Hiring a car in Thailand

In the heart of Southeast Asia lies the hustle and bustle of Thailand. Surrounded by Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Malaysia, Thailand is blessed with fantastic beaches, ranging mountains, colourful culture and friendly faces.

As one of the hubs for tourism in the region, Thailand features many places worthy of a visit. From the mountain trekking Chiang Rai region to the nightlife of Pattaya, you will no doubt have an amazing time on a trip to Thailand. However, due to the sheer length of Thailand, the best way to explore this country is by road. With regional investment in roading infrastructure continuing to grow, now is the perfect time to jump in your rental car and enjoy everything that Thailand has to offer.

This is where DriveNow can assist you on your Thai adventure. For a simple and easy car rental process, DriveNow have teamed up with many of the most popular rental companies including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and SIXT. If you are in the market for great prices, great vehicles and great experiences, speak to DriveNow about your options!

How can I get the best deal on Thailand car hire?

With Thailand experiencing both a dry and wet season, most tourists visit during the high season (November to March). During this time, the temperatures are certainly more comfortable and the landscape is at its best. Of course, travelling over Christmas and New Year means demand for car rental cars will be hotter than the white sand beaches of Thailand. To avoid missing out, make sure you organise and plan your car hire before you travel to the Southeast Asian destination.

Why DriveNow, exactly? It's simple:

  • Price - Compare car rental rates to ensure you are getting the most cost-effective price in the market
  • Simplicity - Use DriveNow's interactive and collaborative system to compare rates with ease
  • Free service - There are no additional booking fees when you hire your car through DriveNow
  • Trusted suppliers - Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz and SIXT are some of our vehicle suppliers
  • Drive-away pricing
  • Trust and experience - since 2003 we have been working with travellers from around the world to help them find affordable and dependable car rentals

Common Questions:

What kind of driving licence is required to hire a car in Thailand?
To drive in Thailand, you will need a full licence from your home country. If your national licence is not in English, an international driving permit is required to comply with Thai authorities.

How old must I be to hire a car in Thailand?
You must be at least 21 years old to hire a car in Thailand and have held your licence for at least 12 months in your home country.

What's it like to drive in Thailand?
As with many Southeast Asian countries, you will find countless motorbikes on the road. These road users dominate much of Thailand's inner cities, so foreign drivers will need to ensure they constantly keep an eye on their blind spots.

Road conditions can also differ between urban and regional areas - highlighting the importance of driving to the conditions.

Car hire payment?
A credit card is required when picking up your rental car in Thailand.

Excess insurance options?
You should obtain coverage for your rental car to be prepared in the event of an accident. You can purchase a Collision Damage Waiver or add vehicle coverage to your travel insurance package.