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Cheap car rentals in Thailand

Full-size SUV₪117/day
Passenger van₪111/day
Standard SUV₪86/day
Intermediate SUV₪131/day
Compact SUV₪209/day
Best rates found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

Top tips for renting a car in Thailand

  • Thai cities generally have extremely congested traffic but good public transportation, meaning that hiring a car is not recommended for travel in solely urban areas. However, renting a car in Thailand is a great way to enjoy more flexibility and get off the beaten track to explore other areas of the country. Popular self-drive destinations include islands like Phuket (where taxis are very expensive) and the north of the country around Chiang Mai.
  • Toll roads are common in Thailand and usually charge about ฿40-50 ($1.25-1.60) per vehicle. Most are cash only, although the expressways around Bangkok require electronic payment. Be aware of blue-marked lanes, which are for vehicles with an easy-pay pass only. If the toll is not paid, the car rental agency will typically deduct the cost plus an administration fee from your credit card.
  • Children under 12 may not sit in the front seat of a vehicle in Thailand and should also be restrained in an age-appropriate seat. These can be rented from most agencies for an additional fee, but to get the correct size and to guarantee availability, it is strongly recommended to book in advance. An international agency like Avis charges in the neighborhood of ฿200 ($6.40) a day for a child booster seat.
  • Car agencies typically do not allow drivers to rent a car in Thailand and drive into neighboring countries like Cambodia or Malaysia. Many, such as Hertz and Avis, also prohibit their vehicles from being taken on car ferries to islands belonging to Thailand. If planning to make any border or sea crossings, whether international or domestic, always check with the rental agency in advance.
  • 25% of our users found rental cars in Thailand for ₪89 or less
  • Book your rental car in Thailand at least 2 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Off-airport rental car locations in Thailand are around 62% more expensive than airport locations on average
  • Economy rental cars in Thailand are around 44% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Thailand

  • How much does it cost to rent a car in Thailand?

    On average a rental car in Thailand costs ₪101 per day.

  • What is the most popular rental car in Thailand?

    Economy (Toyota Yaris or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Thailand.

  • What is the cheapest car rental company in Thailand?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest rental cars were found at Budget (₪56/day), Drive Car Rental (₪56/day) and Hertz (₪63/day).

  • What is the best rental car company in Thailand?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Thailand are Budget (8.3, 66 reviews), and Europcar (7.0, 54 reviews).

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Thailand?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • Where should I rent a car in Thailand?

    Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Thailand are Phuket City (44% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Thailand), Chiang Mai (22%) and Bangkok (19%).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car for a week in Thailand?

    On average a rental car in Thailand costs ₪815 per week (₪116 per day).

  • How much does it cost to rent a car long term for a month in Thailand?

    On average a rental car in Thailand costs ₪3,494 per month (₪116 per day).

  • What is driving like in Thailand?

    Driving in Thailand is on the left-hand side and is not without its hazards. Watch out for congested and chaotic traffic in cities, while in rural areas, drivers need to be aware of potholes, street dogs, and people unexpectedly crossing the street. Monsoon rains can make road surfaces slippery. It is recommended to avoid driving at night, maintain a defensive attitude, and get accustomed to accepted local maneuvers like tailgating.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Thailand?

    To rent a car in Thailand, drivers should usually be at least 21 years old, although some agencies like National will accept drivers from 20 years and up. An International Driver’s Permit (IDP) is always required, along with a valid domestic driver’s license.

  • How much does petrol cost in Thailand?

    Petrol stations in Thailand can vary considerably in style depending on the location, from familiar-looking ones in urban areas and on highways to small roadside kiosks in rural areas. It is always advised to have cash on hand when paying for fuel. Prices are around ฿37 ($1.20) for a liter of petrol and ฿28 ($0.90) for a liter of diesel. By the gallon, that comes to $4.54 for petrol and $3.40 for diesel.

  • What are the speed limits in Thailand?

    Although it may seem as though many drivers speed in Thailand, fines for traffic offenses can be high, and roadside police patrols are not uncommon. Always stick to the general speed limit or any roadside signs that state differently. Commonly, you will find a speed limit of 50 km/h (31 mph) in urban areas, 90 km/h (55 mph) on open roads, and 120 km/h (74 mph) on highways.

Car rental directory

  • drivecarrental

    Drive Car Rental car rental locations in Thailand

    34 Locations

  • thairentacar

    THAIRENTACAR car rental locations in Thailand

    33 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car rental locations in Thailand

    29 Locations

  • sunnycars

    Sunnycars car rental locations in Thailand

    26 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car rental locations in Thailand

    22 Locations

  • sixtrentacar

    Sixt car rental locations in Thailand

    22 Locations

  • hertz

    Hertz car rental locations in Thailand

    21 Locations

  • thrifty

    Thrifty car rental locations in Thailand

    19 Locations

  • chiccarrent

    Chic Car Rent car rental locations in Thailand

    18 Locations

  • runwaycar

    Runway Car Rentals car rental locations in Thailand

    18 Locations

  • dollar

    Dollar car rental locations in Thailand

    17 Locations

  • asap

    ASAP Car Rentals car rental locations in Thailand

    16 Locations

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The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for car rentals for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car rentals listed or dates of travel. Some car rental providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the car rental providers' sites.