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 rental 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 rental car conveniently at the Suvarnabhumi Airport when you arrive and drive directly to your next destination. Rental car companies like Avis, Budget, or Europcar are located at the airport, and signs bring you from the terminal to the rental 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 rental 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.
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FAQs about renting a car in Bangkok
Some car rental 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 Thrifty, Europcar and Budget
On average a hire car in Bangkok costs C$ 36 per day.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Bangkok. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Bangkok is C$ 5.40 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between C$ 65 and C$ 86, depending on the car size.
Intermediate (Toyota Corolla or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Bangkok.
A Intermediate car rental in Bangkok costs C$ 22 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Bangkok costs C$ 25 per day, on average.
A Full-size car rental in Bangkok costs C$ 61 per day, on average.
In Bangkok, cars are most frequently rented at Sixt 99, Bangna-Trad Rd., KM 15 (25 km from city centre ).
On average a rental car in Bangkok costs C$ 253 per week (C$ 36 per day).
On average a rental car in Bangkok costs C$ 1,086 per month (C$ 36 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 gas 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 gas costs approximately 27 Thai Baht (which is about $3.32 per gallon). In Thailand, the attendants at the gas 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.