Car Hire in Singapore
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Called the Lion City, Singapore is famous for its shopping, dining, entertainment, and other activities. The city centre features a range of unique architecture and landmarks such as the neoclassic City Hall, Palladian-inspired Empress Building, and elaborately constructed temples, mosques, and churches. The hawker food centrals in the city, as well as its green spaces in Botanic Gardens also make interesting stopovers around the city, which makes it fun to explore.
Where to hire a car in Singapore
There are various companies offering car rental services in Singapore. A number of them are big international brands such as Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Sixt, as well as local operators such as Smart Car Rental, Drive SG, and San's Tours & Car Rentals. They allow you to consider various options while considering your needs and budget, as they have selections composed of different car models.
Some car rental operators allow you to bring the car over to Malaysia, but may require you to bring it back to Singapore. Be sure to enquire with the operator about this, especially if you are planning day trips to nearby areas in Malaysia. When renting a car, you should have a driver's licence and must be above 18 years old. You should also consider driving requirements in Malaysia if you will cross over the border.
What to expect when hiring a car from Singapore City
The rush hours in Singapore runs around 8:00AM to 9:30AM and 6:00PM to 7:30PM, the main commuting hours in the city. You will have to schedule your trips outside these hours, so you would be on time for appointments. The traffic can be bad in the Central Business District and around the major public buildings and landmarks. There are Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) charges in some roads, which aim to prevent traffic congestion during peak hours at various roads. The electronic mechanism deducts a fee from a cash card fit into the in-vehicle unit (UI), which makes it easier to pay up the fees.
It can be relatively easy to navigate in Singapore, as nearly all road signs are in English, except for some road names that have Malay origins. Multilingual road sings in historically ethnic areas like Chinatown can also be found. The road network is in good condition, making the traffic flow efficient and orderly. It is also important to make sure that you are following the traffic regulations, as the traffic police can be strict in implementing them. You should also be careful when driving with the occasional cyclist on the side of the road. Parking can additionally be expensive, so you should look for establishments offering free parking or Park and Ride facilities that offer rates fit for your budget.
Getting to your destination
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
The district of Kranji is Singapore's rural hinterland and one of the best places to check out the wildlife in the city-state. Herons, monitor lizards, snakes, and otters are some of the creatures to be seen here, as well as migratory birds from China or Siberia if you visit between September and March.
About 40 minutes away from the city in good traffic, continue to MCE and take PIE and BKE to Turf Club Avenue in Singapore. Take exit 8 from BKE and then take Kranji Rd to New Tiew Cres to reach your destination. Along the way are toll roads, with limited parking opportunities available in the outskirts of the park.
Sungei Tengah has three main areas – the local charity and animal sanctuary Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES), the Framart Centre, and the Qian Hu Fish Farm, were you can check out more local creatures.
To get here, you should get on AYE from Shenton Way and Keppel Rd and follow AYE to Clementi Ave 6. Take exit 11 from AYE and then get on PIE to continue onto Sungei Tengah Rd. Take exit 5 from KJE and drive to Sungei Tengah Rd to reach your destination. The estimated travel time going here is 30 minutes.
Kampong Lorong Buangkok
A seemingly living museum, Lorong Buangkok is home to the last kampong (a traditional village) on mainland Singapore. It is a remnant of what Singapore used to be like, with the wooden houses built in the traditional Malay style, orchards, and other local ideas.
Away from the city centre at around 25 minutes, the roads going to this part of Singapore require tolls. You can get here, if you come from CTE from across Cross St and Upper Cross St. Continue on CTE to Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 and then take exit 12B from CTE. Go on from Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 and drive to Lor Buangkok.