Where to rent a motorbike in Phuket?

Renting a motorbike in Phuket is extremely easy, and as soon as you arrive, you will notice motorbike rental shops and roadside rentals are everywhere in the tourist areas of Phuket, but there are a few important things you should know before you rent.

Note that a motorbike in Thailand refers to a small moped, usually a Honda or a Suzuki, between 110 and 150 CCs, also simply called ‘bikes’. You can rent big bikes in specialized shops if you want to, but it comes with higher prices and bigger risks because with great power comes great responsibilities).

Don’t expect to find bicycle rentals to go around the island: it’s considered too dangerous because they are slow and are in the way of fast motorbikes and even cars. The only places where you can find mountain bikes are tour agencies specializing in defined itineraries, usually safe and scenic.

Things to know before you rent a bike:

  • In theory, you need an international driving license to ride a bike, but any shop will agree to rent you any bike with your country’s driving license. Most people do, and everything is fine until you get involved in a serious accident. You will not be covered properly without an international driving licence, and your holiday can become a nightmare. So check early in your country; it might not be that difficult.
  • You can purchase a small extra coverage in case of a minor accident; that’s good peace of mind.
  • You will need to present a passport at the rental shop, but never leave the passport, only a copy.
  • Check the bike for scratches before leaving, and take photos if you spot any damage. It’s not a big risk, but it won’t take long and better safe than sorry.
  • Make sure you understand that driving in Thailand is quite different from driving in your country, and this is for many reasons: locals bend the rules a lot! They keep going through the red lights for several seconds; they can drive on the wrong side of the road to reach their destination faster, and they can drive fast and without helmets. But it doesn’t stop here: tourists are often a problem: they have poor control of their bikes as they have very little experience, the roads can be slippery with sand and have poor signage at night. And most of all, Phuket is a party island, and people tend to drink and drive more than in many countries, both locals and tourists alike.
  • There are police checkpoints here and there. They usually check for your helmet and driving licence. If you don’t have one of these two, you may be fined maybe 500 baht. This fine is often payable on the spot, and you will be given a receipt allowing you to keep driving for several days, which is convenient. They also estimate if you have had too many drinks; if you did, you might have to go through a breathalyzer test.
  • Ideally, renting from a shop seems better than in the street; it just seems safer. Look at the overall condition of the bikes to give you an idea of the shop level.

Motorbike Rental Phuket

Motorbike Rental Phuket

Location: Patong Beach
Address: 195-7 Soi Phrabaramee, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Phone: 087 188 9047
Website: http://motorbikerentalphuket.com/

Motorbike Rental Station Phuket

Location: Patong Beach
: 27, 1 Sirirat Rd, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150
Phone: 064 740 2171
Website: https://motorbike-rental-station-phuket.com/

Prasut Bigbike

Location: Kathu
Address: 16/109 Phra Phuket Kaew Road, Kathu District, Phuket 83120
Hours: 7:30 pm
Phone: 080 006 7270
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prasut.bigbike/

Phuket Motorcycles

Aussie-owned and operated, fast-to-respond on Facebook messenger
Location: Patong Beach
: 70 baht to 300 baht per day, free delivery to your hotel
Facebook: facebook.com/phuketmotorcycles/
Website: http://phuketmotorcycles.com

Nina’s Cars

A long-established French company located between Chalong and Rawai
Location: Chalong
Hours: Mon – Fri: 8 am to 6 pm, Sat, Sun: 8 am to 5 pm
Phone: 089 6480499
: https://www.ninascar.com/

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Willy Thuan
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.