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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thai Rent A Car
$16.48 per day
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Car Rental
Compact
Nissan Almera or similar
Nissan Almera
  • 4
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thai Rent A Car
$16.48 per day
Airport Bangkok Don Muang Car Rental
Mini
Mitsubishi Mirage or similar
Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$20.85 per day
Airport Bangkok Don Muang Car Rental
Economy Elite
Nissan Almera or similar
Nissan Almera
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$22.06 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Car Rental
Economy
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Keddy
$22.06 / per day
Khon Kaen Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 4
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
SIXT
$24.11 / per day
Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Nissan March or similar
Nissan March
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Drive Car Rental
$26.21 / per day
Phuket Int. Airport Car Rental
Economy Elite
Nissan Almera or similar
Nissan Almera
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Europcar
$26.75 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 01:46 on 2022-11-30. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Thai
Currency
THB
Traffic direction
Left-hand
Country code
66
Economy car rental price
$20.55 / per day
Average car rental length
3 days
Speed limit within town
80 km/h
50 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
80 km/h
50 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.2
Average gasoline price
$1.22 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$1.36 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$1.00 / 1 liter

Why rent a car in Thailand?

A great place to explore, Thailand is Southeast Asia’s most popular travel destination for a reason. From a long, stunning seacoast, tropical islands, and vast national parks to ancient temples and multicultural history, it has something to quench every curious traveler’s thirst.

Thailand Car Rental

Top ways to enter Thailand

  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport: Bangkok’s main airport is among the 20 busiest in the world. The word “suvarnabhumi” means Land of Gold in Sanskrit. 
  • Phuket International Airport: Located in the country’s south, Phuket Airport serves flights to and from many destinations in both Asia and Europe.
  • Bangkok Don Mueang Airport: Bangkok’s second airport is served by more than 10 different airlines.

Top cities and places to visit

  • Bangkok. The most visited city in not just South East Asia, but the whole world, Bangkok is a very special destination. Many visitors are attracted to its huge backpacker scene and energetic nightlife, but, while it’s certainly there for you to enjoy, you should also not miss out on the city’s multiple historical landmarks, or numerous nearby places to take day trips that include scenic areas and religious sites.
  • Phuket. Located in the far south of the country, Phuket is probably the most famous of Thailand’s many beach destinations. In addition to the idyllic Andaman coastline, Phuket is also home to a surprising cultural diversity and Phra Thaeo National Park. A number of smaller islands, like the scuba diving paradise of Ko Racha, are just off the coast of the main island.
  • Chiang Mai. Located in the comparatively less explored northern part of the country near the borders of Myanmar and Laos, Chiang Mai is one of the country’s most interesting destinations. Surrounded by impressive peaks and boasting ancient temples, interesting museums, and a distinct local culture, it has all the right ingredients for a memorable travel experience.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Thailand is the Mitsubishi Mirage, followed by the Nissan Almera and the Toyota Fortuner.

Driver license requirements

  • Thailand recognizes valid foreign driver’s licenses from around the world if they are printed in a Latin or Thai alphabet and if you’re visiting on a short trip. If you’re residing in Thailand permanently, you need to obtain a local driver’s license instead.
  • If your driver’s license is printed in another alphabet (Cyrillic, Arabic, etc.), you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • Similarly, if your driver’s license doesn’t show your photograph, you might be required to have an IDP.
  • Even if you have an IDP, you need to also carry your original driver’s license as you might be asked to show both.
  • You must carry your driver’s license, not a copy, with you at all times. 
  • You need to have had your driver’s license for at least two years.
  • Some rental car providers charge a young driver fee for drivers between the ages of 22 and 25 and a senior driver fee for drivers over the age of 65.
  • There may be additional requirements depending on the car provider and car category, so make sure to check the rental conditions before booking.

Crossing Borders

There are very few car rental companies that permit cross-border travels between Thailand and any of its neighbors (depending on the season, you might find a few for trips between Thailand and Malaysia). Of course, it is always possible to drop off one rental car in Thailand, travel by public transportation, and then pick up a new rental car at your next destination.

Thailand has land borders with four other countries, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia. Each of the countries has its own, unique visa policy, so, depending on your citizenship, you may or may not need a visa to visit either of them. Do consult your Ministry of Foreign Affairs in advance if you plan to visit any of them. Many governments advise against any non-essential travel to Myanmar due to the ongoing violent clashes in the country.

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular rental car type in Thailand is a fullsize, although economy and compact are also often picked, especially by travelers who tend to stay in the cities.

Top driving routes

  • Ayutthaya. One of those great Bangkok day trips mentioned above, the former capital city of Ayutthaya is a history lover’s dream. Located on an island at the confluence of two rivers, it is known for its stunning ruins, many of which can be found in the Ayutthaya Historical Park, as well as other landmarks left by an array of former rulers and religions. Also known as Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, the city is about a 90-minute drive north of Bangkok.
  • Isaan. Something of a mystery to most foreign visitors, this eastern region is full of ancient sites, hospitable locals, and interesting influences from its next-door neighbors, Cambodia and Laos. Attractions include the vineyards of Loei, Khmer temples of Phanom Rung, and the stunning Buddha statue of Roi Et.
  • Khao Sok National Park. Located in the south of the country, it is no exaggeration when travel brochures mention Khao Sok among the most beautiful places in Thailand. Home to one of the most diverse rainforests on the planet, this large tropical area is home to a stunning variety of wildlife — Malayan tapirs, mouse deer, Asian elephants, and Indian bison all live in the park. 

Car Rental Prices

  • Large cars - from $38 per day
  • Medium cars - from $29 per day
  • Vans - from $65 per day
  • Small cars - from $26 per day
  • SUVs - from $57 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Thailand:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Thailand is the cheapest in May when renting a car is about 33% cheaper than the yearly average and a whopping 62% cheaper than renting a car in November.
This information was written, fact-checked, and/or translated by our content creators. Learn more about our editorial policy.

Top 18 Most Popular Cities in Thailand

  1. Car Rental in Bangkok from $23.18 per day
  2. Car Rental in Phuket from $16.48 per day
  3. Car Rental in Chiang Mai from $26.21 per day
  4. Car Rental in Ko Samui from $26.59 per day
  5. Car Rental in Chiang Rai from $48.01 per day
  6. Car Rental in Krabi from $23.18 per day
  7. Car Rental in Pattaya from $23.51 per day
  8. Car Rental in Udon Thani from $24.11 per day
  9. Car Rental in Surat Thani from $25.45 per day
  10. Car Rental in Khon Kaen from $24.11 per day
  11. Car Rental in Hua Hin from $23.93 per day
  12. Car Rental in Phitsanulok from $53.46 per day
  13. Car Rental in Buriram from $53.46 per day
  14. Car Rental in Mae Sot from $53.46 per day

Map of Car Rental Locations

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Thailand?

The cost of renting a car in Thailand depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Thailand
$30.08
January
$35.23
February
$31.16
March
$39.73
April
$35.33
May
$43.45
June
$38.52
July
$38.41
August
$42.71
September
$42.55
October
$66.18
November
$69.96
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Thailand is January — prices start from $30.08 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 30% cheaper than the yearly average and 57% cheaper than renting a car in the month of December (when prices start at $69.96 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and how far in advance you book. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices.

What’s the average rental length in Thailand?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in September — an average of 11 days. The shortest are in January — an average of 7 days.
Average Rental Length in Thailand
7
January
8
February
7
March
7
April
8
May
9
June
7
July
8
August
11
September
8
October
7
November
9
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Thailand?

DiscoverCars.com users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Thailand. The most popular month is December, while the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Thailand by Monthly Searches
120%
January
96%
February
93%
March
96%
April
119%
May
75%
June
88%
July
95%
August
80%
September
101%
October
112%
November
125%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Keddy Nissan Almera 5 1 Small cars
Keddy Mitsubishi Mirage 4 1 Small cars
Drive Car Rental Nissan Almera 4 2 Small cars
Keddy Toyota Yaris 4 1 Small cars
yesaway Toyota Vios 4 2 Medium cars
yesaway Toyota Fortuner 5 3 SUVs
yesaway Nissan Almera 4 2 Small cars
Keddy Honda BR-V 5 3 SUVs
Drive Car Rental Toyota Fortuner 4 2 SUVs
Keddy Honda CR-V 4 3 SUVs

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United States of America (USA)
Nissan Almera
November 27, 2022
Easy to find, good customer service
Thailand
Nissan Almera
November 20, 2022
We went to the Khao Yai Nationalpark and as well as a small island called "Koh Koot" near the border to Cambodia. It was very nice there. It was full of nature and we had delicious food always. We also got fresh fishes and fresh seafood with the little prices everyday.
Netherlands
Nissan Almera
November 3, 2022
I will
Australia
Nissan Sylphy
October 23, 2022
We had awesome holiday mostly spending time with the family.
South Africa
Nissan March
August 9, 2022
Resort with sea & good food
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Vios
August 9, 2022
Great food, beautiful temples and scenery.
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
September 14, 2020
Khon Kaen Is a large city that has very few Foreign Nationals living there but there are a few bars an restaurant, in the city centre to cater for them. The area is renowned for its Dinosaurs skeletons. The surrounding provinces have some great places to visit that are not on the main western tourist trial. Such as the Red Lotus Flower lake in Udon Thani during winter, the Mekong river road from NongKhai to ChaingKhan, where the new Skywalk is open above the Mekong. The cliffs and mountains tops of Loei down to the Tulip fields of Chiayaphum, not forgetting the numerous waterfalls everywhere and the natural wonder of hundreds of thousands of bats flying out of caves near Chum Phae at dusk to feed on insects that would destroy the rice crops nearby. All well worth the drive to see.
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris 5d
March 15, 2020
we went to khao Lak. So easy to drive in Thailand especially with todays sat navs. We used WAZE. Much cheaper to hire a car than pay for transport and the petrol is cheap and at the petrol stations they fill it up for you.
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
January 4, 2020
there lots of place and things to do in Chiang Mai is very big area a drive to pia is recommended it about 2-3 hour drive over the mountains with very beautiful view
Hong Kong
Toyota Fortuner
July 4, 2019
If device stand can provide is much better and convenience for GPS viewing.
United Kingdom
Nissan Almera
March 21, 2019
You will need Sat nav the road signs are not good
United States of America (USA)
Toyota Yaris
July 29, 2018
Driving around Thailand was fun and easy. Do not attempt to drive in Bangkok city due to bad traffic, narrow roads, motorcycles comes from all directions

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Thai Rent A Car
9.07 / 10
Lowest rated company
Hertz
8.52 / 10
Total number of reviews
7
Total rental companies
7
Average daily price
$20.74
Lowest daily price
$15.89
Total cars available
182

Top 7 Suppliers in Thailand in 2022

Thai Rent A Car
Thai Rent A Car
Exceptional 9.1 / 200 reviews
+66076327160 / +660826685053
222 Mai Khao Sub-district, Thalang District Phuket
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:00
Tue:07:00-21:00
Wed:07:00-21:00
Thu:07:00-21:00
Fri:07:00-21:00
Sat:07:00-21:00
Sun:07:00-21:00
yesaway
yesaway
Excellent 8.9 / 78 reviews
+6621012658
Suvarnabhumi Airport, 999 1 Nong Prue, Amphoe Bang Phli, Chang Wat Samut Prakan 10540, Thailand
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Drive Car Rental
Drive Car Rental
Excellent 8.8 / 43 reviews
+66847004387 / +66847004389
Phuket Airport, Level 1, Terminal 1, 22/1 Moo 6, Maikhaw, Talang, 83110, Phuket
Working hours
Mon:00:01-23:59
Tue:00:01-23:59
Wed:00:01-23:59
Thu:00:01-23:59
Fri:00:01-23:59
Sat:00:01-23:59
Sun:00:01-23:59
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.7 / 128 reviews
+660819046846
COUNTER AT ARRIVALS CAR RENTAL AREA
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.5 / 15 reviews
+660819046846
Bangkok Suvarnabumi Airport
Working hours
Mon:06:00-22:00
Tue:06:00-22:00
Wed:06:00-22:00
Thu:06:00-22:00
Fri:06:00-22:00
Sat:06:00-22:00
Sun:06:00-22:00
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.5 / 13 reviews
+6681448660
68/24 Maliwan Rd,Tambon Banped
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.5
6653273011
60 Moo 3 Airport Road
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:00
Tue:08:00-20:00
Wed:08:00-20:00
Thu:08:00-20:00
Fri:08:00-20:00
Sat:08:00-20:00
Sun:08:00-20:00
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