Guide to Renting (and Driving) a Car in Argentina

Traveling around the country in a hire car is an excellent idea if you want to have a bit more autonomy and explore every single inch of this amazing country. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know before committing to this option.

With it being the world’s eighth largest country, it’s no surprise that many travelers who make it to Argentina decide to rent a hire car at some point during their stay. Although through a combination of flights and bus journeys it’s possible to visit all the main attractions that this destination has to offer, with your own car, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of its natural landscapes with greater ease.

Anyone who’s thinking about choosing this option in order to travel more independently should first take into account the following points:

– To drive on local roads, visitors needs a driving license from their home country and an international credit card.

– The minimum age for renting a vehicle is 21 years old. The maximum, broadly speaking, is 75.

– The majority of vehicles in Argentina are manuals. Anyone who wants to rent an automatic should take into account that they’re more expensive and need to be reserved beforehand.

– The cost of renting a car varies depending on the part of the country that you’re in, the time of year, the number of kilometers that you plan to cover and the car model. A good practice before reserving is to first compare different business’ prices online.

– Cars are handed over with a full tank of gas, and when returning the car it should be in the same state.

Top Tips Before Setting Off

– In Argentina, we drive on the left.

– The local Traffic Law requires you to use a seatbelt, always have your lights on, and keep a minimum of two seconds distance between cars when on all roads and highways.

– The speed limit on single lane highways is 120km/h, on multi-lane highways 130 km/h, and in rural areas 110 km/h.

– Anyone who has children should put them in the backseat of the car and strap them in correctly using the seatbelt. If you’re traveling with children younger than 15 months old, it will be necessary to have a child’s car seat.

– Not all the country’s roads are well maintained. It’s always a good idea to anticipate these setbacks by planning the itinerary in advance. Websites such as Ruta 0 allow you to calculate distances between destinations, as well as check the best alternative routes and where to find the closest service stations for filling up on gas (often called “nafta” here).

– If you plan to travel long distances in rural areas, we recommend taking a cell phone with good service and a first-aid kit. Not only that, we also recommend filling up with enough fuel before setting off.


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