Guide to Driving In Uruguay - Drive Safe in Uruguay

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

URBAN SPEED LIMIT

50 kph

urban
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RURAL SPEED LIMIT

90 kph

rural
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motorway speed limit

90-110 kph

speed limit
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Drink Drive Limit

 30mg

drink and drive limit
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urban
You drive in Uruguay on the Right side  
urban
The currency in Uruguay is UYU
urban
To rent a car is  23 years and to drive is 18 years of age
urban
Current fuel price in Uruguay 1.38 €/Ltr

Driving Laws in Uruguay

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

Driving in Uruguay
Pocket guide to driving in Uruguay
Profile:
Uruguay
Montevideo
UYU
Driving in Uruguay
SPEED: (kph)
50
90
90-110
Speed limit in Uruguay
Holiday:
Rush hour in Uruguay
Cameras:
YES
YES
Speed cameras in Uruguay
FUEL:
1.50
1.11
EUR/Litre
Fuel prices in Uruguay
DRIVE:
RIGHT
Drive RIGHT in Uruguay
MIN AGE:
18
23
Min driving age in Uruguay
DRINK:
30mg
Blood alcohol content
Drink driving in Uruguay
EMERGENCY:
911
Emergency phone number in Uruguay
DOCUMENT:
Driving documents in Uruguay
PHONES:
No
Hands free only
Mobile phone driving in Uruguay
SEATBELTS:
Yes
Yes
Seat belt in Uruguay
Uruguay is one of the smaller South American countries but is still quite large. Hiring a car will get you to some amazing, uncrowded beaches or the the beautiful landscapes inland. Driving is relatively straightforward and the country's infrastructure is modern. It's only way out in the wilds that you'll find a 4x4 is necessary.

Rules of the road

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Emergency Services Numbers

Police Police: 911

Police Fire: 911

Police Ambulance: 911

Notes:

Fuel Prices in Uruguay by Month

Parking Information

Parking regulations

Parking regulations
 
Uruguay’s main cities are often very busy, especially in summer, and you’ll find that parking isn’t easy to come by. 
 
Paid parking
 
There is plenty of paid parking in the towns and villages but in the cities, especially near the centres you’ll find that parking is at a premium. Use the parking garages or lots to save lots of time travelling around. Many are conveniently located and they are patrolled and well lit. Roadside parking can often be in bays which are controlled by meters or parking ticket machines.
 
Enforcement
 
Enforcement of parking is done by the police but it’s not often that people are fined for bad parking. If you cause an obstruction however, you may well get towed!
 
Disabled parking
 
There are no concessions for disabled drivers when it comes to parking but you’ll often get a sympathetic attendant at parking lots and garages who will do what they can to help.

Emergency Information

Emergency Information

Police Police: 911

Police Fire: 911

Police Ambulance: 911

The emergency number in Uruguay is the US standard 911 for all emergency services.

What to do in an emergency

If you have a problem with your car you can call the number given to you by the car hire company or found inside the windscreen. If you’re going to drive your own car we’d suggest you research for an emergency assistance organisation before you leave home and make sure you have their number to hand. 
 
In the event of an accident you must stop. You only need to involve the emergency services or police if there is substantial damage or someone is injured. Whilst awaiting the arrival of the police, exchange insurance details and take photographs of the scene. If you can, get details of any witnesses.

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
  • Road Closed – Cerrado.
  • Road Open – Abierto
  • Motorway – Una autopista
  • One way street – Direccíon unica
  • Dual Carriageway - Autovia

Uruguay Fuel Price History

Fuel Prices in Uruguay by Month
Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jun, 2019 1.02 1.38
May, 2019 1.05 1.43
Apr, 2019 1.11 1.50
Mar, 2019 1.11 1.50
Feb, 2019 1.11 1.50
Jan, 2019 1.11 1.50

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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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