Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Bangkok car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Bangkok.
Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Bangkok car rental.
Pros: Fantastic staff, excellent experience i will definitely use them every time i come to Bangkok. Fantastic value and service.Cons: I can honestly report nothing went wrong or could have been better. My experience was absolutely the best anyone could ask for. Fast, efficient and excellent value.
Five star service, all-around great experiencePros: Check-in/Check-out was a breeze. The Thrifty counter at BKK is co-located with Hertz, conveniently at the airport. The folks at the counter spoke perfect English and were really helpful with all of our questions. We were able to add a second driver for no cost and there was no hassle about declining extra insurance, which we didn't need due to having it through our credit card. Best of all, they had the car waiting for us at the airport, having been brought to us from the off-site location. (We did have to return at the off-site location, but there was zero wait for the shuttle bus to get to the airport.) Even though we had booked the smallest/cheapest available model, the car we were given was plenty roomy for 4 adults and all of our luggage. I'm not sure if we were given an upgrade, or if all of their cars are just that nice, but we were really happy with it. Driving in Thailand was no problem outside of Bangkok (which we had seen earlier by taxi). Having a car made it really simple, convenient, comfortable, and cost-effective for the 4 of us to visit outlying areas like Khao Yai and Ayutthaya. Driving is on the left, like Australia and England, but Thai drivers are so polite it's easy to merge and traffic is not too fast nor too slow - really perfect. I highly recommend it.
9.6 Excellent8 Feb. 2017
Good valuePros: Everything!Cons: The price!
5.2 Okay30 Oct. 2016
Pickup and Drop off at BKK needs improvement ! !Pros: 1. I liked that the counter is right in the main terminal. 2. I liked that the car was located directly outside the counter location.Cons: 1. I did not like that there was no "Thrifty" sign at the car rental counters location. I asked several of the other rental desk workers where I could find Thrifty, and none of them knew. Finally I was told that I should go to the Hertz counter if I wanted to rent from Thrifty. 2. I did not like that the return procedure is disorganized. We were told to call the number on the paper that was attached to my rental agreement prior to returning the car. I called this number and got a recording. I returned the car at approximately 0330am and had to park quite a distance away from where I picked up the car because private vehicles were not allowed to enter the area where I originally picked the car up. The signs to show where to return are not well placed or do not properly explain where to go to return a Thrifty or Hertz car. I parked the vehicle in the commercial bus area and when I walked into the terminal and to the Thrifty counter, I found the agent sleeping on the desk. 3. The agents that Thrifty use speak little or no English. I had to ask an agent from another rental company to assist with communication. 4. When I picked up the vehicle the fuel tank was not full, yet the agent circled FULL, I had to seek assistance from another renter to speak Thai with the agent and explain that the fuel tank was not full, and that I was not accepting the vehicle with F circled.
Cons: Drop-off instructions are confusing. Also, drop-off location at Suvarnabhumi airport is not as good as for other rental car companies. Fortunately, the employee drove us with all our luggage to the gate where we had to check in.
5.6 Okay29 Mar. 2019
Pros: Drop off was not super easyCons: The vehicle had a flat tire the source of the problem was unclear. The number for assistance was of zero assistance in informing where the jack etc. Was located . I ended up paying someone to change the tire the rental company said I would be responsible for an undetermined amount of repair for the
10.0 Excellent25 Jan. 2019
Pros: EverythingCons: Nothing
3.6 Mediocre14 Aug. 2018
I’m not angry, I’m disappinted.Cons: Upon arriving in Bangkok we found that the van provided was unlike the one we reserved and could not store nearly the amount of luggage as the one shown online. We also were informed that we would not have gps even though we had requested it prior to our trip. The vehicle itself was in fair condition save for the speakers/radio deck which were abismal. They constantly shorted out and were nearly useless. When we returned from our trip and attempted to return the van, your customer service had claimed they could pick up the van for us; however, we were left on our own and had to return the van to a different budget. This cost us almost 4 hours and we nearly missed our bus. Considering that we gave months notice on our requests we are EXTREMELY dissatisfied with this service and will not be using budget again.
10.0 Excellent24 Jun. 2018
Budget is always my #1 choice at Bangkok for a vehiclePros: Brand new diesel pick-up with covered bed to put all our luggage. Easy Drop Off on upper level when returning the vehicle and catching a flight, they came up and met me so I could then enter the terminal at the most convenient spot to access my check-in.Cons: Nothing to complain about at all.
10.0 Excellent21 May 2018
Everything as expectedPros: I liked everything about the experience. Friendly and fast and a new car that was clean.
9.6 Excellent3 Mar. 2018
Pros: Easy drop off at the airport.Cons: It was a little overpriced.
8.4 Excellent18 Sep. 2017
Cons: I was thinking the car it will be an diesel 4x4.
2.0 Mediocre29 Sep. 2016
Bad servicePros: They refused to give car saying something abt company policy then I rented car from national in a good rate and service
Pros: Arrogant and dismissive. Poor customer service
4.8 Okay16 Aug. 2017
drop off at airport - there are no signs and it was messy with no ThaiCons: the lady who got the car back was telling me assertively that the rented car too has some damage due to the rental cars stepping platform touching a parked scooters side when there was no such damage. she just kept saying it. very unprofessional.
9.6 Excellent19 Dec. 2016
Smooth OperationPros: Smooth operation, quick pickupCons: Could have used map and/or written instructions for vehicle return. Was a bit difficult finding the right turn in.
Bangkok has a myriad of amazing attractions and fantastic sights to offer and is probably one of the most exciting cities worldwide. Explore everything in the capital of Thailand and rent a car to gain ultimate flexibility and freedom. A hire car will not only allow you to reach all attractions in Bangkok easily, including the beach, but will also give you the opportunity to explore Thailand beyond the city borders and find other interesting places like Pattaya City, about 2 hours from Bangkok by car.
Pick up your hire car conveniently at the Suvarnabhumi Airport when you arrive and drive directly to your next destination. hire car companies like Avis, Budget, or Europcar are located at the airport, and signs bring you from the terminal to the hire service desks. The airport is located outside of the city center, so with a car you’ll reach it within an hour of driving. Bear in mind that some of the roads to the city may include tolls, so ask at the hire car center how to operate them.
Bangkok is a very busy city with lots of traffic, but the infrastructure is pretty good. However, Bangkok is also a city of motorbikes and they have a reputation to whizz in and out of the streets and between the cars. Adjust your speed and stay alert and this issue should pose as no problem. Also bear in mind that traffic signs are in Thai and English, but the English spelling can vary from street sign to street sign.
In Thailand cars drive on the left side of the road. For travelers who are not used to this, consider opting for a satnav, which will help you stay in the right lane, and also follow the drivers ahead of you, especially when entering a roundabout or intersection.
25% of our users found a car hire in Bangkok for $27 or less
Book your car hire in Bangkok at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Intermediate car hires in Bangkok are around 45% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Bangkok
Some car hire companies in Bangkok which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, National and Thrifty
On average a hire car in Bangkok costs $32 per day.
The average price of fuel in Bangkok is $5.82 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $70 and $93, depending on the car size.
Compact (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Bangkok.
A Compact car hire in Bangkok costs $26 per day, on average.
A Intermediate car hire in Bangkok costs $25 per day, on average.
A Economy car hire in Bangkok costs $26 per day, on average.
In Bangkok, cars are most frequently hired at THAIRENTACAR Bangkok Don Mueang international airport 222 Moo10 Vibhavadi Rangsit Rd Si Kan Don Mueang (20 km from city centre ).
On average hiring a car in Bangkok costs $227 per week ($32 per day).
On average a car hire in Bangkok costs $971 per month ($32 per day).
An economy car is a safe bet when driving in Bangkok, as it will be easier to navigate through the narrow lanes, and also will fit into more of the rather limited parking opportunities. A smaller car will also eat less petrol and be cheaper overall. Always make sure the insurance covers everything and check the car beforehand for scratches.
All speed limits in Thailand are given in km/h, so familiarize yourselfwith the conversion if you’re unfamiliar with the metric system. In the city, usually 50 km/h (31 mph) is allowed and 90 km/h (55 mph) on open country roads. On highways, drivers can speed up to 120 km/h (75 mph).
The average liter of petrol costs approximately 27 Thai Baht (which is about $3.32 per gallon). In Thailand, the attendants at the petrol stations usually refill the tank, so always check everything is set to zero before the refill starts. Often, attendants will also ask passengers to leave the car while the tank is refilled and wait outside for safety reasons.
On-street parking is very limited in Bangkok, but there are parking opportunities in malls or next to parks for a charge. When there is a red, yellow, or white line on the curb, don’t park there, as it is not permitted. If you don’t mind walking for a while to get into the city or taking public transport, parking lots like the Song Phochana Parking are also a good option.