Economy (Class Economy SUV or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Haiti.
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Driving in Haiti is relatively straightforward, though it is important to be prepared for heavy and often chaotic traffic in urban areas like Port au Prince. Traffic in the city can be very congested, with a journey across town taking anywhere from 30m to 90m, depending on the time of day. Rural roads are generally quieter but may suffer from other problems like potholes, animals on the road, or landslides during the rainy season.
Depending on the agency from which you choose to rent a car in Haiti, drivers will need to be at least 21 years of age. Sixt, for example, accepts 21-year-old drivers, while the minimum age at Avis is 25. An English-language driving license is required for any car rental; if your domestic driver’s license is not originally in English, you will need to provide an official translation or an International Driver’s Permit (IDP).
After 2018 saw public rioting over petrol prices, the cost of fuel in Haiti has remained relatively stable. You can expect to pay around 55 HTG (0.60 USD) for a liter of petrol. Fueling stations operate irregular hours and may occasionally be out of stock, meaning that any rental car driver should take the opportunity to fill up wherever possible; this applies particularly when driving in rural areas or late in the day.
While an official speed limit applies in Haiti, it is important to note that it is rarely enforced and is consequently ignored by the vast majority of local drivers. Officially, drivers should stick to a maximum limit of 50 km/h (31 mph) in urban or built-up areas, while in rural areas there is no maximum speed limit. Due to often difficult road conditions, it is advised for drivers to stick to a relatively low speed for safety.