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About Singapore (SG)


The dazzlingly city-state of Singapore (SG) packs more action into its pint-size confines that perhaps any other destination on the planet. The most popular city in Asia for business and leisure travel, Singapore is a must-see for every traveler with a taste for Southeast Asia. Its thoroughly modern infrastructure contains some of the world’s top marvels of engineering, and its exceptionally clean and orderly public spaces are an anomaly among other Chinese and Malaysian cities. Singapore is also the third most densely populated urban area in the world — only Hong Kong and Monaco pack more people in a comparable space. In addition to Singapore’s high-class shopping opportunities, bustling local markets, and party-all-night atmosphere, the city-state’s strategic location in the Singapore Strait is also an ideal springboard for other attractions in the region. And indeed, many long-haul flights to ongoing destinations pass through Singapore, giving travelers at least a taste of the city, with one of the world’s most impressively eco-friendly airports, Singapore Changi Airport (SGP).

  Getting around

Given its relatively compact size, renting a car is not the most popular option for visitors to Singapore who plan to stay within city limits. However, for ease of mobility and getting out and around, travelers may well find it far more efficient with a car hire in Singapore. Like everything in Singapore, driving around the region is exceedingly orderly and civilized. All roads are in fantastic condition, clearly marked, and comprehensive in coverage of both the city and outlying areas. There are precisely two bridges linking Singapore with mainland Malaysia — the E5 (Second Link Expressway) and AH2 (Woodland Crossing aka the Johor Causeway), both of which are toll roads. These two links are typically the focal points of congestion in Singapore, but you’ll find smooth sailing on either end. You’ll want to mind your Ps and Qs while driving in Singapore, since traffic rules are strictly enforced and fines are quite high. Otherwise, a Singapore car hire is essential for making the most of your trip if flexibility is important to yoy.

  Choosing your car

Cheap car rentals in Singapore are generally booked with Europcar, Sixt, Hertz, Alamo, Dollar, and National. Choose from compact, economy, intermediate, fullsize and premium 4-door sedans, 7-12 seater minivans, estate wagons, and luxury and specialty vehicles such as a convertible.

  Tips and advice for renting a car in Singapore

1

Singapore is big on abbreviations, particularly with addresses and road names. Expressways are typically marked with acronyms (or initialisms), for example(s): Pan Island Expressway (PIE), Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), Central Expressway (CTE), and Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE), which also happen to be the primary routes in the city.

2

It would be misleading to say that driving in Singapore is cheap. It’s not. In addition to daily rental fees, there are the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) fees, insurance, a surcharge for entering Malaysia, and high fuel prices. Budget travelers may want to rent a car in Johor Bahru, just on the other side of the Woodland Crossing in Malaysia.

3

Parking in Singapore is generally easier than most comparable cities. There are more than four dozen parking garages throughout the city, but you can save some money by spending an extra minute or two cruising around for available spots on the street.

4

Reading the terms and conditions of your Singapore car rental is extremely recommended, due to the significant number of fine print restrictions and exclusions involved with getting around the region.

5

Drivers from the U.K. and Europe will be very familiar with Singapore’s road rules and traffic regulations.

6

Hyper-modern Singapore is not terribly cash friendly except in the local markets. The majority of transactions are electronic only, including tolls, parking, and border crossings.

Urban Speed Limit

THE URBAN SPEED LIMIT IS

50 kph  | 31.1 mph
Rural Speed Limit

THE RURAL SPEED LIMIT IS

70 kph  | 43.5 mph
Motorway Speed Limit

THE MOTORWAY SPEED LIMIT IS

90 kph  | 55.9 mph
Fuel Price

THE FUEL PRICE IS

SEE PRICES
Currency

THE CURRENCY IS

SGD
Road Driving

THE ROAD DRIVING SIDE IS THE

Left
Driving Age

THE MINIMUM DRIVING AGE IS

18 years of age
23 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS

995/999
Documentation requirements

DOCUMENT

License
IDP
Passport
Insurance
Registration

Singapore Driving Ideas Guide


Situated in South East Asia, the island of Singapore is a thoroughly modern city filled with a mix of cultures, including Chinese, Malaysian and Indian. The city (and island of the same name) is one of the top tourist attractions in the region.

Singapore is a shopper's haven, while for lovers of various Asian cuisines, the city has it all. Other popular attractions include beautiful beaches, historical buildings, museums as well as numerous parks and gardens.

Singapore is a perfect base to not only explore the rest of the island by rental car especially as travelling distances are fairly short. Perhaps for the more adventurous, a trip into Malaysia would also be worth exploring. The countries are in fact connected by two land bridges namely the Causeway and Second Link.

Singapore to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

30 mins (20 km) (12 miles) via SLE or Mandai Road

Situated in the district of Kranji, the area around the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is fairly rural and a massive change from the hustle and bustle of the city itself. For lovers of wildlife, the trip is a must.

The reserve is filled with a large number of different animal and bird species and includes herons, various migratory birds from Asia, massive monitor lizards, snakes, otters but to name a few. There are many farms in the Kranji district as well which produce exotic fruits including jackfruit. Some of these offer guided tours.

Other attractions in the area include beautiful beaches, hiking trails and camp sites.

Singapore to Johor Bahru, Malaysia    

50 mins (25 km) (15 miles) via SLE or BKE

A quick trip into Malaysia to visit the popular town of Johor Bahru is well worth considering. “JB” as most Singaporeans call it, has some spectacular shopping opportunities but also many other attractions, with something for everyone.

Perhaps its most popular attraction is Legoland Malaysia, a great place to take the kids.

Many cultural sites can be found in the town including Sultan Abu Bakar Mosque, the Chinese Heritage Museum, Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple and the Kuso Trick Art Gallery.

Accommodation options in Johor Bahru include hotels, backpackers’ lodges and resorts.

Singapore to Malacca, Malaysia

3 hours 10 min (238 km) (310 miles) via AH2

Malacca is an extremely popular destination in Malaysia and well worth the approximately three-hour road trip. The city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has both a modern appeal while losing none of its Malaysian heritage.

Attractions in Malacca include the beautiful botanical gardens, historical buildings such as Stadthuys and St Paul’s Church, museums including the Maritime Museum and the Sultanate Palace as well as the Dutch Heritage Trail, which tracks Dutch influence on the region.

Be sure to spend some time in Jonker Street. This popular thoroughfare is filled with cultural attractions, great shopping opportunities, curio and souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs!

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