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Malaysia - Car Rental

Renting a car in Malaysia is like renting in any other country and there are many international car rental agencies operating in Malaysia. Most car rentals can be arranged online and some can be arranged there and then at the desk providing you have all the relevant documentation on you. Roads in Malaysia are pleasant to drive on. As an expat, it is a good way to see some of your new country and locate important focal areas. Renting a car can also help you to decide whether you will purchase or lease a car in Malaysia during your time as an expat.


Each car rental company has their own requirements for renting a car, yet the road laws of Malaysia still apply. Documentation has to be in order to avoid any penalties. Penalties are tough and can even result in a jail sentence.

Many expats hire a car at the airport to take them to where they are going to live and the rules for renting a car are standard across the board. The following documentation is required to rent a car from most international companies:

- A current driving license. To drive in Malaysia you can drive on a license from any European country, any state from the United States and any Asian driver’s license. Additional drivers will also be required to provide a driving license
- A valid credit card which is in the name of the holder of the person who will be the named driver
- Passport
- Telephone number.

Please note: People who are visiting from nearby Singapore cannot hire a car in Singapore and drive into Malaysia because of Malaysia’s strict foreign car laws. Visitors from Singapore should take public transport into the country and then hire a car within Malaysia.

To hire a car in Malaysia a person must be 23-years old and over. You must have held your license for no less than a year.

It is advisable to study the driving laws in Malaysia before renting a car and driving.

With your car hire agreement, there will be breakdown assistance inclusive in the cost and you will be provided with the telephone number to contact in the event of a breakdown.

Malaysia has an extensive toll-road network and you will be given maps and vouchers and some car hire companies may well include the cost of the major toll roads in your car rental cost.

Most confirmations of car rentals will be completed in around twenty minutes. You will be able to arrange where you will collect the car and the drop-off point of the car at the end of the agreement.

Where to Rent a Car in Malaysia

Major airports such as Penang and Kuala Lumpur have international and local car hire desks in the arrival halls. There are many names which you will recognize.




In Kuala Lumpur


Car rental is a popular way to get a feel for a country and will get you used to the road laws and in particular if you have come from a left-hand drive car you can get used to driving on the left hand side of the road and driving a right-hand car.

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