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Chiang Mai car hires from $23

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car hire in Chiang Mai with a pick-up date of 6/7 and drop-off date of 20/7. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of hire. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Cheap car hire in Chiang Mai

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Economy$25/day
Compact$23/day
Intermediate$42/day
Standard$32/day
Full-size$51/day
Full-size SUV$55/day
Mini$26/day
Passenger van$63/day
Intermediate SUV$35/day
Standard SUV$37/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Chiang Mai

  • In 2022, Thailand introduced new child car seat laws that apply to all drivers, including those using hire vehicles. Under the new laws, children under the age of six or shorter than 135 cm must use an approved child seat. If you’re travelling with kids but don’t wish to add bulky car seats to your luggage, you can easily add the required seats to your Chiang Mai car hire booking. There’s generally a fee for each car seat, and they are subject to availability. So, a wise approach is to compare prices and availability through KAYAK. Doing so should also help you secure cheap car hire in Chiang Mai.
  • To hire a car in Thailand, you generally need to be at least 21 years old. However, some Chiang Mai car hire companies have their own policies, with some accepting drivers as young as 20 and others refusing drivers under 23. It’s always worth comparing prices and policies before making a booking, as some hire agencies charge a fee for drivers who are under the age of 26 or over the age of 65. It’s also crucial to know that you’ll need both your home-country licence and an international driving permit (IDP). You must get your IDP in your home country before you head to Thailand.
  • While Thailand is known for being somewhat lax with enforcing drunk driving laws, those laws do exist, and if you break them, you could face fines and possibly even jail time. When operating a vehicle in Thailand, it is illegal to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) greater than 0.05%. So, if you plan to enjoy Chiang Mai’s nightlife or treat yourself to sunset cocktails at one of the city’s rooftop bars, it may be best to walk or take a taxi rather than using your hire vehicle.
  • Chiang Mai is the largest city in the north of Thailand and home to hundreds of Buddhist temples, both in and around the city. Chiang Mai is the gateway to the northern villages of the country, which you can visit by car while using Chiang Mai as a base. When travelling around Chiang Mai, you can easily access the temples and the nearby mountains more conveniently with a Chiang Mai car hire. Car hire in Chiang Mai will give you flexibility for travelling on day trips around the area. Although there is a great bus system, buses can be limiting if you wish to visit different spots in the surrounding areas. Close to Chiang Mai is the highest mountain peak in ancient Thailand, Doi Inthanon, and around the area are national parks and ancient temples. The 13th- and 14th-century temples that are far easier to reach by car include Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, Wat Pha Lat and more.
  • You can find a car hire in Chiang Mai at Chiang Mai Airport (CNX). There are many companies, both local and global, in the main terminal building. The companies include Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Chic Car Rental, Bizcar Rental, Thai Rent A Car, Drive and Yesaway. Some of the companies will have on-site car parks, while others must be accessed by an airport shuttle.
  • Chiang Mai has a lot of traffic both early in the morning and in the evening, and a lot of the streets in the city are one-way streets. A good way to get around is with a GPS navigation system; these can easily be added to your car hire in Chiang Mai. Outside of the city, the local streets are wide and paved and easy to get around.
  • Jaywalking is very frequent in Chiang Mai, and you’ll need to be wary, as pedestrians can cross the road without giving any indication or warning. When driving outside of the city on highways, you’ll need to be careful with U-turns. Areas allowing U-turns are placed every kilometre or so and are always in the fast lane, with high-speed oncoming traffic. In general, it is good to be careful in chaotic traffic.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Chiang Mai for $35 or less
  • Book your car hire in Chiang Mai at least 3 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size hire cars in Chiang Mai are around 28% more expensive than other car types, on average

Chiang Mai car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Chiang Mai 
Verified travelerNov 2023
Hertz also provides the best deal of car insurance and medical insurance.
Verified travelerAug 2023
I brought my own with me, but it might be a good sales option to sell phone holders for people to use for navigating their trip.

FAQs about hiring a car in Chiang Mai

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Chiang Mai?

    When driving in Chiang Mai, we recommend a compact car, such as a Nissan Almera, Honda Fit or something similar, for ease of accessibility, parking and driving through narrow and busy streets.

  • What’s the speed limit in Chiang Mai?

    In Chiang Mai, the speed limit is determined by which area you are driving in or the type of road. In the city and towns, the default speed limit is 60 km/h; this increases to 90 km/h when you’re in the country; and on the motorways, you can reach up to 120 km/h.

  • Where are the best places to park in Chiang Mai?

    Street parking in Chiang Mai is difficult to come by, as the spaces fill up quickly in such a busy city, especially around the Old City. However, there are several car parks aside from your hotel parking. In general, parking in Thailand is either free or you will pay a very small fee. There are several small areas around Chiang Mai city, such as Paiboon Car Park, Warorot Market, Banthai Village Parking Lot, Raming Lodge Carpark, Malarat Car Park as well as many small, unnamed car parking areas.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Chiang Mai?

    On average a car hire in Chiang Mai costs $41 per day.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Chiang Mai?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Yesaway ($23/day), keddy by Europcar ($25/day) and Hertz ($26/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Yesaway 60 Mahidol Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200 (2 kilometres from the city centre).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Chiang Mai?

    The average price of fuel in Chiang Mai is $7.31 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $88 and $117, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Chiang Mai?

    Full-size (Toyota Fortuner or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Chiang Mai.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Chiang Mai airport (CNX)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Chiang Mai airport include Hertz, Chic Car Rent, THAIRENTACAR, Drive Car Rental, Sixt, Yesaway, ASAP Car Rentals, Europcar and Budget.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Chiang Mai airport (CNX)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Chiang Mai airport to off-airport locations include Hertz, THAIRENTACAR, Sixt, Europcar and Budget.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Chiang Mai?

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

  • How much does a Full Size car hire cost in Chiang Mai?

    A Full Size car hire in Chiang Mai costs $78 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Chiang Mai?

    A Compact car hire in Chiang Mai costs $39 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Standard car hire cost in Chiang Mai?

    A Standard car hire in Chiang Mai costs $70 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular car hire location in Chiang Mai?

    In Chiang Mai, cars are most frequently hired at Drive Car Rental Chiangmai International Airport Arrival hall (Level 1), Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai (3 km from city centre ).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car for a week in Chiang Mai?

    On average a car hire in Chiang Mai costs $286 per week ($41 per day).

  • How much does it cost to hire a car long term for a month in Chiang Mai?

    On average a car hire in Chiang Mai costs $1,224 per month ($41 per day).

  • What toll roads are there around Chiang Mai?

    There are no toll roads in the Chiang Mai city limits, and if you take road trips to nearby areas like Pai, Chiang Rai or even the Golden Triangle region of Thailand’s northern border, you won’t have tolls to worry about. However, if you head south to Bangkok or Pattaya, you will likely encounter tolls on some motorways.

  • Which electric vehicles are available to hire in Chiang Mai?

    You’ll find plenty of eco-friendly car hire options in Thailand, including electric SUVs. If you want to book cheap car hire in Chiang Mai, note that electric vehicles are sometimes a little more expensive. However, charging fees should be cheaper than petrol prices.

Chiang Mai car rental reviews and directory

Europcar

10.0

Wonderful

2 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

9.0

Comfort

9.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

9.0

2 locations in Chiang Mai

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202 Mahidol Rd.,haiya, Muang

+66 632 723 773

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Chiang Mai Int Apt Gate 11

+66 63 272 3773

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10.0 Wonderful

Aug 2023

KAYAK
It would be helpful to have better directions for returning the car.

10.0 Wonderful

Jan 2023

KAYAK
Drop off staff was very kind! Maybe a bigger sign for us to see in the dark!

1 out of 1

THAIRENTACAR

10.0

Wonderful

1 review

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

2 locations in Chiang Mai

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55 5 moo 5 Huay Kaew Road

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Chiang Mai Intl Airport 60 Mahidol Road Arrival hall 1st Floor Exit 1 Domestic Arrival

+60 5 328 1345

Monday08:30 - 18:30
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10.0 Wonderful

May 2024

KAYAK
The insurance was oerfect

1 out of 1

Hertz

10.0

Wonderful

2 reviews
Most popular

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Chiang Mai

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60 Moo 3 Airport Road

+66 85 917 9983

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10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Quick pickup and drop off. Car clean and near new. Any bumps and bruises on car where already marked on hire form. Pleased with hire and would hire again.

Cons:

Nil.

1 out of 1

Budget

9.1

Wonderful

15 reviews

Cleanliness

9.6

Comfort

9.3

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.0

Value for money

8.9

2 locations in Chiang Mai

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201/2 Mahidol Rd

+66 53 202 871

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10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

We enjoyed the prompt response of the staff to our requests. We booked the car online half an hour before the pick up. We picked up in the wrong office but they got us the car very quickly. We received detailed info about the car, the rental conditions and insurance before signing the contract. For dropoff, the staff was kind enough to drive us to the airport. Totally recommend.

2.0 Poor

Jan 2017

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing

Cons:

NO CAR

10.0 Wonderful

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Overall was great ; car condition, price, reliable service, easy & convenient Suggestions ; change location of camera at front glass to avoid blind spots, the car already has gps system then should leave it ready for use, do not block the usage.

1 out of 1

Yesaway

8.8

Very Good

2 reviews
Cheapest deal

Cleanliness

9.1

Comfort

9.1

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.8

Value for money

9.1

One location in Chiang Mai

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Locations in Chiang Mai

60 Mahidol Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai

Monday07:00 - 23:00
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Sixt

8.7

Very Good

5 reviews

Cleanliness

9.2

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.2

Value for money

9.6

One location in Chiang Mai

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Sanambin Road, Moo.3,Suthep

+66 87 512 8333

Monday07:00 - 23:00
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Drive Car Rental

8.0

Very Good

1 review

Cleanliness

8.5

Comfort

8.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.5

One location in Chiang Mai

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Chiangmai International Airport Arrival hall (Level 1), Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai

+66 84 700 4384

Monday07:00 - 23:00
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Avis

7.8

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

8.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.0

One location in Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai Airport

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7.6 Good

Nov 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Yes.

Cons:

Make sure to be more careful about scratchs and cracks when Picking up the car.

5.6 Fair

Dec 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

The effort the lady at the counter made to rectify the problem.

Cons:

I booked an SUV but was given a Toyota Double Cab truck. I was contemplating taking it anyway however the tires were dangerously worn and unsafe to drive so I decided against it. This resulted in an hour delay to change vehicles.

1 out of 1

Chic Car Rent

7.2

Cleanliness

7.6

Comfort

6.8

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

8.0

2 locations in Chiang Mai

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3, Soi Charoenprathet 1

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60 Moo 3 Airport Road

+66 922 746 667

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6.0 Okay

Mar 2024

KAYAK
The car is quite old with high mileage.

1 out of 1

National

10.0

Wonderful

No reviews available

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

10.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Chiang Mai

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Chiangmai Intl Arpt Level 1

+66 53 271 293

Monday00:00 - 23:59
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Thrifty

8.8

Very Good

No reviews available

Cleanliness

10.0

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

10.0

One location in Chiang Mai

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60 Moo 3 Airport Road

+66 53 273 011

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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keddy by Europcar

7.0

Good

No reviews available

Cleanliness

8.0

Comfort

7.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

6.0

Value for money

8.0

One location in Chiang Mai

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202 Mahidol Rd.,Haiya, Muang, Meet & Greet Serv, Arrival Hall Ext

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ASAP Car Rentals

5.0

Fair

No reviews available

Cleanliness

5.0

Comfort

5.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

5.0

Value for money

5.0

2 locations in Chiang Mai

from$41/day

Locations in Chiang Mai

107/2, m.4 Chiang mai- Sunsai

+66 63 114 9555

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60 Moo 3 Airport Road

+66 924 722 525

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Dollar

5.9

Fair

No reviews available

One location in Chiang Mai

Locations in Chiang Mai

60 Moo 3 Airport Road

+66 53 273 011

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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Sunnycars

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2 locations in Chiang Mai

Locations in Chiang Mai

201/ 2 Mahidol Road, Haiya

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Mueang Chiang Mai District

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Abaa Car Rentals

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One location in Chiang Mai

Locations in Chiang Mai

60 Moo 3 Airport Road

+66 631 904 509

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Bizcar Rental

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One location in Chiang Mai

Locations in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai International Airport

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Carify

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One location in Chiang Mai

Locations in Chiang Mai

60 Mahidol Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai , Thailand

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Runway Car Rentals

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One location in Chiang Mai

Locations in Chiang Mai

90 Moo 1, Padad subdistrict, Muang district, Chiang Mai

+66 98 808 6988

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Shouqi

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One location in Chiang Mai

Locations in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Int Apt Gate 11

+86 10 6064 1387

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VIPCars Recommendation

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Locations in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai International Airport

+66 2 026 1258

Monday08:00 - 18:00
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34 travellers who hired a car in Chiang Mai gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.9

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Most popular agency

Hertz

Most popular car type

Full-size

Average price

$41/day

Good deal

$35/day

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