Kota Kinabalu car rentals from $27/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car rental in Kota Kinabalu with a pick-up date of 4/17 and drop-off date of 4/24. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of rental. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Kota Kinabalu car rental information

Pick-up locationKota Kinabalu
Car typesCompact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size, Full-size SUV, Intermediate SUV, Minivan, Passenger van
Rental locations57
Airport locations20
Popular agenciesKK Rent A Car, keddy by Europcar, Avis, Hertz

Cheap car rentals in Kota Kinabalu

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Economy$37/day
Compact$27/day
Full-size$27/day
Minivan$58/day
Full-size SUV$54/day
Passenger van$76/day
Intermediate SUV$67/day
Compact SUV$72/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for renting a car in Kota Kinabalu

  • Kota Kinabalu is a bustling city located in the State of Sabah, Malaysia. Renting cheap car rentals in Kota Kinabalu gives you the flexibility to explore the city at your pace, without relying on the schedules of public transportation. You can also take detours and visit nearby attractions without worrying about missing the last bus or train. Additionally, some of the attractions surrounding Kota Kinabalu, such as the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park and Monsopiad Cultural Village are relatively inaccessible by public transportation. Using Kota Kinabalu car rentals can make it easier to visit these attractions.
  • Kota Kinabalu Airport (BKI) is about 4 miles from Kota Kinabalu. The rental car offices are located in the Terminal 1 arrivals area, making it convenient to get a car rental in Kota Kinabalu. These include major global car rental brands such as Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Europcar, as well as local companies such as Mayflower Car Rental and KK Rent-A-Car. For travelers arriving at Labuan Airport (LBU), which is about 75 miles away from Kota Kinabalu, there are also Kota Kinabalu car rentals available. The airport has a few rental companies such as Kasina Rent-A-Car and Labuan Car Rental, located within the terminal building.
  • Driving cheap car rentals in Kota Kinabalu can be a unique experience. Some roads in Kota Kinabalu can be bumpy and have potholes, especially in rural areas. It is essential to drive your Kota Kinabalu car rental with caution and be vigilant when driving in such areas. Additionally, some roads can be narrow, and there can be sudden turns, so it's important to drive slowly and carefully. In Kota Kinabalu, people tend to be jaywalkers, and pedestrians may walk out into the roads without warning. Additionally, there are not many dedicated cycle paths, so cyclists may often use the roads.
  • Driving cheap car rentals in Kota Kinabalu can be fairly manageable compared to other larger cities. However, there are certain times of the day when it can be congested, particularly during rush hour. Rush hour in Kota Kinabalu typically happens from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and then again from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. During these times, traffic can be heavy and slow-moving, especially on major roads such as Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Tuaran, and Jalan Kepayan. Additionally, the monsoon season, which falls between November and February, can bring intense rainfall and flash floods that can make roads impassable by Kota Kinabalu care rentals.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Kota Kinabalu for $41 or less
  • Book your rental car in Kota Kinabalu at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Kota Kinabalu are around 36% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Full-size rental cars in Kota Kinabalu are around -24% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Kota Kinabalu

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Kota Kinabalu?

    On average a rental car in Kota Kinabalu costs $50 per day. But prices differ between operators and you can save money through a price comparison of car rental deals from different agencies. The cheapest price for a car rental in Kota Kinabalu found in the last 2 weeks is $32.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Kota Kinabalu?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at KK Rent A Car ($27/day), keddy by Europcar ($27/day) and Avis ($72/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest rental car price was found at keddy by Europcar Kota Kinabalu Int'L Airport 88740 (4 miles from city center).

  • Can I rent an automatic car in Kota Kinabalu?

    Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Kota Kinabalu. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.

  • How much is gas price in Kota Kinabalu?

    The average gas price in Kota Kinabalu is $1.63 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $20 and $26, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Kota Kinabalu?

    Full-size (Class Full-size SUV or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Kota Kinabalu.

  • Which car rental companies are at Kota Kinabalu airport (BKI)?

    Car rental companies onsite at Kota Kinabalu airport include keddy by Europcar, KK Rent A Car, Hertz, Avis and Thrifty.

  • Which car rental companies will pick you up at Kota Kinabalu airport (BKI)?

    Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Kota Kinabalu airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, and Thrifty.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Kota Kinabalu?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • How much does a Full Size car rental cost in Kota Kinabalu?

    A Full Size car rental in Kota Kinabalu costs $58 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car rental cost in Kota Kinabalu?

    A Compact car rental in Kota Kinabalu costs $82 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car rental cost in Kota Kinabalu?

    An Economy car rental in Kota Kinabalu costs $44 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular rental car location in Kota Kinabalu?

    In Kota Kinabalu, cars are most frequently rented at KK Rent A Car Borneo Trails Travel&tours Sdn Bhd L1l14,level1(landside),arv Hall,t1 (4 miles from city center).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Kota Kinabalu?

    On average a rental car in Kota Kinabalu costs $347 per week ($50 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Kota Kinabalu?

    On average a rental car in Kota Kinabalu costs $1,489 per month ($50 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when renting a car in Kota Kinabalu?

    Most car rental providers in Kota Kinabalu offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car rental in Kota Kinabalu, check out KAYAK's car rental insurance guide.

  • How many car agencies are operating in Kota Kinabalu?

    KAYAK has deals for you to compare from 18 car rental agencies in Kota Kinabalu.

  • What do I need to know before booking a car rental in Kota Kinabalu?

    Finding the right price, understanding the add-ons and staying up to date with policy changes can be a challenge. That’s why KAYAK has produced the ultimate guide to renting a car to help you cut though the jargon and make the right choice for your rental car. Find tips and insights for how to book your rental, what car rental insurance you’ll need, how to deal with a car rental agency and what extra fees to expect (and avoid!).

  • Why should I use KAYAK to rent a car in Kota Kinabalu?

    KAYAK searches thousands of car rental agencies to provide you with offers from all car rental agencies operating in Kota Kinabalu so that you can compare car rental rates, reviews and pick-up and drop-off locations to find the best deal for you.

  • What type of car is recommended for a car rental in Kota Kinabalu?

    For driving a Kota Kinabalu car rental, it is recommended to rent a compact car or midsize sedan. The roads can be narrow in some areas, and many drivers in Kota Kinabalu do not usually drive large SUVs or oversized vehicles. Compact cars are also easy to maneuver and can fit into tight parking spaces around the city. This feature is essential in Kota Kinabalu, where parking can be a challenge in some areas.

  • What’s the speed limit in Kota Kinabalu?

    The maximum speed limit in Kota Kinabalu is 110 km/h 68 mph() on expressways, while the limit on urban highways is typically set at 90 km/h (56 mph). In residential areas and within the city center, the speed limit is generally 50 km/h (31 mph). It is important to note that certain roads may have different speed limits posted, so it is essential to pay attention to signs and road markings to avoid violating traffic laws. Additionally, it is worth noting that the speed limits in Kota Kinabalu are strictly enforced, with heavy fines and penalties for non-compliance.

  • Where are the best places to park a car rental in Kota Kinabalu?

    There are designated areas around the city center in Kota Kinabalu for street parking. Street parking has a metered system, and you should expect to pay an hourly rate to park your Kota Kinabalu car rental. The maximum parking time allowed is three hours. Moreover, many malls and commercial buildings in Kota Kinabalu offer indoor or private parking spaces. The cost of parking in these areas varies depending on the location and facilities.

Kota Kinabalu car rental reviews and directory

Europcar

7.6

Cleanliness

8.4

Comfort

8.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

7.6

Value for money

8.4

2 locations in Kota Kinabalu

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Arrival Hall - Meet & Greet Service

+60 16 354 2178

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Ground Floor Oceanus Waterfront Mal

+60 16 354 2178

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10.0 Wonderful

May 2022

KAYAK
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6.0 Okay

May 2022

KAYAK
The time range to pick up/ drop off should be wider .

1 out of 1

Suria Car Rental

7.3

Cleanliness

6.6

Comfort

6.6

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.6

Value for money

7.3

One location in Kota Kinabalu

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Bangunan Terminal, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

+60 12 569 9758

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2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
After booking and paying, they called and cancelled. Very bad indeed. Had to make late alternative arrangements and missed a trip to Mount Kinabalu

1 out of 1

KK Rent A Car

10.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

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Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

31 locations in Kota Kinabalu

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1 Sutera Harbour

+60 8823 4607

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1, Lorong Likas Square

+60 8823 4607

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12, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman

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28 Lorong Bakau, Kota Kinabalu

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36, Jln Hj Saman

+60 8823 4607

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41, Jalan Gaya

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5 Jln Padang

+60 8823 4607

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63, Jalan Gaya

+60 8823 4607

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69, Gaya Street, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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75, Bandaran Berjaya

+60 8823 4607

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Blk A, Lot 6, Grd Flr

+60 8823 4607

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Borneo Trails Travel&tours Sdn Bhd L1l14,level1(landside),arv Hall,t1

+60 168 309 136

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Coastal Highway, Wawasan Plaza

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Jln Pantai

+60 8823 4607

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Jln Tun Fuad

+60 8823 4607

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Level 7, Blk D

+60 8823 4607

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Lorong Api-Api 2

+60 8823 4607

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Lorong Ming Garden

+60 8823 4607

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Lot 21, 1st Flr

+60 8823 4607

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Lot 3.3, 3rd Flr, Asia City

+60 8823 4607

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Lot 3/4, Blk 9

+60 8823 4607

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Lot 48, Grd Flr, 2nd Flr

+60 8823 4607

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Lot 6, Block L

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Lot 60-64, Lorong Ikan

+60 8823 4607

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Lot 7, Blk A, 1st Floor

+60 8823 4607

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Lot B - 2 & 3, Warisan Square

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No.1, Jln Singgah

+60 8823 4607

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No2, Jalan Kinabalu, Tanjung Aru Township, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

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Resort & Spa

+60 8823 4607

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Tanjung Aru

+60 8823 4607

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Unit 25-28 Grd Flr

+60 8823 4607

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Agtran

8.0

Very good

No reviews available

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Kota Kinabalu

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Locations in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Beg Berkunci No 134, Aras 5, Bangunan Terminal, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

+60 18 989 0800

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Avis

8.0

Very good

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Lot No. L1L02 (C4) Lev 1

+60 88 204 460

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Sunday08:00 - 22:00

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keddy by Europcar

6.7

Okay

No reviews available

Cheapest deal
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3 locations in Kota Kinabalu

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2nd floor lot 28,29,30, oceanus mall, 31, Jalan Tun Razak, fuan stephen, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malásia

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Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Oceanus Waterfront Mall

+60 163 542 178

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Thursday08:00 - 22:00
Friday08:00 - 22:00
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Sunday08:00 - 22:00

Kota Kinabalu Int'L Airport

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Sixt

2.0

Poor

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Lot No L1L02(C2) Level 1

+60 8841 3520

Monday09:00 - 18:00
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Wednesday09:00 - 18:00
Thursday09:00 - 18:00
Friday09:00 - 18:00
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Green Matrix

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3 locations in Kota Kinabalu

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Arrival Hall, Terminal 1 L1l01 (c4), Public Concourse

+60 129 214 242

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Kota Kinabalu Terminal 2

+60 129 214 242

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Lot F-G-3, Block G, G. Floor Plaza Tanjong Aru, Jalan Mat Salleh

+60 129 214 242

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Hawk

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3 locations in Kota Kinabalu

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Hawk / Extra Rent A Car, Sabah Oriental Hotel

+60 8821 8160

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Kota Kinabalu

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Zara's Boutique Hotel (Lobby Level), Harbour City

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Mayflower

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3 locations in Kota Kinabalu

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Borneo Trails Travel&tours Sdn Bhd L1l14,level1(landside),arv Hall,t1

+60 8824 2990

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Kota Kinabalu Terminal 2

+60 8824 2990

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Lot A-1-7, 1st Floor, Block A, Plaza Tanjung Aru, Jalan Mat Salleh

+60 8824 2990

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Hertz

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T1 New Wing

+60 88 413 326

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Sunday09:00 - 18:00

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8.0 Very good

Feb 2017

KAYAK

Cons:

Not exactly clear where best to drop car.

1 out of 0

KK Leisure

No score available yet

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Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Lot No. L1L04, Level 1, Arrival Landside (Terminal 1, ETB, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah)

+60 16 830 9136

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Pacific

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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah airport

+60 8870 1899

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Pacific Rent A Car

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Lot 7-1, First Floor, Block B

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Prima Odyssey

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Meet & Greet Service

+60 198 228 283

Monday08:00 - 22:00
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Shouqi

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L1l14,level1(landside),arv Hall,t1

+86 10 6064 1387

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Sunnycars

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One location in Kota Kinabalu

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Kota Kinabalu airport

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Thrifty

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from $88/day

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T1 New Wing

+60 3 7966 7000

Monday08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday08:00 - 22:00
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6 travelers who rented a car in Kota Kinabalu gave the car agency they used an average rating of 6.8

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Most popular agency

keddy by Europcar

Most popular car type

Full-size

Average price

$50/day

Good deal

$41/day

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