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Driving in Singapore: Your Guide to Getting on the Road

Driving in another country can be intimidating, especially if you’re not familiar with its roads. Traffic rules may be different, and there may be red tape involved before you’re actually allowed behind the wheel. With this handy guide, we present a few things you need to know about driving in Singapore.

Driving in Singapore – Buying

Singapore is a small country, so we can’t have too many cars causing traffic congestions. If you’d love a car of your own, you need to get a Certificate of Entitlement (COE,) which means you are allowed to purchase and own a car. It costs $92 000 for a car of 1600cc and below, and it’s $96 000 for vehicles over that limit. Do note that prices may vary. This certificate also expires after 10 years.

Driving in Singapore – Car Leasing

Another cheaper option is to rent a car, which is also known as car leasing. As Charyna Francisco from Avis Singapore put it, “Leasing a car takes away all the lump sums, payment headaches and long-term commitment that buying a car oneself brings.” Renting a car in Singapore is more straightforward and hassle free, as long as you contact the agency before you arrive.

Driving in Singapore – On the Road

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If you will be here for a year or less, you don’t have to convert to a Singaporean license, though your own must be from a legitimate association in your country. An international driving license needs to be accompanied with it, and should be translated into English if need be. Citizens of ASEAN countries do not need an international license, however. If you‘re moving to Singapore, you would have to convert your license to a Singapore one by taking the Basic Theory test. You should get a class 3A license after passing.
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Remember to drive on the left side of the road and keep your seatbelt on – you’d have to pay $120 if you’re not safely strapped in. Driving after 7pm? Remember to switch on your headlights. Avoid crowded roads during peak hours, though it’s best to have cash card handy, just in case you need to go through the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) gantry. Keep to the speed limit, as The Driver Improvement Points System (DIPs) applies to all drivers on the road. Points are given for offenses, and a suspension will result if you accumulate more than 24 points within 24 months. Those who have been suspended from the roads before may not accumulate 12 points in 12 months, though this shouldn’t be much of a worry so long as you’re careful.

Avis Car Rental is the place to go for all your car rental needs. Staff there are friendly and will help you
in any way they can. If you're already in Singapore, make your way down to any of their outlets, but do check the opening hours, just in case. For easy reference, you can find a list of all their branches below. If you’re making your way to Singapore soon, you can rent your car here

Rental Offices

Singapore City (Downtown)
390A Havelock Road
#01-07 Waterfront Plaza
Singapore 169664
Phone: (65) 6737 1668

Operating hours:
Mon - Sun: 8am-6pm
Sat: 9am-5pm
Closed: Public Holidays

Marina Square Shopping Mall
6 Raffles Boulevard
#01-101D (below CentreStage)
Marina Square Shopping Mall
Singapore 039594

Operating Hours:
Mon-Sun: 12pm-8pm
Closed: Public Holidays

Regus - One Fullerton (Delivery Location Only)
1 Fullerton Road
#02-01 Singapore 049213
Phone: (65) 6737 1668/1800 7371668

Operating Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm
Closed: Public Holidays

Regus - Marina Bay Financial Center (Delivery Location Only)
12 Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay
FinancialTower 3, Level 17-01
Singapore 018982
Phone: (65) 6737 1668/1800 7371668

Operating Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm
Closed: Public Holidays

Regus - Centennial Tower (Delivery Location Only)
3 Temasek Avenue

Level 34 Centennial Tower
Singapore 039190
Phone: (65) 6737 1668/1800 7371668

Operating Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm
Closed: Public Holidays

Changi Airport Terminal 1
Arrival Hall 1 (GTC)
Singapore 918141
Phone: (65) 6545 0800

Operating Hours:
Mon-Sun: 7am-11pm

Changi Airport Terminal 2
Arrival Hall 2
Singapore 918141
Phone: (65) 6542 8855

Operating Hours:
Mon-Sun: 7am-11pm

Changi Airport Terminal 3
Arrival Hall 3
Singapore 918141
Phone: (65) 6447 9011

Operating Hours:
Mon-Sun 7am-11pm

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