Motorbike and Scooter
Rentals Guide for Phuket

Comparison of Motorcycle Rental Agencies in Phuket - 2023

Compare motorbike and scooter rentals in Phuket

The 2023 update!

As a long time visitor to Phuket(I have been coming to Phuket since 2008), I was really amazed by how the motorbike rental business has changed in Phuket over the recent years. 

From shady street deals with passports being a security deposit (big NO NO) providing the typical low quality but cheap motorbike rental options in Phuket now there are actually a few reliable Motorcycle Rental Agencies in Phuket! For this comparison I researched motorbike rentals in Patong mostly. 

The best part is that even a few of them let you complete the entire booking process online.  So now you can book from the comfort of your home or if you are already in Phuket, your accommodation. A few of them even delivers and picks up your bike ALL OVER PHUKET! To find out which company these are, all you have to do is scroll down to the comparison list.

How did I compare all features of the 6 motorbike and scooter rentals in Phuket?

Well, this was the part of where I thought it would be quite simple to make a quick comparison. However, when I went over to the websites of the motorbike and scooter rental companies in Phuket that I found through my Google searches I never thought the list of items to compare would become this long.

Surprisingly there is one online motorbike rental agency in Phuket that I found to be significantly ahead compared to the other ones. If you have a look at www.bikago.com you will see that they offer a lot more services in comparison. Personally I have been renting with them since 2014 for a variety of reasons and I would recommend you to at least consider them. They are not the cheapest scooter rental in Phuket (and they never claim to be as they focus on reliability and quality) but from my point of view (and others) you get a SIXT or HERTZ alike rental experience for half the price you would pay in any western country. If you are looking for a cheap scooter rental in Phuket, those options are listed too. Remember that “cheap” doesn’t always means you will be saving money but in the end the choice is yours!

I prefer for my bike to be delivered and picked up at my accommodation at a time that is convenient to me. This way I have a quiet location where I can thoroughly check my motorbike and take it for a quick test ride. Some of the Scooter Rental Companies in Phuket offer this service but make sure you check if it is already included in their rental prices as some offer this at a premium. Especially if you are renting a motorbike in more remote areas of Phuket. 

In contrast to a few years ago you will find that the online motorbike rental agencies in Phuket offer motorbike rentals with delivery and pickup, (charging) smartphone holders, a first aid kit, full tank of gas, sanitized helmets, insurances and the list goes on. So
 well done by those companies! They really came a long way since my first rental experience in Phuket. 

When you are going to rent a motorbike or scooter to explore beautiful Phuket I hope that the comparison I have put together will assist you in making a comprehensive and well thought through decision that results in an amazing rental experience. Be it with a top notch Scooter Rental Company or a cheap motorbike rental in Phuket. The most important thing is that you always wear a helmet, have your International Drivers License on you and DONT DRINK AND DRIVE!

Compare Rental Websites

I did the research and clearly laid out each Phuket scooter rental website's features. Below you will hopefully find all the information you need to you to make an informed decision on where and under which terms and conditions you prefer rent your motorbike or scooter in Phuket.

Detailed Checklist

It was a lot of going back and forth between the motorbike and scooter rental companies in Phuket to get all the information right. If you find that some information is not correct feel free to let my know by filling in the contact form in the footer of my comparison website.

Trusted Sources

I have personally contacted and visited the scooter rental companies listed in Phuket. With some of them I rented a scooter in Phuket for a few days to see if what they said to offer, they actually did offer! I hope my page will assist you in finding your best bike rental in Phuket.

Informed Decision

My main goal of this website is to assist you in making an informed decision that suits your needs when you decide to rent a motorbike or scooter in Phuket. Regardless of the motorbike or scooter rental you go with,
please ride safe at all times.

Main Items Included

Sanitized Helmets

Full Tank of Petrol

Extensive Quality Check*(?)

Delivery Airport

Delivery all over Phuket

4G Tourist SIM Card

Unlimited Mileage

Charging phone holder

First Aid Medical Kit*(?)

Short term rental*(?)

OVERALL SCORE

10/10

Website & Support Features

Secure Online Booking

Payments in cash

Instant Confirmation

Online Chat Support

Offline Helpdesk

24.7 Road Side Assistance

OVERALL SCORE

Visit Website

4/6

Insurance, Services and Reviews

Motorbike Insurance*(?)

Cancellation Insurance

Third Party Insurance*(?)

Motorbike Theft Insurance*(?)

Tourist (e)SIM cards (4G)

Hard Case

Surf Racks

OVERALL SCORE

Visit Website

3/7

Visit Website

2/7

Some of the most Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. A valid driving license: You need a valid driving license issued in your home country AND an International Driving Permit (IDP). Some rental companies accept a local driving license, this is risky as it is not recognized by the authorities. You can get an IDP from the International Drivers Association.

  2. Passport: You will need to provide a copy of your passport.

  3. Cash deposit: Most rental companies require a cash deposit.

  4. Age requirement: Most rental companies require you to be at least 18 years old.

  5. Experience: You should have a bit of experience riding a motorbike or scooter before renting one in Phuket.

YES! An international motorcyclists’ license is mandatory to ride a motorbike in Phuket. If you did not arrange one in your home country you can click here to get a digital version that will be processed online and emailed to you in less than 2 hours. This IDP is accepted by the police in Phuket. Tried and tested by myself numerous times!

I think you really do, yes. Public transportation is non existing in Phuket, taxi’s are very expensive and the roads are congested more often than not and so narrow that ones you are stuck in a proper jam in a taxi or driving a car half your day goes to waste, easily. If you are not comfortable riding a bike (yet) get a few lessons and enjoy Phuket to its fullest extend! For more information on scooter lessons click here.

If you choose to discover on a rented scooter mostly by yourself and are not going for day length road trips you can get a Honda Scoopy (110cc) or Honda Click (160cc). 

If you are planning to ride together and go out of town and on road trips I recommend the Yamaha Nmax, Honda PCX, Honda CB 150X or the Yamaha XSR.

If you are not willing to spend hundreds of repair dollars when you get into an accident  or a few thousand dollars when your scooter or motorbike gets stolen, yes you do. Personally I never rent a scooter or motorbike in Phuket that does not at least covers theft as it does occur in Phuket, just like anywhere else in the world. 

Cheap Motorbike Rental companies in Phuket  will tell you it never happens but when you ask what they expect from you when your bike gets stolen you will hear that it is you who needs to pay for the bike when it gets stolen. If you rent an Nmax or Honda PCX you are looking at a USD 3000 billand there is little to no chance of getting out of it!

I think it is quite safe yes. Although Phuket traffic is unorganized, congested and pretty unclear on “how it exactly works” the pace is quite slow and so should you be. Take it easy, ride slow, keep a smile on your face and you should be good to go. Watch out for children, dogs and yes chickens 😉

Some of the traffic rules that you should be aware of when riding your rented motorbike or scooter in Phuketinclude:

1. Drive on the left side of the road

2. Maximum speed limit: The maximum speed limit on Phuket’s smaller/typical roads is between 40-60 km/hour.

3. Traffic signals: Please always obey traffic signals, including stop signs, traffic lights, and yield signs.

4. Using headlights: You are required to use headlights at night and during times of low visibility, such as during heavy rain or fog. Most of the bikes have “always-on” head and tail lights nowadays.

5. Using helmets: You are required to always wear a helmet. Also if you are a passenger.

6. No drinking and driving: It is illegal to drink and drive in Thailand and there are strict penalties for offenders.

7. Not using mobile phones while driving: Drivers are prohibited from using mobile phones while driving, except for hands-free devices such as a smartphone holder.

8. Yielding to pedestrians: You should yield to pedestrians at designated crossings and when they are crossing the road.

All the above said, traffic enforcement in Phuket can be lax in some areas, so you should exercise caution and be aware of you surroundings at all times.

YES! You will see most locals don’t wear a helmet especially if they venture out on short rides but it’s the law to wear one and it can avoid legal and medical issues.

If you get into an accident on your rented scooter in Phulet, the absolute first thing you should do is make sure that you and anyone else involved in the accident are safe! Get medical attention if necessary. You can always call 191 (Police), which is the general emergency number to contact the police, fire department and ambulance services. 

In addition to 191, there are several other emergency numbers in Phuket that you can call:

191: This is the emergency number for the police.
1199: This is the emergency number for the fire department.
1155 or +66 076219878: This is the Tourist Police

Phuket International Hospital Ambulance Service(+66) 076.210-935
Phuket International Hospital, Bypass Road(+66) 076-249-400
Patong Hospital(+66) 076-344-225, 076-342-633-4
Ruan Paet Hospital, Phuket Town(+66) 076-211-578, 076-212-950, 076-216-179
Vachira Hospital, Phuket Town(+66) 076-211-114, 076-217-294-8
Mission Hospital, Phuket Town(+66) 076-237-220-6, 076-211-908
Bangkok Phuket Hospital, Phuket Town(+66) 076-254-421

It is important to note that these emergency services in Phuket may not always have English-speaking operators. Try to have a local (or someone who speaks Thai) to help you communicate in case of an emergency!

Once you made sure that everyone is safe, you should contact your motorbike rental company and report your accident. They will send someone to the scene of the accident to look at the damage(s) to the scooter and may contact the police to report your accident.

If there are no injuries and the damage to the scooter is minor, you may be able to work out an agreement with the rental company to pay for the damage. However, if the damage is extensive or in case of injuries, you will be held liable for the cost of the damages.

You should be aware that in Phuket (and Thailandas a whole) driving without a valid license, International Drivers License and insurance coverage is illegal! This could impact claims and legal proceedings that may arise from your accident.

I do highly recommended that you have a valid International Drivers License and proper motorbike insurance coverage before operating a rented scooter in Phuket(or anywhere else in Thailand). Ask yourself honestly if you would operate a car or motorbike without the proper license and insurance in your home country!

When renting a scooter or motorbike in Phuket your rental costs will vary depending on several factors, such as:

1. Your desired type of scooter rental in Phuket.
2. The duration of your motorbike or scooter rental period.
3. Your location in Phuket!
4. The quality and reliability of the company in Phuket you are renting from.

Renting a scooter or motorbike in Phuket that include insurance, delivery and pickup, roadside assistance, customer support and reliable motorbikes and/or scooters will obviously be offered at a higher price compared to the cheap scooter rentals in Phuket operating from the curb side. The Phuket scooter rental prices are subject to quality just like a hotel room or villa rental in Phuket is. Low standards will get you something cheap, compared to when you expect safety, comfort and cleanliness you will pay a bit more.

On average, the costs of renting a standard automatic scooter (110cc-125cc) in Bali is around 250 to 350 Thai Baht  per day (approximately USD 7.00 to USD 10), while a high-end automatic scooter (150cc-250cc) can cost between IDR 400 to 1500 Thai Baht per day (USD 12 to USD 20). 

It’s important to note that some bike rental companies in Phuket will require a valid international driver’s license (it is the law after all) and/or a cash deposit. Make sure to always check your Phuket scooter rental agreement before making any online or cash payments! In Phuket motorbike rental insurance is hard to find, I dont rent anything motorized anywhere in the world without proper insurance. I would recommend you to do the same.

Also ask the Phuket scooter rental company you are considering renting from if they conduct proper bike inspections before renting out there motorbike or scooter to you. Even if they do ALWAYS inspect the scooter or motorbike before signing your Rental Agreement in Phuket, this to to avoid any misunderstandings or issues between you and the motorbike rental company in Phuket.

Yes, renting scooters in Thailand, including Phuket, is relatively easy. There are numerous rental companies and shops that offer scooter rentals. Online booking platforms are also available for convenience.

In Thailand, to legally drive a scooter, you must possess a valid driver’s license that specifically permits you to operate a motorcycle or scooter and you require an International Drivers License. Simply having a car driver’s license may not be sufficient.

The fine for scooter-related violations in Phuket can vary depending on the offense. It is advisable to adhere to traffic rules to avoid any fines or penalties.

No, you are required to have a valid driver’s license to rent a bike or scooter in Thailand, including Phuket. An international driver’s license or a local Thai driver’s license is generally accepted.

Yes, tourists can rent motorcycles in Thailand, including Phuket. However, a valid driver’s license is required, and it’s recommended to have some prior experience riding motorcycles.

When riding a scooter in Phuket, it’s important to follow traffic rules, wear a helmet, and drive defensively. Keep to the left side of the road, be aware of other vehicles, and use turn signals when necessary.

The rental cost for a 125cc scooter in Thailand, including Phuket, can vary depending on the rental duration and company. On average, you can expect to pay around 300-600 Thai Baht per day.

Yes, reputable bike rental companies in Phuket provide helmets as part of the rental. It is important to wear a helmet for your safety and to comply with local regulations. There are big differences between companies in the quality of the helmets and if they are properly sanitized. 

While there are no specific restrictions on where you can ride the scooter or motorbike in Phuket, it’s advisable to stick to public roads and follow traffic regulations. Some areas may have local regulations or restrictions, so it’s important to stay informed.

The fuel policy for scooter or motorbike rentals in Phuket may vary depending on the rental company. In most cases, the rental comes with a certain, usually low, amount of fuel and you are expected to return it with the same level. In some cases the bike comes with a full tank of petrol.

Some rental companies in Phuket may require a deposit or ask for a copy of your passport as a security measure. Never leave your passport as a deposit. It’s important to inquire about any additional fees or deposits before renting the scooter or motorbike. Some rental companies don’t require a deposit if the fees are paid by creditcard.

In case of an accident or damage to the rented scooter or motorbike in Phuket, contact the rental company immediately and follow their instructions. Most rental companies provide guidance on what to do in such situations.