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Top tips for renting a car in Papua New Guinea

  • When touring Papua New Guinea, consider renting a car to quickly and conveniently move around the country. Papua New Guinea has a limited public transport network. Renting a car, therefore, will provide the ability to explore various regions without relying on their schedules. With a rental car, you can conveniently explore several attractions, including Kokoda Track, Mount Hagen, the Sepik River, and Tufi Dive Resort, without restrictions on your routes. Renting a car will also enable you to discover hidden gems and visit the local markets.
  • You may encounter challenges driving outside major urban areas due to numerous unpaved roads that are prone to potholes. Papua New Guinea experiences tropical weather with heavy rainfall and high humidity. During the rainy seasons from December to March, you might encounter steep slopes, rough terrain, river crossings, and landslides on some stretches of the highway between Mount Hagen and Lae.
  • Having child seats in Papua New Guinea is not a legal requirement. However, when driving a rental car with a child on board, consider using age-appropriate child seats for the child’s safety. Restraining kids below 135 cm (53 inches) in height in appropriate child seats is advisable. You can rent a child seat from the rental company when picking up your car and requesting installation services.
  • If you want to cross the border from Papua New Guinea with your rental car, be sure to obtain travel authorization from the rental agency to cross the border to other regions. The rental company will charge you an additional fee for cross-border travel. Inform the rental agency about bringing the rental car on a ferry, which you must do to cross international borders. Ensure the rental agency has insurance coverage for cross-border travel. You must have an International Driving Permit, personal documents, and vehicle documents to cross the border with the rental car.
  • Book your rental car in Papua New Guinea at least 3 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Full-size rental cars in Papua New Guinea are around 7% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about renting a car in Papua New Guinea

  • What is the most popular rental car in Papua New Guinea?

    Full-size (Nissan Patrol or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Papua New Guinea.

  • How can I find car rentals near me in Papua New Guinea?

    Take a look at our extensive car rental location map to find the best rental cars near you.

  • What is driving like in Papua New Guinea?

    In Papua New Guinea, driving is on the left; therefore, you’ll need to adjust your driving with this mind. Traffic congestion experienced in urban areas may make it challenging to navigate the streets. While driving in Papua New Guinea may be safe, some regions can be unsafe to drive at night. There are various checkpoints across the country; therefore, make sure you have all your documents, including your driver’s license or other identification and vehicle documents to present at these checkpoints.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in Papua New Guinea?

    The minimum car rental age in Papua New Guinea is 21 years. However, some companies may have an age limit of 25 years. You may incur a young renter fee if you are below 25 years old and renting a car in Papua New Guinea. You also need a valid U.S. driving license or an International Driving Permit to rent and drive a vehicle in Papua New Guinea. Ensure you have an operational credit card and other necessary identification documents for a streamlined rental process at the car rental agency.

  • How are gas prices in Papua New Guinea?

    The average price of gasoline in Papua New Guinea is about 3.70 PGK (1.02 USD) to 4.70 PGK (1.30 USD) per liter and 13.25 PGK (3.66 USD) to 17.04 PGK (4.71 USD) per gallon. The gas stations in Papua New Guinea are readily available, especially in urban areas and along major highways. Be sure to carry cash in local currency, as most gas stations in Papua New Guinea allow payment for gasoline in cash only. However, some stations may accept credit or debit card payments.

  • What are the speed limits in Papua New Guinea?

    The speed limit in Papua New Guinea is 60 km/h (40 mph) in urban areas and major cities, 100 km/h (60 mph) on highways and expressways, and 80 km/h (50 mph) on open roads outside the urban areas. Check for speed signage along the road, as it may change occasionally. Papua New Guinea has mobile and fixed speed cameras in designated locations to monitor vehicle speeds nationwide. When driving in the country, stay within the set speed limits, as violations of the speed rules may lead to potential penalties.

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