Guide to Driving In Bolivia - Drive Safe in Bolivia

With our Drive Smart guide you're fully prepared to hire a car in Bolivia and stay safe on unfamiliar roads.

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

50 kph

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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

70 kph

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motorway speed limit

80 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 50mg

drink and drive limit
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You drive in Bolivia on the Right side  
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The currency in Bolivia is BOB
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To rent a car is  18 years and to drive is 18 years of age
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Current fuel price in Bolivia 0.48 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Bolivia

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Bolivia?

Driving in Bolivia
Pocket guide to driving in Bolivia
Profile:
Bolivia
La Paz
BOB
Driving in Bolivia
SPEED: (kph)
50
70
80
Speed limit in Bolivia
Holiday:
Rush hour in Bolivia
Cameras:
YES
YES
Speed cameras in Bolivia
FUEL:
0.48
0.48
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Bolivia
DRIVE:
RIGHT
Drive RIGHT in Bolivia
MIN AGE:
18
18
Min driving age in Bolivia
DRINK:
50mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Bolivia
EMERGENCY:
911
Emergency phone number in Bolivia
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Bolivia
PHONES:
YES
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Bolivia
SEATBELTS:
NO
NO
Seat belt in Bolivia
It's no coincidence that Bolivia is home to the world's most dangerous road, driving here is not for the faint of heart. Whilst the main cities are similar to much of the rest of South American major cities, a mele of traffic and beeping horns, the real challenges arise when you head out of the city limits. Suitably named, 'Death Road' just outside La Paz in Bolivia is feared by even the locals and it has every reason to intimidate you. The road itself bisects the rain forests and traverses mountain sides, which whilst mud slides are a risk, the main risk to life if from other traffic. The road is used by all manner of vehicles, so don't be alarmed if you see a bus heading your way with only a gravel track to accommodate you both. Indeed, a BBC Top Gear episode was filmed here that had producers and presenters in genuine fear for their lives. Whilst Death Road is to be respected, you can still enjoy much of what Bolivia has to offer from safer routes in around La Paz and Sucre, renting a car here is easy from the international airports on arrival where you'll be pleased to see international car rental agents such as Budget, Europcar and Hertz well represented in country.

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Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 911

Police Fire: 911

Police Ambulance: 911

Notes: you are unlikely to find an English speaker answering your call

Fuel Prices in Bolivia by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking in Bolivia is generally very relaxed. In major towns and cities, local parking restriction will be place, for example double yellow lines and vehicles will be towed if parked illegally.

Car Parks will be signed and parking charges (if any) will be identified on parking signs.

Generally, parking on the street is unrestricted, we recommend you pay attention to local signage when parking. Always ensure your car is locked and valuables are out of sight as car crime is not uncommon in Bolivia.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 911

Police Fire: 911

Police Ambulance: 911

In the event of an emergency in Bolivia, the following emergency services should be contacted;
 
  • 110 - Police
  • 119 - Fire
  • 118 – Ambulance
  • 911 – General Emergency Services

What to do in an emergency

You should call the general emergency number of 911 where the operator will direct your call to the relevant emergency service. In the event that your rental car has been damaged, you should advise the rental agent at your earliest convenience.

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

Spanish is the official language of Bolivia, however indigenous languages such as Aymara, Quechua, Chiquitano and Tupi Guaraní are widely spoken also.
 
English Phrase
Spanish Phrase
Give way
Ceda el paso
Traffic lights
Semaforas
Right of way
Prioridad
Exit
Salida
Danger
Peligro
No parking
Prohibido aparcar
Slow
Despacio
City centre
Centro ciudad
Roadworks
Obras
Where is the nearest petrol station?
Donde es la gasolinera la más cercana
Excuse me, I’m lost
Por favor, estoy perdido
Turn right 
Toma el giro a la derecha
Turn left
Toma el giro a la izquierda
Road Closed
Cerrado
Motorway
Una autopista
One way street
Direccíon unica
Dual Carriageway
Autovia

Bolivia Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Bolivia by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun, 2019 0.48 0.48
May, 2019 0.48 0.48
Apr, 2019 0.48 0.48
Mar, 2019 0.48 0.48
Feb, 2019 0.48 0.48
Jan, 2019 0.48 0.48
Kellie Hodge
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Travel writer, customer service guru, Kellie knows the ins and outs of car rental and always happy to share her knowledge on our blog. Favourite country to visit: Spain.

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