Guide to Driving In Nicaragua - Drive Safe in Nicaragua

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

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

45 kph

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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

60 kph

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motorway speed limit

100 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 50mg

drink and drive limit
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You drive in Nicaragua on the Right side  
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The currency in Nicaragua is NIO
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To rent a car is  25 years and to drive is 18 years of age
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Current fuel price in Nicaragua 0.90 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Nicaragua

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

Driving in Nicaragua
Pocket guide to driving in Nicaragua
Profile:
Nicaragua
Managua
NIO
Driving in Nicaragua
SPEED: (kph)
45
60
100
Speed limit in Nicaragua
Holiday:
Rush hour in Nicaragua
Cameras:
NO
YES
Speed cameras in Nicaragua
FUEL:
0.81
0.75
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Nicaragua
DRIVE:
RIGHT
Drive RIGHT in Nicaragua
MIN AGE:
18
25
Min driving age in Nicaragua
DRINK:
50mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Nicaragua
EMERGENCY:
118
Emergency phone number in Nicaragua
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Nicaragua
PHONES:
No
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Nicaragua
SEATBELTS:
Yes
No
Seat belt in Nicaragua
Nicaragua is an edgy and exciting country but it can be dangerous too. Driving and parking both require special caution in a country where crime is high. Out of the cities, you'll find beautiful countryside with high cloud covered peaks and ramshackle villages with friendly locals.

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 118

Police Fire: 128

Police Ambulance: 115

Notes:

Fuel Prices in Nicaragua by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations
 
In much of Nicaragua, parking is unregulated and it’s wherever you can find a convenient space, simply make sure you don’t cause an obstruction or inconvenience others.
 
Paid parking
 
Paid parking is infrequent in small towns and villages and more often found in the bigger towns and cities. In Managua there are controlled parking bays along the roads in the business district as well as parking garages, covered and uncovered. Even in daytime it’s best to park where your car and you are visible or use an attended garage. At night it’s even more important and you should park somewhere well-lit and as close to your destination as possible, even if that means paying.
 
Enforcement
 
There is very little enforcement of parking regulations in Nicaragua but if you obstruct others or business access you can be towed and fined.
 
Disabled parking
 
Disabled drivers are left to their own devices and this usually means trying to find a spot close to where you are going or asking for assistance at an attending parking garage. You’ll usually receive some assistance but there is no official stance on disabled parking.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 118

Police Fire: 128

Police Ambulance: 115

The emergency number in Nicaragua is 118 for all emergency services.

What to do in an emergency

If you have a mechanical problem with your hire car you should call the number given to you by the local car hire agent – it’s usually found inside the windscreen or on the documentation. If you’re driving your own car you’ll be at the mercy of local car mechanics and may have to wait some time for assistance.

In the event of an accident you must stop. It is illegal to move vehicles after a crash and if you do, a jail sentence can be imposed. The police must be called and they will bring with them a representative of the insurance company and you should call the medical services if someone is injured. The police and the insurers will issue a report at the scene for you to use to claim damages.

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

  • Give way - Ceda el paso
  • Traffic lights - Semaforas
  • Right of way – Prioridad
  • Exit – Salida
  • Danger – Peligro
  • No parking - Prohibido aparcar
  • Slow – Despacio
  • Lane – Un carril
  • City centre – Centro ciudad
  • Carretera – Local Highway
  • Roadworks – Obras
  • Where is the nearest petrol station? – ¿Donde es la gasolinera la más cercana?
  • Excuse me, I’m lost – Por favor, estoy perdido…
  • Go straight on – ‘Siga todo recto’
  • Turn right – ‘Toma el giro a la derecha’
  • Turn left – ‘Toma el giro a la izquierda’
  • Detour - Desviacion
  • Toll Road – Carretera de Peaje
  • Road Closed – Cerrado.
  • Road Open – Abierto
  • Motorway – Una autopista
  • One way street – Direccíon unica
  • Dual Carriageway - Autovia

Nicaragua Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Nicaragua by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun, 2019 0.78 0.90
May, 2019 0.82 0.96
Apr, 2019 0.81 0.96
Mar, 2019 0.80 0.88
Feb, 2019 0.77 0.82
Jan, 2019 0.75 0.81

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