Guide to Driving In Senegal - Drive Safe in Senegal

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

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

50 kph

urban
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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

90 kph

rural
More info  

motorway speed limit

n/a kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 No law

drink and drive limit
More info  
urban
You drive in Senegal on the Right side  
urban
The currency in Senegal is CFA
urban
To rent a car is  23 years and to drive is 18 years of age
urban
Current fuel price in Senegal 1.06 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Senegal

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

Driving in Senegal
Pocket guide to driving in Senegal
Profile:
Senegal
Dakar
CFA
Driving in Senegal
SPEED: (kph)
50
90
n/a
Speed limit in Senegal
Holiday:
Rush hour in Senegal
Cameras:
NO
YES
Speed cameras in Senegal
FUEL:
1.05
0.90
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Senegal
DRIVE:
RIGHT
Drive RIGHT in Senegal
MIN AGE:
18
23
Min driving age in Senegal
DRINK:
No law
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Senegal
EMERGENCY:
17/18/1515
Emergency phone number in Senegal
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Senegal
PHONES:
No
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Senegal
SEATBELTS:
Yes
No
Seat belt in Senegal
Drivers think of Senegal and think of the Paris to Dakar rally, one of the sternest tests of motoring in the world. The reality is very similar with crowded city streets and dirt track roads on the whole. There's plenty to see and do when in Senegal, you just have to exercise caution if driving to see it!

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 17

Police Fire: 18

Police Ambulance: 1515

Notes:

Fuel Prices in Senegal by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations
 
Parking in Senegal is generally unregulated, except in the commercial districts of the main cities. 
 
Paid parking
 
Most drivers don’t use paid parking as there is so much free parking around. If you choose this option, park your car where it is visible and close to your destination. In the main city centres you’ll find attended parking which is safer and should be used where possible. 
 
Enforcement
 
Only if you park where you’ll cause an obstruction are you likely to encounter problems. If this happens, your car is likely to be towed to the local police station where, for a fee, you’ll be able to collect it later.
 
Disabled parking
 
There are no noticeable concessions for disabled drivers in Senegal and it is usually up to you to find somewhere convenient. Using attended parking lots can get you some assistance but most of the time, you’re on your own!

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 17

Police Fire: 18

Police Ambulance: 1515

The police can be contacted on 17, the fire service on 18 and the ambulance on 15.

What to do in an emergency

Mechanical problems in a hire car can be resolved by using the number on the windscreen or on the rental documentation. If in a private car, you’ll need to get the number of a reputable mechanic, either before you travel or from police or locals where you encounter the problem.
 
Minor accidents are usually resolved by negotiation and a cash exchange on the spot, major ones or ones involving injury, need to be reported to the police who will attend and complete a written report necessary for insurance or your hire car company. 

Handy Guides

World Driving Guides

Road Signs

Handy Phrases

Driving licence- Permis de Conduite
Insurance certificate –  Carte Verte
Services (rest stops) - Aire de repos
Bailiff (for accidents) - Huissier
Pay-and-display machine – Horodateur
End of no parking zone - Fin d'interdiction de stationer
Beware roadworks - Attention travaux
Petrol - Essence
Unleaded - Sans plomb
Diesel – Gazole
Town centre – Centre Ville
I have broken down - J'ai décomposé 
Where is the police station? - Où est le poste de police?
I have a flat tyre - J'ai un pneu à plat 
I have been in an accident - J'ai été dans un accident 
Where is? - Où est?
Where can I buy petrol? – Où puis-je acheter de l'essence?
No pedestrians - Interdit aux pietons
Exit – Sortie
One lane road - Voie unique
Turn on your lights - Allumez vos  feux (lanterns)
Closed - Ferme

Senegal Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Senegal by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun, 2019 0.91 1.06
May, 2019 0.91 1.06
Apr, 2019 0.90 1.05
Mar, 2019 0.90 1.05
Feb, 2019 0.90 1.05
Jan, 2019 0.90 1.05

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Chloe Demaret
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