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Driving Information in Guatemala

Driving LIcence Requirements

The driving licence requirements in Guatemala state that you must be at least 18 years old and have a full driving licence valid in your country of residence. It is recommended to have an international drivers licence.

Age Restrictions

To hire a car the Guatemala age restriction states that you must be at least 25 years old (age may vary by the car hire category) and have held your license for one year.

Driving Distances

  • Guatemala City to San Jose - 84kms

  • Mixco to Coban - 98kms

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Guatemala driving information, laws rules and regulations:

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

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

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

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

  • Petrol stations in Guatemala generally open from 7am to 9pm. Some petrol stations are open 24 hours.


The Pan American Highway runs through Guatemala. From Palin to Antigua there is a Guatemala toll to pay.

Parking Information

You will find many places to park your hire car in the main cities. The safest place to park would be in serviced car parks.

One-Way Car Hire 

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

With your car hire in Guatemala City, or any other city in the country, it is important that you have looked through some of the above Guatemala driving information, rules and regulations about driving a car to ensure you have the safest possible journey.

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