Malaysia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Malaysia
You can drive for up to 3 months on the licence of most countries after which time you need an International Driving permit. Malaysia drives on the left in right hand drive vehicles. Roads are generally in good condition on the Malaysian Peninsula, but may flood after monsoon rain. Driving standards are usually good for Asia from car drivers but motor bikes are likely to weave in and out of traffic and may pull in front of you at traffic lights.
Traffic jams are common in major cities especially Kuala Lumpur but driving in the capital generally isn’t as challenging as other cities in South East Asia with well signed roads and drivers who normally abide by road rules. Drink driving rules are strictly applied and police often target areas frequented by tourists and ex pats on an evening so if you want a drink, take a taxi.
For driving in Singapore advice see the Singapore section
Malaysia Car Rental –
Hertz, Europcar,Avis, have outlets here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as LastMinute.com.
There are also lots of local companies
This is a national firm with branches in Kuala Lumpur City, Penang, Kuantan and Johor Bahru.
This company allow cars to be taken to Singapore
This company also has branches in Sarawak and Sabah (see Borneo guide for Sabah rentals)
For rentals in Singapore see the Singapore country section
Malaysia Self Drive Rules-
Most of the big companies won’t allow cars to be taken into Brunei, Singapore and Thailand. There may also be restrictions on taking cars between East and West Malaysia and taking cars on ferries.The local firms mentioned above seem more flexible on taking cars out of Malaysia, certainly Singapore seems possible.