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 Car Hire Senegal Useful Information

Car hire in Senegal is readily available from Dakar and Blaise Diagne International Airport where you'll find internationally recognised car hire companies Avis and Sixt present. Familiar rental desks and high standards are provided by both rental agents offering access to self-drive car hire in Senegal.
 

Driving in Senegal:

  1. Driving Side: In Senegal, people drive on the right-hand side of the road.

  2. Road Conditions: While main roads in urban areas and the highways that connect major cities are generally in decent condition, many secondary roads, especially in rural areas, can be in poor shape. These may become particularly challenging during the rainy season.

  3. Safety:

    • Accidents: Traffic accidents are relatively common, in part due to a combination of factors including occasional aggressive driving habits, overloaded vehicles, and poorly maintained roads.
    • Checkpoints: It's not uncommon to encounter police or military checkpoints, especially in rural areas. Always carry your identification and driving documents when traveling.
    • Night Driving: It's advisable to avoid driving at night outside major cities, as roads are not well-lit, and pedestrians, animals, or vehicles without proper lighting can pose hazards.
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  4. Regulations:

    • Seat belts are mandatory.
    • It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving unless you have a hands-free system.
    • There's a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol.
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  5. Licenses: Visitors can drive with a valid international driver's license. However, if you plan to stay for an extended period, you might need to acquire a local driving license.

  6. Parking: In major cities like Dakar, parking can be a challenge, especially during business hours. It's advisable to use guarded parking lots when available.

Airports: Senegal has several airports, with the following being the most notable:

  1. Blaise Diagne International Airport (AIBD): Located in Diass, it is the main international gateway to Senegal. It has replaced the Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport in Dakar as the primary international airport.

  2. Cap Skirring Airport: Primarily serving the Casamance region in the south of the country, this airport is especially busy during the tourist season.

  3. Ziguinchor Airport: Located in the southern city of Ziguinchor in the Casamance region, it handles both domestic and limited international flights.

  4. Saint-Louis Airport: Serving the northern city of Saint-Louis, this airport is mainly for domestic flights.

  5. Tambacounda Airport: This airport serves the eastern part of the country and mainly handles domestic flights.

When considering a visit or drive in Senegal, it's always advisable to check current travel advisories and consult locals or established tour operators for updated information on road conditions and safety.

Do you need 4x4 rental in Senegal?

You don't need a 4x4 rental in Senegal, however it's a very good idea if you heading out of Dakar. Many of the rural roads in Senegal are unpaved and whilst a regular rental car might suffice, you'll feel safer in a 4x4 rental. The Mitsubishi Pajero is widely available and offers an excellent rental proposition.

 


Cheapest car hire in Senegal

Citroen C-Elysee

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 75.91 EUR/day
Citroen C-Elysee

7 Days rental at 531.43 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Citroen C-Elysee

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 78.49 EUR/day
Citroen C-Elysee

7 Days rental at 549.46 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 69.56 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 486.96 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 71.92 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 503.48 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai i10

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 79.40 EUR/day
Hyundai i10

7 Days rental at 555.83 EUR from 22/04/2024

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Pajero

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 201.20 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Pajero

7 Days rental at 1408.45 EUR from 22/04/2024

  6 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mitsubishi Pajero

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 208.26 EUR/day
Mitsubishi Pajero

7 Days rental at 1457.88 EUR from 22/04/2024

  6 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Renault Duster

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 144.83 EUR/day
Renault Duster

7 Days rental at 1013.81 EUR from 22/04/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Ciaz

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 86.74 EUR/day
Suzuki Ciaz

7 Days rental at 607.21 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Ciaz

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 89.72 EUR/day
Suzuki Ciaz

7 Days rental at 628.04 EUR from 22/04/2024

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Senegal

  • Drive on the RIGHT side of the road in Senegal, the steering wheel will be on the left side of the car
  • The Mitsubishi Pajero is one of the most popular models in Senegal due to it being 4WD
  • Avis and Sixt, two of the worlds most popular car rental companies have offices in Senegal
  • There is no specific law related to drink driving, however we advise against driving if drinking alcohol
  • There are no motorways in Senegal, the fasts urban speed limit is just 50km/h
 

Popular car hire destinations in Senegal

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Senegal

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    R

    Road Driving Side

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    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

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    90kph

    Rural Speed Limit

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    n/akph

    Motorway Speed Limit

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    XOF  991.15/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

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    No law

    Drink Drive Limit

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    CFA

    Currency

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    YES

    Tolls

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    23

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

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    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

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    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

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    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Average prices per day for car hire in Senegal

ItemPercent
January€ 65
February€ 69
March€ 67
April€ 71
May€ 72
June€ 76
July€ 73
August€ 72
September€ 74
October€ 74
November€ 73
December€ 71
ItemPercent
January€ 70
February€ 73
March€ 72
April€ 72
May€ 72
June€ 76
July€ 73
August€ 72
September€ 72
October€ 77
November€ 79
December€ 76
ItemPercent
January€ 174
February€ 174
March€ 178
April€ 183
May€ 183
June€ 197
July€ 188
August€ 184
September€ 185
October€ 193
November€ 195
December€ 189
ItemPercent
January€ 101
February€ 100
March€ 102
April€ 101
May€ 100
June€ 106
July€ 102
August€ 100
September€ 98
October€ 108
November€ 109
December€ 106
ItemPercent
January€ 41
February€ 43
March€ 40
April€ 45
May€ 49
June€ 52
July€ 48
August€ 47
September€ 48
October€ 50
November€ 51
December€ 51
ItemPercent
January€ 100
February€ 98
March€ 102
April€ 100
May€ 99
June€ 106
July€ 101
August€ 100
September€ 100
October€ 110
November€ 112
December€ 108
ItemPercent
January€ 174
February€ 174
March€ 178
April€ 183
May€ 183
June€ 197
July€ 188
August€ 184
September€ 185
October€ 193
November€ 195
December€ 189
ItemPercent
*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Senegal

DieselUnleaded
Feb , 2023

€ 1.15

€ 1.51

Mar , 2023

€ 1.16

€ 1.52

Apr , 2023

€ 1.14

€ 1.50

May , 2023

€ 1.16

€ 1.51

Jun , 2023

€ 1.15

€ 1.51

Jul , 2023

€ 1.14

€ 1.49

Aug , 2023

€ 1.15

€ 1.51

Sep , 2023

€ 1.15

€ 1.51

Oct , 2023

€ 1.15

€ 1.51

Nov , 2023

€ 1.15

€ 1.50

Dec , 2023

€ 1.15

€ 1.51

Jan , 2024

€ 1.15

€ 1.51

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jan , 2024 1.15 1.51
Dec , 2023 1.15 1.51
Nov , 2023 1.15 1.50
Oct , 2023 1.15 1.51
Sep , 2023 1.15 1.51
Aug , 2023 1.15 1.51
Jul , 2023 1.14 1.49
Jun , 2023 1.15 1.51
May , 2023 1.16 1.51
Apr , 2023 1.14 1.50
Mar , 2023 1.16 1.52
Feb , 2023 1.15 1.51

Car rental price statistics in Senegal

  • Average Price Icon
    € 486.92
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • Highest Daily Price Icon
    € 208.26
    Highest daily price:
    Mitsubishi Pajero
  • Total Vehicles Icon
    20
    Total cars available
     
  • Most Popular Car Model Icon
    4
    Most popular model:
    Hyundai i10
  • Locations with Most Cars Icon
    10
    Location with most cars:
    Dakar-blaise Diagne International Airport
  • Cheapest Daily Price Icon
    € 69.6 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    SIXT - Dakar City
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Dakar
€52.8
 
 
Standard 4 5 4 from €52.8 per day
Van / minivan 4 4 0 from €77.6 per day
Suv 5 5 3 from €72.6 per day
Blaise Diagne International Airport
€42.2
 
 
Mini 5 4 1 from €31.2 per day
Compact 5 5 3 from €42.2 per day
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