Guide to Driving In Kuwait - Drive Safe in Kuwait

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

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

45 kph

urban
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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

50-80 kph

rural
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motorway speed limit

120 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 0mg

drink and drive limit
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You drive in Kuwait on the Right side  
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The currency in Kuwait is KWD
urban
To rent a car is  21 years and to drive is 18 years of age
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Current fuel price in Kuwait 0.31 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Kuwait

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

Driving in Kuwait
Pocket guide to driving in Kuwait
Profile:
Kuwait
Kuwait City
KWD
Driving in Kuwait
SPEED: (kph)
45
50-80
120
Speed limit in Kuwait
Holiday:
Rush hour in Kuwait
Cameras:
YES
NO
Speed cameras in Kuwait
FUEL:
0.31
0.33
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Kuwait
DRIVE:
RIGHT
Drive RIGHT in Kuwait
MIN AGE:
18
21
Min driving age in Kuwait
DRINK:
0mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Kuwait
EMERGENCY:
112
Emergency phone number in Kuwait
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Kuwait
PHONES:
NO
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Kuwait
SEATBELTS:
YES
YES
Seat belt in Kuwait
If you are visiting Kuwait and have a tourist visa (sometimes called a visit visa) you can legally drive in Kuwait with and IDP (international drivers permit) or your full driving license. You must be able to prove at least 3rd party insurance is in place, which, if you are renting a car in Kuwait will be provided by the car rental agent, however you need to ensure you have the documentation available for inspection should it be requested at the road side. Unfortunatley, Kuwait has a poor road safety record so we advise exercising caution when driving in Kuwait. Whilst speeds are generally low, especially in the major towns and cities thanks for rush hour that seems to span most of the day causing traffic chaos, once out of cities onto the highways you'll find the roads often deserted. Sand storms are frequent and reduce visibility drastically so take extreme care in such situations. Driving in Kuwait isn't something to be afriad of, however taking extra care and knowing the rules of the roads in Kuwait before taking the roads is highly recommended, our driving guide to Kuwait offers all the useful and practicle information needed to navigate the roads in Kuwait safely.

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Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 112

Police Fire: 112

Police Ambulance: 112

Notes:

Fuel Prices in Kuwait by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Due to extreme congestion in Kuwait City parking can be very difficult. Off street parking (designation car parks) is highly recommended as whilst on street parking is generally permitted, your car is much safer in paid off-street parking.

Parking Enforcement
Parking fines are issued for exceeding your paid for parking time and for parking in excluded zones. You can pay a parking fine within 30 days (designated as a settlement fine), failure to settle the fine within 30 days will result in a court summons where all court fees will be due in addition to the fine.

Disabled Parking
Kuwait has good disabled parking provision in major towns and cities. Abuse of disabled parking spaces is a serious offence and a minimum 100 KWD fine is imosed, or possible custodial sentence.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 112

Police Fire: 112

Police Ambulance: 112

What to do in an emergency

If you are involved in an accident you must report the incident to the police and remain at the scene until the police have arrived. Whether at fault or not, being involved in an accident can lead to arrest and temporary custodial sentence until the circumstances are understood.

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

Motorway - الطريق السريع (altariq alsarie)
Diesel - ديزل  (dayazil)
Police - شرطة (shurta)
Emergency - حالة طوارئ (halat tawari)
Trunk - جذع (jidhe)

Kuwait Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Kuwait by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun, 2019 0.34 0.31
May, 2019 0.34 0.31
Apr, 2019 0.33 0.31
Mar, 2019 0.33 0.31
Feb, 2019 0.33 0.31
Jan, 2019 0.33 0.31
Phil Partridge
Posted by Phil Partridge
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Travel writer, car rental guru, Phil has rented cars all over the world and shares his knowledge and experience on the Rhinocarhire.com Blog. Favourite country to visit: France.

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