Hong Kong Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Hong Kong-
You can drive for up to 12 months using the licence of most countries plus an international driving permit. Holders of a full licence of the following countries can also obtain a full Hong Kong licence without taking a driving test: the UK, the US, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Information here from the Hong Kong Government on foreigners obtaining a licence.
Self drive isn’t an obvious choice to get around on Hong Kong . It has excellent public transport, it’s small (Hong Kong Island measures less than 15 km in any direction),so there are no major distances to cover, but most of all,it often suffers from traffic congestion and parking can be difficult. If you must rent a car, they drive on the left and roads are in good condition. There are many high quality multi-lane roads in Hong Kong, typically of 3 lanes in each direction. These are all well engineered to good standards with slip-roads of adequate length, and restricted to prevent slower types of road user gaining access. Signage and markings are all good with signs in English and Chinese. Drivers are generally courteous and abide by road rules .You shouldn’t have too many problems driving here should you choose to do so.
Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.
Hong Kong Car Rental –
Hertz and Avis have branches on Hong Kong. The island also seems to feature on the main broker sites.
We currently have no local car rental partners in Hong Kong. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on DriverAbroad.com please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on ADriverAbroad@Outlook.com.
Hong Kong Self Driving Rules-
Hertz say vehicles can’t be taken out of the country but don’t make clear whether that means Hong Kong or China. An International Driving permit is needed if your licence isn’t in English and you must have held a licence for 2 years.