Are you in Hong Kong and need a rental car to help you get about the city? We have the best Hong Kong car companies lined up. First, here is what you need to know if you plan to save money on your Hong Kong car rental.
Do you need to rent a car in Hong Kong?
The fact is, only very few people rent cars in Hong Kong. I personally haven’t known anyone to rent a car. I have however known a lot of people to hire chauffeured cars and minivans to take them around.
The city boast of its robust public transport network that covers every inch of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The City MTR metro system is new, clean, air condition and safe. Most people who use it say its way much better compared to New York metro or London’s Tube. Using MTR is the more reliable means to get around the city than in a car. In fact, 80% of the journeys in Hong Kong is through the MTR. The residents, even those that own a car, prefer to use MTR to travel, for some concrete reasons.
If you don’t want to deal with the train, taxis of course are another option. Taxis are very affordable compared with many other major cities worldwide, they’re also readily available almost everywhere.
Uber is a newer option. You can use our link to get a free UBER credit if you want to give it a shot and haven’t sign up yet. Basically it’s the same as taxi but the fare is charged to your credit card and you can’t hail on the street.
Is the city safe to drive in?
Hong Kong is a squeezed city with the driving conditions categorized as difficult. The roads are well maintained, but narrow with traffic bumper to bumper. The city has one of the highest cars road space densities in the world, more so in Kowloon and North Hong Kong Island. Parking tickets are also expensive with only a few hotels offer parking space. It’s also worth to mention that driving in the city is British style: left-hand drive and manual gears.
Keep in mind if you do need parking, make sure you have an octopus card handy, as many garages only accept that as form of payment.
Who will enjoy car hire in Hong Kong?
In reality, only a few people will need to hire a car in Hong Kong. If you are staying on New Territories, which happens to be away from MTR lines, you might consider utilizing car hire services in Hong Kong. Roads in this part of the island are spacious, and there are a handful of impressive drives.
If you really need a car, consider hiring a vehicle with driver. It’s not terribly expensive and easier to deal w/ the parking as someone can simply wait in the car.
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Hong Kong car rental/hire companies
If you have decided to hire a car, which is the best firm to get the service. Note that as a result of less demand, the options are few, making the hire prices steep. The smaller firms offers cheapest rates.
Car rental locations: Hong Kong International Airport, room 1009, 10th floor, Corporation Park
Services offered: self-drive short term. Car leasing, monthly car rental, fleet management.
Website: Hawk Rent a car Hong Kong
Jubilee International Tour Company
Car rental location: Hong Kong Trade Centre, 161 Des Voeux Road, Central HK.
Services offered: car rental (limousine, self-drive, luxury couch, cross-border, wedding car)
Website: Jubilee International Tour Company
Car rental location: 181-185 Gloucester Road, 71 Mody Road, Regal Kowloon Hotel, North Shenzhen Railway station, MK ferry terminal, Nanshan district
Services offered: one-way car rental, luxury car rental, Economy car rental, airport car rentals, premium SUV rental.
Operating hours: sun 9:00 AM -6.00 PM; MON 8:00 AM -7:00 PM; TUE-FRI 9:00 AM -7:00 PM; SAT 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM.
Car rental location: MTR Kowloon station, MTR Hong Kong station.
Services offered: cross-border limousine service, car leasing, chauffeur drive Hong Kong, airport transfer, special events
Operating hours: Mon-Fri 0930-1800, sat-sun 0930-1730
The cost of these services depends on the car hired, length of time, time of the week and location (across the border or within Hong Kong). Local companies do not allow cars across the border to China. International firms, however, offer chauffeur driven services between the point of your arrival in Hong Kong to China-based rental offices.