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GoSee Malaysia’s metropolis with a car rental

Kuala Lumpur is a high-energy metropolitan and the capital of Malaysia. As a hub for culture, shopping, and tourism, there’s a lot going on. Especially considering it was once just a small mining outpost. Today, you can easily get lost in the adventurous opportunities that await you in this glowing and lively city. Whether you spend your time marveling at its gigantic gorgeous structures and public features, or dive into the local, you’re sure to have a blast here. Book your Kuala Lumpur car rental with GoSee and hit the KL roads with no worries.

Driving to the city from Kuala Lumpur International Airport

Kuala Lumpur International Airport is situated about 50km south of the city, or a 40-minute drive from the city center.

If you’re short on mobile data, keep these instructions handy to get to the city center: 

  1. Head out onto the E6.
  2. Continue onto the AH2.
  3. Take the exit onto Lebuhraya Kuala Lumpur.
  4. Follow the signs into the city center.

That’s it! You’re now in the heart of the city.

Driving your hire care in Kuala Lumpur

Driving in Kuala Lumpur is pretty straightforward, minus a couple of important caveats. So be sure to keep our top driving tips in mind when you get on the road:

  • Drive on the left-hand side of the road, and give way to the right.

  • If you can, try to avoid driving during peak hours, as traffic can get congested.

  • Look out for road signs that indicate the speed limits. In general, they are as follows: 50-70 km/h in urban areas, and up to 110km/h on the highways.

  • Double-check traffic lights and look both ways before crossing them—locals tend to speed through them.

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Best times to visit Kuala Lumpur in a car rental

Much like Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur is well known for being quite humid overall, with rainfall being a factor throughout the year. But the best times to visit Kuala Lumpur seem to be from May to July or December to February. These months tend to have the least overall average rainfall, so you can enjoy the city with minimal discomfort.

To see the city when it really shines, we recommend visiting Kuala Lumpur during December, when the city is all lit up and buzzing with life for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Top things to see and do in Kuala Lumpur

While it’s not as serenely green with crystal clear waters like Langkawi is, Kuala Lumpur offers a unique city experience that is worth traveling for. Travelers from all over the world revel here and praise the lively culture, delicious local food, and sightseeing opportunities.

Here are just a few of our favorites:

Buildings & Public Features

  • Petronas Twin Towers - A towering 88-floor skyscraper.
  • Sri Maha Mariamman - A vibrant, colorful Hindu temple and amazing display of Indian architecture.
  • Sultan Abdul Samad Building - Originally designed to house British officers, this iconic building is now a fascinating public landmark.
  • KLCC Park - A respite from the bustling city, this urban oasis features a tranquil and awe-inspiring fountain show.

kuala lumpur lanterns shrine

Art & Culture

  • Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia - Set inside a gorgeous aqua-blue and teal building is a world of colorful and spiritual art.
  • National Art Gallery - Delve into Malaysia’s rich art culture and history.
  • Central Market - Find handcrafted local goods, delicious street foods, and much more in this thriving central city market.
  • National Museum of Malaysia - Explore Malaysia's roots and defining moments in this insightful experience.

Nature & Wildlife

  • KL Forest Eco Park - Take a walk through this exciting and peaceful reserve along it’s suspending canopy bridge walk.
  • Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park - Breeze through this giant idyllic park and see how many kinds of butterflies you can spot.
  • Aquaria KLCC - With over 25,000 google reviews, this is one of the most impressive aquariums in Asia.
  • Zoo Negara Malaysia - Meet local rhinos, elephants, gazelles and many more cute and rare animals here.

What our customers say

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The car was perfect for the weekend, but there was no counter at the airport for the Dollar car company I had rented....bit stressful. I needed to call to find out that I needed to go to the Hertz counter. Otherwise I would recommend the GoSee car rental experience.
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Chris Jennings
Information easy to find. Then found it easy to book. Friendly and helpful service.
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Kuala Lumpur car rental: Frequently asked questions

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Which car rental companies in Kuala Lumpur have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

All GoSee rental car agency partners have updated their health and safety policies on clean cars due to COVID-19. These car hire companies include Avis, Europcar, Thrifty and Budget.

How much does it cost to rent a car in Kuala Lumpur?

The price of car rental in Kuala Lumpur will vary based on the pick up location/drop off location, availability of the vehicles, or pick up date/drop off date, but you can expect to find an economy car hire for as low as MYR 77 (or RM 77) per day.

Getting a cheap rental car with GoSee is your best bet. Simply enter your travel details when you visit our website and search for the best car rentals in Kuala Lumpur Airport, and find the best deals suited to your budget and schedule. Then, simply pick up the car when you arrive at the airport. No hassles, no lines, no delays.

What is the cheapest car rental company in Kuala Lumpur?

GoSee only partners with the cheapest and best car rental companies. Search and compare deals from all our partner agencies, and you’re bound to find the cheapest deals on all available cars for hire. These rent car Kuala Lumpur agencies include Budget, Thrifty, Keddy, and Avis.

What is the most popular rental car in Kuala Lumpur?

Because of the flat, easy-to-navigate roads, most GoSee customers opt for Economy vehicles like the Proton Saga or Suzuki Swift when renting a car in Kuala Lumpur.

Am I old enough to rent a car?

The minimum age requirement for a driver who wants to secure a car rental in Malaysia is 18 years old. Additionally, the driver must hold a current, full and valid driver's license before collecting the booked car.

Which car rental companies are at the airport: Kuala Lumpur Intl. Airport (KUL)?

You can find the best and cheapest car rental agencies in Kuala Lumpur Intl. Airport, including Avis, Hertz, Sixt, Europcar, Galaxy Rent A Car Kuala Lumpur and Keddy. These car hire companies offer the best deals for both economy and larger car models you can choose from.

What type of car is recommended for driving in Kuala Lumpur?

We recommend choosing the right car for your budget and group of travelers. For solo travelers or couples on a budget, you could opt for smaller car models - an economy (Hyundai Accent or similar) or compact (Toyota Corolla Hatch or similar) as your KL car rental.

If you’re in a larger group when you rent car in KL, you might opt for an SUV (Mitsubishi Outlander or similar), Intermediate (Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar), or Large (Toyota Camry Sedan or similar). If you’re not budget-conscious, you may also prefer to get a luxury car rental, like a Holden SV6 or similar.

What's the speed limit in Kuala Lumpur?

Drivers should follow all the speed limits in Malaysia. For state roads: 90 km/h (56 mph) by default (reduced to 80 km/h during festive seasons), 60 km/h (37 mph) in town area. You may want to familiarize yourself with the basic road rules before driving your car rentals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Kuala Lumpur?

If you need convenient transportation from your hotel to your next destinations for a month or longer, you can opt for a long-term car rental KL and save yourself a hefty amount compared to the daily rates. While hire car prices fluctuate, you can generally get a monthly rental in Kuala Lumpur for around RM 1667 per month.

What do I need to rent a car?

For starters, you need to be at least 18 years of age to secure a car for rent in KL. You must also hold a full driver's license, a credit card with enough funds to cover the rental fees and any excess, and your booking confirmation (either printed or on your phone). Not only for car rental in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, but insurance is also a standard now for rental cars anywhere worldwide, some with good benefits like free pick up and theft protection.