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Car hires in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
17 Apr — 24 Apr
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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Car hire insight and trends in Kota Kinabalu

Useful insights to help you book the perfect car hire in Kota Kinabalu

What is the cheapest car hire agency in Kota Kinabalu?

The cheapest car hire in Kota Kinabalu are generally found through NH Travel. When booking with NH Travel, you may be able to find car hire prices for as low as $34/day. The average price to hire a car in Kota Kinabalu is $34/day.

Best deals found for Kota Kinabalu, Sabah car hire

Find great deals below on a variety of popular rental car types in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Economy$43/day
Compact$41/day
Full-size$43/day
People mover$87/day
Full-size SUV$81/day
Passenger van$51/day
Compact SUV$103/day
Intermediate SUV$114/day
Standard SUV$114/day
Best rates found by momondo users in the past 48 hours.

Important information about Kota Kinabalu car hire

Can I cross the border with a rental car from Kota Kinabalu?

Peninsula Malaysia shares a border with Thailand and Singapore across a bridge, while East Malaysia shares a border with Brunei and Indonesia; that being said, most (if not all) providers of car hire in Kota Kinabalu will not allow driving into any other countries, even if you plan to return to Malaysia to drop off your car later. If you plan to visit Malaysia as well as either of those countries on the same trip, you can cross the border with public transportation and pick up another hire car after arriving at your destination. Always ask your hire car supplier in advance about any planned border crossings, as well as crossing bodies of water with a ferry. Driving outside of Malaysia without your hire car agency’s permission will violate the contract and void any insurance.

Can you hire a car in Kota Kinabalu without a credit card?

Car hire agencies require a payment card for insurance against possible expenses relating to damage, fines or other charges caused by the fault of the driver. While some people do not bring a credit card with them or prefer using a debit card these days, a debit card will not be accepted by most providers of cheap car rentals in Kota Kinabalu, and neither will cheques or cash. A debit card may sometimes be used for booking, but you will still need a credit card issued to the main driver in order to secure the deposit when you arrive at the hire desk.

What driving laws should I keep an eye out for in Kota Kinabalu?

Driving around Kota Kinabalu can feel familiar, especially if you’re used to driving on the left side of the road, as in the UK. The left lane of a dual carriageway is the slow lane and the right-most lane is for overtaking; but on a three lane expressway, the centre lane can be used when driving at a steady speed and not overtaking. On top of that, road signs in Malaysia are in accordance with the international road signs, so despite the presence of Malay words, anyone should be able to understand most of the signs. The speed limit is generally 110 km/h (70 mph) on motorways and 50 to 70 km/h (30 to 45 mph) in town. There are many motorcycles in Kota Kinabalu, so be alert for motorcycles sharing the road, at traffic lights, intersections and when going around a corner. In Kota Kinabalu, the blood alcohol content (BAC) limit is 0.08%, as in the UK. Unlike major motorways in Peninsular Malaysia, the dual carriage Pan Borneo Expressway in Sabah and Sarawak is toll free.

What documents does an international traveller need to hire a car in Kota Kinabalu?

At the time of your car hire, you will need to have held a full and valid driving licence for at least two years. A driving licence that uses non-Roman alphabets (Hangul, Chinese characters, Cyrillic etc) must be complemented by an International Driving Licence, or for some providers of car hire in Kota Kinabalu, any driving licence not in English will require an International Driving Licence. The minimum age to hire a car is 21 for most Kota Kinabalu car hire agencies, and some car hire companies may charge a fee for drivers under the age of 25, as well as those over the age of 65. Your car hire agency may ask for a secondary ID card or passport at time of pick up, and remember to bring a credit card registered in the same name as the booking.


Kota Kinabalu, Sabah car hire deals found on momondo

Find the car hire in Kota Kinabalu that's right for you

Small cars

$50 - $95

All Car Types

$74 - $106

The average price of a small car hire in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is $63. The cheapest time to hire a small car in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is in August. The price is 21% lower than the rest of the year at just $50 per day. A small car rental is typically 27% less expensive than the average rental car in Kota Kinabalu. The average price of a vehicle hire in Kota Kinabalu can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Kota Kinabalu small car hire found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a medium car hire in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is $95. The cheapest time to hire a medium car in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is in August. The price is 12% lower than the rest of the year at just $85 per day. A medium car rental is typically 11% more expensive than the average rental car in Kota Kinabalu. The average price of a vehicle hire in Kota Kinabalu can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire.

The average price of a large car hire in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is $100. The cheapest time to hire a large car in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is in November. The price is 18% lower than the rest of the year at just $82 per day. A large car rental is typically 14% more expensive than the average rental car in Kota Kinabalu. The average price of a vehicle hire in Kota Kinabalu can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Kota Kinabalu large car hire found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a SUV hire in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is $92. The cheapest time to hire a SUV in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is in December. The price is 18% lower than the rest of the year at just $77 per day. A SUV rental is typically 8% more expensive than the average rental car in Kota Kinabalu. The average price of a vehicle hire in Kota Kinabalu can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Kota Kinabalu SUV hire found on momondo in the past week.

The average price of a van hire in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is $115. The cheapest time to hire a van in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is in November. The price is 26% lower than the rest of the year at just $86 per day. A van rental is typically 26% more expensive than the average rental car in Kota Kinabalu. The average price of a vehicle hire in Kota Kinabalu can vary based on a number of factors including supply, popularity of the vehicle, and how far out you book your car hire. Below are the best prices for Kota Kinabalu van hire found on momondo in the past week.

Toyota Yaris Cross
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

$41/day

29 Jun - 11 Jul
Toyota Yaris Cross
Kia Picanto
or similar Economy
Up to 2 passengers

$43/day

29 Jun - 11 Jul
Kia Picanto
Toyota Yaris
or similar Compact
Up to 4 passengers

$46/day

29 Jun - 11 Jul
Toyota Yaris

Kota Kinabalu car hire directory

All major car hire suppliers in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

KK Rent A Car

31 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Overall

10.0

Pick-up/drop-off

10.0

Value

10.0

Agtran

1 location
Overview

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Overall

8.0

Pick-up/drop-off

8.0

Value

8.0

Avis

1 location

Europcar

7.6
Good
2 reviews2 locations
Overview

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.8

Overall

7.6

Pick-up/drop-off

7.6

Value

8.4

keddy by Europcar

3 locations

Sixt

1 location

Green Matrix

3 locations

Hawk

3 locations

Quick facts about car hire in Kota Kinabalu

Get the overview on great hire deals, popular car hire companies, and best car types for your visit in Kota Kinabalu

Most Popular Agency

Europcar

Popular Car Types

Compact, Passenger Van, SUV

Cheapest Hire Car

$45

Most Popular Model

Perodua Axia
The most popular Kota Kinabalu car hire agency found on momondo this month is Europcar. Other top choices for car hire companies are keddy by Europcar and NH Travel
The following car types were offered at car hire companies in Kota Kinabalu in the past 72 hours: Compact, Passenger Van, SUV.
The lowest price for a car hire in Kota Kinabalu is $45/day. For this area, you can expect average prices starting from $60/day.
The most popular car model to hire in Kota Kinabalu in the past 7 days is the Perodua Axia. Our users also prefer the Perodua Alza as an alternative.

Find popular attractions close to your car hire pick-up

Visit these must-see attractions near popular car hire locations in Kota Kinabalu

Nearby attractions:

Gaya Street Sunday Market6.8 km

Nearby attractions:

Gaya Street Sunday Market118.8 km

Nearby attractions:

Gaya Street Sunday Market146.1 km

Hire a car near one of these popular hotels in Kota Kinabalu

Below are the most popular hotels in Kota Kinabalu
Pantai Inn

Pantai Inn

57, Jalan Pantai, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

0.9 km from city centre

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu

Jalan Datuk Salleh Sulong, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

1.2 km from city centre

Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu

Le Méridien Kota Kinabalu

Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

0.6 km from city centre

Ming Garden Hotel And Residences

Ming Garden Hotel And Residences

Lorong Ming Garden, Jalan Coastal, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

0.8 km from city centre

Hotel 7 Suria

Hotel 7 Suria

7th Floor Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

1.5 km from city centre

The Magellan Sutera Resort

The Magellan Sutera Resort

1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

1.6 km from city centre

Hilton Kota Kinabalu

Hilton Kota Kinabalu

Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, Asia City 3, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

0.2 km from city centre

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru, Kota Kinabalu

No. 20, Jalan Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

4.0 km from city centre

Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel

Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel

Lot G-23A, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

0.5 km from city centre

The Pacific Sutera Hotel

The Pacific Sutera Hotel

1 Sutera Harbour Boulevard, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

1.9 km from city centre

Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre

Mercure Kota Kinabalu City Centre

41, Jalan Gaya, Pusat Bandar, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

1.7 km from city centre

The Klagan Hotel

The Klagan Hotel

Unit 25-28, Ground Floor, Block D, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

0.5 km from city centre

Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu

Promenade Hotel Kota Kinabalu

No 4, Lorong Api-Api 3, Api-Api Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

0.4 km from city centre

Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu

Shangri-La Rasa Ria, Kota Kinabalu

Pantai Dalit, Tuaran, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

21.5 km from city centre

Hotel Shangri-La Kota Kinabalu

Hotel Shangri-La Kota Kinabalu

75, Bandaran Berjaya, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

0.4 km from city centre

The Luma Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels

The Luma Hotel, a Member of Design Hotels

Lot 2-5, Block A, Sutera Avenue, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

2.0 km from city centre

Horizon Hotel

Horizon Hotel

Jalan Pantai, Locked Bag 2084, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

0.9 km from city centre

KK Times Square Hotel

KK Times Square Hotel

C-16-G, Signature Office, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

1.0 km from city centre


Driving with a car hire in Kota Kinabalu - FAQs

Learn everything there is to know about hiring a car in Kota Kinabalu so you can be properly prepared for your next trip

Is there a fee to cancel my Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia car hire?

The majority of car hire agencies in Kota Kinabalu offer free cancellation. momondo will always tell you whether or not rental car centres such as KK Rent A Car, Agtran, and Europcar have a cancellation fee for travellers who have last-minute itinerary changes.

What is the best type of car to hire in Kota Kinabalu during May?

With temperatures averaging 27 °C and precipitation usually 290 mm during May, you should consider hiring a standard when travelling to Kota Kinabalu. A standard size car can handle the fluctuations in temperature and rainfall during the month of May and is a popular choice for travellers heading to Kota Kinabalu. Hiring a Standard in Kota Kinabalu will cost you $103/day on average.

What is the speed limit in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia?

If you are hiring a vehicle in Kota Kinabalu, then be aware that the current speed limit within city or town limits is 70 km/h, unless otherwise posted. Suburban speed limits around Kota Kinabalu will generally have a speed limit of 90 km/h. If you are travelling on a motorway in Kota Kinabalu, then the speed limit is 110 km/h.

What is the weather like in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia in April?

Typically, the weather in Kota Kinabalu through the month of April is 27 °C and the expected precipitation is 128 mm. This is important information to know when hiring a car so you can be sure to rent the perfect car for the expected weather.

Is the weather in Kota Kinabalu similar to the rest of Sabah?

Travellers looking to leave from Kota Kinabalu on a road trip around Sabah or the surrounding areas during the month of April should expect temperatures around 27 °C and about 119 mm of possible rain through the month.

When did momondo last update prices for cars in Kota Kinabalu?

Prices for cars in Kota Kinabalu are updated daily.

How many operators does momondo search for cars in Kota Kinabalu?

How old do you have to be to hire a car in Kota Kinabalu?

The minimum age for drivers varies by country, including Kota Kinabalu. In many EU countries drivers must be 18 years old. As a rule, you’ll need to be 21 to hire a car abroad, and a young driver surcharge may be applied if you are under 25. We recommend reading through the policy of your chosen hire company before booking.

What documentation or ID do you need to hire a car in Kota Kinabalu?

To hire a car in Kota Kinabalu, all drivers must have a valid full driving license. If the license is written in a language other than the language of the country of hire, an International Driving Permit may be required to avoid the risk of potential fines. If you're hiring a car abroad, you may also need to provide proof of return travel and accommodation information during your stay. We recommend that you verify with the specific hire company you're booking with.


Why use momondo?

Why should I use momondo to book a car hire in Kota Kinabalu?

Choosing momondo to search for car hire in Kota Kinabalu makes sense because it is quick and free of charge. We find all the rental car hire prices and policies, you simply choose what works best for you and your trip.

How does momondo help me find the best car hire deal in Kota Kinabalu?

Filtering is how momondo helps you find a great car hire in Kota Kinabalu. Narrow your search using price and map features as well as filtering by fuel or mileage policies amongst many other filters available.

Does momondo show car hire deals in Kota Kinabalu with free cancellation?

Yes momondo does have a filter to only highlight car hire deals which offer free cancellation. This filter is available for all car hire searches on momondo including those for cars in Kota Kinabalu.

Can I hire a car with a fair fuel policy in Kota Kinabalu on momondo?

Yes, momondo has a filter for fair fuel policies on car hire in Kota Kinabalu.

Can I find a car hire in Kota Kinabalu which offers enhanced cleaning on momondo?

Yes, momondo shows deals with enhanced cleaning services for hire cars in Kota Kinabalu.

Can I search for car hire in Kota Kinabalu with unlimited mileage on momondo?

Yes, car hire deals in Kota Kinabalu with unlimited mileage can be found on momondo.


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