Singapore is a small city, island, and republic all rolled into one, and it is the perfect destination to travel to with a rental car. There are several attractions to see within a relatively small area, so hop in the car and drive freely wherever you want to, from the beaches on the East Coast or Sentosa, to the popular Singapore Zoo. The southern coastline is about 30 miles long, making it a quick 40-minute scenic drive.
All the big car rental companies can be found at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN), which has four terminals. There are car rental desks at all terminals, situated in their respective Arrivals Hall. You can travel between Terminals 1, 2, and 3 either by foot or by taking the free Skytrain service. There is also a complimentary shuttle bus connecting Terminal 4 to Terminal 2.
The first thing you need to know about driving in Singapore is that traffic stays on the left-hand side of the road, and turning left at red lights is illegal. The country's infrastructure is one of the best in Asia, and drivers are typically well-behaved. If you're planning on driving during your visit, it's best to head there between February and April, as November-January is the wet season.
Traffic in Singapore is relatively free-flowing because of the Electronic Road Pricing System, which works on a pay-as-you-use basis; basically, it lets motorists drive through priced roads during peak hours. Except when there is an accident, you will most likely not encounter traffic jams. Still, avoid driving between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and then again between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., so as not to add extra time to your travels.
25% of our users found rental cars in Singapore for C$ 69 or less
Book your rental car in Singapore at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Intermediate rental cars in Singapore are around 17% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about renting a car in Singapore
Some car rental companies in Singapore which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Sixt and Budget
On average a hire car in Singapore costs C$ 73 per day.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Singapore. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Singapore is C$ 8.21 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 98 and C$ 131, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Singapore.
Car rental companies onsite at Changi airport include Sixt and Budget.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Changi airport to off-airport locations include Sixt and Budget.
A Intermediate car rental in Singapore costs C$ 74 per day, on average.
A Economy car rental in Singapore costs C$ 86 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Singapore costs C$ 79 per day, on average.
In Singapore, cars are most frequently rented at Sixt 80, Blvd Airport, Unit 01-K05 (17 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Singapore costs C$ 508 per week (C$ 73 per day).
On average a rental car in Singapore costs C$ 2,176 per month (C$ 73 per day).
If you're just driving through the city for business purposes, then a small, compact car will make your life easier. If you're embarking on a road trip around the whole island, a convertible can be a fun option when the weather allows it. A hybrid is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while exploring Singapore.
The speed limit is typically 60 km/h (37 mph) throughout Singapore's residential streets and 70 km/h (43 mph) on non-residential streets. Singapore's freeways have a speed limit of 90 km/h (56 mph). The city is packed with speed cameras, so make sure you always stick to the implemented limits.
The average gas prices in Singapore are about $6.33 per gallon. The lower price is an average of $5.51 per gallon, while in some places you may pay up to $7.31 per gallon. Remember that the local currency is the Singaporean dollar (SGD), and that the gas is priced by liter and not by gallon when you head to the gas station.
Parking in downtown Singapore isn't too difficult, although it is slightly harder during peak business hours. Most parking lots have replaced coupons with the Parking.sg app, which allows drivers to pay for parking with their phones and only for the exact time they were parked. Coupon rates range between SGD$0.60 and $1.20 per 30 minutes, depending on the location.