Downtown and older areas of many Thai cities feature narrow one-way streets. Therefore, smaller cars are best for easy navigation. Recommended models include the Nissan March or Note and the Toyota Vios or Yaris. Small electric vehicles, such as the Tesla Model 3, are another good choice. 

Drive Car Rental offers vehicles for short-term travellers as well as monthly car rental options for those staying long-term. Our cars can be picked up at major airports and larger cities throughout Thailand, offering unparalleled flexibility for visitors. Once the car is rented, understanding how to get around is the next step. 

Navigating Thailand’s Streets

GPS navigation is by far the easiest way to get around in Thailand. GPS is available as an add-on for any Drive Car Rental vehicle. They can be selected as an option during booking or at the pick-up desk on arrival. 

Visitors will find that street signs in Thailand are a work of art. Nearly always bright blue with an artful golden outline, they are hard to miss. Street names will be in both Thai and English lettering. 

Streets, or ‘Soi’s,’ as they are known locally, are often numbered based on the district of town. For example, in Bangkok, the popular Sukhumvit district contains Sukhumvit Soi 1 all the way through to Soi 65. This sequential numbering system makes navigating easier. 

Many of Thailand’s larger cities feature ring roads and highways that help drivers get from one side of a city to the other quickly. In Bangkok, some of these roads are tollways, but they are completely free in most other cities. 

Small Cars Are Convenient, but Small Trucks Rule the Roads

Thanks to a quirk in Thai vehicle tax law, small pickup trucks are the most common vehicle in Thailand. We mention these trucks because the majority of Thailand’s delivery trucks are small pickups with a box on the back. They can be frequently found partially blocking traffic as they make their scheduled deliveries throughout the day.

Having a smaller car makes driving around these mini-roadblocks much easier. They can perform much tighter turns than the trucks, and will have little difficulty in even the narrowest streets. 

Compact cars also have fantastic fuel economy, which is great for the stop-and-go traffic of the cities. Small vehicles also have a serious financial advantage over larger cars when opting for monthly car rentals in Thailand

Finally, parking in compact cars is a breeze. Even on narrow streets, Thais manage to sometimes park their cars on both sides of a street. It can be amusing watching those in larger cars make a ten-point turn to turn around. Finding a parking spot is far easier in a small vehicle, and its tight turning radius means parallel parking is a snap. 

Tips for Driving in Thailand’s Cities

The most important thing to know when driving in Thailand is vehicles drive on the left side of the road, and the steering wheel is located on the right side of the car. For those coming from the UK, this makes life easy. Anyone coming from America or Europe, however, should spend the first few days being extra careful until they get used to driving on the other side. Many drivers adapt quickly, and all of the vehicle controls are the same as they would be in a left-hand drive car. 

Driving in Thailand is more art than science. Visitors will find that Thai traffic drives slower than the West, with speed limits on highways often limited to eighty or a hundred kilometres per hour. In the cities, traffic flows like a slow river. Expect other vehicles to make frequent lane changes and watch for motorcycles driving between vehicles. 

Keep your eyes focused ahead of you rather than your mirrors, and be prepared to stop at any time. When changing lanes, signal well in advance and change lanes very slowly. This gives nearby vehicles and motorbikes time to react and make space for you. 

In recent years, Thailand has seen an explosion in the number of electric cars on the road. Renting an electric car in Thailand is no exception. Drive Car Rental offers several electric vehicles for our customers, and you’ll find charging stations dotted throughout cities and across Thailand’s road network. 

Hitting the Road

Overall, many Thai drivers are friendly and you’ll rarely hear a honking horn. Have a bit of patience with the slower pace of life, and simply say ‘Mai pen rai’–the Thai phrase for ‘No worries.’

At Drive Car Rental, we hope your experience in Thailand is as laidback as the Thai culture itself. Choose the rental car that fits you, and enjoy your stay!

Bangkok - Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK Airport) Bangkok - Donmuang Airport (DMK) Bangkok - Donmuang Office Bangkok - Srinakarin Office Bangkok - On Nut BTS Station Bangkok - Sukhumvit 71 (Partner Location)) Nonthaburi - Office (Partner Location) Buri Ram Airport (BFV) (Partner Location) Chiang Mai Airport (CNX) Chiang Rai Airport (CEI) Chonburi (Partner Location) Chumphon Airport (CJM) (Partner Location) Hua Hin Airport (HHQ) Khon Kaen Airport (KKC) (Partner Location) Krabi Airport (KBV) Lampang Airport (LPT) (Partner Location) Loei Airport (LOE) (Partner Location) Nakhon Phanom Airport (KOP) (Partner Location) Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport (NST) (Partner Location) Nan Airport (NNT) (Partner Location) Pattaya Downtown Khao Lak - PTT Station Phitsanulok Car Rental (PHS) (Partner Location) Phrae Airport (PRH) (Partner Location) Phuket Airport (HKT) Phuket - Patong Beach Phuket - Chutima (Partner Location) Phuket - Thalang Office (Partner Location) Ranong Airport (UNN) (Partner Location) Roi Et Airport (ROI) (Partner Location) Sakon Nakhon Airport (SNO) (Partner Location) Samui Airport (USM) Samui - Bophut Office Sukhothai Airport (THS) (Partner Location) Surat Thani Airport (URT) Tak - Mae Sot Airport (MAQ) (Partner Location) Trang Airport (TST) Trat Airport (TDX) Ubon Ratchathani Airport (UBP) (Partner Location) Udon Thani Airport (UTH) Hat Yai Airport (HDY) (Partner Location) U-Tapao Airport (UTP)

Car Hire Bangkok Airport: Book Your Car Rental at Suvarnabhumi Airport | Drive Car Rental

Address

The counter is located in the International Arrival Hall, between gates 7 and 8. Suvarnabhumi Airport (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4376 or +66 (0) 84 700 4380 for assistance),
Samut Prakan ,
Thailand 10540

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4376 +66 (0) 84 700 4380

Opening Hours

Daily 24 hours

Car Rental Donmuang Airport: Make a Reservation at Donmuang Airport | Drive Car Rental

Address

Meet&Greet: International 1st Floor, Terminal 1 Gate 7 Donmuang Airport (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4378 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10210

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4378 +66 (0) 2 044 7277

Opening Hours

Daily 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Bangkok – Donmuang Office

Address

73 Choet Wutthakat Rd, Don Muang Office located next from Donmuang District Office 1 KM. (Nearby SRT Red Line Donmuang Station Exit 2) (please call +66 (0) 2 044 7277 or +66 (0) 84 700 4378 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10210

Phone

+66 (0) 2 044 7277 +66 (0) 84 700 4378

Opening Hours

Daily 8.00 am - 6.00 pm

Bangkok – Srinakarin Office

Address

727 Srinakarin Rd. Suanlang Office located in Nissan Showroom Srinakarin Road (Nearby MRT Yellow Line Kalantan Station Exit 1) (Between Thanya Park shopping Mall and Bangchak gas station) (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4375 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10250

Phone

+66 (0) 2 821 5992 +66 (0) 847 004 375

Opening Hours

Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Sat-Sun: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Bangkok – On Nut BTS Station

Address

Pick up instruction: Meet & Greet at Avani Hotel / BTS On Nut Station (please call +66 84 700 4375 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10110

Phone

+66 84 700 4375

Opening Hours

Daily 8.30 am - 5.30 pm

Bangkok – CJ Rent a car

Address

CJ Rent a car (Partner Location) 24 Soi Meesuwan 3 Intersection 1, Phra Khanong Nuea Subdistrict, Wattana District (please call +66 (0) 818 486 558 for assistance),
Bangkok ,
Thailand 10110

Phone

+66 (0) 818 486 558 +66 (0) 838 256 306

Opening Hours

Open daily: 8:30 - 20:00 H.

Nonthaburi – Car rental with Delivery service

Address

Meet & Greet at Central Westgate (Please call +66 (0) 97 239 4398 for assistance),
Nonthaburi ,
Thailand 11110

Phone

+66 (0) 97 239 4398

Opening Hours

daily 08:00-20:00

Buri Ram Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Burirum Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, Flight number mandatory. (please call +66 (0) 966 236 964 or +66 (0) 639 306 097 for assistance),
Burirum ,
Thailand 31150

Phone

+66 (0) 966 236 964 +66 (0) 639 306 097

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 17:00

Car Rental Chiang Mai: Rent Cars at Chiang Mai Airport

Address

Arrival Hall Fl.,1 International Terminal between Gate 10-11, Chiang Mai Airport (Please call +66 (0) 8 4700 4384 for assistance),
Chiang Mai ,
Thailand 50200

Phone

+66 (0) 5 327 1293 +66 (0) 84 700 4384 

Opening Hours

Daily 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Chiang Rai Airport

Address

Meet&Greet: Arrival Hall, Exit 2 Chaing Rai Airport (Please call +66 (0) 8 4700 4381 for assistance),
Chiang Rai ,
Thailand 57100

Phone

+66 (0) 5 379 3683 +66 (0) 84 700 4381 

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Chonburi

Address

PU Service (Partner Location) 315/316 Moo.12 Thepprasit Road, Nongprue (Please call +66 (0) 928 932 823 for assistance),
Chonburi ,
Thailand 20150

Phone

+66 (0) 928 932 823

Opening Hours

Open daily: 8:30 - 18:00 H.

Chumphon Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Chumphon Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 854 739 885 or +66 (0) 813 677 956 for assistance),
Chumphon ,
Thailand 86160

Phone

+66 (0) 854 739 885 +66 (0) 813 677 956

Opening Hours

Daily: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

Hua Hin Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet at Hua Hin Airport Location, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, meeting point. Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4375 for assistance ,
Hua Hin ,
Thailand 77110

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4375

Opening Hours

Daily: 10.30 - 16.00

Khon Kaen Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Arrival Hall, Khon Kaen Airport A representative will meet you. (Please call +66 (0) 883 414 670 for assistance),
Khon Kaen ,
Thailand 40000

Phone

+66(0)883 414 670 +66(0)982 282 989

Opening Hours

Daily: 07.00-20.00

Krabi Airport

Address

The counter is located on the 1st floor of the Domestic Arrival Hall, Krabi Airport. (Please Call +66 (0) 8 4700 4383 for assistance),
Krabi ,
Thailand 81130

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4383

Opening Hours

Daily 7:00 AM - 21:00 PM

Lampang Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Arrival Hall, Lampang Airport A representative will meet you. (Please call +66 (0) 97 996 8499 for assistance),
Lampang ,
Thailand 52000

Phone

+66 (0) 97 996 8499 +66 (0) 97 958 8798

Opening Hours

Daily 8:30 - 18:00

Loei Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Loei Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 944 573 222 for assistance),
Loei ,
Thailand 42000

Phone

+66 (0) 944 573 222 +66 (0) 883 271 940

Opening Hours

Daily: 24 hours

Nakhon Phanom Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Nakhon Phanom Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 910 569 594 for assistance),
Nakhon Phanom ,
Thailand 48000

Phone

+66 (0) 910 569 594

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 895 513 234 for assistance),
Nakhon Si Thammarat ,
Thailand 80120

Phone

+66 (0) 895 513 234

Opening Hours

Daily: 07.00-21.00 H.

Nan Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Nan Nakhon Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, meeting point (Please call +66 (0) 81-324-3966 or +66 (0) 96-096-5800 for assistance),
Nan ,
Thailand 55000

Phone

+66 (0) 81-324-3966 +66 (0) 96-096-5800

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 20:00

Pattaya Downtown

Address

The office is located at 212/14-15 Moo 5, Pattaya-North Road, (Opposite Terminal 21 shopping mall). (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4385 for assistance),
North Pattaya ,
Thailand 20150

Phone

+66 (0) 3 841 6125 +66 (0) 84 700 4385

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Khao Lak – PTT Station

Address

Phang Nga - PTT STation A representative will meet you at PTT Station Khao Lak (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4389 for assistance),
Phang Nga ,
Thailand 23150

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4387 +66 (0) 84 700 4389

Opening Hours

Daily 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Phitsanulok Car Rental (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Phitsanulok Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 81-727-8082 for assistance),
Phitsanulok ,
Thailand 65000

Phone

+66 (0) 81-727-8082

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 20:00

Phrae Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Phrae Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 86 421 6498 or +66 (0) 92 969 6159 for assistance),
Phrae ,
Thailand 54000

Phone

+66 (0) 86 421 6498 +66 (0) 92 969 6159

Opening Hours

Daily: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Car Hire in Phuket: Find a Car Rental, Phuket Airport Thailand | Drive Car Rental

Address

The counter is located on the 1st Floor of International Terminal Arrival Hall Phuket Airport (Please call +66 (0) 8 4700 4387 or +66 (0) 8 4700 4389 for assistance),
Phuket ,
Thailand 83110

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4387 +66 (0) 84 700 4389

Opening Hours

Daily 7:00 am - 12:00 am (midnight)

Car Rental Phuket Patong Thailand | Drive Car Rental & Hire

Address

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, Patong Counter located at Lobby Area 1st Floor (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4386 for assistance),
Patong ,
Thailand 83150

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4386

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Phuket – Chutima (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Phuket Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, Gate 3 and pick you up to collect the vehicle at Chutima rental office. (Please call +66 (0) 840 649 494 for assistance),
Phuket ,
Thailand 83110

Phone

+66 (0) 840 649 494

Opening Hours

Daily: 08.00-19.00 H.

Phuket – Thalang Office (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Phuket Airport, A representative will meet you at Phuket Airport’s Arrival Hall, Gate 3, and will pick you up, and deliver the vehicle at Ton Car Rental office. (Please call +66 (0) 915 276 862 for assistance),
Phuket ,
Thailand 83110

Phone

+66 (0) 915 276 862

Opening Hours

Daily: open 24 hours

Ranong Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Ranong Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 86 277 8501 for assistance),
Ranong ,
Thailand 85000

Phone

+66 (0) 862 778 501

Opening Hours

Daily: 08.00-17.00 H.

Roi Et Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Roi Et Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 966 236 964 or +66 (0) 639 306 097 for assistance),
Roi Et ,
Thailand 45000

Phone

+66 (0) 966 236 964 +66 (0) 639 306 097

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 17:00

Sakon Nakhon Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Sakon Nakhon Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 966 236 964 for assistance),
Sakon Nakhon ,
Thailand 54000

Phone

+66 (0) 966 236 964

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 17:00

Car Rental Koh Samui: Rent a Car at Samui Airport

Address

The counter is located in the Arrival Hall at Samui Airport. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4388 for assistance),
Suratthani ,
Thailand 84320

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4388

Opening Hours

Daily 08:00 AM - 8:30 PM

Samui – Bophut Office

Address

The office is located at Moo 4, Airport Road, Bophut. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4388 for assistance),
Koh Samui ,
Thailand 84320

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4388

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sukhothai Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Sukhothai Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 828 521 732 for assistance),
Sukhothai ,
Thailand 64000

Phone

+66 (0) 828 521 732

Opening Hours

Daily: 06:00-19:00

Surat Thani Airport

Address

Meet&Greet: Surat Thaini Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4383 for assistance),
Surat Thani ,
Thailand 84130

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4383

Opening Hours

Daily: 08.00-17.00 H.

Tak – Mae Sot Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Mae Sot Airport, Tak province A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 868 985 606 for assistance),
Tak ,
Thailand 63110

Phone

+66 (0) 868 985 606

Opening Hours

Daily: 08:00 - 18:00

Trang Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: Trang Airport A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4383 for assistance),
Trang ,
Thailand 92000

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4383

Opening Hours

Daily: 09.00-17.00 H.

Trat Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: Trat Airport, A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 84 700 4385 for assistance),
Trat ,
Thailand 23150

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4385

Opening Hours

Daily 11:00 AM - 15:30 PM

Ubon Ratchathani Airport (Partner Location)

Address

Meet & Greet: Ubon Ratchathani Airport A representative will meet you at the arrival hall. Flight number mandatory. (Please call +66 (0) 659 694 909 or +66 (0) 616 955 646 for assistance),
Ubon Ratchathani ,
Thailand 34000

Phone

+66 (0) 659 694 909 +66 (0) 616 955 646

Opening Hours

Daily: 08.00-20.00 H.

Udon Thani Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: Arrival Hall Exit 3 A representative will meet you. (Please Call +66 (0)81 970 6551 for assistance),
Udon Thani ,
Thailand 41000

Phone

+66 (0) 81 970 6551

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Hat Yai Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: Hat Yai Airport A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, Flight number mandatory. (please call +66 (0) 858 990 000 or +66 (0) 858 993 333 for assistance),
Hat Yai ,
Thailand 90110

Phone

+66 (0) 858 990 000 +66 (0) 858 993 333

Opening Hours

Daily 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

U-Tapao Airport

Address

Meet & Greet: U-Tapao Airport A representative will meet you at the arrival hall, Flight number mandatory. (please call +66 (0) 84 700 4385 for assistance),
Rayang ,
Thailand 21130

Phone

+66 (0) 84 700 4385

Opening Hours

Open daily: 8:30 - 17:30 H.

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