Car Hire in Alor Setar
In addition to being able to rent a car at Sultan Abdul Halim Airport (AOR), you'll find two rental car agencies just north of the airport, Hanif Kereta Sewa Jitra and Joe Kereta Sewa. Two other car rental agencies are south of the airport and southwest of the town centre, Kereta Sewa Alor Setar Kedah and HCube Car Rental Alor Setar Keda. All types of vehicles can be rented at these locations, from compacts to minivans. Each of these locations has a lot on-site where you can pick up your vehicle directly after renting it.
Car Hire at Alor Setar Airport
The airport serving Alor Setar is Sultan Abdul Halim Airport. It located in Kepala Batas, which is just under 10 miles from central Alor Setar. Hertz, National, and Alor Setar Car Rental all let you hire a car in Alor Setar at the airport.
Once you pick up your car rental at Alor Setar airport, driving into town is as simple as following the E1 south to the town outskirts. E1 also wraps around the airport and drops you directly in the centre of town. The trip will take about 16 minutes in normal traffic.
Driving in Alor Setar
Route 1, also known as the North-South Expressway, is the easiest way to drive around after you rent a car in Alor Setar. International travellers are permitted to drive on Malaysian roads with their own driver's licence for up to 90 days.
One common local activity you can enjoy when you hire a car in Alor Setar is called Lepak. A group of locals will gather in their cars in front of the Balai Besar just to hang out and socialise.
Attractions to visit with your car rental in Alor Setar include Zahir Mosque, Menara Alor Setar, Paddy Museum, and Kedah State Art Gallery.
Parking in Alor Setar
There are several useful parking lots in town, including Car Park Souq Al-Bukhary, Parking Mara, and Aman Central. Prices start as low as 80p for every 3 hours, Monday through Thursday and £1 for every 2 hours Friday through Sunday. Some of these facilities are even open 24 hours a day. On-street parking is also available throughout town for low rates. In addition, there are six locations throughout town that let you purchase a parking coupon for a discount if you're going to be exploring the surrounding area for several hours.
Where to Go and What to See in Alor Setar
When you obtain a car hire in Alor Setar, there's a great driving tour that starts south of the city and takes you to the archaeology museum, the Tanjong Dawai fishing village, Yan Town, Kuala Kedah Fort, and seafood dinner at Perindu, ending downtown. It makes for a great six-hour adventure.
There are also several nice driving trips to take when you rent a car in Alor Setar. You can take a day drive to Kuala Lampur or Krabi, leaving after breakfast and arriving by dinnertime. With your car hire in Alor Setar, you'll get to Bangkok in about two days.