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Car Hire Rental in Kuala Lumpur

Posted by on Jan 10th, 2008
Filed Under: Car

Question: We’ll be spending 1 week in Kuala Lumpur and looking to rent a car for this period of time. Is it advisable to be driving in Kuala Lumpur, and will my US driving license be eligible for driving in Malaysia? Please kindly provide information on:
1. Average price per day
2. Where to rent the car
Any other advise will be appreciated!

Answer: I will strongly advise NOT driving in Kuala Lumpur as the driving conditions in the city is horrendous, especially during peak hours — and in Malaysia we drive on the other side of the road (as compared to United States), this will take a while to get used to. The road planning system in Kuala Lumpur is BAD, if you missed a turn, you probably need a long time to find your way back. There’s often serious traffic congestions during peak hours too!

If you insist on driving, do take some time to read through the tips on driving in Malaysia. For driving in Kuala Lumpur, i will also suggest investing in a gps by Garmin. There are free route maps of Kuala Lumpur and the rest of Malaysia at (the maps will only work with Garmin GPS), and have a street directory in your car!

The Malaysia car rental guide is a good read.

If you are entering Kuala Lumpur from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the easiest way to get a car is to approach the car rental shops found at the airport — you probably get the best value for the car there (Do check the condition of the vehicle (engine oil, lights functioning, brakes) and make sure insurance is provided before signing an agreement). Else try emailing different car companies and ask for a quote — do remember that you can bargain on email too!

For online booking, Hawk Rent A Car, Avis and Kasina are those that I will recommend.

Below are few car rental companies based in Kuala Lumpur.

Advantage Car Rentals +(603) 2142 5855

Avis Malaysia
+(603) 9222 2558 (Ground Floor, Menara MAA, Jalan Dewan Bahasa)
+(603) 8787 4087 (Counter B-16, Arrival Level, Main Terminal, KLIA)

Enesty Hire & Drive +(603) 7984 7535

Hertz Malaysia
+(603) 2148 6433 (Kompleks Antarabangsa, Jalan Sultan Ismail)
+(603) 8776 4507 (Counter B10, Arrival Level, Main Terminal Building, KLIA)

Insas Pacific Rent A Car
+(603) 2287 0131 (47-5 The Boulevard, Mid Valley City)

Kasina Rent A Car
+(603) 8787 1739 (Counter A1, Domestic Arrival Hall, Main Terminal Building, KLIA)

Mayflower Car Rental
+(603) 6252 1888 (Mayflower Building, 18 Jalan Segambut Pusat)
+(603) 8787 3850 (Lot No.18, Covered Car Park, Ground Floor, Block D Building, KLIA)

Orix Car Rentals
+(603) 9284 7799 (No.16-1 Jalan 6/91, Taman Shamelin Perkasa)
+(603) 8787 4294 (Counter C2, Arrival Level, Main Terminal Building, KLIA)

SMAS Rent A Car
+(603) 2080 5066 (Suite 5.03, 5th Floor, Wisma Chase Perdana, Damansara Heights)

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2 Responses »

  1. Hello There,

    We would like to rent the car in KL for using ( KL – Port Klang ( free trade Zone ), its weekly or monthly basis.

    Is possible to use our driving lisence ( Indonesia Driving Lisence or Dutch Driving Lisence ) – we will be in KL about 3 months.

    Awaiting ur reply.


  2. want to rent van 8 or 10 seater in KL for more thatn 20 days please advise the cheapest price