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Driving Information Uruguay


Driving Licence Requirements

The driving licence requirements in Uruguay state that you must have a full driving licence that is valid in your country of residence.

Age Restrcitions

If you are looking into renting a car and driving in Uruguay, please note that you need to be at least 23 years old and have held your license for over a year. Some supplier may charge a young driver surcharge for drivers younger than 25 years old.

Driving Distances

  • Colonia to Montebideo - 160kms

  • Minas to Punta del este - 71kms

Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Uruguay driving information, laws rules and regulations:

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

  • Seat belts when driving a hire car in Uruguay 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 drivers licence, registration documents and insurance documents.

  • Dipped headlights must be at all times when driving in Montevideo and all other locations in Uruguay.

  • Petrol stations in Uruguay generally open from 6am to 8pm with some stations in major cities and on the highway open 24 hours.

Uruguay Tolls

There are only a few tolls in Uruguay, and those are usually inexpensive (between 10 - 15 pesos).

Parking Information

In main cities, like Montevideo, there are parking lots where you can leave your car hire. Street parking is also a common practice and you'll often find "acomodadores" who will help you park and watch over your vehicle while you're away in exchange for a small tip.

One-Way Car Hire 

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

When you book a car in Punta del Este, it's important to take a look at the above Uruguay driving information, rules and regulations, in order to ensure you have the safest possible journey.


Montevideo car hire starting at ú129 /per day*

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

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