Car Rentals in Kuching - Complete Guide to Renting a Car

Located on the Sarawak River, Kuching is the capital and the most populous city in the state of Sarawak in Malaysia. Even though Kuching has a good local transport system in the form on buses, shuttle vans and taxis, having to change taxis at every destination or board a bus can be tiresome and frustrating. This is where car rentals come to your rescue. They are the best option one can have as a visitor to the city, ensuring a comfortable journey at your own leisure.

Top Car Rentals In Kuching

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1. - Kuching Car Rental

A 24/7 car rental company in Kuching, they serve their customers with reasonable car rentals, negotiable renting prices, pick up and return the car at your doorstep if required, and clean, comfortable, and good quality cars that ensure safety. They also offer 24/7 breakdown support and driver services. The range of cars to choose from is wide - Honda Accord, Honda City, Nissan Almera, Perodua Alza, Perodua Axia, Perodua Viva, Proton Exora, Toyota Hiace, and many more. These cars can accommodate 4 people to 11 people. The rentals for these cars can range from anywhere between RM 90 to RM 950 depending on your choice.
Location: Kuching International Airport, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Contact: +60 16-898 5098

2. Kuching Car Rental Airport

Licensed car rental company in Kuching which is certified by LPKP (a government body), they do not take an advance deposit upon online booking. You can drive anywhere as long as it’s within Sarawak, Sabah, and Brunei. The cars range from supersaver, compact, sedan, SUV, MVP, to window vans. Perodua Kancil, Perodua Viva, Saga BLM / Bezza, Alza, Wira / Myvi, New Toyota Hiace, Hilux / Triton w/canopy, Alphard 2.4 (7 seaters), New Toyota Alphard 2.5, are a few of the many available. The daily rentals for this car range can range anywhere from RM 100 to RM 750 depending on your pick.
Location: Kuching International Airport Terminal, L103 - L106, 900B, Kuching, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Contact: +60 19-305 7221

3. Kuching Car Rental

Arranging for free delivery & pickup at Kuching Airport and any hotels within the Kuching city area, they promise no hidden rates. They also allow for One Way Rental and a simple online car reservation process. They provide chauffeur driven service and motorcycle rental as well. Kancil Manual (Compact Car), Perodua Kenari (Manual/Auto), Proton Iswara Aeroback (Manual & Power Steering), Perodua MyVi New Saloon, Proton New Gen2Saloon, Perodua Alza (Auto)MPV, Naza Citra (Auto)MPV, are a few of the many options available for rent. The daily rental prices of these cars can vary anywhere between RM 69 to RM 280 per day. These cars range from 4 seaters to 11 seaters perfect for business trips to a big family visit.
Location: AJ205 1st Floor, MJC, Batu Kawah New Township, Jalan Batu Kawa, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Contact: +60 16-888 4020

4. EUROPCAR - Car Rental Kuching

A worldwide company that specializes in car rental business founded in 1949, they have been in this business for more than 10 years now in Malaysia. Their vehicles are less than 1 year old on average, ranging from compact to luxury cars. PERODUA MYVI 1.3A, PROTON SAGA 1.3, NISSAN ALMERA 1.5, HONDA BR-V 1.5, TOYOTA VIOS 1.5, HONDA CIVIC HYBRID 1.5, TOYOTA INNOVA 2.0, are a few notable ones from a wide range that they offer. They include Collision Damage Waiver and Theft Waiver in the rental.
Location: KCLD, 2nd Floor, Lot 1526, Block 17, Jalan Lapangan Terbang, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Contact: +60 16-572 2178

5. Flexi Car Rental

Formerly known as Cat City Car Rental S/B, they provide economical to luxury cars maintained at the highest of standards to ensure a comfortable driving experience to all their clients. Upon request, they also provide Chauffeur Drive Service, Hotel Reservation Services in selective hotels, a special rate to frequent corporate companies and travellers, and Airport shuffle service. Perodua Kancil (M), Proton New saga (M), Perodua Bezza (A), Toyota Vios (A), Toyota Hilux (M), New Hiace (M), Toyota Alphard (A), Toyota Vellfire (A), are a few of the many to choose from. The daily rentals can be from anywhere between RM 100 to RM 750 depending on your choice of vehicle. These vehicles can accommodate 4 people to 12 people.
Location: GL 12, Terminal Building, Kuching International Airport, 93722 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Contact: +60 82-452 200

6. FRAC Low-Cost Car Rental Kuching - Kereta Sewa Murah Kuching

FRAC Low-Cost Rental Kuching allows for free bookings, which means they do not collect booking deposits except for special dates and allow free cancellation is informed well in advance. They also provide free delivery to Kuching Airport, and all their cars come with mobile phone holders for driving convenience and safety. They have been in this business since 2010 now and promise to provide the lowest rental prices as possible. They provide 8 options to choose from. To list out, they are - Viva 850 Manual, Viva Auto, Axia Auto, Myvi Manual, Myvi Auto, Alza Manual, Alza Auto, and Toyota Vios Auto. The daily rental price for these cars ranges from RM 70 to RM 150 depending on your choice.
Location: Jalan Abell, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Contact: +60 19-888 3409

7. Green Matrix Car Rental | Sarawak

Allowing for free delivery and pickup within a 10km radius, the minimal rental time in 24 hours. You can drive up to 300km per day, and they will not collect any security deposit if the hirer provides relevant documents to verify their home/work addresses. Perodua Viva 1.0 (A), Perodua Axia 1.0 (A), Proton Saga 1.3 (A), Perodua Myvi 1.3 (A), Perodua Bezza 1.3 (A), Perodua Alza 1.5 (A), Toyota Vios 1.5 (A), Proton Exora 1.6 (A), Toyota Innova 2.0 (A), Toyota Hiace 2.5 (M), Toyota Hilux 2.5, Toyota Camry 2.0 (A), Hyundai Starex 2.5 (A), and Toyota Vellfire 2.4 (A) are your options to choose from. These vehicles accommodate a minimum of 1 person to a maximum of 10 people. The daily rental cost can be anything starting from RM 107 to RM 917. They also offer Chauffeur services however rates for that differ from the above given self-driven cars.
Location: No.416, Lorong 1, Jalan Wan Abdul Rahman, Kenyalang Park, 93300 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Contact: +60 17-845 2439

8. Pronto Car Rental

Licensed with the Commercial Vehicle Licencing Board SARAWAK, this car rental in Kuching is also a member of the Car Rental Association of Malaysia,(CRAM). All their vehicles are air-conditioned, which is a necessity. In addition to this, they also provide chauffeur services at an extra rate on special requests. All their chauffeur-driven cars include fuel and chauffeur allowance. An important aspect to keep in mind is that all self-driven rental rates are for the Kuching area only. All vehicles are with public carrier permit as required by Law In Sarawak and are fully Insured for car rental. They have nearly 22 cars to choose from some of which are Toyota Fortuner 2.5 4×4, Toyota Alphard 3.0, Mitsubishi Triton Twin-Cab 2.5 4×4, Proton Exora MPV 1.6, Proton Perdana Saloon 2.0, Honda City Saloon 1.5, Perodua Myvi Saloon 1.3, Perodua Kancil 850, and Perodua Viva 1.0. The daily rentals of these cars can range anywhere, starting from RM 100 to RM 750 depending on your choice. They provide for both manuals as well as automatic cars.
Location: 98, Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Contact: +60 13-811 6778

9. RG Car Rental Kuching International Airport

A leading car rental company in Kuching, located at the airport, they provide self-driven cars as well as chauffeur limousine services. They have cars of all range to offer from, starting from Sedan, MPV, 4WD, Compact, and Van. Perodua Viva (Auto/Manual), Perodua Myvi (Auto), Nissan Almera 1.5 (Auto), Proton Ertiga 1.4 (Auto), Toyota Hilux (Auto/Manual), Perodua Bezza (Auto), Nissan Sylphy 2.0 (Auto) are some of the many available.
Location: G19, Ground Floor, Arrival Hall Lobby, Kuching International Airport, 93722 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Contact: +60 19-818 3112

10. Kuching Combo Car Rental

Kuching Combo Car Rental service requires no booking fees and provides free airport car pickup and delivery. It also allows for free rental of Garmin Nuvi Original GPS with any booking of an MPV car. You can also book through Whatsapp with them. Proton Saga FLX SV 1.3CCAuto, Perodua Alza Auto 1.5CC S Edition MPV, Toyota Avanza Auto 1.5CC MPV, Perodua Kancil Manual, Perodua Viva Auto, Toyota Avanza Auto MPV, and Perodua Alza Auto MPV are some of the cars available with them.
Location: DC108, Grd. Flr. MJC New Township, 93250, Taman Seng Goon, 93250 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Contact: +60 12-892 8000

Age Requirement for Renting a Car in Kuching

The minimum age requirement for renting a car in Kuching is 21 years. However, if you are 21-25 years of age, you might have to pay a young driver fee. If you're 65 or older, you may have to pay a senior driver fee. The age restriction may vary and hence check with the respective car rental company.

License Requirement to Rent a Car in Kuching

You will require proper valid documents like a foreigner's driver's license, International Driving Permit (IDP)/ International Driving Licence (IDL). If your license is not in English, you will require its official translation.

Driving Conditions in Kuching

Proton Exora MPV
  • The roads of Kuching are fairly well-maintained, and the driving orientation is on the left. The speed is generally slow-paced.
  • The speed limit on the dual-carriageway road can reach a maximum of 90km/hr and may be reduced to 70 km/hr or 80 km/hr during festivals.
  • Some drivers may not follow these driving directions, and you might find a few road hoggers like lorries.
  • Directional signs in Kuching are inadequate, and hence you will require a good road map and a strong sense of directions to travel within the city, which makes self-driving in Kuching challenging yet fun!

Tips for Renting a Car

  • Check for all the hidden fees.
  • Once booked, please have a hard copy of your booking details with you.
  • Have a detailed road map handy.
  • Always ask for an extra set of keys.
  • Plan carefully for an extra driver. See if at all you will need one.
  • When accepting the delivery, check for all the damages, small or big and bring them to the notice.
  • Smoking and use of items that have a foul smell are prohibited in some of the cars, and hence, read the rental agreement carefully.
  • Driving outside Kuching is restricted for cars of a few rental companies. Check for the same.
  • Some cars may be fitted with trackers, so if you plan on bending or breaking any rules, you might end in trouble.
  • Check all kinds of insurance included in the rental prices. It is advised to pay and get your vehicle insurance if it is not covered in the rental price (especially collision damage waiver or CDW).
  • Get familiar with the road rules and driving limits.
  • Ask the rental companies for information on gas refilling if you have any doubts.
  • Check for basic maintenance like working of the air-conditioner, air in the tires, fluid levels of the car, etc.

This post was published by Yashi Shah

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