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Driving Information Barbados

Driving Licence Requirements

To drive in Barbados, you must have a valid driving license from your country of residence. It is also necessary to obtain a Barbados driver's license on producing your valid National or International License. The cost for a visitor's permit is £3 for a 2-month permit and £31 for a 1-year permit. All authorised car hire companies can issue you a driver's license if you have a valid license.

Age Restrictions

The Barbados age restriction to hire a car is 21 years old (age may vary by car category), and you must have held your license for one year. Drivers over the age of 65 years may require a medical certificate that shows that they are fit to drive.

Driving Distances

  • Bridgetown to Speightstown - 19kms (25mins)

  • Harrismith to Springfield - 20kms (25mins)

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Barbados driving information, laws, rules and regulations:

  • Driving in Barbados is done on the left-hand side of the road.

  • Seat belts when driving a car in Barbados are mandatory.

  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

  • Drivers are to carry a valid driver's licence, a Barbados driver's license, registration documents and insurance documents at all times while driving.

  • Barbados Petrol Stations can be found in and around Bridgetown, on the main highways along the west and south coasts, and in most inland parishes. Petrol stations are open 24 hours.


There are no tolls in Barbados.

Parking Information

Parking is accessible at most private shops outside of Bridgetown. There are also many other parking locations in Speightstown, where a minimal fee is charged. You can park only where there is a P (parking) sign. Be careful not to park in a No parking area.

One-Way Car Hire

Domestic one ways car hires are permitted (minimum length requirements vary between one & three days depending on the supplier). Travel off the island is not permitted with any supplier.

If you plan to drive with a Barbados car hire, you can pick it up in one location and return it to another location but there are some restrictions that you need to check with your car hire supplier.

When you visit Barbados, it is important to take a look at some of the above Barbados driving information, rules and regulations about driving a car in Bridgetown to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

Barbados car hire starting at ú42 /per day*

*Rates shown are per day, based upon a 7-day car hire. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply.

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