reach Benidorm from the airport, you can take an hourly coach service, bookable online from ALSA – https://www.alsa.com/en/web/bus/home. The same company also offer direct buses from Alicante to Murcia via the airport. In both cases, the airport transfer will take about an hour.
  • Local buses and suburban trains are also more than adequate for reaching some of the nearby coastal towns.

Integration

A key factor to consider when trying to get around Alicante without a car is whether or not public transport services are well integrated with each other.

Generally, in Alicante, this really isn’t the case, although with a bit of research, you’ll find your way around easily enough.

  • The centre of transport in Alicante is the main station, which will be labelled “Terminal” or “Estacion Intermodal”. This station has been expanded to cater for new fast AVE services to Madrid, taking around 2 1/2 hours.
  • Local mainline train services will all use the Terminal station.
  • However, the train to Benidorm (change there for Denia) is operated as part of the tram system. By all means take it to enjoy the ride, but the bus is much quicker!
  • Trams currently terminate in an underground station at Luceros, which is around 300m walk from the main station. There is a plan to extend this to the main station, but this project is currently on hold due to budget constraints.
  • There’s a bus station at Avenue Loring. Again, this isn’t quite at the railway station, so allow time for a short walk.
  • The old railway station next to the bus station is now an impressive arts space and tourist centre – but you won’t find any trains here, so don’t fall into this mapping trap!
  • You’ll see the Alicante-Murcia mainline just behind the car rental lots at the airport – but the nearest station is at Torrelano, about 2.5km / 30 minutes walk away. Generally, buses will be quicker for getting from the airport to Murcia, but if you want to take the train, budget for a short taxi ride.

Verdict

Unless you are planning on spending most of your time in the city of Alicante itself, then everything in this region lends itself towards getting a hire car.

Because so much of the tourism here is centred on resorts like Benidorm, rather than on the city proper, if you want to do anything other than shuttle to and from the beach, then an Alicante hire car is going to make sense.

 

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This advice is based on a combination of visiting Alicante and additional online research. If you have your own Alicante car hire tips, or have suggestions on whether or not you need a car in Alicante, please share them below. Alicante was last visited by Carornocar in

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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.

Do you need to rent a car in Amman?

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Car | Train | Bus | Boat | Taxi | Boat | Walk

Welcome to Carornocar, where we provide answers to questions about whether or not it's worth renting a car when on holiday / vacation in 300 destinations around the world.

These questions typically boil down to three key areas:

  • Do I need a car in Amman? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Amman? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Amman? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Amman?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Amman, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
NOT SUREMAYBENOT SURE

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Amman. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

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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 citadel makes driving impractical, with many of the narrow streets only being open to one way traffic.

It is much easier to walk, or at least trust the navigation to local taxi drivers.

Amman car hire advice

Visitors arriving at Queen Alia International airport outside Amman can also make relatively easy road transfers into the city centre, whether by taxi, scheduled bus or private transfers. The airport, which was purpose built in the early 1980s to cater for growing air traffic, is some 20 miles (30km) from the city centre. A new terminal, designed by Foster & Partners, opened in 2012. You may well notice the railway to Aqaba crossing the airport access road, but for the time being, this line is not open to passenger traffic. Rail transport in Jordan is very limited, with the one passenger service currently still open being the line running through Zarqa and Mafraq. This line has historically continued through to Damascus in Syria – please check locally for any operational updates.

Beyond Amman

  • Petra – The ancient city of Petra, which is by far and away the most famous tourist attraction in Jordan is nowhere near Amman, but some 3 to 4 hours’ drive south of the city, and much nearer to the resort of Aqaba. There is still little reason to want to drive down to Petra in a hire car – it is much easier to either fly directly to Aqaba in the first place, or to transfer to Petra by bus or coach.
  • Wadi Rum – used as a backdrop for numerous films, from Lawrence of Arabia to various Sci-Fi epics as a stand-in for Mars, Wadi Rum is a further 110 km south of Petra – around 2 hours’ drive.
  • Aqaba – the red sea resort city of Aqaba sits due west of Wadi Rum, or around 125 km / 80 miles by car south of Petra.

When combined with the Dana Biosphere Reserve, which sits to the north of Petra on the route down from Amman, you may start to see a potential road trip unfolding. Whether you see this working its way into a one week car hire excursion is another matter though. You may well still find that this route can be done using organised tours, whereas scheduled bus services are an easy enough option between Amman and the three main places above – Dana reserve less so.

Why should you rent a car in Amman?


Amman rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Amman.

How much will a week's car hire in Amman?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Amman. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Amman.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£143$186157 €
Peak£266$346293 €
Peak 4 door+£355$462391 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Amman, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Amman

  • Head south on your own terms – a natural road trip would include Dana Biosphere, Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba.
  • Limited rail services – trains of no real use for tourists.
  • Relatively safe driving conditions, especially compared to other countries in Middle East.

Will your Amman hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Amman here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
11416967%N/AHIGHMany hotels here will offer free parking, but this is still a crazy place to drive!

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Amman without a car

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  • Easier to rely on packaged trips.
  • Destinations like Petra involve spending large amounts of time in enclosed car free areas, a car only useful to get there in first place.

Amman car hire verdict

Given the inhospitable nature of the Jordanian landscape, and given that many of the tourist experiences outside Amman itself will be well packaged regardless, we see little reason to look at getting a car here. It’s worth looking at if you really crave for the independence a car will give you, despite all the hassles. Relatively speaking, Jordan is an incredibly safe place, but that’s easy if you take that relative comparison against Jordan’s immediate neighbours!

Car hire and car driving is still a risk wherever you go. You may well be able to find a decent Amman car hire deal directly from Queen Alia Airport, and you may indeed want to head straight on a road trip of the south, missing out Amman altogether and going straight for Petra and the barren delights of Wadi Rum. If you do this, I think that would be a shame, as you’d be missing out on the many points of interest in Jordan’s ancient historic capital.

Highways in Jordan are generally modern and well laid out, especially between the cities. Sadly, there is no working rail service that will be of any use to visitors to Amman.

Ultimately, our Amman car hire verdict remains a “no”, but it’s certainly one of our softer recommendations. If you are already coming here with getting a hire car in mind, then a bus of some kind is going to be your only other real option, unless you want to hire a private car with driver. Once you are thinking about doing that, then a standard rental car starts to look like a much better option.

Verdict – no (soft).

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Do you need a car in Amman?
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We have not yet had the privilege of visiting Amman, so this advice is based on online research, including looking at road maps, transit systems, street views, forums, Amman car hire costs and so on. If you have your own Amman car hire tips, or have suggestions on whether or not you need a car in Amman, please share them below.

Amritsar

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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 to be by private tour minibus or coach, rather than in your own self drive car.

Any consideration of the best places to see outside the city of Amritsar itself have to consider some of the geographical realities of the area. Situated right in the northwest tip of India, Amritsar sits less than 15km / 10 miles from the border with Pakistan, and the suburbs of the city of Lahore run right up to this border. However, due to the ongoing political conflict between India and Pakistan, these two cities might as well be worlds apart.

Why should you rent a car in Amritsar?


Amritsar rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Amritsar.

How much will a week's car hire in Amritsar?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Amritsar. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Amritsar.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peakNo quotes*N/AN/A
PeakN/AN/AN/A
Peak 4 door+N/AN/AN/A

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Amritsar, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Amritsar

  • The main reason to look at Amritsar car hire would be to head towards the Himalayas, possibly heading through the former summer capital of Shimla and then beyond. A car is going to be very useful as you get further into the mountains.

Will your Amritsar hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Amritsar here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
507864%MEDIUMHIGHJust because most hotels in India will offer free parking, this still doesn't make self-drive car hire a sensible option.

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Amritsar without a car

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  • For anything and everything relating to the centre of Amritsar itself – there is no need for a hire car to visit the Golden Temple, Gobind Garh Fort, or for the Jallianwala Bagh Monument, site of the Massacre in 1919.
  • If you do plan to head towards the Himalayas, be prepared to slow down a bit if you want to do this by public transport. A train from Amritsar Junction will take you as far as Kalka in about 6 hours. From here the fun starts as you climb slowly towards Shimla on one of India’s World Heritage mountain lines. The whole journey takes around 4 1/2 hours, so from city to city you’d need to allow around 11 hours – compared to about 5 to drive it. This makes the train excursion one for the rail fans, but this is one of the great train journeys not just of India, but of anywhere in the world, so it shouldn’t be missed if you get the chance!
  • The Amritsar walking trail is an important part of the city’s heritage.

Summary

A hire car is something to look in to for heading into the Himalayas, rather than just the city itself. Although Amritsar is a major gateway into India from a number of major European cities, you can also fly to Shimla, or perhaps to Chandigarh as the starting point for heading towards the Himalayas – although due to its mountain location and very short runway, Shimla only has air service from Delhi.

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Do you need a car in Amritsar?
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Have you driven in Amritsar?

This advice is based on a combination of visiting Amritsar and additional online research. If you have your own Amritsar car hire tips, or have suggestions on whether or not you need a car in Amritsar, please share them below. Amritsar was last visited by Carornocar in

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Amsterdam

Do you need to hire a car in Amsterdam? Amsterdam city centre has a reputation as a cyclists’ paradise and a driver’s nightmare, but is that still the case for the area around the city, and for the rest of the Netherlands? Is Amsterdam car hire ever really an option?

Amsterdam is also world-famous as a party city, with its infamous red light district and coffee shops. We presume that you already know this, so there is no point in us simply regurgitating the obvious, and that is that for a short stay in the centre of Amsterdam, there is absolutely no point whatsoever in even considering hiring a car.

Do you need to rent a car in Amsterdam ?

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  • Do I need a car in Amsterdam ? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Amsterdam ? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Amsterdam ? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Amsterdam ?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Amsterdam , these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Amsterdam . Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

For full details of how we review each city, please see our ratings guide.



So, when we look at Amsterdam car hire, we’re looking at a slightly longer trip, and using Amsterdam as a base or a start point for exploring not just the local area, but the significant hinterland beyond.

Why should you rent a car in Amsterdam?


Amsterdam rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Amsterdam.

How much will a week's car hire in Amsterdam?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Amsterdam. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Amsterdam.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£89$11698 €
Peak£146$190161 €
Peak 4 door+£146$190161 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Amsterdam, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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  1. Get out: This isn’t just about the city centre of Amsterdam — Schiphol airport is a gateway for a vast hinterland beyond Amsterdam itself, as there are so many flight routes operating here that aren’t available at many of the other nearby airports, or even at major neighbouring cities like Brussels or Dusseldorf.
  2. Good roads: Whilst it is true that many more journeys in the Netherlands are made by bike than they are in the UK or the USA, the quality of the roads is still very high. Because public transport is also of a very high standard, there is less congestion, and therefore more space on the roads for those people who do want to drive. The Netherlands also has three times as many miles of motorway per capita as the UK does, so it is easy to get around by any means.
  3. Cost of trains: We (in the UK or the USA) might look to the Netherlands as having a high standard of public transport, but the trains are still relatively pricey on a per mile basis, and there are no off-peak or advance purchase discounts. Bring over a family, and a hire car easily works out as better value than going by train.
  4. Architecture: Architecture buffs will find that the Netherlands is full of all kinds of interesting historic and modern buildings. These are sometimes in small towns or in the suburbs — even bland industrial units in the Netherlands can often be meticulously put together. The best way to conduct a self-guided architectural tour is to have the flexibility of a car. Of particular note are the unique self built houses in the new city of Almere, the cube houses in Rotterdam, the Dudok trail in Hilversum and the three bridges designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava in Hoofddorp, near Schiphol Airport. However, the places above are in urban locations, so they are relatively near a station – and Hilversum in particular is a nightmare to drive around for the uninitiated.
  5. Engineering Polders: The Netherlands has an impressive system of holding back the sea, a feat regarded by many engineers as one of the most impressive pieces of civil engineering in the 20th century. You will find a car useful to drive across Ijsselmeer using the N302 or the A7 Afsluitdijk — although even though this is a motorway crossing, a slow (and cycling) lane is still available – if you can tolerate the wind!
  6. Rivers & Islands: To explore the many mouths of the Rhine or the relatively deserted islands of the Waddenzee, a car is essential.
  7. Dutch landscapes: A hire car is best to appreciate the typical Dutch springtime landscape of tulips, canals and windmills – but a bike will do as well.

Will your Amsterdam hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Amsterdam here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
517397%VERY LOWVERY LOWIt really isn't worth the effort in central Amsterdam - but in the south of the city, you'll have few problems.

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Amsterdam without a car

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  1. Obvious isn’t it? Cities in Netherlands are tightly packed — easy to get between, and even easier to get around. Public transport is excellent, who needs to even consider a rental car?
  2. Nationwide Travelcard: To use the public transport network, users can purchase an OV-Chipkaart, which is similar to the Oystercard system on London Transport, except that it works nationwide. The cost is €7.50 for a pay as you go card.
  3. High Speed Trains: The FYRA train takes you direct from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Rotterdam in just 27 minutes, whilst Thalys provides rapid connections to Antwerp and Brussels. Heading in the other direction, regular fast German ICE train services provide links to Duisburg, Düsseldorf” href=”http://www.carornocar.com/dusseldorf/”>Dusseldorf, Cologne and beyond. Note that the dedicated FYRA trains have been cancelled due to endless technical problems, and a traditional locomotive hauled service currently operates, taking a minute or two longer. FYRA is still fast because it makes very few stops.
  4. Bike it: Cycle hire facilities are widely available at Amsterdam Centraal and most major NS railway stations, no pre-booking required. For more information about the cycling culture in Amsterdam (it really is a passion, not just a mode of transport), visit Amsterdamize.
  5. Canals: Amsterdam is a city of canals, surely the best way of getting around is to take a boat trip?
  6. Cost: Amsterdam car hire is quite expensive – with a guide price from £130 per week – almost three times as much as car hire in Malaga – and Dutch fuel isn’t cheap either.

A typical Amsterdam canal scene

Verdict: When or where do you need to hire a car in Amsterdam? For longer stays with more flexibility for travelling between Dutch cities and enjoying the Dutch landscape, a hire car is certainly useful, but by no means essential.

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Anchorage

Of the car rental destinations that have been researched for Carornocar (but not actually visited in person), Anchorage in Alaska is undoubtedly one of the most interesting. This is because the natural assumption for any first-time visitor might well be that because Alaska has so much big open country, the obvious choice here would be to head straight for the Anchorage Ted Stevens airport rental car desk, and then to get going on your Alaskan Road trip as soon as possible. Surely everyone needs a car in Anchorage – or do they?

Do you need to rent a car in Anchorage?

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Welcome to Carornocar, where we provide answers to questions about whether or not it's worth renting a car when on holiday / vacation in 300 destinations around the world.

These questions typically boil down to three key areas:

  • Do I need a car in Anchorage? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Anchorage? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Anchorage? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Anchorage?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Anchorage, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
YESMAYBEYES

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Anchorage. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

For full details of how we review each city, please see our ratings guide.



For many, that is still going to be the primary choice – there’s no question about it, the vast state of Alaska offers some amazing driving opportunities. However, simply because of this great size, most of the state’s interior is completely untouched, and this in turn means that there are actually very few paved roads. In many cases, it is much easier to get around to remote locations by private air taxi!

So any road trip from Anchorage is actually going to be restricted to only a small number of route options. However, with a car you are still going to have the flexibility to stop where and when you want – something that’s not so easy by bus or train, when very limited schedules apply – nothing in Alaska works on a “hop on, hop off” basis!

So what about other ideas for exploring Alaska?

This is where things start to get really interesting, because once you plant the seed of the idea that hiring a car in Anchorage isn’t completely necessary, then a whole range of amazing non-car options starts to unravel itself.

These include some of the most scenic railway journeys that you can take anywhere in the world, together with the various different ways of taking to the waters, including regular transport ferries as well as cruise offerings. On top of this you will find a plethora of hiking and biking options which don’t necessarily require you to use your own set of wheels to get to the start of the route. In fact, if you are visiting a location like Denali National Park, then an Anchorage rental car is only going to get you to the park entrance, and you will have to take a shuttle bus once inside the park anyway.

Why should you rent a car in Anchorage?


Anchorage rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Anchorage.

How much will a week's car hire in Anchorage?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Anchorage. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Anchorage.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£400$520440 €
Peak£656$853722 €
Peak 4 door+£656$853722 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Anchorage, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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  • Open roads – simply because Alaska means big open country and wide open roads with very little traffic.
  • Rail services are spectacular, but heavily limited in terms of both routes and service frequency. Expect a daily tourist train during the busy season, and little else outside this.
  • Regular urban buses can only be found within the city limits of Anchorage – they are of little use to tourists.
  • Inter-city coaches cover much of the Alaskan interior, but you won’t be able to stop mid-route, and typical frequencies are only once per day at best.
  • Limited ferries – You can explore the Alaskan coast by ferry, but you still need to get to and from the port, so it’s much easier to take a car with you.
  • Toll-free: There are no toll roads of any kind in the state of Alaska.

Will your Anchorage hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Anchorage here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
9615263%HIGHHIGHMost hotels will offer free hotel car parking. It's easy enough to get around the city in a car, but public transport is poor, so use parking lots in the city centre.

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Why not? Anchorage without a car

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  • Price – car rental in Anchorage, and in Alaska in general is amongst the most expensive in the world.
  • Alaska car rental costs considerably more than any equivalent elsewhere in the USA, or in Canada. Only Hawaii is comparable on price.
  • You will need comprehensive breakdown cover, given the potential distances you may drive from Anchorage, and the limited number of service stations.
  • There are only a limited number of public roads to drive on.
  • The nature of the weather and terrain makes a 4×4 vehicle very useful, and this in turn pushes up the cost of both the rental itself and fuel.
  • Fuel in Alaska is not cheap – you may be close to the refinery, but you are still paying a premium for being here. Expect to pay a little bit less than California, but more than other states in the “Continental 48”.
  • Expect to pay more per day in Alaska than anywhere else – you are more likely to be in a bulky vehicle, with the heating on, and you are probably going to drive further.
  • The railroad trips you can take here are amongst the best you will find anywhere in the world – by taking a single track rail line away from any highway, you really can get much closer to nature.
  • Many people prefer to see Alaska by taking a cruise. If this is your plan, and you want to add on a few more days in and around Anchorage, then you will find more than enough options without needing to get a rental car.
  • You really don’t need a car in Anchorage to see the most interesting places – using a combination of inter-city buses, train excursions, ferry and national park buses, you can see most of the key places of interest.
  • It may be worth hiring a car in Anchorage for a day or two, depending on your plans. This will be a great deal better value than renting a car for your whole trip, even after you have forked out for train trips and so on.
  • In the summer at least, there are several options for regular cycling and mountain bike riding around Anchorage, including rail trails around the resort of Alyeska. You can get to the start using local buses, and it’s also easy enough to rent bikes for the day.

Verdict!

In order for us to say “you really don’t need a car in Anchorage”, we’d need to put forward at least a couple of options which show that you can see most of the main places of interest without one. Anchorage offers this and more – not only is it really not worth hiring a car in Alaska for any more time than you absolutely need to, but you also have a huge choice of other options from hiking and biking to train and ferry trips, with buses providing some vital links in between.

We have no doubt that the locals will tell you that a car is a must here – after all, that’s what they will use, but a car is what they will already have. What we have to look at is whether or not it’s worth getting a rental car in Anchorage. That really isn’t so clear cut, since the cost is so high! Just because the locals will all use cars, the chances are they aren’t using the tourist trains or taking the ferries on a daily basis either – but as a visitor, these services will make a huge amount of sense.

Ultimately, if you still think that you should hire a car in Anchorage, then we’d really suggest going for a shorter rental period, and not the whole length of your stay. After all, it’s very easy to pick up or drop of a car downtown in the middle of the stay, and even if you need to go out to the airport, that’s not a problem either as Anchorage is a compact city.

Whatever your own choice may be, Anchorage is one place where it’s absolutely worth thinking again before heading straight to the car rental lot on auto-pilot.

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Do you need a car in Anchorage?
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We have not yet had the privilege of visiting Anchorage, so this advice is based on online research, including looking at road maps, transit systems, street views, forums, Anchorage car hire costs and so on. If you have your own Anchorage car hire tips, or have suggestions on whether or not you need a car in Anchorage, please share them below.

Andorra La Vella

Do I need a car in Andorra?

Andorra car hire thoughts – trying to offer any sort of car hire advice in Andorra is always going to be something of an oxymoron. There is no gateway airport or even a railway station where you might hire a car from. However, Andorra remains one of the most popular ski destinations in Europe. Because Carornocar includes car advice on all of the world’s top 100 destinations (by international visitor arrivals), we’re happy to give a comment, albeit a brief one.

The author visited Andorra in 2008 on a day trip from staying in accommodation near Perpignan, and noted the long queues of traffic, a lot of which was just there to fill up on cheap petrol!

Do you need to rent a car in Andorra?

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Welcome to Carornocar, where we provide answers to questions about whether or not it's worth renting a car when on holiday / vacation in 300 destinations around the world.

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  • Do I need a car in Andorra? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Andorra? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Andorra? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Andorra?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Andorra, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Andorra. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

For full details of how we review each city, please see our ratings guide.



Getting to Andorra

Given that there is no airport in Andorra and that there is no railway running through the principality, it would be natural to suggest that the best way of getting to and around Andorra would be in a hire car, but then the obvious question is – where would you hire this car from?

The closest major arrival airports to Andorra are Barcelona  and Toulouse. We’ve already provided extensive car hire advice for both of those cities on their respective pages, including comments on getting to Andorra. Naturally, there are also regular scheduled coach services from both of these cities and their respective airports, and these coach services also include transfers to all the major ski resorts.

The principality of Andorra really does just have one main road running through it, with a long overdue bypass of the town of Andorra la Vella town itself having recently opened its first phase. Hiring a car in Andorra still perfectly possible, with the main global rental agencies all been represented in Andorra la Vella, but the question still remains – why?

Why should you rent a car in Andorra?


Andorra rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Andorra.

How much will a week's car hire in Andorra?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Andorra. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Andorra.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Andorra, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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  • The only reason to hire a car in Andorra might be to access ski slopes, but since local shuttle services are already available, and because nowhere in Andorra is particularly far from anywhere else, a hire car really makes little sense, unless you want one for accessing hill walking locations in the off-season (although limited bus services are still available).
  • Sometimes a hire car makes sense for starting a road trip in one location and then dropping the car off elsewhere, but Andorra really isn’t the sort of place for this either, because hire companies will not be keen on renting out a car with Andorra plates that isn’t returned back within the principality.
  • Rail services are poorly connected to Andorra, despite being very close to the border with France.

Will your Andorra hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Andorra here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Andorra without a car

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  • You have to get here first – so if you aren’t already arriving in a hire car, there isn’t much point in hiring one once you get to Andorra.
  • The local roads are crowded, and there are very few of them – so it’s best to rely on local buses.
  • During the ski seasons, resort transfers are available direct from airports such as Barcelona (International) or Toulouse.
  • There are scheduled coaches available year round.
  • Buses still adequate for reaching the starts of hiking trails.
  • Local car hire options are limited and expensive.
  • Amazing rail journeys on offer through the Pyrenees – even through local bus connections are poor.

For an alternative means of onward travel beyond Andorra that doesn’t involve lengthy coach journeys, then there are some amazing train options nearby, but they take some planning:

Andorra by Train

The closest station to Andorra is known quite literally as “near to Andorra” station, at L’Hospitalet. From here, you can get a direct train to Toulouse in just under 2 1/2 hours. It’s easy enough, and it’s a nice scenic route through the Pyrenees. Look slightly to the south, and you will see the curious Latour (Latour-de-Carol-Enveitg in full) station, which is actually the meeting point of three different lines, all with different gauges.

So far, so good? For the rail buff, this looks interesting, but if you actually want to go somewhere, prepare to think again. There are around 6 (weekday, winter) trains running from L’Hospitalet to Latour, taking just under half an hour. From here, prepare to get stuck. Yes, you have the option of the beautiful yellow train, running towards Perpignan, and the extension of the Barcelona suburban system that takes around 3 hours to reach the Catalan capital, but don’t expect any kind of joined up thinking.

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Also, note that if you are used to using international timetable services like Bahn.com, they don’t seem to cover the Barcelona (R3) line, nor does Renfe’s own website produce a timetable, or a link to one. An old copy of the timetable showed around 4 trains per day running all the way out to Latour.

Either way, heading into or out of Andorra by train is one for the purists, not the regular tourists. Its certainly not the sort of easy excursion that you might combine with a day off from skiing, something that’s always easy to do in Austria or Switzerland, if you so wish. Then again, if you have the patience, then the line to Barcelona also connects with the wonderful Nuria Valley rack line – and this time, the train is reaching places no other means can, so it’s well worth a look.

Andorra car hire verdict

Verdict – no (very limited local car hire offering). If Andorra had its own airport, then our verdict might be much more balanced, but we’re only offering advice on the basis that you have already go here by train or bus, or are planning on doing just that from Barcelona or Toulouse. If you are considering getting a hire car in Barcelona or Toulouse and then driving here, then that might make a bit more sense, but it would still be worth checking the direct coach transfers first.

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Antalya

Should I rent a car in Antalya? The decision on whether or not to hire a car in Antalya will be largely based on where you are staying, and then to a lesser extent on what places you are planning to visit during your holiday. For starters, Antalya is one of Turkey‘s largest cities, with a population of over 1 million people, and the city has a perfectly reasonable urban rail network. Antalya is also one of the region’s most historic cities, and it’s a great place to stay in its own right. Any holiday based around staying within the city is unlikely to need to have a hire car included with it.

Do you need to rent a car in Antalya?

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  • Do I need a car in Antalya? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Antalya? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Antalya? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Antalya?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Antalya, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
MAYBEYESNO

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Antalya. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

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Visitors arriving into Antalya have a reasonable choice of onward public transport options, once they reach the city centre. If you are travelling around Turkey by train and arriving in Antalya, then car hire options are also widely available in the city centre, although they do not tend to be particularly good value when compared with Antalya airport car hire.

Why should you rent a car in Antalya?


Antalya rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Antalya.

How much will a week's car hire in Antalya?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Antalya. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Antalya.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£89$11698 €
Peak£138$179152 €
Peak 4 door+£140$182154 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

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Antalya is a destination with a large number of purpose-built holiday resort properties, including many resort villas as well as large chain hotels. Whilst the hotels tend to be more self-contained with numerous different amenities on site, rental villas tend to be more geared up towards self catering and driving around to get to places.

If your holiday is geared more around beach and waterfront activities, then a hire car in Antalya is unlikely to be much use, but you might still want to consider a one or two day rental from within your resort.

There’s a good choice of national and regional parks to visit when going inland. The more adventurous will certainly want to visit the amazing cave dwellings of Cappadocia, focused around the town of Goreme. Of course, it’s perfectly possible to visit Cappadocia without a hire car, and the most iconic way to see this region is to take a hot air balloon trip. Whether by tour bus or by rental car, Cappadocia is going to be around 5 to 6 hours drive from most resorts around the Antalya region. To get the best out of Cappadocia, we would certainly recommend staying overnight, making sure you have your camera ready both for sunset and for the sunrise the next morning.


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FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
1159170668%HIGHHIGHMost hotels will provide free parking, especially in resorts which are away from the historic centre of Antalya.

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  • Public transport in the city of Antalya is of a good standard.
  • To visit Cappadocia, this can be done using an organised tour.
  • If you are planning just on staying in resort and visiting nearby beaches, taxis and local buses are sufficient.

Summary

In summary, Antalya is certainly the sort of destination where you will have no problem at all enjoying a holiday without needing to get a hire car, but our advice is that on balance, it’s probably still a good idea. If you are staying in the city centre where parking is a problem, then just hiring a car for a couple of days for an excursion up towards Cappadocia might be a safer bet, but otherwise, if your resort includes parking, then a full week’s hire is unlikely to cost much more than a shorter period, unless you are adding on a load of extras which are charged on a daily rate.

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We have not yet had the privilege of visiting Antalya, so this advice is based on online research, including looking at road maps, transit systems, street views, forums, Antalya car hire costs and so on. If you have your own Antalya car hire tips, or have suggestions on whether or not you need a car in Antalya, please share them below.

Antigua

Should I hire a car in Antigua? Antigua car hire options – Antigua might be relatively small, but the temptation to visit all those 365 beaches, without crawling around at the pace of one per day means that a hire car will certainly be useful.

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  • Is it worth renting a car in Antigua? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Antigua? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Antigua?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Antigua, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
MAYBENOT SURENO

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We assume you haven’t got all year, so once you have dealt with the nuisance of having to pay for a local driving licence, you will be able to start exploring.

Why should you rent a car in Antigua?


Antigua rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Antigua.

How much will a week's car hire in Antigua?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Antigua. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Antigua.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£253$329278 €
Peak£253$329278 €
Peak 4 door+No cars**N/AN/A

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

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  • Antigua markets itself as having 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. Although some of these are in the neighbouring island of Barbuda, the vast majority are on the island of Antigua, and you will certainly need a car if you want to move around and enjoy as many of these beaches as possible. This reason alone is the main reason why we suggest getting a hire car, even if we seem to have listed more reasons not to get one below! However, Antigua car hire comes with a number of caveats, regardless.
  • Fig-tree Drive – is one of those must see picture-postcard locations – except it isn’t just one single spot, so a car will let you enjoy it at your pace.
  • Hassle-free: Walking around St John’s is usually trouble-free, but it is best to avoid all the touts by the cruise terminal in Heritage Quay. If you have already sorted out a hire car, you won’t be bothered by constant offers of taxis and tours around the island.Antigua has seen some horrendous crime incidents in recent years. But a car can be both protection and vulnerability.
  • Fuel costs: Although Antigua car hire costs are expensive, the small size of the island means you are unlikely to spend much on fuel.

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8912174%N/AHIGHGenerally parking won't be too much of a problem here.

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  • Expense – Antigua car hire is extremely expensive, owing to local regulations and relative lack of competition. Of the ten initial destinations we looked at, Antigua was the most expensive, at £203 for a week, although very few things in the Caribbean are cheap. This is still more than five times the cost of a week’s car hire in Malaga.
  • Roads: The quality of roads in Antigua is generally quite poor – lots of bumps and potholes.
  • Transport provided: Most resorts will offer excursions to a range of different beaches, and transfers to and from the airport should also be provided.
  • The island is small, and the airport is central both to the capital St Johns and the main resort hotels. Getting a few taxis will still be much cheaper than using a hire car.
  • Rum: Antigua means plenty of rum – and rum punch does not mix with driving.
  • Shirley Heights: Perhaps the most famous weekly event on Antigua is the Sunday party at Shirley Heights, above English Harbour. A car will take you there and back, but then again so will a taxi, or any number of bus options, provided by the hotel, or flagged down locally. All of these other options are much more lively!
  • Car hire options on the island of Barbuda are even more limited, and not available through the main agencies. See Caribbean online for details.
  • Bikes: Instead of taking out an expensive hire car, why not rent a bike — many hotels provide this, and cycling in early morning or late afternoon can be extremely refreshing.
  • Fly instead: You can hire a car anywhere, but trips to Antigua tend to be that little bit special. Why not fly to one of the neighbouring islands instead? An island hopping trip on a light aircraft is one of the most exciting things to do in the Caribbean. Regular excursion flights operate to the neighbouring island of Barbuda, but you can also take helicopter tours around the volcano in Montserrat and experience the true power of nature.
  • No ferry: Unlike St Kitts and Nevis, there are no ferries between Antigua and Barbuda, so a car is only good on the one island.
  • Local buses: Although most tourists use their own transport or go on organised tours, local buses on Antigua are an enjoyable way of seeing the island as locals see it. Buses fan out throughout the island from the capital St John’s, and they usually leave when they are full.
  • Beach access: Antigua may boast having 365 beaches, but it doesn’t have that many roads. A car doesn’t bring quite as much flexibility as it should.

Local licence

Local regulations mean that you will have to fork out US$20 to purchase a temporary local driving licence for your stay on the island. This is an unnecessary extra cost and hassle, which isn’t applicable in most countries. It makes it prohibitive to hire a car to drive around the island for just a day or two. This extra cost is on top of the US$28 (EC$ 70) you will still need to keep ready for departure tax on the way home – and they say low cost airlines rip people off!

Verdict

As with anywhere, a hire car will bring flexibility, and Antigua has so many stunning beaches that it is better to have one than not. The extortionate cost of Antigua car hire would be a reason for us to advise against renting one, but a holiday (or vacation) in Antigua is an expensive outlay, whether you are flying in from Europe or North America (even more so for long suffering Australia and New Zealand cricket fans!). So given all these costs, should I hire a car in Antigua? With the price of hotels and flights to Antigua already high, a rental car is one cost which can be cut, but we think it is still better to have one to explore the island, especially if you are visiting on a special once-in-a-lifetime trip.

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Antwerp

Do you need a car in Antwerp? If you’ve ever skirted around the edge of Antwerp in a car or trundled along by train through the city’s northern suburbs, then please don’t be fooled by the shabby appearance and extra-large dollops of concrete that you will witness on such a journey.

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  • Is it worth renting a car in Antwerp? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Antwerp? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

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Would you hire a car in Antwerp?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Antwerp, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
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If Bruges represents chocolate box cuteness, together with the summer hordes that go with it, and if Brussels represents all the pomposity that goes with having that extra special kind of capital city feeling, then if almost by default, the massively underrated charm of Belgium is perhaps best represented in cities like Antwerp.

So what particular delights await the visit the first-time visitor to Antwerp, and what about that key question of getting around?

Why should you rent a car in Antwerp?


Antwerp rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Antwerp.

How much will a week's car hire in Antwerp?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Antwerp. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Antwerp.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£109$142120 €
Peak£130$169143 €
Peak 4 door+£118$153130 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

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Reasons why you might need a car in Antwerp

In all honesty, we can’t think of any particular reason for wanting to rent a car in Antwerp, if this is your first point of arrival on a holiday or even a brief city break.

That’s not to say that Belgium is a particularly bad place to want to drive a car – driving conditions are very similar to any other northern European country, but it’s simply that if you do want to do a driving tour around Belgium, then it’s much more likely that you’ll be flying into Brussels in the first place, or failing that, you’ll be coming with your own car anyway, in which case you don’t need to hire another!

If you are coming into Belgium by train, you are probably still more likely to be connecting through Brussels for that as well, so there’s little point in changing again to reach Antwerp, when you could pick up a rental car in Brussels Midi Station.

Needless to say, with the airport in Antwerp being well connected to the national road network, you won’t find any problem renting a car here, but since it’s a much smaller facility, the range of available cars is unsurprisingly much smaller than you will find at Brussels National Airport, which is still less than one hour by car away from Antwerp.

If you are arriving by train, then car-rental facilities are available at Antwerp Central Station, but you will be dealing with an even smaller choice than you will find at the airport.

The main appeal of car hire in Antwerp over using public transport is simply that if you want to tour around multiple towns and cities, but your focus is on smaller places rather than the aforementioned larger cities, then a rental car is going to provide that useful extra flexibility that means you aren’t tied down to planning your InterCity journeys around regional trains.

Belgium might well be one of Europe’s most densely populated countries, and it might well have a well developed commuter rail network, which is particularly geared up for commuting in and out of Brussels, but some of the more rural connections, for example between for example the direct link between Antwerp and Liège or between Antwerp and Bruges, are a great deal slower, and considerably less frequent than the Brussels shuttles.

For more general suggestions on driving in Belgium, please see our Brussels car hire advice page.


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FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
3214921%HIGHLOWMost hotels in Antwerp will not provide free parking, and this is a city where you will really want to stay as close to the centre as possible.

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Reasons for visiting Antwerp without a car

By far and away the biggest appeal of visiting Antwerp without a car is the sheer delight of visiting the city itself, with the short connection from Brussels making it such a natural city break destination if you are heading here from London or anywhere in the Benelux and neighbouring regions.

If you are flying into Antwerp’s small city airport, then it’s only a very short bus or taxi ride into the city centre, although this advice is written on the general assumption that you are arriving by train, since this is much more likely here.

Is this Europe’s finest station?

Railway stations in many cities are simply mundane and functional places where you go through a little shed to walk along a long strip of concrete, and if you are lucky, you might have a bit of shelter in case it rains. The triple deck Antwerp Central is an entirely different matter, and following the construction of the new railway tunnel which allows high-speed north to south trains to pass directly through the city, the station is now rated by many rail pundits as being amongst the finest in Europe, if not the world.

If, like many passengers, you are arriving here either via Brussels or via Rotterdam in the Netherlands, then you will alight at the lowest level of this vast cavernous station, and then proceed upwards through to the dramatic Beaux Arts main hall, which you may or may not recognise from various flash mob YouTube videos.

Getting Around Locally

  • By far and away the best means of getting around the city is to hire one of the ubiquitous Raleigh chopper type bicycles. Even if you don’t consider yourself a particularly confident cyclist on the streets of a city like London or New York, then Antwerp is quite different. Antwerp might be one small step below Dutch standards, but there are plenty of designated cycle paths, and the historic central streets have extensive limitations on through traffic, putting the city giant leaps ahead of typical North American or British cities.
  • You can also pick up a tram at Central Station to go to most parts of the city. Multiple lines converge in the centre, so it may look like there are only one or two routes, but the network is actually very extensive.
  • Take tram 6 to Luchtbal to visit the striking new Port House, one of the last buildings designed by the late architect Zaha Hadid.

Just how Central?

Don’t be deceived by the name – Great Market Square (Grote Markt) is still around a mile / 1.7 kilometres away from the central station, but it still makes for a perfectly pleasant walk.

Needless to say, in an historic city where through traffic is limited (perhaps not as tightly as it is in Bruges), driving around narrow streets in a hire car doesn’t really make much sense.

If you do decide to pick up a rental car at Antwerp station, but you are staying in the city itself, then the chances are that within a very short while, you will just be driving it into a large and expensive parking garage somewhere and then leaving it there as you explore the city on foot. If you just want to hire a car in Antwerp for a day or two, then this might make a lot more sense than having one for the whole duration of your stay. That way you are cutting down on rental and parking costs – a natural win-win in a city that is so well connected.

Beyond Antwerp by public transport

Even if a hire car might be useful for having the flexibility to drive to smaller towns and villages beyond Antwerp, it is still by no means essential.

Local trains and buses will still take you where you want to go, and they aren’t just useful for travel within Belgium – why not also consider popping across the border into the Netherlands, and in particular to the massively misunderstood and underrated gem that is Rotterdam?

Again, you can of course visit Rotterdam in a car (cross-border driving in a rental car from Antwerp shouldn’t be a problem, but always check the small print first). Rotterdam was so extensively rebuilt in the post-war motor age, but it’s far nicer just to pop across their by train and then pick up a rental bike in Rotterdam central station.

The same applies to almost any other Belgian town as well – if it’s large enough to have a manned station, then there’s a pretty good chance it will have bike rental as well.

Verdict

So, do you really need a car in Antwerp? Based on specifically arriving direct into Antwerp by air or rail, then our advice here is about as clear as it can be – Antwerp is very much a destination where you are better off using public transport or hiring a bike, and the same goes for most of the places you might want to visit nearby.

It’s also somewhere that you’ll be perfectly happy getting around using nothing other than your own two feet, with or without pedals.

This makes the overall Car or no car verdict a very strong no.

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Astana

Do I need a car in Astana?

Do you need to rent a car in Astana?

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Welcome to Carornocar, where we provide answers to questions about whether or not it's worth renting a car when on holiday / vacation in 300 destinations around the world.

These questions typically boil down to three key areas:

  • Do I need a car in Astana? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Astana? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Astana? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Astana?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Astana, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
Can I rent a car there?IS IT PRICEY?NOT SURE

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Astana. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

For full details of how we review each city, please see our ratings guide.



Coming Soon!

This page is about to be updated. The destination has been researched, and a new page drafted. It is currently being edited, due for uploading in late August 2017.

I hope the star ratings and verdict give you something to start with.

Since the research has been done anyway, feel free to leave comments or ask any questions.

At the moment, around 230 of the 300 destinations on this site have a full car hire review and "do I need a car" guide.

 

James A.

July 2017.

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Why should you rent a car in Astana?


Astana rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Astana.

How much will a week's car hire in Astana?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Astana. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Astana.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£271$352298 €
Peak£288$374317 €
Peak 4 door+£304$395334 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Astana, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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Will your Astana hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Astana here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

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435480%N/AVERY HIGHExpect to find plenty of spaces in large new developments, but not always free.

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We have not yet had the privilege of visiting Astana, so this advice is based on online research, including looking at road maps, transit systems, street views, forums, Astana car hire costs and so on. If you have your own Astana car hire tips, or have suggestions on whether or not you need a car in Astana, please share them below.

Athens

Should you rent a car in Athens? Athens might have famously tried to reduce its horrendous traffic problems by only allowing either order or even number plated cars to drive on any given day of the week, and the city also invested heavily in a metro system in the run-up to the 2004 Olympic Games. So is this somewhere that you even need to consider getting a hire car?

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Welcome to Carornocar, where we provide answers to questions about whether or not it's worth renting a car when on holiday / vacation in 300 destinations around the world.

These questions typically boil down to three key areas:

  • Do I need a car in Athens? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Athens? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Athens? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

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Would you hire a car in Athens?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Athens, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

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This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Athens. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

For full details of how we review each city, please see our ratings guide.



This Athens car hire guide looks at whether or not to get a car either for a short break or for a slightly longer holiday involving travelling around between different places. For visitors from elsewhere in Europe, it can be just as easy to fly to one of the Greek islands and then to either stay locally or island hop without needing to get a car. Travellers from further afield will almost certainly head through or to Athens International airport.

This page is aimed at visitors who want to get out of the city of Athens.

Why should you rent a car in Athens?


Athens rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Athens.

How much will a week's car hire in Athens?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Athens. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Athens.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£76$9984 €
Peak£285$371314 €
Peak 4 door+£297$386327 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Athens, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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Reasons why you should rent a car in Athens

  1. Meteora – the stunning monasteries of the Meteora region should be the highlight of any trip to Greece, and if you need a preview, just watch the closing scenes of the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Naturally, given how these monasteries perched high on top of rocky promontories, this is a place to go hiking to take advantage of the rudimentary lift systems that operate in some of the monasteries.Yet there is still the small question of getting to Meteora. The train ride from Athens to Kalambaka goes through some pretty impressive scenery and over one or two great bridges, but there are only three trains each day, and only one of these is direct. So for even a brief excursion to Meteora by train, you will probably have to spend two nights there, whereas you could visit this area as part of a long day excursion in a hire car.
  2. Rattling railways – Greece could never really claim to be one of Europe’s great Railway destinations, given that the population is relatively sparse and the terrain is unforgiving, yet even on those lines that do remain open following budget cuts, service is slow and sporadic. Unless you are someone who loves train travel, sticking to the roads is  going to be the easiest option.
  3. Central what? If you are going to travel from Athens by train, bear in mind that not all surface train services run through the main Athens station (often called Larissa station after its original name, and the name of the adjacent metro station).
    There’s no direct metro connection from the airport to here either.Surface trains from the airport will take you to the new Athens Archarnes Railway Centre (SKA), which is being billed as a new “central” station, although it is out in the suburbs and has no metro station.
    Trains from the airport continue from here towards Kiato on the Peloponnese peninuslar, but the line goes nowhere near central Athens.

Peloponnese

  1. Peloponnese – there are lots of great driving opportunities around the Peloponnese peninsula, including the Corinth canal and the engineering marvel of the Rio-Antirio bridge to complement the natural splendours.
    I’d like to say that this is also a great area to explore by train, but sadly, the narrow gauge Peloponnese railways have fallen victim to Greek austerity cuts. There is little chance of them being reopened any time soon. You can at least take the train as far as Kiato, but from there you’d have to go to Patra and beyond by bus.
  2. Corinth canal – if there’s one particular piece of engineering which demonstrates Greek maritime prowess it must surely be the Corinth canal. Perhaps not as famous as its sticky Panamanian brother, nor anything like as timesaving, the Corinth canal still looks far more impressive than any other as it has been cut into its own deep but narrow canyon. This has been done without the need for any locks. Although there are hourly trains, and plenty of coach tours from Athens which will give you a view of the canal, visiting this location in a hire car will let you see things in your own time.  You can also use the canal is the starting point for a driving tour around the Peloponnese.
  3. Rio Antirio bridge – this should be the highlight of any tour around the Peloponnese, or possibly of a circuit including the Peloponnese and Delphi on the other side. You can walk or cycle across the bridge and you can also get buses to and from Patra, but the most obvious way to appreciate it is still to drive.

Island hopping

Hopping between the different Greek islands in a hire car is always going to give you that little bit more flexibility than travelling as a foot passenger, although this flexibility does come at a cost.

At the end of the day, the decision whether or not to pick up a hire car in Athens might boil down to which islands you want to visit – for an island the size of Crete, a hire car is extremely useful, but most visitors to this island would fly direct into Heraklion or Chania. For medium-sized islands like Zakinthos (Zante) or Lesbos, then a hire car can be a benefit, whereas for the smaller islands like Santorini, you may well find that a hire car is more trouble than it is worth.Note that despite the need for ferry connections, it can be possible to get one way car rental deals between Athens and other Greek islands – budget for around £100 on top of the hire cost for one week.


Will your Athens hotel have free parking?

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13263521%VERY LOWLOWIt's not surprise that few hotels offer free parking in Athens, but it's not as hard to find a space here as some other capitals, especially further out.

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Why not? Athens without a car

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Reasons to visit Athens (and the area around it) without a car

  1. Odd and even Number plate rules – in 1982, Athens introduced a restriction banning cars from the city centre according to whether their number plates were odd or even. Since then, the number of cars in the city has grown fourfold. The legislation has had little effect, especially as some houses have got round the legislation by owning two cars, one with an odd and another with an even plate.
    If you rent a hire car in Athens, you will be exempt from the restrictions for 40 days, which should be more than enough to explore the city and the local area. Yet driving on congested Athens city centre is still a nightmare. You still have to find somewhere to park. As with any major city, we would always advise walking or using public transport to visit all the major sites within Athens.
  2. Congestion in Athens is a city wide / all day problem – this isn’t just about the city centre, nor is it just about rush hour. Within the European Union (as of 2017 at least), only Bucharest and London have higher congestion levels than Athens – and we wouldn’t recommend trying to drive in either of those cities either!
  3. Athens Metro – in the run-up to the 2004 Olympics, Athens invested heavily in an underground system, and this itself was halted many times due to archaeological digs along the route. This has resulted in many displays in the major city centre stations, making this sleek and modern transport network a destination in its own right as well is a way of getting around.
    The underground network is also supplemented by a network of local trains and buses. This includes the historic train link down to the port of Piraeus, where a lot of budget accommodation is available.
    There is no obvious centre of the metro network, with a number of stations being on two lines. The natural social and cultural centre is the area around Syntagma Square, and its metro station is on lines 2 and 3. This is also where many urban bus routes congregate, and where the tram route from the coast terminates.
  4. Ancient treasures – need we go say any more? Athens is one of the most historic cities in the world and beyond the indelible impression the Parthenon is going to leave you from its perch at the top of the Acropolis, there are plenty of other places waiting to be explored well within the city boundaries and easy to reach on foot.
    Further afield, there are plenty of places which can be visited on historical tours, or on day excursions by scheduled bus.

Beyond the Athens area

  1. Delphi is certainly well worth a visit, and once you get there, you will be walking around the main points of interest anyway, so there isn’t a huge time advantage in having a hire car. However, a group of people sharing a car might be better value. Allow around 3 hours each way by bus.
  2. Island hopping on foot  – a hire car might give you a little bit more flexibility when you arrive on each island, but it is a deadweigh just sitting on the ferry, and a very expensive deadweight at that.
    Why fork out for the cost of a hire car and then for the cost of ferry passage on top, when you can just travel as a foot passenger on the ferry and use local buses for getting around each island? Even if you have to shell out for a few taxis, they are unlikely to break the bank on any of the smaller islands.

Questions

Scope of these questions:

 

For most destinations, we look at whether or not it might be worth hiring a car to visit places which could either be reached as a day trip excursion from the destination, or which could be reached during a road trip of up to one week from that destination.

Usually, our advice would not overlap with other destinations nearby, so that we can avoid duplication. In the case of Athens, any question about whether or not you should hire a car here is mainly going to be about the area outside the city, and this could include all of the Peloponnese and most of the Greek mainland. Since there are also numerous ferries heading out of the port of Piraeus, these questions also provide a few comparisons between putting a hire car on the ferry and the alternative of simply travelling as a foot passenger.

 

Is it worth renting a car in Athens just for part of my stay?

 

Yes, absolutely, in fact all our Athens car hire advice is based on the assumption that you want to spend a few days in the city before or after you rent a car. This really is very different to many other destinations where a suggestion to rent a car would be for the whole duration of your trip.

 

If you do still want to rent a car for all of your stay, then we would advise initially trying to find a hotel somewhere on the edge of Athens that includes free car parking as part of the deal, but realistically, only about 10% of hotels in the city will do this.

 

Your other option would simply be to cram everything you can into a day trip into the centre of Athens, and then to spend the rest of your holiday travelling around outside the city.

 

 

Is it worth renting a car in Athens even for backpackers, students and other travellers who are on an extremely tight budget?

 

Probably not. When we are advising that it might be worth renting a car in Athens, this is largely as a counterbalance to the preconception that many people have that this should actually be the last place on earth to consider doing so. There is absolutely no need to hire a car in Athens, and you will be able to see almost everything that you want to see without getting one.

 

Young drivers can expect to pay a surcharge with most rental companies, and on top of this, you will need to add in the cost of road tolls on the Greek mainland. If you want to go to any of the Greek islands, work out the cost of taking your car on the ferry, including mandatory ferry insurance which many car-rental companies require you to take out.

 

There really isn’t much of an argument that says it’s worth hiring a car in Athens because that’s going to be better value than using public transport, it’s just that having a car in certain places is going to be a lot more convenient. For most budget passengers, the price of this convenience would probably still be too high, unless there is a group of you who can fill a car.

 

James says - a travel note!

 

One consideration for budget travellers who have already allocated a few days to spend in the city of Athens, and who are then considering either a long excursion inland to a destination like Meteora, is that it might be worth hiring a car if you can find places to visit that will keep you entirely within the mainland of Greece, the Peloponnese, or the island of Evia, which you can reach by bridge connection.

 

If you prefer to do the Greek island option, then you really will be far better off as a foot passenger. This isn’t just about saving money on the ferry fare itself, but if you don’t have to worry about returning the car, then you can also arrange a one-way ferry trip, and then fly home from one of the islands, such as Santorini, Corfu or Rhodes.

 

 

Do I need a car in Athens if I am planning on staying downtown?

 

Absolutely not! If you intend to spend most of your time staying in the centre of Athens, then you really won’t want to be considering hiring a car at all. There’s more than enough to see and do in the historic centre, and you will also have easy access to a wide range of destinations, whether you want to travel onwards by train, by bus or by ferry from the main port at Piraeus.

 

Rental cars in Athens aren’t subject to the odd and even number plate restrictions for the first 40 days, but you really won’t want to be testing that rule to the limit! It really just isn’t worth the hassle of dealing with the congestion, which is worse than almost any other city in Europe.

 

If you do want to rent a car for the day, then you might want to consider picking it up from the airport, or from another location around the edge of the city. If you are going to have to jump on a train to get to the car rental location, then you’ll probably find that even if you have to pay a small ticket surcharge to get to the airport, that is where you will find the best car rental deals. Wherever you rent a car from, having it just for the day will also save you having to worry about where you’re going to park it at the end of your trip.

 

I usually try to avoid driving if I can – so should I hire a car in Athens?

 

Absolutely not – what we are suggesting here is that it might be worth hiring a car in Athens if you want the flexibility to drive around between certain locations which can be quite cumbersome to reach by public transport. If you really don’t like driving, there’s just no point in even considering it here, because there is more than enough to see using public transport.

Rail Enthusiasts

The one potential exception is the Odontos Gorge Railway, which runs through to Kalavryta in the Peloponnese. To get to the start of this route using public transport, you will have to take the local suburban train as far as Kiato, just beyond Corinth, and then you will have to make a transfer by bus. This is typically timed so that the bus arrives just a few minutes before the train departs, and even on relatively quiet days, the train can already be full by the time the bus gets there.

 

If you don’t mind driving, but really love taking unique train trips, then it’s probably still worth renting a car in Athens, but finding places to stay which are well outside the city. In this case, then we really would recommend getting to the start of the Odontos Gorge Railway using a hire car.

 

I usually love driving, and prefer to avoid public transport if I can. Is it worth hiring a car in Athens?

 

Yes, if you really relish a great driving experience, then you should rent a car in Athens, but get away from the city and from all the busy roads around it as soon as you can. Driving in Greece might conjure up a lot of negative preconceptions for many people, but the country still has had a lot of investment in new roads and motorways, and even quieter rural roads can still open up some fantastic opportunities to enjoy great views in challenging terrain.

 

You might want to start by looking at some of the routes you could take which will pass through the monasteries around Meteora, or you might also want to look at some of the driving roads around the Peloponnese. As far as engineering is concerned, then you will no doubt want to head to the Corinth Canal, which cuts a deep slice through the land connection into the Peloponnese, but your most impressive experience will be to drive across the Rio-Antirrio bridge near Patra.

 

I am mainly interested in architecture and urban/cultural attractions – should I still hire a car in Athens?

 

Probably not. You don’t really need to have a car in Athens if your main interest is in ancient Greece, as most of the classical sites are in areas which are easy to walk to, or reach using public transport. The major exception to this is Delphi, where you will need to take a specially chartered bus service (around 3 1/2 hours, 4 buses per day, from €10)  to get there from central Athens, but this certainly isn’t enough reason to get a car.

 

Many of the most iconic modern Greek picture postcard scenes are from island towns and villages, and generally speaking, wherever you might want to go on the Greek islands, you should be able to reach easy enough by using local buses from the ferry ports. If you want to visit the hugely impressive engineering feat of the Corinth Canal, then you can easily get there by suburban train.

 

Irrespective of this, in Greece, architecture and landscape usually go hand in hand, and this is especially the case with the Acropolis in Athens or with the monasteries of Meteora or the spectacular clifftop villages on the island of Santorini (see below).

 

I am mainly interested in landscapes rather than cities. Do I need a car in Athens?

 

 

A hire car is certainly going to be useful if you want to explore any of the landscapes which are off the well beaten tourist trails. However, you don’t strictly need to hire a car in Athens if you just want to visit some of the most well-known Greek landscapes.

 

In particular, if you are thinking about heading to Meteora, then you can easily manage this excursion by train, since there is an inland route which will take you from Athens to the terminus at Kalambaka.

 

Meteora – Car or no car?

 

  • By train, this journey will take between 4 and 5 hours. Most services are direct, but sometimes you will have to board and express train to Thessaloniki and then change at – put in station here. In total, there are usually around for weekday connections to Kalambaka.
  • The train fare will vary according to whether or not it is classed as an express service, with fares starting from around €12 one way.

 

 

James says - a travel note!

 

Meteora is the sort of destination where the best way to experience everything will be on foot, but there are also regular buses running between the monasteries, so you certainly won’t need a car here, but let’s just say that driving is a nice and easy lazy way. You will probably want to see the sun set, and if you can (as its even better), the sun rise as well.

 

I have to confess that I plan to visit Meteora and I spent a few days in Athens in May, but I decided to go to the Odontos Gorge railway instead. This location is impressive in its own right, but it’s much less celebrated, even amongst train fanatics. The main reason why I didn’t go to Meteora was a simple question of practicality – I’d already booked a ferry to Santorini and then a return flight home from there, and I simply didn’t want to rush a trip to Meteora that would only give me one night there.

 

Bearing in mind that accommodation around Meteora is significantly cheaper than it is right in the heart of Athens, I would suggest that however you want to get here, it would be better to spend at least two nights, and to really enjoy the changes of light at the start and end of each day that you would be able to see in that time, without having to worry about trying to rush for a train or a bus.

 

If you’ve got enough time to do Meteora properly, then coming in by train is going to be a much more relaxing option, especially as it’s a pretty scenic train ride in its own right, and you aren’t having to worry about the traffic if you are coming from central Athens.

 

However, if your timing is a little bit tight, then you will be much better off driving to Meteora, and then using your car to get between the monasteries. You’ll still have to do some walking, as many of these monasteries have very steep access paths. It’s also very easy to put Meteora as the highlight of a Greek road trip, and if you’re coming here from Athens (I suggest you go via Delphi), then it’s easy enough to move on towards Corfu or anywhere down the west coast as the next leg of your journey.

 

How many people would we need in the car before a rental becomes better value than using transit?

 

Four. We don’t really advise renting a car in Athens as a way of saving money over public transport fares, but instead it’s very much about having a transport option that is a lot more convenient than infrequent or unreliable bus and train services.

 

The cost of car rental in Greece tends to rise sharply during the summer season, but there aren’t quite as many bargains to be had during the off-peak season as you might find in other Mediterranean destinations such as Croatia or the Spanish costas. If you have the flexibility to choose when you come here, then consider that it’s probably still worth hiring a car from Athens outside the peak season. During the summer, most public transport fares will still stay the same, although you can expect to pay little bit more for ferries and for some long-distance trains.

 

By the time you add up all the costs of a hire car, together with road tolls and the expense of buying fuel in Greece, you are only really going to feel like you need a car in Athens if you are actually travelling together with 3 or 4 other people.

 

However, in convenience terms, renting a car can still make sense for just two people travelling together.

 

We are senior citizens, should we rent a car in Athens?

 

Actually, you probably still should! Whenever we consider the answers to any questions about needing or wanting to hire a car in any destination, we always remember that the only people who are actually asking this question are the people who are somewhere near the boundary between a “yes” and a “no”.

 

In other words, nobody who loves driving and is confident driving anywhere without really thinking about it would find this website, because they would never search in the first place. Equally, any driver who is really nervous about the idea of hiring a car in Greece would also never ask any question about this, because they would never consider it in the first place.

 

The key thing to consider about whether or not to hire a car in Athens is not so much whether or not you might feel uneasy about driving in Greece, but simply what it is like to drive around Athens when compared to the rest of the country, and in particular, when compared to Greek islands, which you might already be familiar with.

 

Since we are not talking about driving in the city of Athens, but we are talking about driving around the Greek mainland, then this can only be a doddle when compared to driving on the very narrow and heavily congested roads of the Greek islands!

 

However, Greek roads are still very unsafe by European standards. The main reason for hiring a car over using public transport would be that it would be easier to reach more rural locations in a rental car, and that driving will give you more reliability than having to depend on infrequent bus or train schedules.

 

Do I need a rental car if I am flying into Athens airport but staying in another destination outside Athens?

 

Probably.

 

If you are simply staying somewhere that is still in the Athens area, and you want to spend most of your time in the centre of Athens, then in that kind of situation you’ll be absolutely fine using public transport. However, remember that the rail network around Athens really is very poor. Development of the Metro system didn’t start until the city hosted the Olympic Games in 2004, and even this only brought two new lines, together with an upgrade of the existing port line to Piraeus.

 

Whichever way you look at it, the train network is simply atrocious if you compare what is available in Athens with any other European capital city of the same size. Thi is why it is hardly surprising that Athens suffered so much from congestion, and that’s why if you are mainly planning on staying in this region, you probably won’t need a car.

 

The moment you are looking at staying in any other city that you could easily access within a couple of hours travel time from Athens airport, then having a rental car is almost certainly going to be useful. Some of the larger destinations will have direct shuttle bus connections to Athens airport, but once you reach the place you are staying, you’ll probably still prefer to have a car for getting around.

 

If I’m planning on touring around, is this best done in a rental car?

 

Yes – if you are looking at any kind of touring loop from Athens, then this is almost certainly going to be better done in a car. If you are trying to get around Greece without a car, then it’s really not a huge amount of problem to jump between the most popular destinations using a combination of buses and trains on the mainland and then the ferries between the islands. However, travel between smaller towns is often a lot harder, and in many cases, you find yourself having to go back into Athens first and then back out again to the place you want to get to, in a route that is going to take a lot longer than the equivalent by car.

 

However, if you can string together a list of places which you reach using public transport, then you’ll probably find that’s a better value than using a rental car, and this especially the case during the summer, when rental prices skyrocket. Travelling around Greece using public transport doesn’t mean that you have to stick to popular tourist honey traps. There are plenty of places you’ll still be able to get to using local bus services, but the challenge will be about how you link together a sequence of destinations.

 

Should we try to visit Athens without a car because that’s better for the environment?

 

Athens is no notorious for having terrible problems both with traffic congestion and with bad air quality. This causes enormous problems in terms of public health, but it is also causing great damage to the very places which people are coming here to see in the first place. However, all of the questions here about whether you should or shouldn’t hire a car in Athens have been geared towards visiting places which are well outside the city itself.

 

Car travel is generally more energy intensive than using public transport, and cars can still cause a problem in towns and villages which often don’t have enough space to provide proper parking provision. However, once you are outside the main cities, travelling as a group in a modern efficient car may be comparable with travelling by bus, especially if that’s an older bus with very few people actually using it. Outside the Athens t Thessaloniki  express line and metro services  within Athens, all Greek train services will also be diesel powered.

 

Travelling by high-speed car ferry is particularly inefficient, because of the huge amount of energy needed to power the boat, especially as separate spaces needed for the empty vehicles and for the passenger decks.

 

Should I hire car in Athens to start a road trip?

 

Yes, absolutely, as long as you are aware of the general risks of driving in Greece, and the relatively high combined costs of tolls and petrol, then you really should consider hiring a car in Athens to start a road trip. Greece is so rich in terms of not just everything relating to antiquity, but also because of the modern cities and spectacular landscapes, that even with the prospect of high fuel costs, you’ll probably be able to see an enormous amount without actually having to drive that far. If your typical idea of a road trip is to stay somewhere new each night, then you might want to consider travelling around Greece but spending a couple of nights in each place and then just touring locally in between. Since accommodation is usually good value, you should be able to work out a trip that manages a good balance between the cost of driving and the cost of staying overnight.

 

Should I rent a car in Athens and return it somewhere else?

 

Maybe, but your options will generally be restricted to places which are in mainland Greece, rather than on outlying islands. This is because one-way rental costs are based on how much it might cost the car hire company to move the vehicle back to the place you rented it from. Normally, they don’t need to do this – let’s say you rent a car in Athens and then drop it off in Corfu, then there’s a good chance that somebody else could then rent that same car and drive it back to Athens. However, if that doesn’t happen, then that car might have to be moved by ferry, and that adds more cost and complications.

 

If you are considering a one-way rental, then always check that the amount quoted is the total amount you are going to pay. This is sometimes easier to confirm if you book direct with a major rental company, rather than through an agency. In some cases, it might be cheaper to drop the car off in a location which is still on the mainland, and then to continue where ever you want to go by ferry. For example, instead of a one-way rental from Athens to Corfu, rent a car in Athens and then drop it off in the port at Igoumenitsa, then you can simply continue to Corfu as a foot passenger.

 

In some cases, to get the best value, you should hire a car in Athens, drive it wherever you need to go, and then return it back to either the airport or a location in the city centre. You could then continue to your next destination by train, and then decide whether or not you want to rent another car when you arrive at that destination. For example, although we don’t particularly advise renting a car in Santorini, if you wanted to do this, then it would almost certainly be cheaper to hire a car in Athens, return it back to the airport and then fly to Santorini and hire a car there, rather than to hire a car in Athens and take it to Santorini on the ferry.

 

Should I rent an RV / camper / caravan in Athens, instead of a car?

 

Probably not. The main reason for this is that Greece has some of the highest fuel costs in Europe, and this would make touring with a motorhome very expensive on a per mile or per kilometre basis. However, the big advantage of a motorhome is that you can sleep quite a few people in it and save considerably on hotel costs. Since the cost of fuel is not subject to the same kind of seasonal variations that affect the cost of hotels, then renting a motorhome during the peak summer season might not be quite such a daft idea as it might initially sound!

 

Another consideration is that you can still see a great deal here without having to cover that much distance – see what we said about road trips above.

 

Summary

Conclusion – anyone simply thinking about taking a city break in Athens is very unlikely to even consider getting a hire car, but after a few days Athens can start to become quite overbearing on the novice visitor. So whether you get a hire car or not, there’s a good chance you’ll want to get out of the city, and unfortunately, public transport in Greece leaves a great deal to be desired. Should you rent a car in Athens, and then use it for a trip outside the city? This is really going to depend on where you are most interested in visiting from the long list of places mentioned above. Is it worth hiring a car in  Athens just to use within the city – no, never, that bit should be clear enough! But you really don’t have to get far out of the city for public transport to become worth it.

For a country with such a rugged coastline and so many ancient treasures, there’s a good chance you’ll be happy to take things at a slower pace anyway. Yet getting a hire car in Athens is still going to take away a lot of the hassles of planning and executing a holiday when you are dealing with so many different transport companies, all of which operate from their own separate hubs in their own different ways. Public transport integration in Athens is very poor – whether you are trying to change from bus to metro, to get to the Peloponnese by train, or simply if you are trying to find the right berth for your onward sea connection in Piraeus, nothing is particularly well connected.

Verdict

So even though a hire car in Athens remains strictly optional, if you are already considering getting one, then you will probably find it beneficial.

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Atlanta

Of the various cities reviewed and featured in Carornocar, Atlanta is one of the ones that leans most heavily towards getting a rental car, even despite having a token metro system.

There are two main reasons for this, and they are closely related – firstly, because Atlanta is such a major air hub, it makes a natural starting point for longer road trip type vacations rather than just a short city break, and secondly, perhaps more obviously, because public transport in the region is extremely poor.

Do you need to rent a car in Atlanta?

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  • Do I need a car in Atlanta? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Atlanta? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Atlanta? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

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Would you hire a car in Atlanta?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Atlanta, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
ABSOLUTELY!YESYES

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Atlanta. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

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Why should you rent a car in Atlanta?


Atlanta rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Atlanta.

How much will a week's car hire in Atlanta?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Atlanta. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Atlanta.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£179$233197 €
Peak£230$299253 €
Peak 4 door+£230$299253 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Atlanta, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Atlanta

  • Start a road trip – especially if you are flying in long haul from Europe or anywhere else that is further afield, it makes sense to pick up a rental car here and then use it to travel around Georgia and neighbouring southern states.
  • Car rental choice – Due to the wide range of flight connections, car rental choices from Atlanta airport are also very broad.
  • Public transport is very poor – even if you just want to travel to the relatively close by college town of Athens, find a connection down to steamy Savannah, or take a regular bus to go and watch the open at Augusta, options are few and far between.
  • Within Atlanta itself, even with the MARTA Metro, public transport is still poor – see below.
  • There is no commuter rail service in Georgia – other than the Metro, the only other train service is the daily “Crescent” Amtrak link running through Atlanta on its 30 hour trundle from New York to New Orleans.
  • For hiking in the Appalachians – unless you really are planning very long multi-day hike (the full Appalachian trail can take 3 months), if you simply want easy access to trailheads and then to be able to return to your car a few hours later, then it’s far easier to manage this with a rental car than it is to try and rely on minimal local bus or shuttle services.

Will your Atlanta hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Atlanta here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
31147965%HIGHHIGHHigh number of hotels with free parking and relatively low congestion.

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Why not? Atlanta without a car

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  • It’s fine for a very short city break – if you just plan to stay effectively within the city limits or within downtown Atlanta, then the metro (MARTA) is fine. With an easy direct connection to the airport, there are basically two trunk lines which criss-cross each other in the city centre at Five Points. These lines operate at a reasonable frequency throughout the day. The metro system is then supplemented by a network of buses which cover all the main bases, especially in terms of the Georgia Dome, convention centre, Coca-Cola experience, Underground Atlanta, downtown markets and Peachtree Road.
  • Sporting break – Atlanta makes an ideal destination for watching live sporting events and music. It makes little sense to try and drive and park at any of the large venues in the city. Instead, you can use the metro or local buses.
  • Martin Luther King Memorial – this is a relatively short walk from the metro (King Memorial). You can also walk here from the edge of the downtown area.
  • Green trails – the city of Atlanta has announced an ambitious plan to develop a belt of green corridors running around the city. Although this network is only in its infancy at the moment, if you are staying in a reasonably central location, then you should at least be able to find some local parks which are suitable for walking and jogging.

Verdict

Irrespective of how you might usually prefer to get around, Atlanta is a city that is well behind the curve in terms of providing reliable and workable alternatives to the private car.

Unless you really are just going to very small number of locations which happen to be on the Metro, a rental car in Atlanta is all but essential.

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Auckland

Should I rent a car in Auckland? Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and it’s the natural starting point for onward travel around both North and South island, regardless of how you are thinking about getting around. So what is our Auckland car hire advice – do you need to get a rental car here, or can you get around without one?

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First and foremost, it’s worth pointing out that the Auckland metropolitan region as a population of well over 1 million people, and that there is perfectly adequate public transport, including extensive commuter rail, for getting in and out of the city on a day-to-day basis. However, we don’t really think Auckland is a sort of city where tourists visit in order to spend all their time within the urban area, and in fact, the most spectacular places to visit in the greater Auckland area are all well outside the city.

There are also some amazing islands which are easily reached by ferry from Auckland, including Motutapu and Rangitoto Islands, which are linked to each other by a small bridge (no cars allowed). Nearby Waiheke Island, which includes the Whakanewha Regional Park, can be reached by car ferry, but there are also buses on the island.

North v South?

Another key point to consider is that although Auckland is the main international gateway to New Zealand, much of the  most impressive sightseeing is actually on South Island. Travelling south from Auckland by coach or by train is perfectly possible, but services are relatively infrequent, and a ferry journey is needed to cross between the islands (itself taking around 3-4 hours). To reach a destination like Queenstown, and then to carry on to the spectacular Milford Sound, it’s much easier to take an internal flight first – including the ferry it’s essentially a full day’s (24 hours) worth of driving. Queenstown is also the centre of Peter Jackson’s filming world.

See also out Dunedin car hire advice page for the southern part of South Island.

Why should you rent a car in Auckland?


Auckland rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Auckland.

How much will a week's car hire in Auckland?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Auckland. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Auckland.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£68$8875 €
Peak£110$143121 €
Peak 4 door+£68$8875 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Auckland, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Auckland

  • Natural starting point for a New Zealand road trip.
  • Largest choice of inbound flights + car hire options in New Zealand.
  • Amazing countryside near city, easy day excursions by car.

Will your Auckland hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Auckland here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
23046150%LOWAVERAGEAbout half of the hotels in Auckland will offer you free car parking – this is a very respectable level when compared with other similar sized global cities.

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Auckland without a car

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  • Numerous adventure activities available within and around the city – these usually include transport.
  • Offshore islands often easier to reach by ferry as a foot passenger.
  • May be better to use local public transport in Auckland – then looking at hiring a car to visit South Island.
  • Epic rail adventures also available heading down to Wellington and then onto South Island by ferry.

Auckland car hire summary

So, should Iyou really rent a car in Auckland? We suggest that there are still more than enough scenic locations which are well worth visiting, both in terms of impressive coastal scenery and lush inland national parks. A hire car is useful for these destinations, but still not essential. If you are basing yourself in Auckland for a few days and don’t particularly feel like getting a rental car, then there are still plenty of options for doing scenic bus tours or heading out by train or of course ferry.

Verdict – no.

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Avignon

Do I need to hire a car in Avignon?  Avignon might be famous for a bridge that is only half there, and as being the former papal seat. The historic city itself, as with many other European historic cities, is naturally very compact and walkable.

Do you need to rent a car in Avignon?

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Welcome to Carornocar, where we provide answers to questions about whether or not it's worth renting a car when on holiday / vacation in 300 destinations around the world.

These questions typically boil down to three key areas:

  • Do I need a car in Avignon? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Avignon? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Avignon? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Avignon?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Avignon, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
YESNOT SUREYES

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Avignon. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

For full details of how we review each city, please see our ratings guide.



In terms of travelling beyond Avignon, then it really depends on how you got here in the first place, and where else you would be most interested in seeing.

For starters, Avignon does have its own small International airport, but it’s generally only used by regional jets and turboprops, with larger aircraft tending to use the relatively nearby Marseille Provence International airport (MRS). Other alternative arrival points in the area include Nimes (FNI) to the west, and then to the south-east Toulon (TLN) and even the French Riviera city of Nice (NCE), which has inbound flights from most major cities in Europe.

The most popular way to reach Avignon from elsewhere in France is to use the city’s ultramodern TGV station, which is situated on the outskirts of Avignon. Avignon TGV also has direct rail services from London, and connections (especially via Paris or Lille) from numerous other cities in northern Europe,

Whether you arrive by plane or by train, easy bus or taxi transfers are available into the centre of Avignon itself.

Why should you rent a car in Avignon?


Avignon rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Avignon.

How much will a week's car hire in Avignon?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Avignon. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Avignon.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£166$216183 €
Peak£166$216183 €
Peak 4 door+No cars**N/AN/A

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Avignon, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Avignon

  • For continuing onwards, a hire car is likely to be much more useful. For example, if you wanted to visit the city of Marseille, you could do this perfectly easy by using the TGV, but you be much more likely to go direct to Marseille in the first place, since it has a much wider choice of flights.
  • Heading deep into Provence by public transport is all but a nonstarter – buses are few and far between, and you may well need to go down to Aix first. For a really scenic rail journey deep into Provence, it is much better to start your French holiday in Nice and take the slow train to Digne, although you can connect to Digne by bus from Avignon, and then head home via Nice, or consider a city tour loop back to Avignon that includes various coastal spots along the French Riviera.

Will your Avignon hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Avignon here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
6215241%HIGHAVERAGEExpect a few problems right in the centre of Avignon, and in very busy Provence villages, but generally parking is ok.

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Avignon without a car

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  • You do not need to hire a car in Avignon if you are just staying in and around the city itself.
  • You can also take a bus from Avignon to the world-famous Pont Du Gard, but services are generally slow and infrequent, so a hire car is much better.

Summary

So on balance, just because Avignon has a TGV station doesn’t mean this is a part of the world where trains are going to be all that useful for getting around. Any of the more local services use a separate station closer to the city centre, but the two locations are only linked by bus, not by interconnecting trains.

So, do I need to hire a car in Avignon?  For all of these reasons, our Avignon car hire advice is that this is very much a place where a hire car is going to be extremely useful, and where getting around without one is going to require a lot of planning and organisation, unless you really do just want to stick to the city itself, in which case a car will just be a hindrance.

Verdict – yes.

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Have you driven in Avignon?

This advice is based on a combination of visiting Avignon and additional online research. If you have your own Avignon car hire tips, or have suggestions on whether or not you need a car in Avignon, please share them below. Avignon was last visited by Carornocar in 2008

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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 well known. So are there any Bagan car hire options which are worth considering?

Do you need to rent a car in Bagan?

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  • Do I need a car in Bagan? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Bagan? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Bagan? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Bagan?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Bagan, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
NO WAY!IS IT PRICEY?Is it safe?

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Bagan. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

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Bagan is around a 3 hour drive to the west of Mandalay, but the city also has its own small regional airport, so many visitors will arrive by air.

Why should you rent a car in Bagan?


Bagan rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Bagan.

How much will a week's car hire in Bagan?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Bagan. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Bagan.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peakNo quotes*N/AN/A
PeakN/AN/AN/A
Peak 4 door+N/AN/AN/A

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Bagan, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Bagan

  • Few reasons to rent a car here. Very limited Bagan car hire options, no major rental firms have offices in Bagan.

Will your Bagan hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Bagan here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
486376%MEDIUMVERY HIGHFree parking is widely available in hotels, but we still do not advise renting a car here.

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Bagan without a car

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  • All the major sites are a short walk from each other.
  • The best way to see Bagan is from above – hot air balloon tours are widely available.
  • Other local tours can be arranged by private minibus, so there is little reason to hire a car here.

Verdict – no

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Do you need a car in Bagan?
No way!

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 its astonishingly high accident rate, and naturally this puts off many visitors from wanting to drive at all.

Do you need to rent a car in Bahrain?

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Welcome to Carornocar, where we provide answers to questions about whether or not it's worth renting a car when on holiday / vacation in 300 destinations around the world.

These questions typically boil down to three key areas:

  • Do I need a car in Bahrain? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Bahrain? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Bahrain? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Bahrain?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Bahrain, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
Can I rent a car there?MAYBENO

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Bahrain. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

For full details of how we review each city, please see our ratings guide.



Why should you rent a car in Bahrain?


Bahrain rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Bahrain.

How much will a week's car hire in Bahrain?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Bahrain. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Bahrain.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£93$121102 €
Peak£93$121102 €
Peak 4 door+No cars**N/AN/A

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Bahrain, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Bahrain

  • Generally, we don’t advise any particularly strong reasons for wanting to hire a car in Bahrain.

Will your Bahrain hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Bahrain here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
11914682%N/AVERY HIGHMost hotels will offer free parking, but it's still a compact city, so not much point in hiring a car.

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Bahrain without a car

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In some other Gulf cities, it’s easier just to bite the bullet and get a rental car anyway, because trusting your faith in local taxi drivers might not be that much better either. However, in Manama we really don’t think there’s any need to get a hire car at all, because tiny Bahrain is also one most densely populated countries on the planet, and there really are very few places to drive to, unless you want to venture across the King Faisal Causeway into neighbouring Saudi Arabia, which is another matter altogether (and not easily done without going through a long visa process)!

For transfers to and from the main hotels in Manama, local buses and taxis are more than sufficient, and the same applies to travelling within the city.

Therefore our Manama/Bahrain car advice is a strong no.

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Do you need a car in Bahrain?
No way!

Have you driven in Bahrain?

We have not yet had the privilege of visiting Bahrain, so this advice is based on online research, including looking at road maps, transit systems, street views, forums, Bahrain car hire costs and so on. If you have your own Bahrain car hire tips, or have suggestions on whether or not you need a car in Bahrain, please share them below.

Bali – Denpasar

Do you need a car in Bali?

Do you need to rent a car in Bali?

Why? Why not? Ratings Notes Comments

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Welcome to Carornocar, where we provide answers to questions about whether or not it's worth renting a car when on holiday / vacation in 300 destinations around the world.

These questions typically boil down to three key areas:

  • Do I need a car in Bali? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Bali? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Bali? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Bali?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Bali, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
NOT SUREMAYBEIs it safe?

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Bali. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

For full details of how we review each city, please see our ratings guide.



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 certainly no shortage of absolutely stunning luxury resorts in Bali which offer the full pampering service, with no expense spared!

However, if you are looking for a car in the first place, then the purpose of this advice is to consider whether or not a hire car is the best way to get around, not to say you should just go back to your resort and do nothing!

Yet it’s also worth saying that Denpasar itself has become increasingly commercialised, and that the romantic charm is completely lost amongst the tacky shopping malls and congested 6 lane highways that people think they are coming to Bali to get away from. But there is also no substantial form of organised public transport in Bali, outside urban buses in Denpasar, and a small number of scheduled buses shuttling between the other major cities on the island.

You might well be able to take an organised tour around some of the more impressive temple sites, but the ultimate question is – is this really the best way to see the island?

On balance, a hire car here might be quite a good idea.

Why should you rent a car in Bali?


Bali rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Bali.

How much will a week's car hire in Bali?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Bali. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Bali.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£251$326276 €
Peak£262$341288 €
Peak 4 door+£251$326276 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Bali, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Bali

  • Explore the island in full, at your own pace.
  • A hire car is very useful to get well outside the city of Denpasar.
  • Denpasar is very commercialised, but public transport is still relatively poor.

Will your Bali hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Bali here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
2637349276%MEDIUMVERY HIGHParking in Denpasar is like parking in any other mid-size Asian city, but many hotels will provide it for free.

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Bali without a car

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  • Many places can still be reached using local buses.
  • Denpasar is congested and strangled by 6 lane highways – driving is not particularly pleasant until you get well beyond the city.
  • To reach really “unspoilt” places, you may prefer to keep them that way and stay on foot!

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Do you need a car in Bali ?
No, but it helps

Baltimore

Do I need a car in Baltimore? Note that this Baltimore car hire advice is aimed primarily at visitors arriving at Baltimore-Washington airport (BWI). It also may be useful for visitors arriving into downtown Baltimore by train. For visitors arriving into BWI, but planning primarily to visit Washington DC, please see our Washington DC car hire advice page.

Do you need to rent a car in Baltimore?

Why? Why not? Ratings Notes Comments

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Welcome to Carornocar, where we provide answers to questions about whether or not it's worth renting a car when on holiday / vacation in 300 destinations around the world.

These questions typically boil down to three key areas:

  • Do I need a car in Baltimore? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Baltimore? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Baltimore? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Baltimore?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Baltimore, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
YESMAYBEYES

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Baltimore. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

For full details of how we review each city, please see our ratings guide.



The city of Baltimore has undergone a substantial urban renaissance in recent years. Many attractive new developments have been built in the harbour front area and also in the adjacent downtown. This part of Baltimore is all inherently walkable. Many local bus services are available. Baltimore also has a reasonable light rail system. This also which extends out as far as BWI airport.

Visitors wanting to combine a visit to Baltimore with a visit to Wasington DC can also travel easily between the two cities by train. This can be courtesy of either the express Amtrak service or the more regional MARC commuter trains. This section of the line also has a station near BWI airport with a corresponding shuttle bus link. Visitors to Baltimore can also easily continue what the Northeast corridor route to make day trips to Philadelphia or New York City.

Altogether, getting a hire car in Baltimore is certainly something that’s far from necessary. This is especially so if your plan is to incorporate Baltimore as part of a wider itinerary along America’s north-eastern seaboard.

This is a combination of cities that is particularly popular with visitors from Europe.

Multi-city Itineraries

For the first time visitor from Europe to America’s Atlantic coast, then an open jaw routing that involves arriving in New York and then departing from Washington DC or vice versa is a natural choice.  Baltimore is sometimes overlooked on this sort of itinerary, which can be a great shame.

Gettysburg car rental suggestions

Is it worth using Baltimore car hire to get to Gettysburg?

When it comes to US history, the American Civil War site of Gettysburg, where Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address, is surely as essential a part of any visit to this part of the country as any of the locations within Washington DC itself?

The closest sizeable city to Gettysburg is the Pennsylvanian state capital Harrisburg. However, Baltimore is the closest major international gateway. It makes sense to pick up a rental car in Baltimore to go and visit Gettysburg. Gettysburg is also particularly difficult to get to by any sort of scheduled bus services. Even from Washington DC, packaged coach tours are few and far between.

Additionally, getting a rental car in Baltimore might also be useful for exploring some of the other scenic areas which lie to the west. These include the Shenandoah National Park. Many of these areas can also be visited from Washington. Further advice is provided on that page as well.

 

Why should you rent a car in Baltimore?


Baltimore rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Baltimore.

How much will a week's car hire in Baltimore?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Baltimore. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Baltimore.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£155$202171 €
Peak£222$289244 €
Peak 4 door+£222$289244 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Baltimore, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Baltimore

  • Take a driving tour to Gettysburg.
  • In Baltimore, car hire still makes a great deal of sense, as the city is still dominated by large freeways. This atill makes driving the default option.
  • A hire car is useful for heading to most places to the south of Baltimore and beyond Washington DC. Please see Washington page for more details.
  • A Baltimore rental car is useful for the Delmarva Peninsula.

Will your Baltimore hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Baltimore here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
13821863%HIGHHIGHHigh number of hotels with free parking and relatively low congestion.

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Baltimore without a car

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  • Public transit in Baltimore is of a reasonable standard, including heavy rail (MARC commuter) and light rail options.
  • Baltimore makes an easy base for reaching Washington DC or Philadelphia by rail.
  • Baltimore car hire options would be poor value for a smaller group, especially if just staying relatively locally.

So, do you need a car in Baltimore? On balance, we wouldn’t expect anyone to be considering hiring a car in Baltimore if they were only planning on staying within the city limits. For getting outside the city, a rental car is almost certainly going to be useful.

Verdict – yes

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Do you need a car in Baltimore?
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This advice is based on a combination of visiting Baltimore and additional online research. If you have your own Baltimore car hire tips, or have suggestions on whether or not you need a car in Baltimore, please share them below. Baltimore was last visited by Carornocar in 2000

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Bangkok

Is it worth renting a car in Bangkok?

James says - a travel note!

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 explore jungles and coastlines beyond the city make the question of whether or not it’s worth renting a car in Bangkok a good one to consider.

Since the cost of both fuel and car hire costs are determined primarily by nternational factors, there’s certainly no reason to rent a car in Bangkok if you are mainly looking at the cost of travel. Even if you are a group of friends who can fill a car, it will almost certainly still be cheaper to get out of the city by bus, and also to explore any islands as a foot ferry passenger.

Needless to say, Bangkok has a terrible reputation for both traffic and pollution, but any advice on renting a car in Bangkok is going to be much more about driving out of the city, than staying within it. However, if you are planning on renting a car at the airport and then maybe staying a couple of nights in the city before driving elsehwere, then it might be useful to know that around 60% of hotels in Bangkok will offer free parking. This is always going to be mopre likely in suburban hotels than it will be in the centre

Do you need to rent a car in Bangkok?

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Welcome to Carornocar, where we provide answers to questions about whether or not it's worth renting a car when on holiday / vacation in 300 destinations around the world.

These questions typically boil down to three key areas:

  • Do I need a car in Bangkok? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Bangkok? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Bangkok? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Bangkok?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Bangkok, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
NONOT SURENO

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Bangkok. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

For full details of how we review each city, please see our ratings guide.



Bangkok car hire advice – would you even consider getting a rental car in the Thai capital?

 

Our Bangkok car hire guide will start by stating the obvious – Bangkok is a huge congested metropolis which has also recently invested heavily in rail-based mass transport, yet all of the most popular attractions are a relatively short distance from each other.

To give an idea of its size, it’s worth noting that Bangkok also holds the distinction of being the world’s most populous city when considered as a multiple of the next largest city in that country (in this case, Chang Mai), yet most of this size is based on endless development beyond the central core where the main tourist sites are located.

Why should you rent a car in Bangkok?


Bangkok rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Bangkok.

How much will a week's car hire in Bangkok?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Bangkok. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Bangkok.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£93$121102 €
Peak£95$124105 €
Peak 4 door+£109$142120 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Bangkok, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Bangkok

Anyone planning a visit to Thailand which starts with a long haul flight into Bangkok is almost certainly going to be looking at where else to visit outside the capital. This then begs the obvious question – even if you might well want to avoid driving in Bangkok like the plague, is it worth getting a rental car and then driving down to some of the more famous coastal resorts such as Krabi, Phuket or Koh Samui.  All of these destinations are essentially a good day’s driving from Bangkok, so you might prefer just to take a bus and let someone else do the driving. Alternatively, they are both just a short flight away from Bangkok. Please see our Phuket and Koh Samui car advice pages the further suggestions about whether or not it’s worth driving in these destinations when you get there.


Will your Bangkok hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Bangkok here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
1370238258%MEDIUMHIGHIt's fairly standard for hotels in Thailand to offer free parking, but always check exactly where, and on what terms.

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Bangkok without a car

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Another popular excursion from Bangkok is to visit the Burma railway and to see the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi. Naturally, this is an excursion that is most appropriate to do by train, but in reality, many people do by tour bus. Yet there is still little point in hiring a car to go in this direction, as the main points of interest are all easily reached on foot.

If you’ve only got a few days in Bangkok and just want to take a short coastal break away from the city, then the best place to do this Pattaya, which can easily be reached by bus or train.

Getting a hire car in Bangkok might make sense if you want to start exploring further inland, and especially if you want to visit some of the national parks heading towards Chiang Mai. However, on balance, Bangkok is the sort of place where the great majority of visitors will be better off without one.

Car Rental Basic Costs

How renting a car in Bangkok compares with other top 10 global car hire destinations

Is it worth renting a car in Bangkok? Verdict – no

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Do you need a car in Bangkok?
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We have not yet had the privilege of visiting Bangkok, so this advice is based on online research, including looking at road maps, transit systems, street views, forums, Bangkok car hire costs and so on. If you have your own Bangkok car hire tips, or have suggestions on whether or not you need a car in Bangkok, please share them below.

Barbados

Do I need to rent a car in Barbados?  Many people compare Barbados with Antigua, but whereas I would recommend getting a hire car in the latter, I don’t think it is such a good idea in Barbados. Why not?

Do you need to rent a car in Barbados?

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Welcome to Carornocar, where we provide answers to questions about whether or not it's worth renting a car when on holiday / vacation in 300 destinations around the world.

These questions typically boil down to three key areas:

  • Do I need a car in Barbados? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Barbados? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Barbados? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Barbados?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Barbados, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
NOT SURENOT SURENO

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Barbados. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

For full details of how we review each city, please see our ratings guide.



Why should you rent a car in Barbados?


Barbados rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Barbados.

How much will a week's car hire in Barbados?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Barbados. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Barbados.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£236$307260 €
Peak£238$309262 €
Peak 4 door+£288$374317 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Barbados, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Barbados

  • “Cheap” local driving licence  — unlike destinations such as Antigua, St Lucia or St Kitts, you don’t need to worry about getting an expensive local driving licence before you can hire a car. On the other islands, this can set you back upto US$50. On Barbados, you still need a local licence, but it will only cost you US$5 for two months.
  • Explore the island at your own pace — as we would say with a destination, a hire car will give you flexibility that other options cannot.
  • Beaches — there are plenty of excellent beaches near all of the popular resort hotels, but some beaches are even more spectacular than others. You may also want to do a particular activity that is much better one beach than another. For example, Crane Beach has a reputation as one of the Caribbean’s best surfing beaches. If you are going to be travelling to and from a beach like this each day, then you might well be better off with a hire car.
  • Scenery — we need not make the obvious point that Barbados is a beautiful island to explore, but if you just stick to the main resorts and packaged attractions listed below, then you will not get to experience the island at its best. The St Andrews District, Bathsheba Rock, the Botanical Gardens, and Crane Beach are all top personal recommendations, and I would recommend at least two days to appreciate them completely, although you can certainly do a mini island tour in one day.
  • Reasonable roads — if you have tried hiring a car in St Lucia, then you will find that the quality of roads in Barbados is vastly superior, and even though the island still has plenty of rugged terrain, it is relatively easy to drive around, although pot holes can still be a problem on the more rural roads.
  • Barbados car hire options include hiring directly from Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI), together with many Barbados car hire facilities being available in all the major resort areas.

Will your Barbados hotel have free parking?

We've compared hotel listings from 300 cities to see which places tend to have the most hotels with free parking. We've compared Barbados here with the average, the highest and the lowest ratings.

FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
19725677%N/AVERY HIGHMost hotels will offer free parking, and it is usually easy to park elsewhere on the island, other than right in the centre of Bridgetown.

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Barbados without a car

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  • Cost — in our car hire comparison list, the price of a week’s car hire in Barbados was around five times more than the equivalent hire car in Malaga. Although some of the other Caribbean islands were even more expensive, they don’t have the same level of alternative options that Barbados has, so getting a hire car here is extremely poor value.
  • Proximity — unlike some other Caribbean islands, most of the main resorts and attractions are relatively well connected to each other, as they span a short stretch between the airport and the capital Bridgetown. This includes the famous St Lawrence Gap resort area. You can easily travel between these places by bus, taxi or the local “maxitaxi” hybrid — having a car is just not necessary. Even outside these more popular areas, the whole island is only 21 miles long and 14miles across at its widest, and there are only so many roads you can fit into such a small area!
  • Just for one day  – You might well just want to rent a car for the day to explore the island, and this can easily be done locally. However, you might well get much better value by booking even short-term car hire in advance. Either way, we still don’t think it is worth getting a hire car for your whole stay in Barbados, unless you are staying in a villa, or doing an activity which makes you dependent on a car.
  • Rum — we don’t want to state the obvious, but Barbados is one of those destinations that has a strong association with having a good time, and drinks are extremely cheap, especially when compare to the other Caribbean islands! Many of the most popular attractions, including boat tours, rum tours and the legendary Harbour lights experience, also include unlimited free drinks. This simply does not mix with driving, especially not if you’re picking up a car after drinking the night before. This is a stupid idea at home, and it is even more stupid on holiday! If you are going to get a hire car in Barbados, then either severely limit your drinking the night before, or have a designated driver who does not drink at all.
  • Tours — plenty of options are available for going on organised tours of the island. This sort of excursion might not be to everyone’s taste, but you will certainly see most of the island, and the tour guides are usually highly entertaining. Some people go for a tour on one day and then hire a car for another day after being given an introduction for the island.
  • Oistins — one of the most popular excursions is a Friday evening fish market at Oistins. This is easily accessible without needing a car, as it is situated between the airport and St Lawrence Gap.
  • Offshore excursions — even if you don’t want to go on one of the “booze cruises”, there are still numerous options for going on boat trips and also for going diving, and in most of these cases, transport will be provided to and from your hotel.

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Is it worth renting a car in Barbados just for part of my stay?

Absolutely, it might make a lot of sense to hire a car for the day, but it makes little sense to have one for all the time you are here. Car-rental on on the island is expensive, and you really don’t need a car in Barbados just for getting around, since it’s much easier to go by taxi/minibus.

Even though you will have to pay (US) $5 for the local licence regardless, this is a small part of the total rental cost.

You’ll also find that it’s easy enough to find taxi drivers who are very willing to show you around the island and to offer you a 1/2 or full day tour, yet you also might prefer to have at least one day where you are exploring on your own terms.

We recommend doing this later on, and possibly after you’ve done other things on the island where you have been taken around by a local driver, and you have well and truly got your bearings sorted. You’ll also have a much better idea of what the local roads and driving conditions are like.

 

 

 

Is it worth renting a car in Barbados even for backpackers, students and other travellers who are on an extremely tight budget?

Almost certainly not – the Caribbean is largely off-limits to budget travellers, not just because there are very few backpacker type hostels, but also simply because it’s very difficult to travel around the region without paying a fortune in airfares.

Since we already think it’s not really worth hiring a car in Barbados anyway, there is little reason why it would make sense for a budget traveller, unless there really are one or two particular places you want to get to, and for some reason you either don’t want to go there by taxi, or you don’t want the hassle of having to arrange a driver to come back and pick you up later.

Just because there is no rail system of any kind on Barbados, there are plenty of options for getting around by bus and shared taxi, so there’s really little need for a car if you are on a budget.

You could also rent a bicycle for the day, and this is usually easy enough to do from within any resort.

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Do I need a car in Barbados if I am planning on staying downtown?

No. Most visitors to Barbados will stay in resort areas such as St Lawrence Gap, or in self-contained hotels, rather than in the capital Bridgetown, but there are still a number of hotels here.

The only real difference at staying in Bridgetown would make is that this is where the main bus station is, and most buses running around the island will start and finish their journeys in Bridgetown.

It’s also perfectly easy to hire a car here, especially since this is where the cruise terminal is.

Bus Terminals

Standard buses

  • Princess Alice Bus Terminal, to the west of the city centre, serves destinatons in the norther part of Barbados.
  • Fairchild Street Bus Terminal, on the eastern edge of the city centre, serves all points to the east and south.

Minibus terminals

  • River Terminal – for Christ Church and parts of St Michael.
  • Cheapside Terminal – for Saint James and parts of Saint Michael and Saint Thomas.

 

 

I usually try to avoid driving if I can – so should I hire a car in Barbados?

No, if you generally dislike driving, there’s no need to hire a car in Barbados, since you can simply get around using taxi and minibus services. Even if you are more used to rail and more formal bus services, you’ll still find it easy enough to get around Barbados without a car.

I am a train enthusiast – do I still need to hire a car in Barbados?

No, but there’s nothing of interest for the rail enthusiast anywhere in Barbados or in any of the nearby Caribbean islands.

I like driving if I can – so should I hire a car in Barbados?

Yes, if you usually like driving and you want to enjoy the experience of seeing the island, then of course you absolutely should hire a car in Barbados. However, this still doesn’t mean that it’s worth hiring a car for all the time you are here, since you might well find that this is an unnecessary expense.

We still wouldn’t rate Barbados as being a particular amazing place to simply enjoy driving for the sake of it – the roads are generally quite narrow, but there aren’t any particularly spectacular feats of engineering as such. Instead, you simply might want to have a car to drive to some of the coastal landscapes, which are truly stunning, but which you really will want to appreciate by getting out of the car anyway, so it won’t make that much difference how you actually got there.

Generally, there are very few restrictions on parking in Barbados, but it can still be a problem in the centre of Bridgetown. Your hotel will probably provide free parking, but they might not necessarily advertise it.

I am mainly interested in architecture and urban/cultural attractions – should I still hire a car in Barbados?

There are few buildings of particular architectural note in Barbados, and it’s easy enough to get to any points of interest using local buses and taxis anyway.

Concorde Museum

The one “structure” you’ll probably still want to visit is the retired Concorde which will find at the airport. Needless to say, it’s easy enough to get to the airport by local bus or taxi, especially as the main island road goes right past the terminal anyway.

For many people, this is a good thing to do before catching their flight home, but if you want to make an excursion to visit, just bear in mind that the airport is the one place where you will have to pay for parking. At BD$2 per hour, this is still not going to break the bank!

I am mainly interested in landscapes rather than cities. Do I need a car in Barbados?

Yes, having a hire car could be quite useful because it will allow you to appreciate some of the interior of the island as well as some of the truly amazing beaches that it has to offer. It’s also worth having a car so that you can call in on the Andromeda Botanical Gardens. Since nowhere on the island is actually that far from anywhere else, you can still see a lot of these places by using local buses and taxis. The gardens are on the edge of Bathsheba, which can be reached by hourly scheduled buses from Bridgetown.

How many people would we need in the car before a rental becomes better value than using transit?

You don’t really need any set number of people to make it worth hiring a car in Barbados, because your main option for comparison is going to be either getting around the island by bus / maxitaxi (always cheap anyway), or by negotiating with a driver to take you around the island for the day, in which case you are likely to be paying the same amount, whether you are travelling solo or with a large family.

In fact, if anything, you should hire a car in Barbados if there are just two of you travelling together, because that way you will be able to make the most from an economy or a compact car, if you can find one available. If you are part of a larger group, then going by taxi might actually work out as better value, because they can accommodate more people, and because having to either rent two separate cars or rent a large people mover is going to end up costing you a great deal more.

You also might find that you can see a great deal of the island if you just hire a bicycle instead, and even if a group of you were to hire a bicycle each, this is still going to work out cheaper than renting a car.

 

 

We are senior citizens, should we rent a car in Barbados?

Possibly, but this is going to depend entirely on your own preferences. Some people always prefer to trust local taxis and minibus drivers, whereas other people prefer to drive themselves.

Road safety standards in Barbados are reasonable by Caribbean standards, and high by global standards, although you are still around twice as likely to have an accident here as you are in Canada.

Maxi-taxi (ZR) minibus drivers are private owner-operators, who will have a natural tendency to over-fill their vans, and also to compete with each other to get ahead and pick up more passengers.

Generally, Barbados isn’t the sort of country where you are going to be driving around and using roadside facilities – the island is simply too small for any kind of service station as such, other than small local petrol stations. There are no motorways (freeways) in Barbados.

The safest and most accessible way to travel around Barbados would be to use a regular scheduled bus. These are operated by professional drivers and modern buses often have low floor access.

 

 

Is it worth hiring a car if I am transferring through Barbados and I have time to spare?

If you happen to be passing through Barbados in transit, and you have a full day between your flights, then it might well be worth hiring a car from Barbados airport and spending your time travelling around the island. However, you could just as easily jump in a taxi and transfer to any of the fantastic local beaches which are within a short driving distance from the airport.

Is it worth hiring a car in Barbados if I am here for the day as a cruise passenger?

Possibly, but you could just as easily negotiate with a taxi driver to take you around the island.

Furthermore, if you can make your way past all the different drivers offering their services, then you could also pop in to one of the local bus stations in Bridgetown (see above for details). This way you might actually have a much more authentic experience of the island, doing something that very few tourists do, and travelling around like the locals.

If I’m planning on touring around, is this best done in a rental car?

Barbados is much too small for any kind of touring, since you can very easily drive around the whole island in a day with plenty of time for intermediate stops.

There’s also no way to do any kind of multi-island “road trip” from Barbados, since there just aren’t any kind of car ferry services operating in this region. If you want to see the island in detail, your best bet is simply to go hiking, and there are many excellent paths doing this, especially around the coast. However, you don’t need any kind of car just to get to the start or finish of any walking trails, as you can just as easily do this by bus/taxi.

https://www.wikiloc.com/trails/hiking/barbados

Touring the Caribbean by air

The only way you could really consider any kind of onward touring from Barbados would be if you look at some of the short hop interisland air services, for example to get to a nearby island like Saint Lucia. However, this is going to add substantially to the cost of any trip to Barbados, especially as many visitors here come on packages which will include a flight and hotel.

Interisland flights in the Caribbean don’t tend to operate at very high frequencies, so you it’s tricky (but not impossible) to just pop over to another island for the day, rent a car to drive around it and then pop back later in the same day.

Either way, local flights tend to be operated using small turboprop aircraft, with hefty departure taxes added on top, so it’s very expensive to go even a short distance.

Should we try to visit Barbados without a car because that’s better for the environment?

Tourism on Barbados does create a number of problems, and this includes those which are related to traffic. However, road traffic is nothing like the kind of problem that it is in many other places, and in the absence of any kind of rail network, you will still need some kind of motorised transport.

If you are going to hire a car, then you can significantly reduce your impact by travelling in a small group, so you fill the car. If you feel that you don’t need a car in Barbados for the rest of the time that you are here, then you can certainly reduce your impact by taking buses and maxi-taxis rather than your own individual taxis.

You could also hire a bicycle and see the island that way instead of hiring a car.

Should I rent a car in Barbados and return it somewhere else?

This isn’t really likely to be something worth considering in Barbados, unless you wanted to simply hire a car at the airport, drive around the island for a day, and then drop the car off in a resort location once you are finished (or vice versa).

In reality, this probably is going to be unnecessary, since most of the car-rental companies in Barbados are based between the capital Bridgetown and the airport. If they don’t offer any kind of pickup/drop-off service, then you would simply need to arrange your own transport to and from the rental office, something that’s easy enough to do anyway.

 

You can’t hire a car in Barbados and then drop it off in any other island, simply because there aren’t any car ferries which would enable you to do this, and even if there were, then it would be rare that any car hire company would allow you to drop off their cars in another country.

Do I need to rent a car in Barbados? Barbados is certainly one of those places where the whole appeal lies in relaxing and taking it easy. There is more than enough to do in Barbados without a car, and there is little point in having one for your whole stay if you are in one of the main resort areas. However, renting a car to tour the island for the day is well worth looking into, and it is worth looking at car hire booking options for arranging this ahead of time to get the best rates..

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Barcelona

Do you need to hire a car in Barcelona, or do you even think of it as Car-celona? Even if many people will suggest that there is anything but a need to get a car here, there are a few situations in which a rental car in Barcelona could still prove useful:

Do you need to rent a car in Barcelona?

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  • Is it worth renting a car in Barcelona? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Barcelona? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

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Would you hire a car in Barcelona?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Barcelona, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
NONO WAY!NOT SURE

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Why should you rent a car in Barcelona?


Barcelona rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Barcelona.

How much will a week's car hire in Barcelona?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Barcelona. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Barcelona.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£84$10992 €
Peak£89$11698 €
Peak 4 door+£105$137116 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Barcelona, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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  • Green Catalonia — once you get beyond the dismal Barcelona suburbs, you are out into the verdant landscape of Catalonia, and as with anywhere, the car will give you much more freedom to explore.
  • Skiing — Barcelona is a major gateway to the Pyrenees. However, resort transfers can be split between the three Barcelona area airports, and also Perpignan and Toulouse in France, massively watering down their frequency. A hire car will give you a bit more flexibility, but it certainly isn’t an absolute need.
  • Andorra — the tiny principality of Andorra isn’t just a cheap ski resort or a duty-free haven, the scenery is superb in summer too, but the transport links are not. A hire car will give you the flexibility to drive around Andorra, choosing a different route in and out. Make sure you fill your petrol tanks there too!
  • Full Dali experience — to get the most out of a visit to Dali’s homeland (the Dali triangle), you can also visit the fishing port of Cadaques and the castle at Pubol. This is much, much easier to do with a car.
  • Beaches — although there are excellent beaches in the city of Barcelona itself, a car will give you much more access to beaches on both the Costa Daurada (west) and the Costa Brava (east).

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6514614%VERY LOWVERY LOWIt's almost impossible to find a decent hotel with free parking in Spain's major cities. Either pay for a parking garage or stay way out of town and use the (excellent) public transport.

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Why not? Barcelona without a car

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Barcelona without a car – within the city

  • Barcelona has it all — the city of Barcelona really is Europe’s great all-rounder, with something for everyone, whether your interest lies in food, football, music, art, architecture, or all of the above. There is just so much to see within the limits of the city that many visitors don’t even think about getting out beyond – whether in a hire car or not!
  • Spend as long as you want: There is simply so much to see and do, that you can spend several days, or even a week here, without wanting to leave town — a boast a few other European cities can make.
  • Excellent public transport — Barcelona has one of Spain‘s best metro systems, rivalled only by the capital Madrid. This is supplemented by trams, frequent bus services on the main arterial routes, and a good network of suburban train services. All that is missing is a good central train station — Barcelona Sants, from where AVE trains depart from Madrid, is dingy — a Spanish version of Birmingham New Street!
  • Cable cars and funiculars — Barcelona has a variety of cable cars and funicular railways which supplement exploration on foot, especially if you want to hitch a ride to the top and walk down.
  • Barcelona’s answer to Cape Town – Montserrat: An excellent day (repeat – make a full day of it) excursion to make from Barcelona is the monastery community of Montserrat. This is easily done by train, combined with a cable car to the top and funicular railways around the site / back down again – so there is little point in driving there.
  • City of Beaches — in Barcelona, you are never far from the beach, and there are several metro stops which will take you straight there.
  • Architecture — virtually everywhere you look within the city of Barcelona itself (this doesn’t apply to the dreadful suburbs), you will see stunning architecture, especially in the Eixample district, best known for its Gaudi houses. Barcelona also has plenty of examples of modern architecture including prominent buildings by leading architects such as Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Santiago Calatrava and Frank Gehry. Just don’t get as absorbed in it as Gaudi did, or you will end up being hit by a tram!

Barcelona without a car – beyond the city

  • Two city tour — a trip to Barcelona can easily be combined with a visit to one of Spain’s other great cities, especially Madrid or Valencia, which can both be reached by train in under three hours. It should be reasonably easy to book an outward flight to Barcelona and a return through Madrid or Valencia from many parts of Europe. However, there is more than enough in and around Barcelona without needing to venture to other places.
  • Figueras — Salvador Dali’s hometown of Figueras can easily be visited by train from Barcelona, and the city of Girona can also be included on the same trip.The other two sites as part of the ‘Dali triangle’ are not as impressive as the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueras, but can still be reached by bus with a bit of planning.
  • Nuria Valley — the railway line to Nuria is recognised as one of the most scenic in Spain, and it is certainly an easy way to explore the great scenery outside Barcelona itself without needing to bother with a hire car.

Barcelona without a car – practicalities

  • Parking costs — if you bring a rental car into the city of Barcelona itself, you’re likely to get hit with hefty parking charges (upto €30 per night), whether at your hotel, or in public car parks. Hotels on the edge of the city may have free parking, but they won’t provide such easy access to the city centre. On-street parking is expensive and puts you at a higher risk of car crime.
  • Easy airport rail link — trains are available directly from Barcelona airport into a number of different stations in the centre of Barcelona. If these are not within easy walking distance of your hotel, you can transfer by metro to a stop that is – or take the bus.
  • Car hire cost – if you are used to cheap car hire in places like Malaga, expect to pay a little more in Barcelona. Expect to pay more to pick up a hire car in Barcelona city centre, or to pick up a hire car at Barcelona airport and return it in the city or vice-versa.However, Barcelona is only expensive by Spanish costa standards, not compared to most places in Europe.

James says - a travel note!

Barcelona was one of the original reasons for setting up Carornocar.com, when I heard from a friend who had picked up a hire car at Barcelona airport, driven it to the hotel, kept it in the garage for a week, and then driven it back to the airport.

Now this isn’t just a waste of money on car hire fees, it also means paying needless parking charges. Now, chances are, most people who get a hire car in Barcelona will actually drive it somewhere, but before doing so, we suggest reading our pros and cons. 

Conclusion — there is more than enough to see in and near to Barcelona itself to make it possible to get around without needing a car. Many of the excursions which can be done from Barcelona can also be done by train, so a car is only really useful if you intend to base yourself outside the city of Barcelona, and to travel around to different places during your stay.

Even those with itchy feet can still make three excellent excursions by train in different directions – to Montserrat, Figueres and Nuria, without needing to think about hiring a car.

Verdict — no

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Note — this advice is based on picking up a hire car in conjunction with flights to Barcelona International airport. Girona and, to a lesser extent, Reus are sometimes marketed as alternative airports to Barcelona, although the budget airline Ryanair has recently started offering more  flights to Barcelona International. Coach services are available from both Girona and Reus airports into the centre of Barcelona, although it may be more tempting to pick up a hire car at these locations. That is fine if you aren’t going to spend much time in the city of Barcelona – otherwise it is best to endure the bus (or take local links to nearby stations in Girona and Tarragona respectively).

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Basel

Do I need to hire a car in Basel? Basel is perhaps served by the most multinational airport in the world — not only can you arrive in either Switzerland or France (Mulhouse); the airport also markets itself as serving the city of Freiburg in Germany. This makes it tricky to offer advice about whether or not to pick up a hire car, as you might be driving in any one of these three countries, or indeed in a combination of them. At least they all drive on the right!

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  • Do I need a car in Basel? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Basel? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Basel? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

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Would you hire a car in Basel?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Basel, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
NOMAYBENO

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One city, 3 countries….

Naturally for the city of Basel itself, it goes without saying that as with any other Swiss city, public transport is excellent, although unlike Geneva or Zürich, there is no direct rail link from Basel airport to the Central Station. The city of Freiburg has a long-standing reputation as being one of Germany’s greenest cities, and again the public transport is excellent. Public transport is also perfectly reasonable in the French city of Mulhouse, although it is less good for exploring the areas around it.

Once outside the cities, what are your best options?

Why should you rent a car in Basel?


Basel rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Basel.

How much will a week's car hire in Basel?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Basel. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Basel.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£139$181153 €
Peak£276$359304 €
Peak 4 door+£276$359304 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Basel, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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Reasons why you might need to hire a car in Basel

  • Variable public transport — Basel is a very important hub on the Swiss rail network, and there are three routes going into south-west Germany. However, only one of the German routes is a mainline, and there is only one line going into France, although this is the line to Mulhouse, which is served by the French TGV, albeit at a slower pace than when it is on a dedicated high speed line.
  • Cost — unless booked in advance (but you can only do this up to 15 days before the date of travel), Swiss trains can be ridiculously expensive, so booking a seemingly cheap flight to Basel instead of Zürich, and then taking the train into eastern Switzerland might be a false economy. Although car hire in Switzerland isn’t that cheap either, for a group of three or four, picking up a rental car at Basel airport might well be far cheaper than taking the train.
  • Not that great — it is easy to justify the high cost of train travel in Switzerland when the views are so superb, but apart from the route to Neuchâtel mentioned below, the train routes around Basel are nothing like as special as they are heading south from Zürich or Bern. If it is cheaper to drive, then you might as well do so.
  • Vosges – go for a drive in the Ballons des Vosges Natural Park, just beyond Mulhouse.

Will your Basel hotel have free parking?

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1810617%LOWLOWMost hotels in Basel will not offer free parking, but there are plenty of spaces if you are prepared to pay for them. Good access to centre by tram.

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Why not? Basel without a car

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Visiting Basel without a car

  • Cost — even if you have a choice of arriving in two countries, neither France nor Switzerland, nor Basel in particular are good value for car hire.
  • Swiss rail passes — a number of different rail passes are available in Switzerland, usually giving unlimited travel on a set number of days. If you take advantage of this option, it doesn’t matter that Basel is further away from some alpine destinations than Zürich.
  • Swiss transfer ticket — another option for long-distance train travel within Switzerland is to take advantage of the Swiss transfer ticket, which gives halfprice travel to anywhere in Switzerland on the same day that your flight arrives (or departs on the way out). Basel is a good airport to use for the Bernese Oberland, or for continuing through the Lotchberg Base Tunnel and on to the world-famous resort of Zermatt, which sits under the iconic Matterhorn.
  • Swiss trains — Swiss trains are famous for good reason, and this needs no introduction — see our Zürich and Bern pages for more information.
  • Neuchâtel — the lake and city of Neuchâtel are one of the most underrated places to visit in the Swiss Lowlands — the view from the city across the lake with the Alps behind is superb. Take the train from Basel to Moutier, then to the bilingual city of Biel / Bienne via Sonceboz, and then towards Geneva via Neuchâtel, and you can enjoy outstanding scenery for virtually the whole journey.
  • Vitra — whether you are appreciative of good design or great architecture, the Vitra design Museum, designed by deconstructivist architect Zaha Hadid, is in nearby Weil-am-Rhein (Germany).

Conclusion– if you started with the natural assumption that there would be no point in hiring a car in Basel, then there are plenty of reasons to think again. Whereas it should be categorically clear that a hire car in either Zürich or Bern is a bad idea, it is much less clear-cut in Basel. Therefore, relative to Swiss expectations, a hire car is certainly worth looking at.

Verdict — yes

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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.

Do you need to rent a car in Beijing?

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  • Do I need a car in Beijing? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Beijing? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Beijing? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Beijing?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Beijing, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
Can I rent a car there?NO WAY!Is it safe?

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Beijing. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

We've reviewed 300 cities around the world - exactly half of these are places where we do advise car hire, and the other half are places where we don't - so you'll get an honest answer each and every time!

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Why should you rent a car in Beijing?


Beijing rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Beijing.

How much will a week's car hire in Beijing?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Beijing. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Beijing.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£136$177150 €
Peak£141$183155 €
Peak 4 door+£136$177150 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Beijing, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Beijing

  • No reasons!!! – Beijing car rental is not advised / not usually possible without Chinese licence.
  • See taxi / hiring a car with driver below.
  • Pedestrian perils – the streets in Beijing are very difficult to cross, even if you consider yourself to be a “confident” and agile pedestrian. Be prepared for turning cars to come at you from the left and the right, even when you have a green man. Dangerous traffic violations are a common everyday occurrence in Beijing – far more so than in any comparable city that I have visited. However, this still isn’t a reason to consider driving here!
  • Crowded subway – the subweay in Beijing is notoriously crowded, and at peak times you will have to queue to get in to some of the busiest stations. Transfer corridors between platforms can be crowded too, as of course are the trains! However, this is still no reason to really think about any alternative choices – the buses are crowded too, and slow over any distance. You will have a much bigger problem finding a taxi, and even if you do find one, the subway is still going to be far quicker once you get on it!

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FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
376106135%LOWAVERAGEThere are many large multi-storey parking garages in the city, but hourly rates are on the high side.

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Why not? Beijing without a car

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  • Superlative subway – Beijing has the busiest single metro system in the world (the combined systems of Tokyo – Yokohama are busier).
  • The Beijing subway serves all of the major points of interest – it provides comprehensive coverage of the whole city.
  • Buses are also widely available, and they are useful for shorter local trips.
  • The subway and the buses are both extremely cheap to use – around $0.25 per trip.
  • Taxis are widely available and cheap (but it can be a problem to find one in the rush hour).
  • Most of the places of interest in the city are within the inner circle (Line 2) of the Beijing subway, so little additional transport is needed.

Beijing Airport Express

If you do decide to get around the city using just public transport and walking, then it’s still worth bearing in mind that the cheap prices that apply on the buses and subway do not apply on the airport express rail link – depending on whereabouts in the city you are staying, and the size of your group, it might still be worth just taking a taxi for this particular trip. Remember that the airport rail link in Beijing is nothing special – it’s not a superfast maglev like Shanghai, nor is it particularly well connected with the rest of the city.

Getting out of Beijing / Car + driver

For any kind of travel beyond the city of Beijing, then a hire car or at the very least a car with driver (or simply agreeing a day rate with a local taxi driver might start to look like a reasonable idea). There is still no need for this if you just want to visit popular tourist sites, and in particular if you just want to go to the most accessible parts of the great Wall of China.

Visiting the Great Wall of China from Beijing

Numerous different tour operators will provide day trips to the Great Wall of China from Beijing, typically going to either Badaling or Mutianyu.

Before confirming any booking, make sure you check the language that the tour will be offered in – you might well find agents offering seemingly very cheap trips to the wall from around US$10, but the tour will be entirely in Mandarin, and the tour guide will speak very little English.

James says - a travel note!

Now if you are a local Beijing resident, then you are already heavily discouraged from owning a car through heavy taxation rates on first year car registrations, and car ownership only being possible in the first place by entering into a ballot where only one in 5 applicants get the opportunity to go ahead and buy a new vehicle.

So what has this got to do with whether or not to get a rental car in Beijing? Well, as a tourist, you will have to face even heavier restrictions, because if you don’t have a local Chinese driving licence (see box text), then there’s no point in even going to the rental desk in the first place. You might expect that all of these very heavy restrictions on car usage would add up to creating a city where it was reasonably easy to get around.

So if we were just assessing Beijing by based on public transport alone, then the city does actually look perfectly respectable – and if we were just doing our assessment based on raw statistics, then the fact that Beijing has the world’s busiest metro system, and one of the world’s biggest networks of dedicated bus lanes, with a single journey on either costing around just $0.30.

This all looks very good, but statistics alone never paint the complete picture. Just try going out of one of the many super heated (in winter) or air-conditioned (in summer) complexes of buildings in Beijing and crossing the road at a busy intersection. Never mind the worry of drivers making right turns, they are coming at you making left turns as well, as if this special privilege of owning and driving a car in Beijing gives drivers a kind of entitlement that means that the pedestrian here frankly just doesn’t matter.

The city does have a token urban bike hire programme, but with many cycle lanes acting as impromptu car parks, very few people dare to cycle. For 9 million bicycles in Beijing, read there now being about 9,000 left.

On top of the extremely unpleasant basic challenge of trying to cross the road, Beijing is one of the most heavily polluted cities on the planet, again, despite all the government attempts to restrict car ownership.

So it goes without saying that any advice we could offer for getting around the city of Beijing itself isn’t going to based on hiring a car, but even though that may well be the obvious case, we don’t think this transfers in any way to a suggestion that Beijing is a pleasant place to get around without one. Instead when it comes to transport alone, Beijing feels more like a 21st century transport dystopia, and if you really want to feel like you are on the set of Blade-runner, there are one or two buildings that can make you feel just that.

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Do you need a car in Beijing?
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Belfast

Do I need a car in BelfastThe Northern Ireland peace process has brought about a significant rise in the number of tourists visiting Belfast. As with most European cities, the main attractions in Belfast itself are easy to walk to, so what about places to visit beyond the city?

Do you need to rent a car in Belfast?

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  • Do I need a car in Belfast? This is based on service comparison with public transport. 
  • Is it worth renting a car in Belfast? We look at value for money - hire costs v ticket costs.
  • Should we hire a car in Belfast? A yes or no, based on which will give you the best experience.

First impressions

Would you hire a car in Belfast?

Based on conversations with people who have visited, or who are thinking about visiting Belfast, these are typical "first impressions on the question of car hire:

NEEDWORTHSHOULD
NO WAY!MAYBENOT SURE

This gives us a starting point to look at the car and non-car options in Belfast. Are general expectations here about right, or can we offer some surprise suggestions on reasons why you might be better off with or without a car?

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Why should you rent a car in Belfast?


Belfast rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Belfast.

How much will a week's car hire in Belfast?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Belfast. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Belfast.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£65$8572 €
Peak£153$199168 €
Peak 4 door+£153$199168 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Belfast, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Belfast

  • Limited railway lines — look at any major city in England or central Scotland, and you will usually see a network of rail lines fanning out, including local and long-distance services. There are only four railway lines heading out of Belfast, two of which only provide suburban connections to Larne and Bangor respectively. A regional service operates as far as Derry (Londonderry), whereas the Enterprise service continues down to Dublin Needless to say, you can head out of Belfast in any direction you want in a hire car. This network, branded as Translink, is not just short on routes, frequencies outside the Belfast area are also extremely poor. For example, trains to Derry depart roughly every two hours, considerably less often than might be expected on an equivalent inter-city service elsewhere in the UK.
  • Giant’s Causeway — this is surely the most impressive natural feature on the Emerald Isle, and is only a short drive from Belfast.
    However, scheduled (from Belfast, Coleraine or Portrush) or guided bus trips are available, so there is no need to get a hire car just to visit Giant’s Causeway.
  • Inland — the railway routes in Northern Ireland generally stay close to the coast, so to go anywhere inland, especially to visit the various points of interest around Lough Neah, you will need a rental car, or you will have to rely on slow bus services.
  • Blue Stack mountains — head across into Co Donegal for some superb scenery on Ireland’s northwest coast.
  • Poor public transport — although Northern Ireland has seen a lot of investment in recent years, little of this has gone on to noticeable public transport infrastructure, although the Translink fleet itself has been upgraded. No new lines have been built, and unlike many comparable cities in central or northern England, there is no form of tram in Belfast. The city remains car dependent, and it has relatively few good routes to explore by bike.
  • No railcard discount – if you are visiting Belfast from any other part of the United Kingdom, and you already have a railcard of any kind, then this will not give you any discount on the railways in Northern Ireland, as they are a completely separate network.


Will your Belfast hotel have free parking?

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FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
5011444%MEDIUMAVERAGEFairly typical by UK and global standards, always check exact details locally.

For full details and notes see - free parking notes.


Why not? Belfast without a car

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  • Coastal trains — what Northern Ireland lacks in quantity is more than made up for in quality. The train hugs the coast in many areas, offering some excellent scenic views, especially between Coleraine and Derry, along Lough Foyle, and south of Newry most of the way to Dublin.
    My personal favourite is the train journey into Belfast from Larne Harbour.
  • Celtic cousins — instead of just visiting Northern Ireland, why not combine a trip to Belfast with a visit to Glasgow, or even tack on Edinburgh and Dublin at each end? This is an easy rail trip, with plenty of flights available from throughout Europe at either end if you extend to the Scottish and Irish capitals. The train south of Ayr towards Stranraer is particularly scenic, and you also get to include a short ferry crossing on the Irish Sea, although this now needs a bus link from Cairnryan harbour to Stranraer station.
  • Ramble by bus – you can take “Rambler” buses along designated scenic routes, giving you access to the Mourne Mountains to the south of Belfast, or the Sperrins to the west. A Rambler bus service also operates along the coastline near Giant’s Causeway. Other buses run directly in to scenic areas, such as the Davagh Forest country park.
  • Boat trips – from Ballycastle, you can take a boat to Rathlin Island, with its nature reserve. Further west and into the Republic of Ireland, you could take a boat from Burtonport to Arranmore Island. The outings themselves are car-free, however, although you can reach both ports by bus, it is still easier to get to these places in a hire car.

Conclusion — Do I need a car in Belfast? despite some useful bus connections to supplement the handful of railway routes which are on offer, public transport options in and around Belfast are still relatively limited, and the best attractions in the region are landscapes rather than cities.

This makes our verdict lean heavily towards recommending getting a hire car.

Verdict — yes (strong)

Note — it is easy to pick up a hire car at either Belfast International or Belfast George Best city airport. If you don’t plan on getting a hire car, you’re better off flying into Belfast city airport, which is much closer to central Belfast. You can even take a short shuttle bus journey to nearby Sydenham station to start onward rail journeys within Northern Ireland, although for just getting to the city centre, it is quicker to take a taxi or shuttle bus. Belfast City airport has a wider network of domestic flights from the rest of the UK, whereas Belfast International has more flights from mainland Europe.

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Bergen

Should I hire a car in Bergen?

To be updated

James says - a travel note!

It is a while since I actually visited Bergen, but oddly enough, the scenery hasn’t changed much, and the infrastructure hasn’t changed a great deal either, although there have been a few road improvements.

Back then, you could take your own car on the DFDS ferry between Newcastle and Bergen. This is no longer an option (DFDS canned the route in 2008), so assuming you arrive on flights to Bergen instead, what’s the best way to get around?

So, the obvious suggestion would be that a rental car is the best way to explore this very scenic, but sparsely populated part of the world. But the costs are astronomical – Bergen tops the list of cities I’ve looked at, with car hire prices starting at over £300 per week.

For this reason, I think it is worth thinking again:

Why should you rent a car in Bergen?


Bergen rental basics

There's a lot more to renting a car than the cost of the hire alone, but it's a good place to start when trying to decide whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Bergen.

How much will a week's car hire in Bergen?

The table below looks at the lowest price we've found and then compares it with the costs of a typical one week's summer peak time car hire in Bergen. The very cheapest economy cars are often only 2/3 door models, so we've also included a guide price for one week of peak time rental of a "reasonably" sized car - but nothing too large or too fancy, just a simple set of wheels to get a group of 4 or small family around in Bergen.

Rental TypePrice (£)Price ($)Price €(€)
Off peak£242$315266 €
Peak£312$406343 €
Peak 4 door+£312$406343 €

Notes - Cheapest price is usually spring or autumn. Prices researched in June 2017 for November 2017 (off-peak) or March 2018 (southern hemisphere). Peak is based on a last minute summer booking in August 2017.

These are basic sample rental prices, with full-full fuel deals, but with no extras of any kind. (user guide).

These prices are NOT an offer of car rental in Bergen, but merely an indication of guide prices for comparison.


 


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General tips on car rental in Bergen

  • Explore: For all the obvious reasons – this is a land of stunning scenery, and the only way to do it justice is in a hire car.
  • Hardanger Fjord – not only this this perhaps the most famous of Norway‘s fjords, but it might have been one to reach by rail, had the Granvin line been kept open. Note: Google maps shows Granvin station as being open, when this is not the case.
  • Expensive trains too! – car hire in Bergen (or in Norway generally) might be expensive, but the trains are too. The price of car hire in Norway is more of a reflection of the generally high cost of living, rather than of motoring costs.
  • Atlantic Ocean Road – from Bergen you can start a road trip right up to the famous Atlantic Ocean Road around Averøy. Never mind the price of Bergen car hire, this is one particularly unforgettable trip that you will need to do with your own set of wheels.

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FREEHOTELS%FREENATIONALGLOBALNOTES
136022%MEDIUMLOWGenerally, you will expect to pay for hotel car parking in Norway, and Bergen is little different to this.

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Why not? Bergen without a car

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  • Cost – whether due to the high costs in Norway or not, car hire in Bergen is still ridiculously expensive, and more so than any other city we have looked at for Car Or No Car. For this reason alone, it is very difficult to advise hiring a car here!
  • Stunning rail trips: The Bergen to Oslo railway is rare amongst inter-city lines in that it is rated as scenic for virtually its entire length.
  • Flåm Railway – this route is one of the most famous scenic routes in Europe, if not one of the great railway journeys of the world. The line branches off the Bergen to Oslo railway line, itself also incredibly scenic, but is much closer to Bergen than it is to Oslo.
  • Boats: Whether you take advantage of organised trips, or use the ferries (combined with buses), the fjords are at their most impressive when reflected in all their glory from the water. Taking your car onto the ferries is an additional expense on top of already exorbitant Bergen car hire prices!
  • Walk it: The other ‘classic’ view of the fjords is from the top, but the best spots are rarely accessible directly by car, so you will have to plan to do some walking. Whereas many other scenic parts of the world can be visited by a ‘road trip’, the car in this part of the world is only going to take you to and from the start of a walk.
  • Outdoor Activities – there are many excellent opportunities for guided outdoor activities, and these may well come with transport provided, in which case a hire car won’t be needed.

Conclusion – Should you hire a car in Bergen? You would naturally expect that a hire car in Bergen will give you the most flexibility, but there clearly are other options. As car hire in Norway is more expensive than anywhere else I have seen, I have to suggest thinking twice before booking.

Verdict – no (based on cost)

What about car hire in Haugesund or Stavanger?

  • Bergen is more of a gateway to the fjords, although it may be tempting to look at Ryanair’s flights to Haugesund. However, Haugesund is nowhere near a station, so it is harder to get around without a car, and there are no scenic rail routes to enjoy. If it is a case of enjoying the area around Bergen without a car, or flying into Haugesund and renting, one, then those ‘cheap’ flights could end up being very expensive indeed!

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Do you need a car in Bergen ?
No, but it helps

Have you driven in Bergen?

This advice is based on a combination of visiting Bergen and additional online research. If you have your own Bergen car hire tips, or have suggestions on whether or not you need a car in Bergen, please share them below. Bergen was last visited by Carornocar in 1991

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