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Thailand Car Rental Mini Guide

There's so much to see and do in Thailand the thought of restricting your visit due to choice of transport seems an odd one. Hiring a car in Thailand offers flexibility and the freedom to travel beyond the tour operator trail and make your own experiences. Backed by most of the major international car hire companies and supported by trusted local companies, hiring a car in Thailand is not only a good idea, but a great one.

Can foreigners drive in Thailand?

Of course, provided that you present your full domestic driving licence and other mandatory car rental requirements (passport / credit card) you are free to hire a car and drive legally in Thailand. Whilst not all rental agents request, an International Driving Permit (IDP) is technically required in Thailand and we recommend only travelling with one. Thailand is a signatory of the 1949 IDP.
 

Most popular locations to hire a car in Thailand

Thailand Factfile

  • Thailand is officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand and used to be called Siam until it was changed in 1939
  • Thai boxing otherwise known as Muay Thai is the national sport in Thailand
  • Thailand is the world's largest exporter of rice and Thai people consume over 100kg of milled rice per person per year
  • The currency in Thailand is the Baht (THB)
  • Driving topless in Thailand is forbidden

Cheapest car hire in Thailand

Toyota Yaris

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.08 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 217.62 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.08 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 217.62 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.08 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 217.62 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.08 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 217.62 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.08 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 217.62 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.08 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 217.62 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.08 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 217.62 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.08 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 217.62 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Yaris

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 31.08 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 217.62 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Vios

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 35.87 EUR/day
Toyota Vios

7 Days rental at 251.15 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Altis

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 39.39 EUR/day
Toyota Altis

7 Days rental at 275.76 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Vios

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 39.91 EUR/day
Toyota Vios

7 Days rental at 279.39 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Vios

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 39.91 EUR/day
Toyota Vios

7 Days rental at 279.39 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Jazz

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 39.91 EUR/day
Honda Jazz

7 Days rental at 279.39 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Jazz

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 39.91 EUR/day
Honda Jazz

7 Days rental at 279.39 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Vios

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 43.74 EUR/day
Toyota Vios

7 Days rental at 306.23 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Vios

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 43.74 EUR/day
Toyota Vios

7 Days rental at 306.23 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Vios

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 44.61 EUR/day
Toyota Vios

7 Days rental at 312.28 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 34.31 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 240.18 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 34.31 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 240.18 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 34.31 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 240.18 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Jazz

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.63 EUR/day
Honda Jazz

7 Days rental at 242.45 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Jazz

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.63 EUR/day
Honda Jazz

7 Days rental at 242.45 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Jazz

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 34.63 EUR/day
Honda Jazz

7 Days rental at 242.45 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda City

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.22 EUR/day
Honda City

7 Days rental at 260.54 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 37.52 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 262.67 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda City

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.57 EUR/day
Honda City

7 Days rental at 262.99 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda CR-V

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 66.55 EUR/day
Honda CR-V

7 Days rental at 465.88 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda CR-V

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 66.55 EUR/day
Honda CR-V

7 Days rental at 465.88 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Fortuner

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 66.55 EUR/day
Toyota Fortuner

7 Days rental at 465.88 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Fortuner

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 66.55 EUR/day
Toyota Fortuner

7 Days rental at 465.88 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda CR-V

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 66.55 EUR/day
Honda CR-V

7 Days rental at 465.88 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Fortuner

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 69.01 EUR/day
Toyota Fortuner

7 Days rental at 483.12 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Teana

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 72.89 EUR/day
Nissan Teana

7 Days rental at 510.24 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 80.00 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 560.06 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Camry

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 80.00 EUR/day
Toyota Camry

7 Days rental at 560.06 EUR from 23/01/2023

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Civic

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 50.26 EUR/day
Honda Civic

7 Days rental at 351.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Civic

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 50.26 EUR/day
Honda Civic

7 Days rental at 351.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Civic

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 50.26 EUR/day
Honda Civic

7 Days rental at 351.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Civic

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 50.26 EUR/day
Honda Civic

7 Days rental at 351.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Honda Civic

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 50.26 EUR/day
Honda Civic

7 Days rental at 351.86 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Altis

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 59.01 EUR/day
Toyota Altis

7 Days rental at 413.10 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Altis

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 59.11 EUR/day
Toyota Altis

7 Days rental at 413.79 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Altis

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 61.89 EUR/day
Toyota Altis

7 Days rental at 433.26 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Altis

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 61.89 EUR/day
Toyota Altis

7 Days rental at 433.26 EUR from 23/01/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Leaf Electric

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 50.59 EUR/day
Nissan Leaf Electric

7 Days rental at 354.16 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

GWM Ora

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 43.82 EUR/day
GWM Ora

7 Days rental at 306.80 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Leaf Electric

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 50.59 EUR/day
Nissan Leaf Electric

7 Days rental at 354.16 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

GWM Ora

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 43.82 EUR/day
GWM Ora

7 Days rental at 306.80 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Leaf Electric

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 50.59 EUR/day
Nissan Leaf Electric

7 Days rental at 354.16 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

GWM Ora

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 43.82 EUR/day
GWM Ora

7 Days rental at 306.80 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Leaf Electric

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 50.59 EUR/day
Nissan Leaf Electric

7 Days rental at 354.16 EUR from 23/01/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

GWM Ora

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 49.70 EUR/day
GWM Ora

7 Days rental at 347.91 EUR from 23/01/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Thailand

  • Drive on the LEFT-hand side of the road in Thailand, the steering wheel will be on the right side of the car
  • There are toll roads in Thailand, you can pay by card but we advise always carrying a small amount of cash
  • Speed limits are posted in KM/H with the maximum being 120km/h on the motorways
  • The average waiting time at the car rental desks in Thailand is just 14 mintues
  • 10 car hire companies compete for your business in Thailand, helping to keep prices low

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Thailand

  •  

    L

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    90kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    THB  46.64/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    20-50mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    THB

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Compare car rental agents in Thailand

Rental Agent
Locations
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
 Budget
22
9.1/10
273
€ 127.90
€ 133.87
€ 159.43
€ 200.34
 Chic car rent
9
8.9/10
63
€ 31.08
€ 45.27
 Sixt
13
8.5/10
223
€ 33.68
€ 39.39
€ 50.26
 Yesaway
4
8.0/10
48
€ 32.39
€ 35.87
€ 59.01
 Europcar
11
6.5/10
143
€ 46.88
€ 67.28
€ 84.10
€ 84.10

Car rental agent statistics in Thailand

  • 9.1/10
    Highest rated agent:
    BUDGET
  • 6.5/10
    Lowest rated agent:
    EUROPCAR
  • 750
    Total number of reviews in
    Thailand
  • 21
    Most Locations in Thailand:
    BUDGET
  • 27
    Average wait time
    (Min.)
  • 15
    Total rental companies
     

Average prices per day for car hire in Thailand

ItemPercent
January€ 53
February€ 32
March€ 29
April€ 30
May€ 27
June€ 26
July€ 27
August€ 29
September€ 28
October€ 30
November€ 32
December€ 37
ItemPercent
January€ 32
February€ 26
March€ 24
April€ 24
May€ 23
June€ 23
July€ 23
August€ 25
September€ 23
October€ 25
November€ 26
December€ 32
ItemPercent
January€ 86
February€ 58
March€ 53
April€ 52
May€ 48
June€ 47
July€ 51
August€ 57
September€ 51
October€ 53
November€ 51
December€ 66
ItemPercent
January€ 63
February€ 44
March€ 40
April€ 42
May€ 40
June€ 37
July€ 42
August€ 45
September€ 42
October€ 44
November€ 43
December€ 48
ItemPercent
January€ 210
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September€ 199
October€ 203
November€ 206
December€ 200
ItemPercent
January€ 38
February€ 24
March€ 22
April€ 24
May€ 22
June€ 22
July€ 22
August€ 24
September€ 21
October€ 24
November€ 24
December€ 29
ItemPercent
January€ 82
February€ 51
March€ 43
April€ 40
May€ 38
June€ 39
July€ 40
August€ 45
September€ 39
October€ 40
November€ 39
December€ 55
ItemPercent
January€ 68
February€ 42
March€ 40
April€ 44
May€ 37
June€ 31
July€ 42
August€ 43
September€ 41
October€ 43
November€ 44
December€ 51

Select category to see average car hire prices in Thailand

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Thailand

DieselUnleaded
Dec , 2021

€ 0.76

€ 1.03

Jan , 2022

€ 0.82

€ 1.14

Feb , 2022

€ 0.82

€ 1.21

Mar , 2022

€ 0.81

€ 1.29

Apr , 2022

€ 0.82

€ 1.29

May , 2022

€ 0.88

€ 1.38

Jun , 2022

€ 0.92

€ 1.43

Jul , 2022

€ 0.94

€ 1.41

Aug , 2022

€ 0.94

€ 1.25

Sep , 2022

€ 0.96

€ 1.20

Oct , 2022

€ 0.94

€ 1.13

Nov , 2022

€ 0.94

€ 1.20

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Nov , 2022 0.94 1.20
Oct , 2022 0.94 1.13
Sep , 2022 0.96 1.20
Aug , 2022 0.94 1.25
Jul , 2022 0.94 1.41
Jun , 2022 0.92 1.43
May , 2022 0.88 1.38
Apr , 2022 0.82 1.29
Mar , 2022 0.81 1.29
Feb , 2022 0.82 1.21
Jan , 2022 0.82 1.14
Dec , 2021 0.76 1.03

Car rental price statistics in Thailand

  • € 217.56
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 219.08
    Highest daily price:
    Toyota Fortuner
  • 360
    Total cars available
     
  • 56
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Yaris
  • 41
    Location with most cars:
    Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • € 31.1 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    CHIC CAR RENT - Don Mueang - Airport

FAQs about car hire in Thailand

How much does it cost to hire a car in Thailand?

Car hire in Thailand starts from just €31.10 per day for a (mini) class car from Chic car rent. The average price to hire a car in Thailand is just €94.90 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Thailand is a Toyota Fortuner car for a (fullsize) class from Budget costing €219.10 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Thailand?

We often have special offers on car hire in Thailand including free additional drivers, for example, Yesaway is offering free additional driver and express check-in at Krabi - Airport for €32.39 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Thailand?

Car hire prices in Thailand are kept low thanks to the 8 car hire companies across the country. With over 28 car hire locations and 3,154 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Thailand.

Who is the best car hire company in Thailand?

Based on over 750 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Thailand Is Budget who score on average 9.1/10 across all locations in Thailand.

What is the most popular car hire location in Thailand?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Thailand is Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi Airport with 7 car hire companies and 41 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Thailand?

Current fuel prices in Thailand are €1.196/ltr for petrol and €0.94/ltr for diesel as of 7 November 2022, it’ll cost on average €48 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €38 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Thailand?

Speed limits in Thailand are in km/h and are generally 50 km/h on urban roads, 90 km/h on rural roads and 120 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Thailand?

Chic car rent is the cheapest car hire company in Thailand offering a (mini) class car such as the Toyota Yaris for as little as €217.70 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Thailand?

The most popular car hire category in Thailand is the Toyota Altis available from 5 car hire companies in over 25 locations.

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