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Car Hire  Phuket Helpful Information

The largest of Thailand's islands, Phuket is well worthy of it's name – the Pearl of the Andaman Sea, there is something for everyone there and it is a wonderful place to relax after spending a hectic few days in Bangkok as many visitors do. Rhino Car Hire can set you up with a vehicle on arrival at Phuket International Airport, check out our current car rental rates below or request a quote using our search box above. 
 

Hiring a car and driving in Phuket is a popular option for many tourists who want to explore the island at their own pace. However, it's essential to be aware of some key aspects before hitting the road. Here's what you need to know:

  1. Drive on the Left: Like the rest of Thailand, traffic in Phuket moves on the left side of the road.

  2. International Driving Permit: If you're a tourist, you'll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) alongside your home country's driving license to rent and drive a vehicle in Phuket.

  3. Traffic Conditions: Traffic can get congested in Phuket, especially in Patong and Phuket Town during peak hours. It's also busy during the high tourist season, which is from November to April.

  4. Road Quality: Main roads in Phuket are generally in good condition. However, smaller roads, especially those leading to more secluded beaches or viewpoints, can be steep, winding, and sometimes potholed. It's essential to drive cautiously.

  5. Motorcycles and Scooters: They are ubiquitous on Phuket's roads. Always check your mirrors and blind spots, especially when turning or changing lanes, as they often weave through traffic unpredictably.

  6. Parking: In popular tourist areas like Patong, Kata, and Karon, finding parking can be challenging, especially during high season. However, many hotels, restaurants, and attractions provide parking areas.

  7. Speed Limits: The speed limit in towns is usually 50 km/h, while outside urban areas, it's between 60-90 km/h. Always adhere to posted speed limits.

  8. Alcohol and Driving: Thailand's alcohol limit for drivers is 0.05%. However, it's always best to avoid alcohol entirely if you plan on driving. There are regular police checkpoints, especially during festive seasons.

  9. Police Checkpoints: You might encounter occasional police checkpoints. Always have your driving documents, including the rental agreement, at hand.

  10. Petrol Stations: There are plenty of petrol stations in Phuket, offering both gasoline and diesel. Make sure you know which type your rental car requires.

  11. Car Rental: When renting a car inspect the car for any existing damage and photograph it to avoid disputes when returning the car.

  12. Road Etiquette: Thai drivers tend to be patient and less aggressive than in some other countries, but always be prepared for the unexpected. Horn honking is infrequent and usually serves as a polite reminder rather than a sign of aggression.

  13. Navigation: While road signs in tourist areas are often in both Thai and English, having a GPS or a smartphone with navigation apps (e.g., Google Maps, Waze) can be very helpful.

  14. Safety First: Always wear seat belts and avoid using phones while driving unless you have a hands-free system.

In Conclusion: Driving in Phuket can be an enriching experience, allowing you to explore hidden gems and scenic routes. With some awareness and caution, it's an excellent way to experience the island's diverse offerings.


Current Rental Rates in Phuket

Toyota Yaris

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 33.86 EUR/day
Toyota Yaris

7 Days rental at 237.04 EUR from 24/01/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Vios

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 36.93 EUR/day
Toyota Vios

7 Days rental at 258.56 EUR from 24/01/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Hilux

2 Adults, 2 Doors

From 36.93 EUR/day
Toyota Hilux

7 Days rental at 258.56 EUR from 24/01/2022

  10 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Phuket: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • In Thai, the name of Phuket is Talang which means ‘cape’.
  • At 220 square miles in area it’s Thailand’s largest island and the same size as Singapore.
  • The island is connected to the mainland by two bridges.
  • The island’s wealth was originally built on tin and rubber.
  • 70% of the island is mountainous.

 

Phuket - Popular Destinations

Best car rental companies in Phuket

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No.1: NATIONAL,
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No.2: AVIS,
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No.3: AVIS,
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Phuket car hire information

  • 8.6/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    National Direct
  • € 237.02
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 33.86
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 3
    Most Popular Type:
    Compact
  • 1
    Most popular model:
    Toyota Altis
  • 10
    Total Cars Available
     

Average prices per day in Phuket

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