Car Hire at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015
Whether you want to go back in time to see Thailand’s beautiful floating markets, explore historic Chiang Mai or get lost in hedonistic Bangkok’s never-ending nightlife, you can find the best car hire at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport with Skyscanner. Check out our guide for things to do in Bangkok.
Where to hire a car at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
There are six car hire companies with desks at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport: Budget, Avis, Hertz, Thai Rent a Car, Europca and Sixtr. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a Caltex petrol station located just 12 minutes drive from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. Head west from the airport and merge onto Route 3255 via the ramp to King Keaw Road. Make a u-turn and the petrol station will be on the left hand side.
Driving around Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. Three major highways lead to Bangkok from all directions of Thailand. From Northern Thailand to Bagkok you take the Phonyothin Road (Route 1), which comes from Mae Sai near the Myanmarese border. Sukhumvit Road (Route 3) comes from cities in Eastern Thailand, such as Trat, Pattaya and Chonburi. Phetkasem Road (Route 4) is one of the longest roads in the world, and comes all the way from the Malaysian border serving Southern Thailand. The New Bangkok-Chonburi Motorway (Motorway 7) goes to Chonburi and Pattaya while the Kanchanaphisek National Highway (Motorway 9) makes a giant loop around Bangkok serving most satellite towns around it, including Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Visiting Damnoen Saduak gives you an idea of what shopping used to be like before skyscraping malls pierced the skyline of Thailand. Wake early to visit the stunning floating markets that colour this picturesque landscape of vineyards and orchards. Sellers in traditional straw pyramid hats sail their paddleboats along the river selling their vegetables and flowers and more. This is authentic Thailand at its most beautiful.
Damnoen Saduak is just under two hour’s drive from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. Take Motorway 2 then 5 from the airport merging on to Motorway 7. Exit for Route 35 and follow signs to Damnoen Saduak.
Beautiful Chiang Mai, while embracing modern sophistication and economic progress, has managed to keep the magic of its past alive in its ancient villages, historic Old Quarter, traditional wooden houses and enchanting temples where monks work in their tawny robes. With a young population, Chiang Mai is a vibrant city with plenty of shops, cafes, delicious Thai cuisine, colourful festivals and some wonderful museums. Sleepy green gardens provide respite from the more bustling areas of the city while riverside bars offer evening amusement with calming views. Explore local handicraft shops hidden among Chiang Mai’s intoxicating streets.
Chiang Mai is an eight and a half hour drive from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. From the airport get on to Motorway 7 and exit for Route 9. Stay on Route 9 and merge onto Route 32. Continue on Route 1 until you reach Chiang Mai.
The only way to approach Bangkok is to take a deep breath and plunge in. The assault of neon and noise and colour is intense but wonderful. Skyscrapers like shards of glass rise up above the streets where tuk tuks weave maniacally among the pedestrian population. Markets, day and night, are a hive of activity and mouth-watering street food, while golden temples peeking gingerly from the urban mass offer a hint of sanctuary. Dazzling palaces, the Wat Pho temple, the National Museum and the citys old colonial style hotels show the enigmatic side of Bangkok. Explore the dark alleyways of Chinatown, the winding canal ways and glitzy bars in Bangkok’s never ending night.
The centre of Bangkok is just 30 minutes from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. Take motorway 2 from the airport and then Motorway 7. Take exit 2-09 and follow signs for the city centre.
There are huge amounts of parking in Bangkok from private garages, open air and underground car parks, shopping mall car parks and some on street parking. Much of the street parking is free but there are signs in areas that charge so keep an eye out for them. The cost is usually just 5-10 Baht. Some hotels in Bangkok also offer free parking.
Prices subject to change