Car Hire in Penang
This information is correct as of June 2015
Go around Penang and experience what the Malaysian state has to offer. Some of its destinations include Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si, Penang Botanic Gardens, and Penang National Park, in addition to many more. An option for going around Penang is by self-driving with the help of many car hire companies within the area.
Where to hire a car in Penang
Reputable local car rental companies that operate from within Penang and its surrounding areas include SD Easy Rent A Car, La Belle Rent A Car, Keretasewapenang (Car Rental Penang), Mayflower Car Rental, Hertz, Penang Car Rental, P & T Bix Enterprise (Rent A Car), among others. When getting in touch with these providers, collated are the phone numbers of the respective companies. Reach the car hire providers at +60 16-497 8777, +60 4-264 2717, +60 19-430 0004, +60 4-656 3888, +60 4-229 5914, +60 19-430 0004, +60 12-500 1550, respectively. Through Penang International Airport, some of the providers include Sixt, Europcar, Dollar, Avis, Budget, Alamo, easyCar, Thrifty, National, and Holiday Autos.
What to expect when hiring a car from Penang
When within Penang, the island is connected to the mainland by a three-lane, 13.5-kilometre or 8.4-mile long, Penang Bridge, also known to be among the longest bridges in all of Asia. Along with the dual carriageway Penang Bridge, the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge can also be found within the area with the latter bridge connecting Batu Maung towards the southeastern part of the island to Batu Kawan on the mainland. Also, Penang is connected by the North-South Expressway, Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway or the old Jelutong Expressway, Butterworth Outer Ring Road, to name a few. Lastly, when driving around, the roads of Penang are oftentimes free of heavy traffic, although during the typical rush hour, its roads experience heavier traffic, however not totally congested.
Getting to your destination
Get to three destinations from Penang such as Ayer Itam, Tanjong Tokong, and Butterworth, to name a few.
Ayer Itam, or Air Itam, is a well-known and busy town within Penang, in the country of Malaysia. When within the area, get to destinations like Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang Hill, Thnee Kong Thnua or Jade Emperor’s Temple, Bit Poh Tong or Bat Cave Temple, Air Itam Dam, War Memorial, and Male and Female Rock, to name a few.
Located to the west of Penang, Ayer Itam can be reached within 21 minutes, covering a total distance of 7.2 kilometres. Starting from Jalan Macalister, Jalan Ayer Itam, and Jalan Air Hitam to reach Ayer Itam after 6.4 kilometres or 19 minutes. Additionally, go on down for another 650 metres to reach Pekan Ayer Itam. Reach the destination after making a left onto Jalan Balik Palau/Route 220.
A suburb located within Penang, Malaysia’s George Town area, Tanjung Tokong translates to “Temple Cape” in English.
Go to Tanjong Taking from Jalan Burma, Jalan Kelawei and Jalan Tanjong Tokong. After 6.2 kilometres or 16 minutes, turn left to Tanjung Tokong. Total travel time is around 15 minutes or a total distance of 6.3 kilometres.
Butterworth is the principal town of Seberang Perai. Some of its attractions include Pantai Bersih, Prai River Bridge, Taman Tugu Demokrasi, and Tow Boo Kong Temple.
To get to Butterworth, take Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu Hwy/Route 3113 to Penang Bridge/E36 within Gelugor. Move on Penang Bridge/E36 then go down North-South Expy/AH2/E1 to reach Jalan Raja Uda/P191 in Butterworth. When on Jalan Raja Uda/P191, continue Jalan Teratai. Total distance of travel covers 31.6 kilometres, with total travel time of 31 minutes.