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Driving Information in Kenya

Driving Licence Requirements

The driving licence requirements in Kenya state that you must be at least 18 years old and have a full driving licence valid in your country of residence. An international driver's licence is also required.

Age Restrictions

To hire a car in Kenya you must be at least 23 years old (age may vary by the car hire category) and have held your license for two years.

Driving Distances

  • Nairobi to Kitui - 166kms (2hours/40mins)

  • Mombasa to Malindi - 120kms (1hour/40mins)

  • Nakuru to Nyeri - 163kms (2hours/10mins)

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Kenya driving information, laws rules and regulations:

  • Driving in Kenya is on the left hand side of the road.

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

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

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

  • Petrol stations in Kenya are easily found and the prices are very affordable. Kenya has major companies for filling up your car hire, such as Caltex and Shell.


Currently there are no tolls in Kenya, making a car hire in Nairobi and other equally beautiful cities an easy option.

Parking Information

When parking your car hire in small villages and towns there is no charge. In the city centres there is a pay-parking system, where you can buy a one day parking pass from an attendant. If you do not obtain a pass your vehicle will be clamped.

One-Way Car Hire 

Domestic one-way car hire within Kenya is possible. Some restrictions and charges do apply. International one-way car hire is not permitted.

With your hire car it is important that you have looked through some of the above Kenya driving information, rules and regulations about driving a car to ensure you have all of the correct information to ensure the safest possible journey.


Nairobi car hire starting at ú48 /per day*

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

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