Panama is the most southern country in Central America and can easily be traveled independently. The network of roads that run from the north, west and east of Panama City are in very good condition for Latin American standards. With a rental car, you can reach those destinations without complications that are difficult to reach by public transportation. 

Attention: For driving in Panama both, an international driver's license as well as a valid driver’s licence from the country of residence are required. The traffic regulations generally correspond to the European standard and are normally applied. The road signs are good. Apart from the capital, driving in Panama is mainly stress-free although there is a lot of traffic. 

The speed limit is 40 km/h in the city, 80 km/h outside the city and 100 km/h on the highways. The network of gasoline stations in Panama is dense. Many stations are open around the clock. Unleaded, super and diesel fuels are available. 

Which rental car is the right one?

Not all rental cars are suitable for all routes in Panama. Although all main and many rural streets are paved, there are also gravel and dirt roads for which an off-road vehicle is recommended. For this reason, you will find the necessary information concerning road conditions, estimated travel times and distances for every trip on the maps on If an off-road vehicle is absolutely necessary, this is clearly indicated on the section of the map. Use this information when planning your trip in Latin America.