If you are traveling to Singapore, either to live or just to travel, then you are going to have an awesome time. There is so much to do and see in Singapore, specifically Singapore City, you will really struggle to tick off all the boxes on your itinerary!
However, there are some things you will need to get grips with when it comes to driving around the Lion City. For example, just like in neighboring Malaysia, all vehicles drive on the left side of the road. This means if you are coming from British soil, you will not have to do the re-adjustments that most foreign visitors will!
In Singapore, the per capita car ownership is around 12 cars per 100 people. Although nearby countries like Brunei dwarf this figure that is still an awful lot of cars! This means that the roads, especially at peak times, can be a little hectic.
But, to even consider the roads in Singapore, then there are some things that you need to consider.
How do you drive in Singapore City as a foreign tourist?
Obviously, you cannot just hop into a car and drive away – this is not Grand Theft Auto. According to the Singapore City Traffic Police Website;
“Foreigners who reside here for less than twelve (12) months must possess a valid foreign license and International Driving Permit (IDP) issued by an authorized body in their country of origin e.g. the Automobile Association (AA). If an International Driving Permit is not available, an official translation of your foreign license in English is required. Driver from ASEAN member countries only need to possess a valid driving license issued by the relevant driving license Authority in order to drive in Singapore City without IDP.”
As well as this, any foreign drivers in Singapore City who are converting, or have converted, their license to a Singaporean equivalent will need to go through the practical and theory tests again. This is because the tests will vary from your own country to Singapore.
Renting A Car
When it comes to budget car rental Singapore City is brilliant. There are lots of different rental stores and websites you can visit that will be more than happy to accommodate you. Of course, arriving in Singapore City as a tourist means you most likely won’t have your car with you. This means that renting a car or using public transport is about your only option.
Although public transport in Singapore City is pretty good, it can be extremely hectic and the traffic can become an issue. Therefore, your best bet is probably looking for budget car rental. This allows you to pick up a steady vehicle for the duration of your stay, and the prices are actually a lot fairer than you would think.
Rather than trying to make your way through the Lion City on foot, or chancing your arm with the complicated public transport systems, you should really rent a car. It allows you to do what you want, on your own time, in a safe and well-priced vehicle! Renting a car is simply, so long as you have your license approved, you should be able to get a car for the duration of your stay without any issues.