car rental in johor bahru

Johor Bahru, known colloquially as JB, is the capital city of Johor, the southernmost state in Malaysia that shares the border with Singapore. Johor is the fifth largest state in Malaysia that offers an abundance of natural attractions. With more than thirty pristine offshore islands to explore plus natural forests and parks all over the state, Johor is fast gaining reputation as an eco-tourism destination. The city centre is less congested compared to Kuala Lumpur or Penang yet it has equally much to offer. Car rental in Johor Bahru makes a good starting point for your adventures. You can explore the whole of Malaysia from southwards all the way up north. You can also explore the State of Johor alone and see all that it has to offer. Perhaps extend your vacation and cross the border to Singapore. With a Hawk rental car – the choice is yours.


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Where to Visit With A Car Rental in Johor Bahru

The State of Johor consists of 10 towns and municipalities spread out across the land mass of a quarter of south of Peninsular Malaysia. Experience Malaysia’s multicultural heritage in one single state as you visit the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque, Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Indian Temple and Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple. Johor is also home to several historical royal palaces, namely the Istana Besar, Istana Bukit Serene and Istana Pasir Pelangi. After a long day of visiting the many attractions of Johor, head back to the city, kick back and relax in the cozy atmosphere of Danga Bay.

Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple


If you are a nature lover, go a bit further and indulge your senses by visiting Mount Pulai, a famous hiking spot revered for its natural waterfalls, located just a mere 19 kilometres away from the central. Alternatively, visit the Endau-Rompin National Park, one of the world’s oldest tropical virgin lowland rainforests.  If you decide to visit the breathtakingly beautiful islands of Johor, you will need to make a stop at either Mersing Jetty or Tanjung Leman Jetty. Rest and recuperate in the mainland before setting off on your island adventure.

endau rompin


Entering Singapore via Johor Bahru with Your Rental Car

drive from malaysia to singapore


The Malaysia-Singapore border is connected by two causeways, namely the Johor-Singapore Causeway, and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, known in Singapore as the Tuas Second Link. If you are currently in Malaysia and planning to enter Singapore, a car rental in Johor Bahru makes great sense. First, renting a car in Malaysia means the foreign currency exchange is in your favour – to rent a car in Singapore only after you fly in would cost you more due to the strength of the Singapore Dollar. You will also be able to refuel your car in Malaysia where petrol is relatively cheap. Renting a car with Hawk will also spare you the need to navigate through the busy public transportation system in Singapore and ensure that your travel party stays together. If you have just come all the way down south from other parts of Malaysia, make a pitstop in Johor Bahru and take a rest before entering Singapore.

Johor Bahru is approximately thirty minutes away from the start of both the Johor-Singapore Causeway Link and the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. The actual drive can take 30 minutes or even less, depending on traffic. You will need to leave sufficient time to go through customs, which can be quite packed due to stricter immigration regulations on both sides of the border. Click here for more tips on what to expect when crossing the border and read our guide on the Singapore VEP.

With all this in mind, we believe you are all set and ready to embark on your journey to Singapore, starting with a Hawk car rental in Johor Bahru. Get booking and get going now!