Pattaya

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Pattaya?

Do you need a car in Pattaya > Should you rent a car in Pattaya Thailand > Pattaya ( BKK )

Do you need a car in Pattaya? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Pattaya is a popular beach resort with locals escaping from Bangkok, but it still falls some way short of more famous destinations like Koh Samui, Krabi or Phuket when it comes to attracting international visitors or longer term expats.

If you’re planning to visit Pattaya as your escape from Bangkok, it’s easy enough to get here by train (weekday service, daily)  or bus, and you can also fly in from various other cities in Southeast Asia.

Needless to say, there is no particular reason to hire a car in Pattaya if you’re planning just to stay around the resort areas, but we would recommend looking into getting one if you’re planning perhaps to look the other way and head inland, and possibly also to drive along the coast.

Why should you rent a car in Pattaya?

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 Pattaya?

Pattaya Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

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

20%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

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

€155

 #178/300

 

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]

 €125

63/300

 

Free parking score

Total 1437 - of which 962 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

67%

#61/300

 
  • For general flexibility.
  • Head out of town and explore the local jungles.

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  • No need within the resort.
  • Limited number of driving roads.
  • Not possible to drive into neighbouring Cambodia in a hire car.

Should you rent a car in Pattaya? Maybe! (Yes)

Ratings

Car rental in - Pattaya Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Pattaya?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Pattaya?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Pattaya?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Pattaya if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Pattaya if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Pattaya if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Pattaya on the Carornocar scale?

3

Go back up to:
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Pattaya?

Have you driven in Pattaya? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Pattaya?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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