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Driving Information in Ecuador

Driving Licence Requirements

The driving licence requirements in Ecuador state that you must be at least 18 years old and have a full driving licence valid in your country of residence. You must also have an international drivers licence.

Age Restrcitions

To drive your car in Ecuador you need to be at least 21 and have held a license for 1 year. This may vary within the hire car groups. 

Driving Distances

  • Guayaquil to Manta - 196kms

  • Ambato to Cuenca - 306kms

  • Quito to Banos - 176kms

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Ecuador driving information, laws rules and regulations:

  • Driving in Ecuador is on the right hand side of the road.

  • Seat belts when driving a hire car in Ecuador are mandatory.

  • It is best not to drive at night as you may encounter drunk drivers on the roads leading to Quito and other cities.

  • Drivers are to carry at all times while driving, a valid drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

  • Petrol stations in Ecuador generally open from 8am to 8pm.   


The Pan-American Highway, which travels through 14 countries, including Ecuador charges a toll.

Parking Information

When parking your hire car in Ecuador it is best to use a secure parking area or garage.

One-Way Car Hire

Domestic one-way car hire within Ecuador are free of charge with most vehicles. Some restrictions do apply. International one way travel is not permitted.

You have the option to rent a car in several locations here, including Cuenca. It is important to take a look at some of the above Ecuador driving information, rules and regulations  to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

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