Car Rental Guide For Hari Raya Puasa

Car Rental Guide For Hari Raya Puasa

It's that time of the year where our Muslim friends in Singapore starts to prepare for Hari Raya Puasa.

If you’re looking to rent a car to travel around during the holiday, here’s a quick gudie on what you need to know about renting with us during this Hari Raya Puasa.

During this period, as everyone travels to visit their friends and family, there will be an influx of people heading to Malaysia or visiting in Singapore with their families.

Quick Background on Car Rentals during Hari Raya Puasa

These are some things that you might want to take note of when it comes to getting around during the Hari Raya Puasa period if you don’t own a car.

  • First, it’s hard to use public transportation during this period, as many people are also doing their own visitations, this means that public transports will be very crowded.

  • Secondly, it will also be harder to get a cab during this period as a lot of the drivers will be on holiday as well. Which means standing longer under the sun.

  • Thirdly, a typical cab can only sit up to 4 passengers which make it inconvenient for bigger family as they might need to get 2 different cab just to accommodate the whole family.

  • Finally, the demand for rental cars during this period will be sky time high for this period. Many people will be looking to rent a vehicle to avoid public transportation to transport their family.

FAQ

We’ve compiled a list of the frequently asked questions that we have received from our customer.

Q1. Why are they all 5 days and 7 days packages? Are there any 1 day rentals?

Majority of the Car Rental companies in Singapore sell 5-7 days packages as these packages help to cover manpower constraints. This will give their own staff to do their own visitations. As a result, they will not be operating during the festive period.
It’s rare to find a single day rental company that is open on Hari Raya Puasa. There may be unlicensed private rentals but we advise against it due to a couple of reasons.

  • Unclear service agreements - It's fine when nothing goes wrong but it is unclear who is liable and what damages are to be paid if something does. Being unclear on what you've agreed on also leaves it to interpretation and they may hold it against you.
  • Insurance coverage - The risks of accidents and costs of repairs should already be calculated and accounted for as a business risk for all legitimate car rental companies. Hence, insurance helps them to mitigate the risks. Private rentals may not have the required insurance and it's also unclear how much damage would you be liable for.

Q2. Why are prices so high? Why is there a surcharge compared to normal days?

  • Instead of booking the rental car on a daily basis, you are required to book the car by a minimum package period of at least 5-7 days. This raises the total price.

  • Demand during the period is overwhelming hence all car rental companies increase their prices during these periods. Eg. Peak Hour Surcharges in Taxis

(To help you with the cost, Drive.SG is now giving Early-bird discount of up to $60 for Hari Raya Rental Packages)

Click Here To View Hari Raya Puasa 2018 Packages.

Tips for Renting in Hari Raya Puasa

Tip #1 Book Early

Booking Early means a wider variety of car models at all price points. More popular models or cheaper packages tend to get snapped up early. Larger capacity vehicles tends to be more popular as well.

Drive.SG is now giving Early-bird discount of up to $60 for Hari Raya Rental Packages until 8th April.

Tip #2 Ensure you’re clear on what you’re renting 

On top of the confounding complexity for first time rentals, there are also additional considerations when it comes to Hari Raya Puasa. Here’s what you should specifically look out for especially when renting during Hari Raya Puasa.

  • Car Specifics

    • Does it cater to Probation Drivers? Does it allow Malaysia Entry?

    • Due to insurance reasons, some rental companies do not rent out to probation drivers or allow Malaysia Entry. Eg. Probation drivers are considered at a higher risk of accident, hence increasing the cost of insurance.
  • Package Dates

    • While majority of Companies only do week long packages, there are slight variations in their dates, usually a difference of one or two dates.

    • Be clear on what type of package dates are available. Eg. 13th Jun to 20th Jun 2018 or 14th Jun to 21st June 2018

  • Package Prices

    • The prices quoted would be based on a list that these companies should publish publicly. Always ask for the list, it’s usually priced based on car categories of that car rental partner.

    • Prices vary from partner to partner but usually are upwards of $650 for a 5-Days Package.

Tip #3 Be Clear on Additional Surcharges

  • Heading to Malaysia? Need a child seat? Having a second driver?

  • Be aware that these add ons are typically not included for most rentals and are payable on collection of the car (that way you can still change your mind if you decided not to go to Malaysia)

  • Premium partners may include some add-ons. eg. Second Driver but it's still a good practice to factor them when evaluating the different cars.

 

There are over 100 Car Rental Companies in Singapore, to call every car rental company on the models and rates available to make a full comparison is hard.

Of course, you can find most of these information consolidated on one website at Drive.SG's Hari Raya Puasa's Page, that would make it easier for you to decide which cars you’re looking to book.

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4 Must Do Activities For The Long Weekend

4 Must Do Activities  For The Long Weekend

Good Friday is coming, that means we finally get another long weekend. We have prepared a list of activities for you and your family to enjoy over the long weekend.

1) National Geographic Ocean Wonders @ SEA Aquarium

Go on down to the world’s 1st National Geographic Ocean Wonders event featuring the Ocean Record Breakers exhibition, Marine Photography Adventure and the National Geographic Ocean Exploration Children’s Workshop, Singapore’s only marine science and maritime exploration children’s workshop. See their new marine resident, the Sand Tiger Sharks in S.E.A. Aquarium!

2) Art-Zoo Inflatable Park @ i Light Marina Bay 2018

Art-Zoo Inflatable Park @ i Light Marina Bay 2018 returns with an original line-up of 15 BRAND NEW INFLATABLES! As the largest experiential inflatable playground that welcomes visitors of all ages, Art-Zoo takes you on a colourful and magical journey to have fun with larger-than-life animals, plants and mythical creatures.

3) Egg-citing Easter With Peter Rabbit @ Jurong Bird Park

Hop into the world of Peter Rabbit at Jurong Bird Park!

Meet the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations at our Peter Rabbit vegetable garden. Hop on down for an amazing adventure with your family with lots of fun Easter-themed activities for the kids!

4) TrollsTopia @ Universal Studio Singapore

Step into the colourful world of DreamWorks Trolls at Universal Studios Singapore. Experience two all-new Troll-ific shows featuring your favourite Trolls, Poppy and Branch! Join Guy Diamond in a glitter-rama experience, immerse yourself in all new one-of-a-kind Trolls VR games, and many more Trolls harmonies! Plus, enjoy your favourite rides and attractions.


So many things to do and so little time. To help you get to these activities, we have prepared a special promotion for you. From now to 31st March, you can enoy $20 off when you rent one of our selected cars for the long weekend. Book now and enjoy your weekend.

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Top 6 Places In Japan To View Sakura

Top 6 Places In Japan To View Sakura

Sakura season is here and Japan is definitely the best place to go to if you want to catch a the beautiful sight of these pink flowers. We have prepared a list of places in Japan where you can enjoy the best view of these beautiful flowers.

1) Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

One of the best places for sakura viewing is actually located in the heart of the biggest metropolis in Japan. The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo is one of the best, if not the best place in Tokyo for sakura viewing. The 58 hectares garden has well over 1,000 sakura trees, making it the perfect place for sakura viewing.

2) Shiba Park

Located at the foot of Tokyo Tower, Shiba Park has around 200 sakura tree. Take a seat at the Maruyama Fountain or Benten Pond and relax as you engage in sakura viewing with the bright orange symbol of Tokyo jutting up in the background.

3) Ueno Park

No article on sakura viewing spots in Japan would be complete without Ueno Park. Renowned as a cherry blossom-viewing destination since the Edo period. Ueno Park is considered by many to be the ultimate location to enjoy sakura in Tokyo.

4) Hirosaki Castle

Considered to be one of the top three cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan, Hirosaki Castle located at the northern tip of the of Honshu main island is a great place for sakura viewing. However, the sakura come out later here due to the it begin so far up north. Around late April every year, Hirosaki Park is tranformed into a pink wonderland with over 2,500 cherry trees.

5) Fuji Five Lakes

For a couple of months each year you can get to enjoy 2 Japanese national icon at the same place as Mount Fuji is surrounded by sakura. From Fuji Five Lake, you can get a great view of both Mount Fuji and the sakura around it while sipping on some traditional japanese tea.

6) Osaka Castle

With over 4000 cherry trees are planted around the entire Osaka Castle Park, this is one of the most most popular spot to have a pinic while enjoying the view of the sakura.


Japan is a very beautiful place with lots of places to visit. If you are going to Japan, why not rent a car from us to make your trip easier? Check out our Japan car rental page.

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Top 5 Places To Do CNY Shopping

Top 5 Places To Do CNY Shopping

Chinese New Year is just round the corner. Have you bought your new year goods and snack? We are here to bring you a list of the Top 5 Places to shop for this coming Chinese New year!

1) Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre

The Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre was opened in 1983 as a centralise market for the distribution of fruits and vegetables. With more than 1,400 stalls, the wholesale centre have something for everyone.

Address: 1 Wholesale Centre, Singapore 110001
Contact: 6775 6355

2) Woodlands Terrace

Woodlands Terrace is the one-stop location for all your CNY needs. From bak kwa and snacks bakery to wholesale market of frozen food. If you are looking for food for the new year, this is the place to go.

Address: Woodlands Terrace

3) FairPrice Warehouse Club

Think FairPrice Supermarket, but on steroids. It has everything you need and everything you don't need. Best part is the prices here are cheaper than the prices from your neighborhood supermarket. There is a catch though as only members are allowed to shop here. However, if you’ve already got an NTUC card, membership is a mere $30 for two years of sweet deals.

Address: 1 Joo Koon Circle, Levels 2 & 3, Singapore 629117
Contact: 6710 4584

4) Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry

Pineapple tarts is the signature snack for Chinese New Year, and there is no better place to get pineapple tarts than Le Cafe Confectionery & Pastry. Reviewed to be the king of pineapple tarts. Enjoy the generous fillings and the buttery pastry this snack has to offer.

Address: 264 Middle Road, Elias Building
Contact: 6337 2417

5) Allswell Marketing in Geylang Road

This live seafood market supplies seafood to big-name restaurants and high-end hotels. You can get all kind of fresh, live seafood such as lobster, prawns, clams and crab here. If you prefer something that has been prepared for you, you will be happy to know that they also sell frozen items such snappers and scallops.

Address: 670 Geylang Road, Singapore 389597
Contact: 6745 1123

Bonus: Chinatown

Every Chinese New Year, if there is a place you must go to pick up your snacks and decorations, that place will have to be Chinatown. Everything you need for Chinese New Year can be found here.


With so many things to buy, we recommend you to rent a car from us to make your shopping easier. Check out our CNY packages if you are looking to rent a car during this festive period.

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5 Unique Exhibitions That Will Expand Your Mind

5 Unique Exhibitions That Will Expand Your Mind

Spend your weekend expanding your mind with these exhibitions where science, art and pop culture collide.

1. Games and Politics Exhibition


Goethe-Institut Singapore and Kult Gallery present Games and Politics, an interactive exhibition that features 18 playable games, short films, and 2D artworks that deal with socially-­relevant and mature topics like war, gender, migration, democracy and surveillance.
The exhibition invites you to play digital games while experiencing the power of games as a communication tool. The exhibition questions the scope and limits of games as a genre so as to construct a counter-positon — whether in the demonstration of social conditions, in the investigation of the medium itself, its functioning, stereotypes, dependencies and conditions, or in enacting politics with games through practices of subversive appropriation.

Monday to Thursday: 2 - 7pm
Friday to Sunday: 4 - 9pm
Kult Studio & Gallery, 11 Upper Wilkie Road C2-­5 Emily Hill, Singapore 228120.

2. The Artist's Voice


This exhibition is curated by the internationally acclaimed curator and art historian Dr. Lorand Hegyi, features 34 contemporary artists from various countries and across different generations.
The exhibition focuses on the capacity and competence of contemporary art to transfer essential messages and existential revelations about life, truth, historical visions, ethical values, anthropological constellations.

18 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
Monday  to Saturday: 12 - 7pm
Parkview Museum, 600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square, Level 3 Singapore 188778

3. Above And Beyond


Singapore Science Centre partners with aircraft manufacturing company Boeing to present Above and Beyond, an exhibition that celebrates the success and long history of aviation. Pilot a supersonic fighter jet in a virtual high-speed flying simulation, and learn all about the science behind aerospace by trying out the numerous interactive exhibitions. A must go for the whole family.

16 Dec 2017 – 8 Apr 2018
Monday - Sunday: 10am to 6pm
15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081

4. Anime X Stamps


Rejoice my fellow otakus, there is an anime event at the Singapore Philatelic Museum. Experience your favourite anime series and characters in a whole new way - through stamps! Discover the origins of anime and chart the rise of this versatile and pervasive medium. From beloved classics such as Astroboy, Doraemon to current hot favourites such as One Piece and Pokémon. Experience all these anime through over 700 stamps from Japan.

16 Nov 2017 - 15 Apr 2018
Monday - Sunday: 10am - 7pm
Singapore Philatelic Museum, 23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

5. Treasures of the natural world


Embark on an adventure of discovery as treasures of the natural world from the prestigious Natural History Museum London come alive to take you back in time on expeditions that broke scientific grounds and made history.
ArtScience Museum brings the very best from the museum’s rich and important collection in this hotly anticipated exhibition that showcases the most significant treasures of the natural world. Hand-picked from over 80 million specimens, over 200 of the museum’s star objects will travel to Southeast Asia for the very first time. Selected for their historical and scientific importance, each prized treasure is a marvel that reveals a story of adventure and exploration defined by curiosity and discovery. Featured in this exhibition are scientific specimens and animals from the natural world, boasting a rich record of nature, works of art, gems and minerals, and the manuscript and collection belonging to some of the world's greatest scientists, including both Charles Darwin and Alfred Russell Wallace, discoverers of evolutionary biology as we know it today.

25 Nov 2017 - 29 Apr 2018
Monday - Sunday: 10am - 7pm
6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974


To help you get to all these places, we are having a special promotion. Rent a one of our selected vehicle for the weekend from as low as $50 a day. Promotions ends 31st Jan 2018.

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