Venezuela’s road network (which comprises approx. 82,000 km) is considered to be the best in all of South America – even beyond the tourist areas. That makes travelling with a rental car an ideal way to discover places and points of interest that are hard to reach with public transportation.

For driving in Venezuela a valid driver’s licence from the country of residence is required. But to avoid discussions with the Police during routine checks it is better to take an international driver's license with you. The
Police will also often ask for the frame or motor number. Ask the rental company where these can be found.

Good sign posting is only found on the main roads. The further you are from the big cities, the more important good maps become for navigation.
 You should be especially careful at night: streets and other cars as well as bikes often have poor lights or none at all.

Traffic regulations generally comply with the international standard. The people of Venezuela are rather generous with these regulations. You do however quickly become accustomed to the different situation.
 Common and especially important road signs are:

* Curva peligrosa: "Dangerous curve"
* Sucesión de curvas: "Winding road"
* Reduzca velocidad: "Reduce speed"
* Conserve su dereche: "Keep right"

The speed limit is 80 km/h outside the city and 60 km/h within the city (at night 50 km/h). Parking is not allowed in front of banks and at all places where the sidewalk is marked with a yellow stripe. Note: some one-way streets are signposted in the middle of the street or not at all.

Only unleaded gasoline is available in Venezuela (89 or 95 octane) which is very reasonably priced. There are several gas stations in the populated areas. For outlying areas, it is recommended that you fill the tank before you leave or to take along a reserve canister. At higher elevations, gas consumption also often increases to over 20 liters / 100 km.

Which rental car is the right one?

Not all rental cars are suitable for all routes in Venezuela. Many roads are in good condition, but there are also gravel and dirt roads for which we recommend an off-road vehicle. This is especially the case during the rainy season from May to October. For this reason, you will find the necessary information concerning road conditions, estimated travel times and distances for every trip on the maps from 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.