Car Rental in Singapore
This information is correct as of June 2015.
Where to rent a car in Singapore
Car rental in Singapore is an unpopular transport option and is hardly necessary even for tourists, especially with the presence of efficient public transport systems that are very cheap. However, there are still plenty of car rental companies that offer the services, primarily because of tourists who would want to drive around the city. Service providers are scattered around the small island, and are almost everywhere, even from the airport. Prepare to pay at least S$100 and up for everyday for even the smallest vehicles from the major car rental companies; this does not include gas and/or the electronic road pricing.
Some of the car rental companies in the area include Alfa Romeo, Advance Car Rental, Singapore Car Rental, Sixt, ComfortDelGro, Avis, Hertz, Citydrive, Automobil Leasing, and many others. Travellers are advised to book in advance for their rental car needs (through the telephone and other means) before flying in to the country. There are also car rental companies that offer electric vehicle rentals, with a registration fee of S$19 plus the rental fee. This is viable option especially for travellers who wish to skip the cost of gas.
What to expect when renting a car from Singapore
Roads in Singapore are in excellent condition and driving habits within the area are generally good, with most people following the traffic rules due to strong enforcement. Traffic is manageable through the rest of the week; however, travellers are advised to avoid going out with their rental cars (if touring) between 8:00 in the morning to 10:00 in the morning, and 5:00 in the afternoon until around 7:00 in the evening with their cars on weekdays, so as not to encounter heavy traffic situations. Apart from these, the only issue perhaps is road courtesy – because while locals and visitors follow the traffic rules, it can't be helped if they are simply mean.
Parking is relatively more available as compared to other world cities in the region, and they are comparably easier to find within the city, although of course during peak hours, finding a space is next to impossible. Local driving is on the left like the United Kingdom, and the acceptable driving/legal age is 18. The speed limit is set at 90 kilometres/hour on expressways, while on regular roads, it is set at a lower 60 kilometres/hour. Apart from these rules, travellers should remember to wear seatbelts at all times, should not use a phone while driving, and should not drink and then drive. Roadblocks are set-up, especially at night, to catch offenders who are caught committing the said rules and regulations. (Note that even if the blood alcohol level does not exceed the legal limit of 0.08%, the police will still question your ability to control the vehicle. So make sure to never drink and then drive.)
Getting to your destination
Sentosa – Sentosa is the most popular beach and tourist resort destination in Singapore, located at the mid-southern area of the island. Here, travellers may visit any of the three swanky and popular resorts in the area. Reach Sentosa from central Singapore by riding through the Keppel Road and Keppel Viaduct all the way to the Sentosa Gateway.
Chinatown – conveniently located within the city centre, travellers may enjoy the rich goodness of everything Chinese in this one-of-a-kind destination. Get to know the food, the lifestyle, and the culture of the Chinese peoples with this small and tidy space along New Bridge Road. A new Chinatown is now being set up in Waterloo Street, so travellers might want to check that out as well.
Eating around Singapore – almost every Singaporean's favourite past time is eating – and travellers may as well enjoy the country's offerings – especially if they have big appetites. Major areas to enjoy great food are in Jason's Marketplace and Tanglin Market Place (for gourmet finds), Tekka Market (for economical and a more Singaporean approach), and the food courts, found within shopping malls.
Shopping in Singapore – incidentally, shopping is Singapore's second favourite past time, and everywhere (almost), shopping centres can be found. Specifically mentioned is the area of Orchard Road.