In a city where a parking space sells for a million US dollars and the public transportation network is one of the world’s best, there is little reason to own a car. But when you need the flexibility and freedom of driving, here are a few car rental companies in Hong Kong who can help you get behind the wheel.

Most affordable Hong Kong car rental: Noah Auto

Dubbed the most affordable car rental company in Hong Kong, Noah Auto is a homegrown car rental company that hopes to let customers enjoy the convenience and joy of driving without breaking the bank.

Cars are divided into six categories, ranging from HK$400.00 per day for cars similar to the 5-seater Nissan March to HK$1,000.00 per day for convertibles like Mini Cooper S Convertible.

Pick-up and return location: Kwun Tong

Minimum age: 25

How to rent a car: Send a payment slip of HK$500.00 (part of the desposit) to its WhatsApp to confirm booking. Bring along an ID document, a valid full driving licence for at least two years and a recent Hong Kong address proof.

Deposit: HK$3,000.00. The first HK$2,000.00 of the deposit will be refunded when the rented car is returned without damage. The remaining HK$1,000.00 will be deposited in your account in three months if there is no outstanding traffic tickets or fines during the rental period.

Reminder for travellers/international driving license holders: Those without a Hong Kong driving licence must have an eligible international driving permit and their original driver’s licence for at least two years to rent a car.

Noah Auto’s main users are Hong Kong residents. So they’d require a valid proof of local address when renting a car.

Car rental for both Hong Kong and Macau: Vang Iek Rent-A-Car Service

The official distributor of Mazda in Hong Kong, Vang Iek is one of the biggest car rental companies in Hong Kong. Vang Iek offers about two dozen car types to choose from, ranging from HK$660.00 per day (for Suzuki Hustler) to HK$3,920.00 per day (for the seven-seater Toyota Vellfire). They offer a weekend special: car rental from Friday noon to Monday morning for the price of a two-day fee of the chosen vehicle.

Vang Iek also offers car rental services in Macau, where the company started. It offers a limo service between the two cities via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, too.

Pick-up and return location: Kwun Tong and Kwai Chung

Minimum age: 25

How to rent a car: Customers can confirm the type of car and rental dates with the team online or by phone before depositing HK$500.00 to its account. Bring along an ID document, a valid full driving licence for at least two years (five years for manual cars), and a recent proof of address.

Deposit: A HK$20,000.00HK$40,000.00 deposit will be pre-authorized on credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only). The amount will be refunded 7–14 days after the rental period.

Reminder for travellers/international driving license holders: Those without a Hong Kong driving licence must have an eligible international driving permit and their original driver’s licence for at least two years to rent a automatic car or five years to rent a manual car.

Travellers without a local address would have to get a letter from the hotel as a proof of address. Please check with Vang Iek before visiting to confirm the latest policy.

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Best car rental service for travellers: Avis Hong Kong

International car rental brand Avis has been in business in Hong Kong since 1969. It may be one of the easiest and the most established car rental options for travellers in Hong Kong. It offers about a dozen groups of cars, serving different needs from family to wheelchair users. Daily rates start at HK$980.00 for cars similar to the Honda Jazz and Kia Morning. There is also a special weekend rate for those who are renting the car from Friday to Monday morning.

For those looking for a more premium experience, Avis has introduced Avis Prestige, offering high-end cars like the Porsche Macan S (HK$9,500.00 for a three-day rental), and Land Rover Defender (HK$14,200.00 for a week’s rental).

Pick-up and return location: Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai (for Avis Prestige only)

Minimum age: 23 for local residents with a Hong Kong identity card and 25 for visitors. 30 years old for Avis Prestige car rental.

How to rent a car: Customers can confirm the type of car and rental dates with the team online or by phone. Bring along an ID document, a valid full driving licence for at least two years (three years for Avis Prestige), and proof of address within the last three months for residents.

Reminder for travellers/international driving license holders: Those without a Hong Kong driving licence must have an eligible international driving permit and their original driver’s licence for at least two years or (three years for Avis Prestige). They will have to bring along their passports, exit-entry permit and a “visitor landing slip” from Hong Kong immigration department.

Insurance is usually included in the car rental package. Please check with the office at the time for the latest rates and policies.

While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change.

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