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Cheapest car hire in Thailand

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

Thailand car hire reviews

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Rated 3.8 / 5 | 1,800 reviews

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    THB  31.98/Ltr

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Recent customer reviews (average rating 8.4/10)



The best beache

The best beaches I have ever seen in my life!

Andy & Jess


Very good rate

Very good rate and picked car up from the airport with no problems. Got to hotel and parked it up for the 4 days we were in Bangkok, worked out cheaper and easier than arranging transport.



Cheap rental ca

Cheap rental car, but not to the same standard as rentals in the USA. Car was very small and a little tatty.


Compare car rental agents in Thailand

Rental Agent
Rating (/10)
Customer Reviews
Mini (€/day)
Compact (€/day)
Intermediate (€/day)
Standard (€/day)
€ 21.21
€ 24.60
€ 30.54
€ 40.91
€ 40.91
€ 58.21
€ 25.63
€ 31.77
€ 40.11
€ 40.11
 Chic car rent
€ 21.55
€ 31.76
€ 33.15
€ 47.19
€ 24.34
€ 31.75
€ 36.46
€ 25.62
€ 59.06

Car rental agent statistics in Thailand

  • 8.8/10
    Highest rated agent:
  • 6.7/10
    Lowest rated agent:
  • 769
    Total number of reviews in
  • 15
    Most Locations in Thailand:
  • 12
    Average wait time
  • 11
    Total rental companies

Average prices per day for car hire in Thailand

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

Fuel prices in Thailand

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Nov , 2020 0.55 0.81
Oct , 2020 0.59 0.79
Sep , 2020 0.58 0.79
Aug , 2020 0.59 0.79
Jul , 2020 0.61 0.80
Jun , 2020 0.62 0.82
May , 2020 0.58 0.80
Apr , 2020 0.51 0.70
Mar , 2020 0.57 0.73
Feb , 2020 0.76 0.97
Jan , 2020 0.81 1.00
Dec , 2019 0.79 1.03

Car rental price statistics in Thailand

  • € 148.47
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 86.32
    Highest daily price:
    Mitsubishi Pajero
  • 536
    Total cars available
  • 84
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Yaris
  • 63
    Location with most cars:
    Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • € 21.2 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    THRIFTY - Nakhon Si Thamarat - 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 €20.90 per day for a (mini) class car from Thrifty. The average price to hire a car in Thailand is just €39.60 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Thailand is a Toyota Ventury car for a (standard elite) class from National costing €114.20 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, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Thailand?

Car hire prices in Thailand are kept low thanks to the 9 car hire companies across the country. With over 24 car hire locations and 3,948 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Thailand.

Who is the best car hire company in Thailand?

Based on over 991 reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Thailand Is Thrifty who score on average 8.2/10 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 8 car hire companies and 54 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Thailand?

Current fuel prices in Thailand are €0.82/ltr for petrol and €0.56/ltr for diesel as of 16 November 2020, it’ll cost on average €33 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €22 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?

Thrifty is the cheapest car hire company in Thailand offering a (mini) class car such as the Toyota Yaris for as little as €146.30 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Thailand?

The most popular car hire category in Thailand is the Toyota Fortuner available from 8 car hire companies in over 21 locations.

Most popular locations to hire a car in Thailand

Thailand Mini Guide

Thailand is a massive and diverse country located in South East Asia which has coasts with the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. Travellers flock to Thailand for the cheap prices, opportunities for adventure and incredible beaches, while the food here is so fantastic that it has been exported all around the world.

Visitors are sure be astounded by the friendliness of the Thai people, though this has a flip side. People often go to Thailand in search of cheap drugs and sex and if this is not what you are looking for there are many places to be avoided. However it remains an extraordinarily safe place to visit.

Thailand is divided up into five main areas. They are central Thailand in which you can find its capital Bangkok, historical Thailand and the lowlands. The North includes Chiang Mai, the hill tribes and the Golden Triangle. Isaan is in the north east which is undeveloped, and the Eastern beaches and islands are within easy reach of Bangkok, and the vast southern coastline. Another idyllic place to find great beaches is the southern islands of Phuket, Krabi, Ko Samui and Kao Tao. Within the 76 provinces of Thailand there are many other cities including Pattaya, Hat Yak, Ayutthaya, Chafing Ray, Kanchanaburi, Nakon Ratchasima, Sukhothai and Surat Thani.

Thailand is tropical and the best time of year to visit is between November and February when it is relatively cool. If you are in desperate need of the heat, the months between March and June can be sweltering and perfect for sitting on the beach. The rest of the year is monsoon season which can mean non stop rain and flooding. Mosquitoes will also be most prevalent at this time so make sure you take adequate protection.

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

Why it's a good idea to hire a car in Thailand

There's so much to see and do in Thailand the though 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.

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Fuel Prices in Thailand

  • Price of petrol in Thailand in November

    € 0.82/Ltr

    ($ 1.00/Ltr | 31.98/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Thailand in November

    € 0.56/Ltr

    ($ 0.69/Ltr | 21.84/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Thailand in November

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 32.80  ($ 40.17) | € 22.40  ($ 27.43)
Compact € 32.80  ($ 40.17) | € 22.40  ($ 27.43)
Full Size € 41.00  ($ 50.21) | € 28.00  ($ 34.29)
SUV € 49.20  ($ 60.25) | € 33.60  ($ 41.15)
Carrier € 57.40  ($ 70.29) | € 39.20  ($ 48.00)

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Other Car Hire Locations in Thailand

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Car Hire Bangkok
Mini 5 4 2 from €16.5 per day
Compact 5 4 3 from €18.0 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €16.3 per day
Car Hire Chiang Mai
Economy 5 4 2 from €15.7 per day
Compact 5 4 3 from €18.0 per day
Mini 5 4 2 from €15.7 per day
Car Hire Krabi  (Ao Nang)
Economy 5 4 2 from €15.7 per day
Compact 5 4 3 from €18.0 per day
Mini 5 4 2 from €15.7 per day
Car Hire Phuket
Mini 5 4 2 from €16.6 per day
Compact 5 4 3 from €18.0 per day
Economy 3 5 2 from €16.3 per day