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Car hire driving information Thailand

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
Thailand is an exotic country in many ways. The style of driving might also be exotic for western European drivers. There are a few things you should consider before driving in Thailand. Never drive on the countryside during the night and watch out for roads turned into one-way roads certain hours a day. Special attention should be directed towards the hazardous overtaking done by motorcyclists and vespa drivers. Also keep an eye on all the bicycles. Drive carefully and enjoy this beautiful country that has many amazing things to offer.    

To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old (age can vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year. For drivers under the age of 25 an additional young driver surcharge may apply locally. Your Irish driver's license works fine.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Thailand are:

  • Town and city: 60 km/h 
  • Open Roads: 90 km/h
  • Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic restrictions
In Thailand you drive on the left side of the road. Please note that using a mobile phone while driving is banned in Thailand. If you must use your phone make sure you have a hands-free device. Fines for traffic violations have to be paid at the local police office.

Petrol stations are easy to find in and around the larger cities and tourist resorts. We recommend that you fill up your rental car at stations with well known brand names. 

There are some toll roads near Bangkok. More toll roads are planned in the future.

Due to the large amount of cars in Thailand parking spaces can be difficult to find in the larger cities. Never park where there is a red, yellow or a white line painted on the curb. The signs are normally in English (in tourist areas). Read them carefully and pay for your parking.

Insurance Information

General Information
Car rental insurance varies widely, so please study the information below prior to making your booking. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.

All our car hire rates include Collision Damage coverage and Theft Protection for the vehicle. Rental limits potential vehicle damage or loss liability to an excess, which is stated on your voucher. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
When you hire a car in Thailand you are not allowed to take it abroad or on any ferry. If you have further questions please always give us a ring on our toll free number: 1800 943 075.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. International one way rentals are not permitted.

Domestic one-way rentals are available between certain locations, additional fees may apply. Fees also apply for international one-way rentals. Some vehicles are prohibited on international one way rentals.

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