About Singapore (SG)
The dazzlingly city-state of Singapore (SG) packs more action into its pint-size confines that perhaps any other destination on the planet. The most popular city in Asia for business and leisure travel, Singapore is a must-see for every traveler with a taste for Southeast Asia. Its thoroughly modern infrastructure contains some of the world’s top marvels of engineering, and its exceptionally clean and orderly public spaces are an anomaly among other Chinese and Malaysian cities. Singapore is also the third most densely populated urban area in the world — only Hong Kong and Monaco pack more people in a comparable space. In addition to Singapore’s high-class shopping opportunities, bustling local markets, and party-all-night atmosphere, the city-state’s strategic location in the Singapore Strait is also an ideal springboard for other attractions in the region. And indeed, many long-haul flights to ongoing destinations pass through Singapore, giving travelers at least a taste of the city, with one of the world’s most impressively eco-friendly airports, Singapore Changi Airport (SGP).
Given its relatively compact size, renting a car is not the most popular option for visitors to Singapore who plan to stay within city limits. However, for ease of mobility and getting out and around, travelers may well find it far more efficient with a car hire in Singapore. Like everything in Singapore, driving around the region is exceedingly orderly and civilized. All roads are in fantastic condition, clearly marked, and comprehensive in coverage of both the city and outlying areas. There are precisely two bridges linking Singapore with mainland Malaysia — the E5 (Second Link Expressway) and AH2 (Woodland Crossing aka the Johor Causeway), both of which are toll roads. These two links are typically the focal points of congestion in Singapore, but you’ll find smooth sailing on either end. You’ll want to mind your Ps and Qs while driving in Singapore, since traffic rules are strictly enforced and fines are quite high. Otherwise, a Singapore car hire is essential for making the most of your trip if flexibility is important to yoy.
Choosing your car
Cheap car rentals in Singapore are generally booked with Europcar, Sixt, Hertz, Alamo, Dollar, and National. Choose from compact, economy, intermediate, fullsize and premium 4-door sedans, 7-12 seater minivans, estate wagons, and luxury and specialty vehicles such as a convertible.
Tips and advice
Singapore is big on abbreviations, particularly with addresses and road names. Expressways are typically marked with acronyms (or initialisms), for example(s): Pan Island Expressway (PIE), Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), Central Expressway (CTE), and Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE), which also happen to be the primary routes in the city.
It would be misleading to say that driving in Singapore is cheap. It’s not. In addition to daily rental fees, there are the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) fees, insurance, a surcharge for entering Malaysia, and high fuel prices. Budget travelers may want to rent a car in Johor Bahru, just on the other side of the Woodland Crossing in Malaysia.
Parking in Singapore is generally easier than most comparable cities. There are more than four dozen parking garages throughout the city, but you can save some money by spending an extra minute or two cruising around for available spots on the street.
Reading the terms and conditions of your Singapore car rental is extremely recommended, due to the significant number of fine print restrictions and exclusions involved with getting around the region.
Drivers from the U.K. and Europe will be very familiar with Singapore’s road rules and traffic regulations.
Hyper-modern Singapore is not terribly cash friendly except in the local markets. The majority of transactions are electronic only, including tolls, parking, and border crossings.