Over the past few decades, China has invested a lot of money into improving its driving infrastructure. Webs of highways now connect all the major cities across China. This now makes driving an excellent way to tour the country.
Many China expats and travelers may want to hit the open road. Let's check out how to rent a car in China, so you can see China from the driver's seat!
First, it's important to remember that China does not accept international driver's licenses!
You must obtain a Chinese driver's license in order to drive in China.
Basic Requirements for Obtaining Chinese License:
Provide your national or international driver's license. Make sure it is translated and notarized.
Provide certificate of temporary registration or permanent residence.
Provide your passport and visa.
Have a medical check in Chinese hospital.
Pass the written test at the Traffic Management Bureau
(For more detailed steps, see Monday's article: How To Get a Chinese Driving License)
Once you obtain your Chinese driver's license, you will be able to rent a car from most companies.
Prices vary based on the make and model of the vehicle. However, most prices range from 150 RMB to 350 RMB per day.
It's also wise to buy a cheap insurance policy on the vehicle. Such policies only cost about 65 RMB per day.
You also will need to pay a deposit on the vehicle. The deposit prices range from about 5,000 RMB to 10,000 RMB.
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There are many trusted car rental companies in China. It's important to rent from reputable companies, in order to insure you are not ripped off.
Some reputable car rental companies in China include:
- Avis China
- Hertz China
- eHi Car Service
- China Auto Rental
Once you pay for the rental, get some insurance, and pay a deposit, you are ready to hit the open road. Simply drop the car off at another rental office when you are finished!