Penang

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Penang?

Do you need a car in Penang > Should you rent a car in Penang Malaysia > Penang ( PEN )

Do you need a car in Penang? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

It’s easy enough to reach Penang by land and sea from Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, for example, by taking the train to Butterworth and then taking a ferry from there, or by taking a bus across the bridge into Georgetown.

Why should you rent a car in Penang?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Penang?

Penang Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

30%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€150

 #175/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €150

82/300

 

Free parking score

Total 346 - of which 207 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

60%

#93/300

 

Penang also has its own airport, and you should have no problem hiring a car here – the roads in Malaysia are amongst the safest in Asia, and some of them are spectacularly engineered.

 

Why not? Visiting Penang without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Penang public transport quick facts

Train score

 

10%

Water travel score

80%

Overall public transport score

50%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Penang. 

50%

Penang is an easy enough place to get around using local buses, but a hire car can also be useful for heading back into the mainland and then driving into the rainforest to the east.

Should you rent a car in Penang? It’s far from essential, but it might be worth looking into.

Ratings

Car rental in - Penang Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Penang?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Penang?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Penang?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Penang if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Penang if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Penang if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Penang on the Carornocar scale?

4

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Penang?

Have you driven in Penang? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Penang?
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