Krabi

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Krabi?

Do you need a car in Krabi > Should you rent a car in Krabi Thailand > Krabi ( KBV )

Given the coastal location of Krabi, the limited driving roads and the range of beach and watersports activities on offer, combined with less energetic boat trips, we would generally not recommend hiring a car here.

Do you need a car in Krabi? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Krabi?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Krabi?

Krabi Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

30%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€110

 #123/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €120

58/300

 

Free parking score

Total 1105 - of which 600 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

54%

#109/300

 
  • For a road trip around southern Thailand. Krabi is on the mainland, not an island, so no ferries to worry about.
  • Despite buses being plentiful and cheap, a hire car will still provide flexibility.
  • For any of the scenic areas, including national parks off the main north-south Highway 4, a hire car can still be useful.
 

Why not? Visiting Krabi without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Krabi public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

90%

Overall public transport score

30%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Krabi. 

50%

  • Many of the places you can visit from Krabi as also easy to access from Phuket, for where we have a more detailed car hire advice guide.
  • Many of the islands in the Andaman Sea have heavy restrictions on motorised traffic.
  • Buses are widely available and cheap – check locally for full details, not all scheduled are online.
  • The island of Phi Phi, made famous (or perhaps infamous) due to the film “The Beach”, is as easy to access by boat from Krabi as it is from Phuket.
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Would you hire a car in Krabi?

Have you driven in Krabi? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Krabi?
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