Borneo Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Borneo-
Roads are in good condition and driving abroad in Borneo is generally easy, even in Kota Kinabalu town. I drove at night from Kota Belud on the coast over the mountains to the foothills of Mt Kinabalu in the dark which seemed to shock the locals but was nowhere near the scariest drive I’ve done. Even driving in the jungle areas around Sandakan and down to the Kinabatangan River wasn’t too bad in February though I believe the dirt roads in the region deteriorate badly in the rainy season. A 4WD is probably needed then.

Borneo Car Rental –
Hertz and Europcar seem to be the only major companies who have an office at Kota Kinabalu. However I used a local company in 2010- I don’t have a website, only an email The company is owned by a man called Mr Juffrey who I found to be reliable and the car was in good condition.

Borneo Self Driving Rules
Hertz have branches across Malaysia but I couldn’t find any reference to whether they allow one way rentals from Borneo. Mr Juffrey doesn’t but he can arrange one way rentals within Borneo. This will involve a driver delivering the car so expect to pay accordingly.

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