A hire car is the most comfortable and efficient way to travel around Johor Bahru as well as the rest of the Malaysian peninsula. Ditch the crowded public transports and pricey cab fares and jump into your very own hire car, freely exploring what the city has to offer — including the popular Legoland and the Istana Besar palace on the JB waterfront. Go for a day trip to Singapore, which is just across the Johor Causeway, about 30 minutes from the city center.
All the big car hire companies, including Avis, Hertz, and Europcar, can be found at Senai International Airport (JHB), which is located about 20 miles northwest of Johor Bahru’s city center. The hire car desks are situated in the Arrivals Hall of the main terminal. Make sure you request a GPS that is set to the English language to give you some guidance, as you could end up getting lost in the city.
The first thing you need to know about driving in Johor Bahru is that traffic runs on the left-hand side of the road, while the steering wheel is on the right side of the vehicle. Drivers in Johor Bahru may be a little reckless at times, so always yield to them when you see them. Don’t leave your running car unattended, as car theft is not unusual here. The area near the Singaporean border is usually safer to drive and park.
The city experiences a bit of traffic during rush hour, which usually starts at 6 a.m. and goes until 9 a.m., and then again between 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There are lots of Singaporeans traveling to Johor Bahru through the Johor Causeway, especially during the weekend, so if you’re heading to or from Singapore, try to make the crossing outside those time frames.
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Off-airport rental car locations in Johor Bahru are around 16% cheaper than airport locations on average
Economy rental cars in Johor Bahru are around 19% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Johor Bahru
Some car rental companies in Johor Bahru which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Hertz, Avis and Europcar
On average a hire car in Johor Bahru costs S$ 46 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Avis (S$ 21/day), Suria Car Rental (S$ 27/day) and Hertz (S$ 38/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Avis Lot E10-5 Counter, Aeromall 81250 (22 kilometres from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Johor Bahru is S$ 2.46 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between S$ 30 and S$ 39, depending on the car size.
Economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Johor Bahru.
A Economy car rental in Johor Bahru costs S$ 50 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Johor Bahru costs S$ 42 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car rental in Johor Bahru costs S$ 48 per day, on average.
In Johor Bahru, cars are most frequently hired at Suria Car Rental Senai International Airport, Johor Bahru Johor Darul Ta'zim, Senai, Johor, Malaysia (22 km from city centre ).
On average hiring a car in Johor Bahru costs S$ 320 per week (S$ 46 per day).
On average a car hire in Johor Bahru costs S$ 1,373 per month (S$ 46 per day).
If you're just driving through the city for business purposes, a small, compact car will probably do the job. A hybrid is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while driving around. If you want to travel both around the country and to Singapore, a mid-size sedan is a better option.
The speed limit is typically 60 km/h (37 mph) in urban areas, and 90 km/h (56 mph) on rural roads. Malaysia's expressways have a speed limit of 110 km/h (68 mph), but they may be lower in mountainous areas, crosswind areas, or other urban areas. The limits also lower during festive seasons.
The best and safest places to park your car are the parking garages and lots across town, such as the Johor Bahru City Square parking or Sentral parking lot and Sun Parking, both of which are near the main train station. Rates are about 12RM ($2.90) per day. Overnight parking at JB Sentral is also allowed for rates of about 20RM ($4.80) per night. Street parking is free on Sundays.