Car Rental in Malaysia

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown
Economy
Proton Saga or similar
Proton Saga
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Paradise Car Rental
$20.40 / per day
Penang Airport
Economy Elite
Perodua Bezza or similar
Perodua Bezza
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$27.73 / per day
Subang Airport
Mini
Perodua Axia or similar
Perodua Axia
  • 5
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$27.82 / per day
Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Compact
Nissan Almera or similar
Nissan Almera
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$32.41 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Kuala Lumpur Airport
Intermediate
Nissan Almera or similar
Nissan Almera
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Galaxy Asia Car
$44.81 / per day
Kota Bharu Downtown
Standard Van
Perodua Alza or similar
Perodua Alza
  • 7
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
AGTRAN
$62.49 / per day
Kuala Lumpur Airport
Full-size SUV
Proton X70 or similar
Proton X70
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
GOSO Rent A Car
$90.49 / per day
Penang Airport
Compact
Proton Persona or similar
Proton Persona
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$30.74 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 10:43 on 2024-04-09. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Bahasa Melayu, English
Currency
MYR
Drive on
Left-hand side
Country code
+60
Average car rental price
$42 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
60 km/h or 37 mph
Speed limit out of town
90 - 110 km/h or 56 - 68 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
8.5 / 10
Average gasoline price
$0.43 per liter or $1.64 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$0.42 per liter or $1.57 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$0.48 per liter or $1.83 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Malaysia?

A land of contrasts, Malaysia is one of the most interesting destinations in Southeast Asia. From the spectacular skyline of Kuala Lumpur to traditional temples and indigenous cultures, as well as a spectacular diversity of nature, it has plenty to offer any curious traveler. Add long tropical beaches, misty mountains, and delicious cuisine, and you have all the ingredients for a great travel experience.

Malaysia

Top ways to enter Malaysia

  • Kuala Lumpur Airport: One of the busiest airports in the region, Kuala Lumpur Airport handled 62 million travelers in 2020. The airport hosts flights of around 50 different airlines, connecting it with destinations across Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, and Africa. Located 55km (37 miles) south of the capital, the trip to the airport takes about 50 minutes.
  • Kota Kinabalu Airport: Serving the capital of the Sabah State, it is the main hub for accessing Malaysia’s portion of the island of Borneo. Served by around 20 airlines including the low-cost carrier AirAsia, the airport has connections with destinations in South and East Asia. Many travelers from outside the region arrive here via a transfer in Kuala Lumpur. Located 8km (5 miles) south of the city, the airport can be reached in about ten minutes.
  • Penang Airport: Serving the island of Penang and the city of Georgetown, this airport handled about 8 million passengers in 2019. In addition to domestic flights, the airport has connections with countries like China, Thailand, and Qatar.
  • Langkawi Airport: Serving another popular tourist island near the border with Thailand, the airport has flights to a number of countries in the region, as well as seasonal flights to London, Manchester, and Birmingham in the United Kingdom.
  • Singapore Airport: Connected to Malaysia via a bridge, the city-state of Singapore is another popular point of entry to the country (the trip to Kuala Lumpur takes only about five hours). Changi Singapore Airport handled more than 68 million passengers in 2019, making it one of the busiest airports in Asia and providing connections with destinations all over the world. Not every rental car provider permits cross-border trips from Singapore to Malaysia and you may also need a visa to visit either country (read more about this in the Crossing Borders section below), but for many visitors, it remains a viable way to travel to western Malaysia.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia’s futuristic capital is a business and innovation citadel, but also a great place to visit as a tourist. The city’s mosques, museums, and public gardens are a joy to explore, and the capital is also the right place to try the delectable dishes of all the different peoples and cultures that inhabit Malaysia.
  • Georgetown. Another great city destination, Georgetown is notable for its striking architecture. The best place to get familiar with it is the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is known for its many well-preserved colonial buildings and ethnic districts. A place of the great religious diversity typical of Malaysia, the city is also home to many remarkable Islamic, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, and Taoist religious buildings.
  • Kuching. One of the biggest cities in East Malaysia, Kuching has a rather different atmosphere than the western metropolises like Kuala Lumpur and Georgetown but is just as interesting to explore. Highlights include the traditional communal longhouses, many of which have now been turned into tourist attractions, as well as museums, temples, and nature preserves that can be easily reached with a rental car.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Malaysia is the Perodua Bezza, followed by the Proton Saga and the Proton Persona. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact.

Driver's license requirements

  • Drivers on a short-term visit who have a driver’s license in English can use their license in Malaysia
  • If your driver’s license is not in English, you need to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) or an official translation of your driver’s license to English.
  • Even if you have an IDP, you’ll need to also provide your original driver’s license from your home country
  • If your driver’s license doesn’t show your photograph, you’ll need to provide an additional document that has your photo.
  • You must carry your driver’s license, not a copy, with you at all times. 
  • You need to have had your driver’s license for at least two years.
  • Some rental car suppliers charge a young driver fee for drivers under the age of 25 and a senior driver fee for drivers over the age of 65.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car provider and car category, so make sure to check the terms and conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

Malaysia has land borders with four countries: Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia. 

It is technically possible to cross the border from Singapore to Malaysia in a rental car; however, not all rental car suppliers allow this. You can find the ones that offer international one-way rentals by entering the pick-up and drop-off locations when searching. You also need to see if you need a visa to visit either country. While visitors from most Western nations (the European Union member states, United States, Australia, etc.) can visit both countries visa-free, there are some differences between the two countries’ visa policies, so, depending on your citizenship, you might need a visa to visit either or even both of these countries. 

The situation with Brunei is generally similar to that with Singapore — even if you’ve found a rental car supplier that permits border crossings, see if you need a visa to visit either country. 

Important: It might not be permitted to cross the border with Singapore and Brunei in a rental car, even if you plan to return to Malaysia to drop off your car later. Always ask your rental car supplier in advance about any planned border crossings.

It is not possible to cross the borders with Thailand or Indonesia with a rental car. If you plan to visit Malaysia and either of those countries on the same trip, you can cross the border with public transportation and pick up a rental car after arriving at your destination.

Toll roads

Every expressway in Malaysia, including many around Kuala Lumpur, is a toll road.

Some toll roads use an open toll system while others use a closed toll system. In the open system, the driver pays a fixed toll fee upon entering each new toll segment. In the closed system, upon entering the toll road the driver receives a printed ticket that states the point and time of the entry; upon exiting the toll road, the fee will be calculated, depending on the length of the trip. It is important not to lose the ticket, otherwise the highest possible amount will be charged.

For most toll roads, payment can be made either in cash in the local currency, the Malaysian ringgit (MYR), or via one of the two electronic toll collection systems, Touch n’ Go or Smart TAG. Touch n’ Go is an electronic card while Smart TAG is an on-board transponder. The lanes for drivers who pay via Touch n’ Go or Smart TAG are specifically designated on the highways, and it’s important not to use them if you plan to pay in cash. It’s also important to remember that some toll roads will only accept an electronic payment.

Most rental cars come equipped with at least one of the electronic payment systems. The car rental provider might charge an additional fee for this service. Ask your rental car provided in advance about this service and about the best toll road payment method for your planned route. If your rental car is not equipped with either of the electronic payment systems, you can also purchase Touch n’ Go card and put some credit on it yourself.

Top driving routes

  • Langkawi. Located near the border with Thailand, the idyllic island of Langkawi is a popular beach destination (it is, in fact, an archipelago made up of 99 islands, though the name is usually equated with the largest and most visited of them). Getting a rental car ensures that you have the freedom to explore the island, get away from the most crowded beaches and find special spots on your own. Don’t miss out on visiting Gunung Raya, the highest peak on the island — after following a road through the rainforest, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views from the top.
  • Kota Kinabalu. The capital of the state of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu is both a notable destination in its own right and the gateway to the region’s beautiful beaches, islands, mountains, and rainforests. Adventure junkies will appreciate some of the best dive sites in all of Southeast Asia while the more culturally inclined will get to learn about the state’s surprisingly diverse indigenous cultures.
  • Pahang. The state of Pahang in the eastern part of peninsular Malaysia is a nature lover’s dream. Attractions include the Cameron Highlands, a popular tourist area known for its hill stations, orchards, and tea-growing estates, as well as Taman Negara, the oldest national park in the country. More traditional than the highly urbanized neighboring states, Pahang is also rich in terms of culture.

Car Rental Prices

  • Large cars - from $37 per day
  • Medium cars - from $31 per day
  • Vans - from $48 per day
  • Small cars - from $20 per day
  • SUVs - from $58 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

There are several good methods to find a cheaper rental car:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Malaysia is the cheapest in July when renting a car is about 25% cheaper than the yearly average and about 48% cheaper than renting a car in December.
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators.

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What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Malaysia?

The cost of renting a car in Malaysia varies by season. This graph compares prices from month to month in order to help you find the best time of year.
Average rental costs per day in Malaysia
$34.75
January
$39.88
February
$33.94
March
$37.31
April
$36.18
May
$43.28
June
$40.01
July
$43.69
August
$34.14
September
$29.22
October
$30.76
November
$38.03
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Malaysia is October — when rental costs average $29.22 per day. This is 21% cheaper than the yearly average and 33% cheaper than renting a car in August (when prices average $43.69 per day).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the average rental length in Malaysia?

How long renters typically keep their vehicle sometimes varies depending on the time of year. Travelers tend to keep their rental cars longer in July — an average of 8 days. They tend to keep them for a shorter time in November — an average of 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Malaysia
6
January
7
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
8
July
7
August
6
September
6
October
5
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Malaysia?

Based on how many customers search for a car in Malaysia, the most popular month is December, while the least popular is March.
Monthly searches in Malaysia by pick-up date relative to the average
85%
January
85%
February
81%
March
94%
April
84%
May
93%
June
104%
July
111%
August
87%
September
85%
October
113%
November
178%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 23
Airport locations 11
Popular suppliers Galaxy Asia Car, Keddy, Paradise Car Rental, Europcar, SEIYON Rent a Car
Popular car categories Small cars, SUVs, Vans, Medium cars
Lowest price $20 per day
Cheapest supplier Paradise Car Rental

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Keddy Perodua Bezza 5 1 Small cars
Galaxy Asia Car Proton Saga 4 2 Small cars
Keddy Nissan Almera 4 1 Medium cars
Paradise Car Rental Proton Saga 4 2 Small cars
Galaxy Asia Car Perodua Bezza 4 2 Small cars
Keddy Nissan X-Trail 5 1 SUVs
Galaxy Asia Car Perodua Alza 5 2 Vans
Galaxy Asia Car Perodua Axia 5 1 Small cars
Keddy Honda City 4 1 Large cars
Keddy Honda BR-V 5 2 SUVs

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

India
Proton X90
March 17, 2024
I went with my family to Cameron Highlands. the place is pristine clean air, cool weather at this time of year. the silence of the hill station is peaceful . the food at restaurants was great. the tea plantations astounding and most of all the honey & strawberries Sweet!
Malaysia
Perodua Bezza
December 27, 2023
We had 3 days 2 nights in Penang, thumbs up for friendly staff and their service.
Malaysia
Proton Exora
December 26, 2023
cockroach infested car
Malaysia
Perodua Viva
December 11, 2023
Driving on Langkawi was calm and easy.
Singapore
Proton Saga
October 23, 2023
Penang hill, George town and Komtar towers were some of the places we visited.
Singapore
Perodua Bezza
October 21, 2023
Went to good place call Zhou bridge
Singapore
Nissan X-Trail
August 9, 2023
Traffic in Penang is getting crowded!
New Zealand
Proton Exora
July 12, 2023
Lots of visiting family, lots of eating Malaysian exclusive foods, lots of buying cheap things.
Singapore
Perodua Bezza
July 1, 2023
Good local food and attraction
Hong Kong
Honda BR-V
April 17, 2023
Cheap oils in Malaysia
Singapore
Proton Persona
November 26, 2022
Visit wildlife adventure park
United Kingdom
Honda CR-V
November 14, 2022
Great to be able to see more of Langkawi
Malaysia
Nissan Almera
October 20, 2022
Beautiful mountain scenery!! Weather was kind too. It rained the last day we are heading back to KK from Kundasang.
Malaysia
Perodua Bezza
October 10, 2022
Good reliable car, but make sure you have a credit card. They don't like anything else.
Singapore
Proton Saga
September 15, 2022
New and clean car, make my journey more comfortable. strong recommended for this car rental platform.
Malaysia
Nissan Almera
June 9, 2022
Kundasang & KK are the place you will never miss. There are unique places and awesome view from mount kinabalu that gives unforgettable memories. I will highly recommended Shangrila Tanjung Aru KK to be in your list because the beach view tremandously beautiful. The hospitality of the local also good. Overall, i love Sabah and always be top of my travel plan. On the top Keddy is an easy booking tools and manageable for car rental. So i highly recommended. The staff also helpful.
Malaysia
Nissan Almera
May 24, 2022
Overall car in good condition but only the tayar not in very good condition
Malaysia
Perodua Bezza
March 12, 2022
Good servive and good car.. we did travel approximately 1500 km without any car issues or breakdown.. All person in charge are very helpful and supportive.
Malaysia
Perodua Bezza
December 26, 2021
Cheapeest rate in town
United Kingdom
Proton Saga
February 17, 2020
Penang is a joy!
Malaysia
Toyota Vios
October 22, 2019
If you are travelling in a group, renting a car in Kota Kinabalu can ease your travelling (flexible) and save cost. It is easy to drive and most destinations can be reached with the help of gps.
Hong Kong
Proton Exora
July 21, 2019
Traffic jams everywhere
United Kingdom
Proton Saga
March 24, 2019
You definitely need a car as public transport is scarce to non-existent. You need to be careful as there is some awful driving but the roads are good quality and not too busy when we were there so getting around was very quick and easy.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
SEIYON Rent a Car
8.5 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Paradise Car Rental
6.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
25
Total rental companies
11
Average daily price
$42.12
Lowest daily price
$20.40
Total cars available
307

Top 11 Suppliers in Malaysia in 2024

SEIYON Rent a Car
SEIYON Rent a Car
Very good 8.5 / 16 reviews
1 location
$39 - $291
Keddy
Keddy
Good 7.9 / 382 reviews
7 locations
$28 - $85
AGTRAN
AGTRAN
Good 7.9 / 8 reviews
15 locations
$31 - $69
SIXT
SIXT
Good 7.8 / 8 reviews
7 locations
$28 - $96
Galaxy Asia Car
Galaxy Asia Car
Good 7.7 / 317 reviews
6 locations
$31 - $130
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.7
6 locations
GOSO Rent A Car
GOSO Rent A Car
Good 7.6 / 2 reviews
2 locations
$30 - $108
Hawk rent a car
Hawk rent a car
Good 7.6
7 locations
KK Leisure tour Rent a car SDN BHD
KK Leisure tour Rent a car SDN BHD
Good 7.6
1 location
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.3 / 36 reviews
7 locations
$30 - $85
Paradise Car Rental
Paradise Car Rental
Satisfactory 6.5 / 124 reviews
3 locations
$20 - $51
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