Hiring a car in Malaysia

As one of the fastest growing countries both economically and socially, Malaysia is a nation that is certainly driving in the right direction. Bordering Singapore to the south and Thailand to the north, the Malaysian mainland is the ideal starting point for a journey into Southeast Asia.

With Malaysia's road infrastructure continuing to improve, areas that were inaccessible in the past are now ideal locations for travel around this beautiful country. From the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur to the coastal hub of Pasir Gudang, there is plenty to do and see while travelling throughout the Malaysian countryside.

Malaysian car hire is both simple and convenient with DriveNow. For those heading to destination Malaysia, we have secured a partnership with some of the most well-known names in the car rental industry including Avis, Europcar and Hertz. As such, you can have access to accurate price comparisons and choose the best vehicle to take your Malaysian tour!

So Why use DriveNow for car hire in Malaysia?

  • Price - You can rest assured that we've checked for the cheapest rental rates available
  • Simplicity - Comparing Malaysian car rental rates is quick and easy
  • Free service - Major bonus, right? There are no booking, agency or admin fees with DriveNow
  • Trusted suppliers - Our list of partners says it all. We only work with the most trusted suppliers in Asia
  • Immediate booking confirmation lets you rest assured that your low rate is secured
  • Drive-away pricing include all taxes and levies - that means no hidden costs!
  • Lowest price guarantee
  • Trust and experience - DriveNow has been helping drivers find the most affordable rates available since 2003.

The only question you need to worry about is how you'll use your rental car to explore Malaysia.

How to get the best deal on renting a car in Malaysia

As with most of Southeast Asia, Malaysia experiences both a wet and dry weather season with the weather varying depending on which coast you are travelling to. For tourism purposes, Malaysia's most popular dry months are between March and November in the east and November and March in the west.

This means forward planning is critical - flights, accommodation and, importantly car hire. If you plan to venture into Malaysia during the dry season, make sure you have booked in advance to ensure you don't miss out when you arrive.


Common Questions:

What kind of driving licence is required to rent a car in Malaysia?
The Malaysian government allows non-resident drivers to operate a motor vehicle for up to three months on their home country's licence. Should your trip extend past this three-month period, individuals will need to apply for a new international permit. Under a bi-lateral agreement with Malaysia, Australian driver's licence holders can apply with ease.

How old must I be to hire a car in Malaysia?
Drivers must be 23 years of age in order to hire a car, and must have held a valid licence for at least one year. However, this age restriction could depend on the type of car hired. DriveNow can help your questions around this topic.

What's it like to drive in Malaysia?
As mentioned above, roading infrastructure in Malaysia is improving, allowing all drivers to experience safer conditions on city roads and highways. That said, the further off the beaten track you head in Malaysia, the driving terrain could get worse so care is always recommended.

Additionally, motorcyclists are very popular in Malaysia and these drivers don't always follow basic road rules around traffic lights, for example. As such, be aware of motorcyclists in your blind spots across Malaysia.

Automatic or manual transmission?
Automatic vehicles are becoming common in Malaysia, so you should be able to find a vehicle to suit your driving skills.

Car hire payment
When you arrive to pick up your car, you'll need to pay using a credit card.

Excess insurance options
To insure your rental car, you can take out a Collision Damage Waiver or seek out travel insurance that includes car hire coverage. As a cost-effective and safe option, this approach can ensure maximum coverage.