Bolivia has one of the highest elevations in South America; therefore, it is a great idea to get an SUV or other four-wheel drive if you plan to drive cross-country. Some rental companies like Economy offer unlimited mileage to international tourists, which should set your mind at ease while you enjoy the more scenic routes. Renting a GPS is also an excellent idea.
As long as you remain within the country, US citizens traveling to Bolivia do not require an International Driver’s Permit. And as long as you have a valid driver’s license, passport, and credit card, you are allowed to rent and drive a car in the country. If, however, you intend to cross international borders (Peru, Brazil, or Argentina, for example), it’s a good idea to have one.
Pedestrians always have the right of way in Bolivia. Additionally, parking laws tend to be less restrictive compared to the United States, so you can park your car on most streets as long as you are not within 16 ft of a corner or intersection. Still, it is recommended to make use of carparks whenever and wherever possible for security purposes.
Traffic police in Bolivia are known to conduct random checks, so always make sure you have all of your documents (license, passport, rental papers) in the car before you leave for your destination. Also, there are no child-seat laws in Bolivia, and though rental car agencies will provide child seats in advance upon request, it is not a bad idea to travel with your own if feasible.
Book your car hire in Bolivia at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Economy car hires in Bolivia are around -19% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Bolivia
Economy (Jeep Wrangler or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Bolivia.
As in the United States, drivers in Bolivia use the right side of the road. While the use of seatbelts is not mandatory in the country, it is highly recommended that you buckle up before starting your engine. If your car breaks down (or in case of emergencies), you should call 911 for assistance, unless your provider has other specific instructions included in your rental agreement.
One must be 18 years of age to rent a car in Bolivia; however, most car companies insist on being at least 21 years old and having a valid driver’s license for no less than 12 months (e.g., Hertz). Many rental agencies in Bolivia will apply a young person’s surcharge, around 104-345 BOB (15-50 USD) per day if you are under the age of 25, but there are some who do not (e.g., Economy).
Bolivia has very good prices for diesel fuel, around 3.72 BOB (0.54 USD) per liter and approx. 2.05 USD per gallon. Likewise, a liter of petrol costs about 3.74 BOB (0.54 USD) and about 2.08 USD per gallon. Petrol stations are fewer outside of cities and big towns, so you should fill up the tank before taking off to explore.
If you rent a car in Bolivia, then you should know that the speed limit within city areas is 40 km/h (about 25 mph), which increases to 70 km/h (43 mph) in rural areas and 80 km/h (about 50 mph) if you are traveling along highways. Be advised that speed limits are generally ignored by the locals, so be cautious when exploring the country by car.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.