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Kota Kinabalu car hires from $53

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car hire in Kota Kinabalu with a pick-up date of 19/7 and drop-off date of 21/7. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of hire. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Proton Saga car
Proton Saga
or similar SMALL
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2
4-5
M
$60/day
Proton Persona car
Proton Persona
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2
4-5
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$66/day
Perodua Bezza car
Perodua Bezza
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2
2/4
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$53/day
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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Kota Kinabalu

  • With the rolling out of electric cars to promote a green circular economy and fight against adverse climate change, some Kota Kinabalu car hire companies provide electric cars for hire. To support this initiative, Kota Kinabalu has set up EV car charging stations like the BMW Regas Premium Sabah EV charging station. Alternatively, you can book your stay in a hotel that has an onsite EV car charger, like Hilton Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel and Hyatt Regency Kinabalu. Most of these locations have either an AC or DC type 1 charger with charging output ranging from 3.1kW – 22kW, charging your hire car in approximately 4-8 hours.
  • For you to get a hire car in Kota Kinabalu, you need to be at least 21 years old and not older than 65 years. However, most hire companies only allow drivers 23 years and older to hire a car. To obtain cheap car hire in Kota Kinabalu, you need to have a current and valid driver’s licence. Foreign nationals who hold a valid driving licence and passport in English can drive in Malaysia for a maximum of 3 months. Note that probational licence holders aren’t accepted in Kota Kinabalu. You are required to provide a credit card under the driver’s name, to make the payment and hold a deposit.
  • Explore all the attractions of Kota Kinabalu conveniently, in the city or further out, using cheap car hire in Kota Kinabalu. Among the attractions, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (only about a 30min drive from Downtown Kota Kinabalu) is a biodiversity hotspot both below and above water. Roughly 18 km northeast of Kota Kinabalu, you can drive your hire car to Mari Mari Cultural Village, to learn about the rich history and culture of the state of Sabah’s many indigenous groups.
  • 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.
  • Book your rental car in Kota Kinabalu at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact rental cars in Kota Kinabalu are around 40% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Kota Kinabalu

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Kota Kinabalu?

    For car hire in Kota Kinabalu, it often makes sense to choose a smaller rather than larger vehicle, for ease of parking and greater flexibility in traffic. Choosing a car with good fuel economy is also a good idea if you intend to do a lot of driving. Roads are generally good and well-maintained, so you shouldn’t need special terrain vehicles, even when exploring the countryside; but you may consider it if you decide to visit villages or other places off the beaten path.

  • What’s the speed limit in Kota Kinabalu?

    The speed limit on federal roads in Kota Kinabalu is 90 km/h. On expressways, the limit is increased to 110 km/h. Breaking the speed limit can result in heavy fines, so be careful to adhere to the rules at all times. Many roads are equipped with speed cameras.

  • Where are the best places to park in Kota Kinabalu?

    Parking can be a problem in Kota Kinabalu. There are few on-road parking options, but shopping centre car parks are a good option. These offer hourly and 3h parking rates with top-up costs for each additional hour. There are also several multi-level car parks around the city offering similar rates.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Kota Kinabalu?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Europcar ($53/day) and keddy by Europcar ($60/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Europcar No L1l02 C16 88000 (6 kilometres from the city centre).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Kota Kinabalu?

    The average price of fuel in Kota Kinabalu is $2.66 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of uel costs between $32 and $42, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Kota Kinabalu?

    Compact (Perodua Axia or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Kota Kinabalu.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Kota Kinabalu?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Kota Kinabalu?

    A Compact car hire in Kota Kinabalu costs $50 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Full Size car hire cost in Kota Kinabalu?

    A Full Size car hire in Kota Kinabalu costs $95 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Kota Kinabalu?

    A Standard car hire in Kota Kinabalu costs $100 per day, on average.

  • What road trips can I take from Kota Kinabalu?

    If you are a hiking enthusiast, you can travel for about 4 hours to Mount Kinabalu. This mountain has some of the highest trekkable peaks in the world and makes for a thrilling climb for any adventurer. About 2h 30min from the city, you will find the Kundasang waterfall, which is accessible and captivating.

  • What is the child seat rule in Kota Kinabalu?

    In Kota Kinabalu, children younger than 12 years, shorter than 136 cm or weighing under 36 kg, are required to be in an appropriate car seat when travelling in private cars. However, only car seats certified under United Nations Regulation UN R129 and UN R44 are legal.

Kota Kinabalu car rental reviews and directory

Europcar

7.6

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

8.4

2 locations in Kota Kinabalu

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Ground Floor Oceanus Waterfront Mal

+60 16 354 2178

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No L1l02 C16

+60 16 354 2178

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2022

KAYAK
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6.0 Okay

May 2022

KAYAK
The time range to pick up/ drop off should be wider .

1 out of 1

Suria Car Rental

7.3

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

7.3

One location in Kota Kinabalu

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Bangunan Terminal, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

+60 12 569 9758

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2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
After booking and paying, they called and cancelled. Very bad indeed. Had to make late alternative arrangements and missed a trip to Mount Kinabalu

1 out of 1

KK Rent A Car

10.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

Best rated

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

31 locations in Kota Kinabalu

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1 Sutera Harbour

+60 8823 4607

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1, Lorong Likas Square

+60 8823 4607

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12, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman

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28 Lorong Bakau, Kota Kinabalu

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36, Jln Hj Saman

+60 8823 4607

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41, Jalan Gaya

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5 Jln Padang

+60 8823 4607

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63, Jalan Gaya

+60 8823 4607

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69, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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75, Bandaran Berjaya

+60 8823 4607

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Blk A, Lot 6, Grd Flr

+60 8823 4607

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Borneo Trails Travel&tours Sdn Bhd L1l14,level1(landside),arv Hall,t1

+60 168 309 136

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Coastal Highway, Wawasan Plaza

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Jln Pantai

+60 8823 4607

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Jln Tun Fuad

+60 8823 4607

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Level 7, Blk D

+60 8823 4607

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Lorong Api-Api 2

+60 8823 4607

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Lorong Ming Garden

+60 8823 4607

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Lot 21, 1st Flr

+60 8823 4607

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Lot 3.3, 3rd Flr, Asia City

+60 8823 4607

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Lot 3/4, Blk 9

+60 8823 4607

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Lot 48, Grd Flr, 2nd Flr

+60 8823 4607

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Lot 6, Block L

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Lot 60-64, Lorong Ikan

+60 8823 4607

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Lot 7, Blk A, 1st Floor

+60 8823 4607

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Lot B - 2 & 3, Warisan Square

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No.1, Jln Singgah

+60 8823 4607

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No2, Jalan Kinabalu, Tanjung Aru Township, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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Resort & Spa

+60 8823 4607

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Tanjung Aru

+60 8823 4607

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Unit 25-28 Grd Flr

+60 8823 4607

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Agtran

8.0

Very Good

No reviews available

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

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Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Beg Berkunci No 134, Aras 5, Bangunan Terminal, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

+60 18 989 0800

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Sunday08:00 - 22:00

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Avis

8.0

Very Good

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Lot No. L1L02 (C4) Lev 1

+60 88 204 460

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00

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keddy by Europcar

6.7

Okay

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3 locations in Kota Kinabalu

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2nd floor lot 28,29,30, oceanus mall, 31, Jalan Tun Razak, fuan stephen, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malásia

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Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Oceanus Waterfront Mall

+60 163 542 178

Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00

Kota Kinabalu Int'L Airport

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Sixt

2.0

Poor

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Lot No L1L02(C2) Level 1

+60 8841 3520

Monday09:00 - 18:00
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Wednesday09:00 - 18:00
Thursday09:00 - 18:00
Friday09:00 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 18:00
Sunday09:00 - 18:00

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Green Matrix

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3 locations in Kota Kinabalu

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Arrival Hall, Terminal 1 L1l01 (c4), Public Concourse

+60 129 214 242

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Kota Kinabalu Terminal 2

+60 129 214 242

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Lot F-G-3, Block G, G. Floor Plaza Tanjong Aru, Jalan Mat Salleh

+60 129 214 242

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Hawk

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Hawk / Extra Rent A Car, Sabah Oriental Hotel

+60 8821 8160

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Kota Kinabalu

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Zara's Boutique Hotel (Lobby Level), Harbour City

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Mayflower

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Borneo Trails Travel&tours Sdn Bhd L1l14,level1(landside),arv Hall,t1

+60 8824 2990

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Kota Kinabalu Terminal 2

+60 8824 2990

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Lot A-1-7, 1st Floor, Block A, Plaza Tanjung Aru, Jalan Mat Salleh

+60 8824 2990

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Hertz

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T1 New Wing

+60 88 413 326

Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
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Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday09:00 - 18:00

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8.0 Very Good

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Not exactly clear where best to drop car.

1 out of 0

KK Leisure

No score available yet

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Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Lot No. L1L04, Level 1, Arrival Landside (Terminal 1, ETB, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah)

+60 16 830 9136

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Pacific

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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah airport

+60 8870 1899

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Prima Odyssey

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Meet & Greet Service

+60 198 228 283

Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday08:00 - 22:00

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Shouqi

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One location in Kota Kinabalu

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L1l14,level1(landside),arv Hall,t1

+86 10 6064 1387

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Sunnycars

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Kota Kinabalu airport

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Thrifty

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T1 New Wing

+60 3 7966 7000

Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday08:00 - 22:00
Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
Saturday08:00 - 22:00
Sunday09:00 - 18:00

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6 travellers who rented a car in Kota Kinabalu gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.8

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Most popular car type

Compact

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Kota Kinabalu car hire information

Pick-up locationKota Kinabalu
Car typesCompact, Economy, Full-size
Hire locations56
Airport locations19
Popular agencieskeddy by Europcar, Europcar