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Driving Information Panama

Driving Licence Requirments

The driving licence requirements in Panama state that you must hold a full driving licence that is valid in your country of residence. An international driver's licence is also recommended.

Age Restrictions

To hire a car in Panama you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by the car hire category) and have held your license for one year.

Driving Distances

  • Panama City to David - 324kms

  • Lidice to Chame - 19kms

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Panama driving information, laws rules and regulations:

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

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

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

  • Petrol stations in Panama generally open from 8am to 8pm with some stations in major cities and on the highway open 24 hours.


There are three tolls in Panama: the Corredor Norte, the Corredor Sur and the Autopista Arraijan-La Chorrera. Most toll chargers around US$1. The toll charge will be higher for larger vehicles with a car hire in Panama City.

Parking Information

The city centres in Panama have metered parking areas and garages for your car hire.

One-way Car Hire 

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

Before you book your car hire it's probably worth taking a look at the above essential Panama driving information, which includes everything you need to know when planning your holiday, as well as all the arrangements you need to make before travelling.

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