Cars – Driving and Car Rental in Bangkok

Bangkok (Thailand)’s traffic is different from the majority of the world as it is a right-hand traffic city (country); so if you are not used to it, you’d better take public transports.

If this can’t stop your desire from driving in Bangkok, below is the recommendation for car rental;

Things you need to know about driving and renting a car in Bangkok.

Car Rental in Bangkok

There are many good car rental companies in Bangkok such as AVIS, Budget, Chic, Hertz, SIXT and Thai Rent a Car. However, it’s best to compare prices between car rental companies at www.rentalcars.com.

Company Payment Term Pick up Location
AVIS Upon Arrival or Online Payment (Paying upon arrival is a bit more expensive) Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport or Bangkok Downtown (North Sathorn Road)
Budget Upon Arrival Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport and Bangkok Downtown (Royal City Avenue)
 Chic Upon Arrival  Suvarnabhumi Airport or Bangkok Downtown (Naratiwasrachanakarin Rd.)
 Hertz Upon Arrival (Credit Card Only)  Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport or Bangkok Downtown (Sukhon Court)
 SIXT Upon Arrival (Credit Card Only) Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport or Bangkok Downtown (Rama 3 Rd. and Rama 4 Rd.)
Thai Rent A Car  Upon Arrival or Online Payment (Paying upon arrival is a lot more expensive)  Suvarnabhumi Airport, Don Mueang Airport or Bangkok Downtown (New Petchaburee Rd.)

* For AVIS and SIXT, The driver must be older than 23 years old. For the rest, The driver must be older than 21 years old.

** Valid passport, international driving license, valid credit card and reservation document  are required when picking up your car.

Bangkokbits’ Tips on Driving and Car Rental in Bangkok

1. During peak hours or rainy days, it is highly recommended to avoid driving in Bangkok City Center. It’s not fun to get stuck in traffic for hours!

2. In other countries, flashing high-beam means that you are giving way to others. However, in Thailand, it is totally opposite! It means that “Stop! Let me go first”.

3. Please be careful when you turn left and right. Motorcycles in Bangkok like zigzagging. You may notice them when it’s too late…

4. Theoretically, you should slow down when seeing yellow light. Practically, for some Bangkokians, Yellow means go! Don’t be like them. You don’t have to break rules to be cool 🙂

5. Cross walk means nothing for some Bangkokians. They just cross wherever they want to cross (despite having an overpass nearby). You need to keep this in mind while driving.

6. It is not difficult to find a petrol station in Bangkok. So if you rent a car, don’t return it empty (it will cost a lot more than refilling it by yourself).