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Driving Information in El Salvador

Driving Licence Requirements

The driving licence requirements in El Salvador 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 Restrictions

To hire a car and drive in El Salvador, you must be 21 years old and have held your license for at least one year. Some suppliers enforce a maximum age limit of 75. 

Driving Distances 

  • San Salvador to San Miguel - 137kms (2hours)

  • Conchagua to San Luis Talpa - 167kms (2hours/15mins)

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General El Salvador driving information, laws rules and regulations:

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

  • It is advised not to leave valuables in the car, and leave windows up and lock the car at all times

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

  • There are plenty of El Salvador petrol stations in the main cities, plus you will come across plenty along the highways. Most of the petrol stations will also sell basics and will have ATM machines.


There are no road tolls to pass through when driving your car in San Miguel and all other parts of the country.

Parking Information

Finding safe parking spots can be difficult in big cities like San Salvador. Most hotels will offer free parking.

One Way Car Hire

Domestic one way car hire is available and the charges for this varies between suppliers.

With your car hire in the capital, San Salvador, or any other city, it is important to take the time to look through some of the above El Salvador driving information, rules and regulations about driving your car hire to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

San Salvador car hire starting at ú29 /per day*

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

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