Rental companies may charge extra for drivers aged under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before booking.

Car hire from Penang

Book cheap Penang International Airport car rental deals from $24 / day

Penang International Airport (PEN) is located 18.5 kilometres from George Town, the state capital of Penang. Penang International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Malaysia, offering flight connections to major cities around the region.

This comes as no surprise; Penang is a tourist hotspot that draws travellers in through its historical richness, impressive street art, and most importantly, its glorious food. While getting around George Town is convenient by foot, many travellers opt for a car rental in Penang to explore beyond the heart of the city. Penang Island covers close to 300 square kilometres and having a car allows travellers to shuttle themselves to attractions such as Batu Ferringhi, Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill.

Penang, and in Malaysia as a whole, practise driving on the left side of the road with a right-hand drive car. While the island isn’t notorious for bad traffic, Penang does have its fair share of traffic jams and congestion, especially during the rush hour of 6.30am to 8.30am and 5pm to 7.30pm. During this period, travellers should avoid driving along Prangin Road,

Scotland Road, Gottlieb Road and Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway (LCE).

Outside of the peak hours, driving around Penang is largely a leisurely experience. Still, drivers should watch out for motorcyclists that may drive haphazardly. On top of that, the roads in the city centre tend to be narrow, hence navigating into parking spots can be quite tricky.

Car rental in Penang can be organised at Penang International Airport. To find the best car rental deals, use Skyscanner and compare all the car hire options in the market. Renting a car in Penang is quite affordable, with prices from $24 per day, and the average average petrol price in Penang is RM 2.23 per litre.

Car rental providers at Penang International Airport (PEN)

Upon landing at Penang International Airport (PEN), make your way to the Arrivals Hall where you can easily find car rental providers within the terminal building.

There are currently eight car hire agencies at the airport: Argus Car Hire, Discover Car Hire, Expedia CarHire, Hertz, Holiday Autos,, and Sixt.

Car Rental ProviderMost Popular Car TypeAverage Price per Day*
Argus Car HireMiniS$64
Discover Car HireIntermediateS$45
Expedia CarHireMiniS$70
Holiday AutosMiniS$50

*Based on Skyscanner Car Rental anonymised data for daily car rental prices. Average price comprises the cost of car rental and may be subject to taxes and additional fees from individual Car Rental providers. is a Manchester-based brand that arranges car rental on their customers’ behalf. They work with various car hire companies such as Avis, Europcar, Hawk and Hertz. Their car hire offerings range from Economy and SUV to luxury cars and convertibles.

A global brand based in Germany, Sixt allows customers to pick-up and drop-off their rental cars at any time of the day. Many of their cars for hire are new at just three months old on average. On top of that, they have 24/7 customer support and do not charge credit card fees.

Holiday Autos is well-established in Malaysia, offering car rental at airports in Johor Bahru, Kuantan, Kuala Lumpur and more. One of the perks they offer is free cancellation beyond 24 hours of the scheduled time of pick-up.

Penang International Airport car hire FAQ

How much is car hire in Penang International Airport?

At Penang International Airport, you can rent a car from $24 daily.

The average price of a mini car is S$31.36 per day whilst an intermediate car costs an average of S$51.41 per day. Of course, prices vary depending on many factors, such as the time of the year, the car model, the car hire provider, and so on.

What is the cheapest car rental provider in Penang International Airport?

According to our data, Discover Car Hire is the cheapest car rental provider in Penang International Airport, with car rentals costing an average of S$45.86 each day.

Compare this to the average price of a car rental at Penang Airport, which is S$57.80 per day.

What’s the best car to rent in Penang International Airport?

The most popular type of car rental at Penang International Airport are mini cars. This can be attributed to its small size that is suitable for manoeuvring the tight corners and narrow lanes of Penang. Mini cars are great for couples.

Intermediate cars are the next most popular option especially among those travelling in groups of up to five or with large luggage.

What is the license requirement for driving a car in Penang International Airport?

Travellers from Singapore with a valid driver’s license need not apply for an international driving permit. They can use their national driver’s license. Take note that most companies require the driver to have held the driving license for at least one or two years.

What’s the speed limit in Penang?

Within Penang city centre, the speed limit is 60 km/h. Outside of the centre and along the coastal highway, the maximum speed limit ranges from 80 to 90 km/h.

Why use Skyscanner for car rental in Penang International Airport

Renting a car in Penang is undoubtedly a great way to see the island. The most convenient place to pick up a rented car would be Penang International Airport. However, with so many car rental providers to choose from, how do you make comparisons?

Use Skyscanner to compare the seemingly endless car rental options at Penang Airport. Yes, Skyscanner doesn’t scan just flights, but rental cars too. With Skyscanner, you can find the best car rental deals for your upcoming road trip. Simply key in your dates and number of passengers, use the filters on the left bar, and compare the deals offered by the various car rental providers.

Then, look into the hotels in Penang, and if you need one, you can also arrange an airport transfer through Skyscanner.

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