Guide to Driving In Malawi - Drive Safe in Malawi

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

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

60 kph

urban
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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

80 kph

rural
More info  

motorway speed limit

120 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 80mg

drink and drive limit
More info  
urban
You drive in Malawi on the Left side  
urban
The currency in Malawi is MWK
urban
To rent a car is  23 years and to drive is 18 years of age
urban
Malawi 1.61 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Malawi

Driving in Malawi
Pocket guide to driving in Malawi
Profile:
Malawi
Lilongwe
MWK
Driving in Malawi
SPEED: (kph)
60
80
120
Speed limit in Malawi
Holiday:
Rush hour in Malawi
Cameras:
YES
YES
Speed cameras in Malawi
FUEL:
1.61
1.72
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Malawi
DRIVE:
LEFT
Drive LEFT in Malawi
MIN AGE:
18
23
Min driving age in Malawi
DRINK:
80mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Malawi
EMERGENCY:
999
Emergency phone number in Malawi
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Malawi
PHONES:
No
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Malawi
SEATBELTS:
Yes
Yes
Seat belt in Malawi
See here for current child seats law in Malawi

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

Malawi is known as the "Warm Heart of Africa". It offers beautiful scenery and wildlife. In Malawi you drive on the left which is the same as the United Kingdom. Driving in Malawi can be quite dangerous due to the road conditions and other vehicles on the road. Most vehicles in Malawi are not roadworthy and have no regard to the traffic laws.

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 997

Police Fire: 998

Police Ambulance: 999

Notes:

DieselUnleaded
May , 2022

€ 1.72

€ 1.61

Apr , 2022

€ 1.28

€ 1.31

Mar , 2022

€ 1.26

€ 1.29

Feb , 2022

€ 1.24

€ 1.28

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking Information
Drivers should have knowledge of the parking rules and regulations, it is illegal to park a vehicle:
  • On a traffic island
  • One and a half metres on either side of a fire hydrant
  • Blocking any road traffic signs
  • Over a sidewalk
  • Within nine metres of a pedestrian crossing
  • Within five metres of any intersection

Paid Parking
Park your vehicle in a parking zone which will be sign posted. If there is no available parking zone close by you can park on a public road instead but not breaking the parking rules and regulations.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 997

Police Fire: 998

Police Ambulance: 999

Malawi Police can be contacted on 997, Ambulance 988 and fire department 999.

What to do in an emergency

If you get involved in a car accident you should contact the police on 997. If you have broken down you should call for roadside assistance and turn on your hazard lights to give warning to other drivers.
 

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

In Malawi they speak English so you should have no trouble in communicating with the locals.

Malawi Fuel Price History

DieselUnleaded
May , 2022

€ 1.72

€ 1.61

Apr , 2022

€ 1.28

€ 1.31

Mar , 2022

€ 1.26

€ 1.29

Feb , 2022

€ 1.24

€ 1.28

Jan , 2022

€ 1.22

€ 1.25

Dec , 2021

€ 1.22

€ 1.25

Nov , 2021

€ 1.22

€ 1.26

Oct , 2021

€ 1.18

€ 1.21

Sep , 2021

€ 0.94

€ 0.94

Aug , 2021

€ 0.94

€ 0.94

Jul , 2021

€ 0.94

€ 0.94

Jun , 2021

€ 0.93

€ 0.94

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
May , 2022 1.72 1.61
Apr , 2022 1.28 1.31
Mar , 2022 1.26 1.29
Feb , 2022 1.24 1.28
Jan , 2022 1.22 1.25
Dec , 2021 1.22 1.25
Nov , 2021 1.22 1.26
Oct , 2021 1.18 1.21
Sep , 2021 0.94 0.94
Aug , 2021 0.94 0.94
Jul , 2021 0.94 0.94
Jun , 2021 0.93 0.94
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