Car hire in Koh Samui

Moving Around The Island

There is no public transport in Koh Samui. And please DO NOT walk on the sides of the road. It is dangerous!

So what are the options to move around the island?

Taxis in Koh Samui: An expensive option and you lack the independence to go exploring the island by yourself. Taxi prices are very high in Samui. As in many other locations in Southeast Asia, the service is run by mafias. Taxi meters are for decoration. Expect heavy and frustrating haggling with taxi drivers where you always end up overpaying.

Renting a scooter: Very dangerous and not the best option in case of rain. Scooters are an inexpensive and enjoyable option to move around the island, but extremely dangerous. Koh Samui roads have one of the highest motorbike accident rates in the world. This is not an option for beginner drivers or families.

Koh Samui car hire: Safe, comfortable, and versatile. Driving in Koh Samui is easier than on the mainland. There is a convenient “ring road” that goes around the island to get you anywhere you want without complications. Book in advance to get a better price and when available, try to rent with a well – known rental company such as Avis, Sixt, National or Europcar. If you have to rent from a local supplier, make sure to check the rental agreement and the conditions carefully and walk away if anything looks dubious. NEVER leave your passport or any ID as a deposit.



There are advantages to using a well – known global car hire company. When using our search engine (powered by RentalCars) to complete your car rental reservation, there are no risks and no hassle. You will find available cars from the most consolidated car rental brands, at the best prices with the best conditions. Vehicles from established brands also benefit from premium locations for pickup and returns, including Samui International Airport, Chaweng Beach, Bophut or delivery to your resort.

RentalCars is one of the largest car hire booking services, with a selection of the best deals available. You can book instantly with credit card or debit card for your convenience.



Thailand is safe, but be smart and take precautions. “Too good to be true” deals, or unreasonable deposits / guarantees are a big NO.

* Plan and reserve online to have access to more and better choices. Waiting to be on-site will narrow your options to whatever is available, including car rentals and other services and activities.

* Remember you need an International Driving Permit to drive in Thailand.

* NEVER leave your original passport as a deposit to ANYONE. It is accepted to leave 5,000 to 10,000 Baht insurance excess as a deposit. We have seen many local companies requesting tourists original documents. Be aware if something goes wrong or if the vehicle is damaged, you will be in a vulnerable position and will have to accept anything to get your documents back. 

* Make sure your vehicle has an adequate level of insurance before completing a reservation. Ensure your dealer is registered as a Koh Samui car hire company in Thailand. Again, if you want to avoid the hustle and any risks, book your car instantly through our reservation engine.

* If you choose to rent a scooter, think twice if you are not an experienced driver. Drivers in Thailand can be reckless. Thailand is not the place to learn how to ride a motorbike.

* Feel free to ask us any questions, we are here to help! *

Renting your car safely

Finding a car hire in Koh Samui can be challenging. It involves taking risks and sometimes painful negotiations. If you try to find a private car rental on your own, you never know for sure if the vehicle has the right insurance, the terms & conditions, if the dealer has a car rental permit or if the vehicle’s history is “clean”. Horror stories about renting cars and motorbikes in Thailand happen every day…

We work with large car rental companies like Avis, National, Budget, Europcar and Hertz through one of the largest, most respected online car rental aggregators. With well known car rental companies you can go ahead and reserve your ride online. You may find a slightly cheaper vehicle if you look for a local company but trust us, a slightly cheaper car rental is not worth the risk.

We do endorse, however, a number of local car rental companies we know and trust. Book a well known brand through our reservation booking engine or send an inquiry to our car rentals partners. With big car rentals you can book instantly. For smaller Koh Samui car rentals, fill in the form with your needs and preferences. If the local rentals have vehicles available, they will send you a quotation and rental proposal. *Note: KohPlanner is not directly involved in the quotation process or the car rental operations.