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Penang Car Rental Mini Guide


Penang, a jewel of Southeast Asia, blends rich heritage, delectable cuisine, and natural beauty seamlessly. From the bustling streets of George Town to the serene beaches of Batu Ferringhi, Penang offers a myriad of experiences. Whether you're in Penang for business or a tranquil getaway, hiring a car is the ideal way to navigate the island's multifaceted attractions.

Perks of Hiring a Car in Penang:

1. Proximity to Penang International Airport:
Located in Bayan Lepas, Penang International Airport is approximately 16 km from George Town. With a rental car from Rhinocarhire, the drive to the city center is merely 30 minutes via Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah.

2. Road Conditions and Tolls:
Penang boasts well-maintained roads with clear signages in both Malay and English. The Penang Bridge, connecting the island to the mainland, is tolled, so ensure you have the Touch 'n Go card ready or cash for the toll booths.

3. Navigating Traffic:
While George Town can be bustling, especially during weekends and public holidays, the outer areas of Penang provide a smoother driving experience. Familiarize yourself with local driving habits for a comfortable journey.

4. Weather-Dependent Vehicle Choices:
Penang's tropical climate means occasional heavy rain showers. Consider hiring a stable vehicle, possibly an SUV or a sedan, from Rhinocarhire to ensure a safe and cozy ride during wet conditions.

5. Explore Beyond the Usual:
With your own vehicle, the lesser-known spots like Balik Pulau or Teluk Bahang become easily accessible, offering a unique taste of Penang away from the typical tourist routes.

Top Attractions and Routes:

  • George Town: Penang's vibrant capital, brimming with heritage buildings, street art, and mouth-watering hawker food. Easily navigable by car, parking spots are aplenty.

  • Penang Hill: A 30-minute drive from George Town via Jalan Air Terjun offers panoramic views of the island from the summit.

  • Kek Lok Si Temple: Located near Penang Hill, this iconic temple is a must-visit. It's easily accessible by car, with parking facilities available.

  • Batu Ferringhi Beach: A scenic 40-minute drive from George Town via Jalan Batu Ferringhi, this beach is perfect for relaxation and water sports.

  • Penang Botanic Gardens: Just a 15-minute drive from George Town, this green haven is ideal for nature lovers.

The Importance of Early Booking:
Penang, being a sought-after destination, sees tourists throughout the year. To secure your preferred vehicle type and benefit from competitive rates, it's wise to book your rental with Rhinocarhire in advance.

Roaming Penang with the freedom of a Rhinocarhire vehicle allows you to delve deep into the island's essence, be it cultural pursuits, culinary adventures, or beachside leisure. Each turn offers a new discovery, waiting to be cherished.

Located on the northwest coast next to Strait of Malacca, Penang is a separate state within Malaysia. With a rental car you can see much of the fascinating culture of the southeast Asian country. Indeed, many people come to Penang on their way through Malaysia to the famous Thailand island of Koh Phan Nang.

If you are hiring a car in Malaysia for the first time, we recommend reading our Drive Smart Malaysia guide to ensure you know the rules of the road and can drive safely in and around Penang.  With Rhino Car Hire in Penang, your journey through Malaysia’s Pearl of the Orient promises to be an adventure filled with the discovery of cultural wonders, natural beauty, and culinary delights, capturing the essence of this unique and vibrant island.

Current Rental Rates in Penang

Proton Saga

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 30.82 EUR/day
Proton Saga

7 Days rental at 215.75 EUR from 20/05/2024

  2 |
  Automatic |

Proton Persona

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 32.49 EUR/day
Proton Persona

7 Days rental at 227.43 EUR from 20/05/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Toyota Vios

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 35.53 EUR/day
Toyota Vios

7 Days rental at 248.77 EUR from 20/05/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Penang: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • The freedom to explore Georgetown's UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its historic architecture, vibrant street art, and bustling markets, easily accessible with your rental car.
  • Easy access to Penang Hill, where you can enjoy cooler temperatures, panoramic views of the island, and lush greenery.
  • The convenience of visiting Kek Lok Si Temple, one of Southeast Asia’s largest Buddhist temples, showcasing impressive architecture and spiritual tranquility.
  • Flexibility to enjoy Penang’s beautiful beaches, such as Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang, with the ease of travel that a hire car provides.
  • The opportunity to indulge in Penang’s famous street food, sampling dishes like Char Kway Teow, Assam Laksa, and Nasi Kandar at various locations around the island.


Penang - Popular Destinations

  • Penang Hill: 5 miles
  • Kek Lok Si Temple: 6 miles
  • Batu Ferringhi Beach: 9 miles
  • Penang National Park: 13 miles
  • Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm: 12 miles
  • Penang Bridge: 5 miles (to the mainland)
  • Snake Temple: 7 miles
  • Gurney Drive: 2 miles
  • Tropical Spice Garden: 10 miles
  • Escape Theme Park: 12 miles

Best car rental companies in Penang

No.1: HAWK,
based on 604 reviews
13 min (average wait time)
based on 421 reviews
10 min (average wait time)
based on 40 reviews
40 min (average wait time)

Penang car hire information

  • 8.4/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Hawk Rent A Car
  • € 215.74
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 30.82
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 2
    Most Popular Type:
  • 1
    Most popular model:
    Proton Persona
  • 5
    Total Cars Available

Average prices per day in Penang

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