Phuket Car Rental – Where to Rent a Car in Phuket?

Where to Rent a Car in Phuket?

Renting a car in Phuket is a great way to explore the island and its surroundings on your own. Finding a car rental company is actually very easy and hassle free if you follow some basic rules. We recommend to book in advance with a reputable international brand to avoid any bad surprises. You can see the list below[1].

Driving in Phuket[2] is known to be more hectic and unpredictable, but if you focus on the road and the vehicles around you it’s not that difficult, just this page[3] before you do so you will be a little more ready. Traffic in the southern part can be very busy because of the construction of underpass and overpass and the usually rush hours.

This page is not sponsored and is just to help by giving you hints, often based on our own experience. You still need do your home work and read the fine prints online, it is usually pretty straight forward.

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4 Ways to Rent a Car in Phuket

  1. Book in advance with an international brand[4]
  2. Rent a Car at Phuket Airport[5]
  3. Book in advance with a local brand[6]
  4. Rent in the streets on location[7]

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1. Book with an International Brand

Our advice to avoid any bad surprise is to always book in advance with an international brand. And this for several good reasons:

  1. Booking in advance makes sure the car size you prefer is available. If you arrive during low season this is not going to be much of a problem, but during high season you might end up having to rent a model more expensive than what you originally had in mind.
  2. You could also have to contact several companies before you actually get a car for the dates you planned. This is particularly true if you plan to book for a relatively long period of time.

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You only find out how good or bad an insurance is when something has happened and it is too late to change mind. Most international brands have long proof of record and you can expect the promised insurance to kick in when needed. Usually there is a margin that will not be covered but you can buy an extra cover. We always take the extra coverage for the peace of mind, but it is not compulsory.

phuket-car-rental-where-to-rent-a-car-in-phuket-1 Phuket Car Rental – Where to Rent a Car in Phuket?Most companies have a booth at both terminals, domestic and international. We tried most of them with more or less satisfaction. Everyone’s experience will be a little different, especially during high season.

Thai Rent a Car, which is a Thai company, had good prices but cars were older than they looked as they seem to be painted often, and the first models often lack of power. Other international companies were more or less equal in service provided but we were mostly pleased by Europcar for both service and car condition. No bad smell, often brand new cars, occasional upgrade and friendly staff. (not a sponsored story!)phuket-car-rental-where-to-rent-a-car-in-phuket Phuket Car Rental – Where to Rent a Car in Phuket?

2. Renting a Car at Phuket Airport with International Brands

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Ideally you booked your car in advance as advised above and all you will have to do is pick it up on arrival. The time it takes to collect the car varies a lot, even if all the documents are in order. Just be patient, it never speeds up the process if you get angry 😉

If you didn’t book, most companies will probably have a car for you but your choice might be limited, the car could be old or worse if you arrive at peak season: no more cars available!

Staff at car rental airport counters can appear moody but you have to understand they often have to deal with grumpy people landing after a long uncomfortable trip and queuing at immigration for long time.

(You probably can rent a car at your hotel but you will probably end up with one of those international brands and you will have to pay the hotel commission on top.)

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Below are some of the companies you will find at the terminal, easy to find, all are next to each other.

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Price Comparison for Major Companies

We search for cars for the same dates, ‘Pay at Booking’, pickup and return at Phuket Airport, all automatic cars. Here is what we found.

  • phuket-car-rental-where-to-rent-a-car-in-phuket-1 Phuket Car Rental – Where to Rent a Car in Phuket?Mini (Toyota Yaris or similar ): 981 B
  • Economy (Toyota Vios or similar): 1,188 B
  • Standard (Toyota Altis 1.8 or similar): 1,402 B
  • Full Size Van (Toyota Innova or similar): 1,916 B
  • Premium (Toyota Camry or similar): 2,056 B

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  • phuket-car-rental-where-to-rent-a-car-in-phuket-2 Phuket Car Rental – Where to Rent a Car in Phuket?Mini (Toyota Yaris or similar ): 735.95 B
  • Economy (Toyota Vios or similar): 864.03 B
  • Compact (Honda Jazz or similar): 864.03 B
  • Intermediate (Honda Civic or Similar): 1,082.57 B
  • SUV (Honda CR – V or Similar): 1,691.46 B

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  • budget-car-rent Phuket Car Rental – Where to Rent a Car in Phuket?Economy (Honda City or similar): 1,196 B
  • Compact (Toyota Altis or similar): 1,392 B
  • Intermediate: Honda Civic Lxi or similar: 1,467 B
  • Premium: (Toyota Camry Sedan or similar): 2,102 B

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  • national Phuket Car Rental – Where to Rent a Car in Phuket?Mini (Nissan March 1.2): 841 B
  • Economy (Toyota Vios or similar): 894 B
  • Compact (Honda Jazz JAZZ 1.5): 912 B
  • Intermediate (Nissan Sylphy 1.6): 1,089 B
  • SUV (Nissan X-TRAIL V 2.0): 1,627 B

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  • europcar-car-rent Phuket Car Rental – Where to Rent a Car in Phuket?Mini (Nissan Almera 1.2): 1,215 B
  • Economy (Toyota Yaris or similar): 1,215 B
  • Compact (Toyota Vios or similar): 1,374 B
  • Standard (Nissan Sylphy 1.8 or similar): 1,470 B
  • Intermediate (Toyota Altis 1.6): 1,470 B

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  • sixt-car-rent Phuket Car Rental – Where to Rent a Car in Phuket?Economy (Toyota Yaris 1200 cc or similar): 746 B
  • Compact (Honda City or similar): 770 B
  • Standard (Toyota Yaris 1600 cc or similar): 1,306 B
  • Intermediate (Honda Civic 1800 cc): 1,090 B

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3. Rent a Car With a Local Brands

  • thai-rent-a-car-logo1 Phuket Car Rental – Where to Rent a Car in Phuket?Economy (Toyota Yaris or 1,200 cc): 1,080 B
  • Economy (Toyota Yaris or 1,500 cc): 1,360 B
  • Premium: (Toyota Camry Sedan or similar): 2,120 B

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Nina Car Rent is a French company based in Rawai[9], also renting all kinds of motorbikes and with insurance.
Website: http://www.ninas-car.com/

  • Mini (Mitsubishi Mirage or similar ): 750 B
  • Economy (Toyota Vios or similar): 840 B
  • Compact (Honda Jazz or similar): 840 B
  • 7 Seater Sedan: (Toyota Sienta or similar): 1,650 B

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4. Renting Cars in the Streets

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You also can rent cars or bikes on the roadsides… they usually always have cars available. The demanded price may sound attractive at booking time, and things could go fine in case of accident but there is no consistency or any way to tell which is reliable and which is not. It’s a lucky draw and you are on your own. Apparently you don’t need an international driving license, just your local license but we’ll do further research about this. Having a good travel insurance is a good idea.

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References

  1. ^ You can see the list below (www.phuket101.net)
  2. ^ Driving in Phuket (www.phuket101.net)
  3. ^ this page (www.phuket101.net)
  4. ^ Book in advance with an international brand (www.phuket101.net)
  5. ^ Rent a Car at Phuket Airport (www.phuket101.net)
  6. ^ Book in advance with a local brand (local)
  7. ^ Rent in the streets on location (street)
  8. ^ Phuket Airport (www.phuket101.net)
  9. ^ Rawai (www.phuket101.net)
  10. ^ (www.phuket101.net)

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