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Borneo car rentals

Driver's age: 26-65
Fri 31.05
Fri 07.06

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Cheap car rentals in Borneo

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Top tips for renting a car in Borneo

  • Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) is the main airport serving Borneo, a giant, rugged island in Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago. As a major arrival station in the region, it is likely to have several car rental companies with counters inside the terminal building or close to the airport. Upon arrival, look for the car rental counters in the airport's arrivals area. These counters are typically situated near the exit or in a designated car rental section. Major international car rental companies like Hertz, Avis, and Europcar are present at the airport.
  • Borneo is a large island shared by three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. The traffic jam situation can vary depending on location, time of day, and local events. Major cities and urban areas in Borneo, such as Kota Kinabalu in Sabah (Malaysia), Kuching in Sarawak (Malaysia), and Pontianak in West Kalimantan (Indonesia), may experience traffic congestion during peak hours, especially in the mornings (7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) and evenings (5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) when people are commuting to and from work.
  • The type of car to drive in Borneo depends on various factors, including your specific needs and preferences. For instance, standard sedans or compact SUVs should be sufficient in urban areas and major cities. However, if you plan to explore more rural or off-road areas, consider a four-wheel-drive or an SUV with good ground clearance for better handling on rough roads. Compact cars like the Toyota Vios or Honda City are ideal for city driving, and standard SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner or Mitsubishi Pajero for more rugged terrain.
  • Seat belt usage is always mandatory for all occupants of a vehicle while in motion in Borneo. This includes the driver and all passengers, regardless of their seating position in the car. Generally, rear-facing child safety seats are recommended for infants and toddlers. The age and weight limit for rear-facing seats may vary from country to country, but children should be kept in rear-facing seats. Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats, they should use booster seats. Booster seats help position seat belts correctly over children's bodies for optimal safety.
  • Book your rental car in Borneo at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Intermediate rental cars in Borneo are around 36% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Borneo

  • What is the most popular rental car in Borneo?

    Full-size (Class Full-size SUV or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Borneo.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Borneo?

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

  • Should I rent a car in Borneo?

    Renting a car allows you to explore Borneo at your own pace and schedule. You can visit off-the-beaten-path destinations, make impromptu stops, and customize your itinerary according to your interests. In addition, Borneo is known for its rich biodiversity, pristine rainforests, and remote areas. Having a rental car allows you to access places that may not be easily reachable by public transportation, allowing you to discover hidden gems like Mulu Caves, Batu Lawi, and Kubah National Park.

  • What is driving like in Borneo?

    Malaysia and Brunei drivers stay on the left side of the road, while Indonesians drive on the right. Be aware of the driving side in the specific country you are visiting. Remember that some areas may have narrow or unpaved roads, especially if you venture into national parks or less-developed regions. In addition, night driving can be challenging due to limited street lighting in some areas and the potential for encountering wildlife on the roads. Avoid driving at night, if possible, especially in remote regions.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in Borneo?

    As in most places, the minimum age to rent a car in Borneo is typically 21 years old. However, the age requirement may vary depending on the car rental company and the country in which you rent the vehicle (Malaysia, Indonesia, or Brunei). Bear in mind that these requirements may change based on the car hire agency and vehicle category. Notably, some companies only rent luxury cars and SUVs to drivers above 25. Moreover, you must have a valid driver's license and a major credit card for the rental deposit.

Car rental locations in Borneo

Car rental directory

  • kk

    KK Rent A Car car rental locations in Borneo

    31 Locations

  • greenmatrix

    Green Matrix car rental locations in Borneo

    12 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in Borneo

    11 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in Borneo

    8 Locations

  • agtran

    Agtran car rental locations in Borneo

    7 Locations

  • mayflower

    Mayflower car rental locations in Borneo

    6 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car rental locations in Borneo

    6 Locations

  • kongteck

    Kong Teck car rental locations in Borneo

    5 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in Borneo

    5 Locations

  • keddy

    keddy by Europcar car rental locations in Borneo

    5 Locations

  • europcar

    Europcar car rental locations in Borneo

    4 Locations

  • hawk

    Hawk car rental locations in Borneo

    4 Locations

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