With the exception of Asuncion and some other large cities, Paraguay is largely inaccessible using public transportation. Plus, relying on the public transportation system in Paraguay doesn’t afford the same freedom and safety as renting a vehicle. Renting a car in Paraguay is the only way to get around if you’re venturing outside of the cities to destinations like Cerro Cora National Park.
Because of the large percentage of unpaved roads in Paraguay, as well as the degradation of road conditions during the rainy season, a vehicle with four-wheel drive is recommended for getting around Paraguay, especially if you plan on traveling outside of the big cities or the routes between these cities. Four-wheel drive cars are commonly available for rent in Paraguay from providers like Enterprise.
While there are no laws regulating the use of child restraint systems in cars, there are laws regarding seat belt usage. Everyone in your vehicle must be secured with a seat belt, or you’ll risk a fine from the local police. If you’re planning to use a car seat in your rental car, you’ll either have to bring your own or rent from a large, international company like Hertz or Enterprise, where you can reserve one with your vehicle.
The rules regarding border crossing into other countries with your rental car differ among providers. Some providers will allow you to travel to any Mercosul country (Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Argentina) without additional paperwork, but it’s best to check and inform your chosen rental car agency of your plans a few weeks in advance.
Book your rental car in Paraguay at least 1 week before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Economy rental cars in Paraguay are around -12% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Paraguay
On average a car hire in Paraguay costs $51 per day.
Economy (Volkswagen Gol or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Paraguay.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Avis ($51/day).
Driving around Paraguay can be completely different based on where you are in the country. If you’re close to the country’s major cities, like Asuncion, road conditions should be great; however, in more rural areas of Paraguay, roads might be dirt and gravel trails. Traffic conditions also vary by location: larger cities sometimes become congested, and roads outside the city might become impossible to drive on in the wet season.
The minimum age to rent a car in Paraguay varies among rental car agencies. Some larger companies like Hertz will allow all drivers over 21 to rent a car, while other rental car agencies require drivers to be a minimum of 25 years old. You can rent a car with the driver’s license issued by your home country, so there’s no need to obtain an international driving permit if you don’t have one already.
Filling up your tank in Paraguay is a bit pricier than in the United States. While a gallon of petrol costs around 2.50 USD in the States, a gallon of petrol in Paraguay will cost you an average of 24,188 PYG (3.87 USD). Cards are accepted at petrol stations in larger cities, but it’s best to bring cash to petrol stations in smaller towns and in areas around villages.
The speed limits in Paraguay are often exceeded, but following the posted limits is important for those visiting the country from abroad. When driving on a rural road, the maximum speed limit will be 80 km/h (50 mph). On urban roads, the limit increases to 40 km/h (25 mph), and the speed limits on the motorways go up to 110 km/h (68 mph).
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.