Kota Kinabalu car hire

Kota Kinabalu car hire

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
25 Jan — 1 Feb
Same drop-off
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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Kota Kinabalu car hire information

Pick-up locationKota Kinabalu
Hire locations51
Airport locations17

Kota Kinabalu car hire reviews and directory

From $48/dayRated no. 1
Hertz
Best rated
8 Excellent (1 review)
1 location in Kota Kinabalu
Hertz
Locations in Kota Kinabalu
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Recent reviews
8.0 Excellent2 Feb. 2017
Not exactly clear where best to drop car.
From $53/day
KK Rent A Car
Most popular
28 locations in Kota Kinabalu
KK Rent A Car
Locations in Kota Kinabalu
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From $46/day
Green Matrix
3 locations in Kota Kinabalu
Green Matrix
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Hawk
3 locations in Kota Kinabalu
Hawk
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Mayflower
3 locations in Kota Kinabalu
Mayflower
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From $46/day
Europcar
Cheapest deal
2 locations in Kota Kinabalu
Europcar
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keddy by Europcar
2 locations in Kota Kinabalu
keddy by Europcar
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Sunnycars
2 locations in Kota Kinabalu
Sunnycars
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Agtran
1 location in Kota Kinabalu
Agtran
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From $64/day
Avis
1 location in Kota Kinabalu
Avis
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Pacific
1 location in Kota Kinabalu
Pacific
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Pacific Rent A Car
1 location in Kota Kinabalu
Pacific Rent A Car
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Prima Odyssey
1 location in Kota Kinabalu
Prima Odyssey
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Sixt
1 location in Kota Kinabalu
Sixt
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Thrifty
1 location in Kota Kinabalu
Thrifty
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One traveller who hired a car in Kota Kinabalu gave the car agency they used an average rating of 8.0

Car hire locations in or near Kota Kinabalu

Good to know

Most popular agency

KK Rent A Car

Most popular car type

Intermediate

Average price

$71/day

Good deal

$54/day

When to book a car hire in Kota Kinabalu

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Top tips for hiring a car in Kota Kinabalu

  • Car hire in Kota Kinabalu comes with a lot of advantages. Although the bus system in the city is quite good and many locations are walkable, nothing can give you the same freedom and independence as a car, especially if you intend to take trips out of the city to visit neighbouring areas. There are many things to see and do in Sabah state that will prove a hassle without a car, and hiring a vehicle gives you the freedom to make your own itineraries and timetables.
  • Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, K K Rent-A-Car, Thrifty, Hawk, Green Matrix and Sixt all offer car hire in Kota Kinabalu from the airport. Kota Kinabalu car hire agencies operate in the arrivals hall of Terminal 2 of Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI). It is generally cheaper to book your car online before arrival rather than at the airport, and Hertz, Europcar, Green Matrix, Thrifty and Hawk all operate shuttle services or provide drivers to meet you at the airport and take you to the agency to finalise the details and pick up your car.
  • Like in Australia and Britain, Malaysia drives on the left-hand side, and driving is mostly straightforward and orderly; although, the roads can often get congested. Traffic rules are strictly enforced, so be sure to obey the rules of the road. Australians and other Commonwealth citizens can drive in Malaysia on their normal driving licence and do not need to get an international driver’s permit.
  • The main problem involved with driving in Kota Kinabalu is traffic jams. The population of the city has been increasing over the years and private car use has gone up with it. Rush hour can begin as early as 05:00 in some areas and continues until 08:00 or 9:00, while evening rush hour can stretch from 16:00 till 20:00, depending on where you are in the city. There are few real hazards to be concerned with, however. Traffic may sometimes be slow but it is generally orderly. Be aware that road signs are generally only in Malay and not in English. Many of these signs will be self-explanatory, but it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with some of the common Malay terms, such as ‘stop’, ‘speed limit’, ‘closed road’ etc.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Kota Kinabalu for $54 or less
  • Book your car hire in Kota Kinabalu at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate car hires in Kota Kinabalu are around -13% cheaper than other car types, on average

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