Guinea- Conakry (Republic of Guinea) Driving and Car Hire Info
Driving In Guinea- Conakry
If you manage to locate someone who will rent you a vehicle, before driving abroad here you should check your Governments website for advice on travel within the country before setting off as there are often travel advisories in force for certain regions.
Drivers in Guinea are poorly trained and routinely ignore road safety rules. Guinea’s road network, which is only partly paved, is underdeveloped and generally pretty unsafe. Roads and vehicles are poorly maintained, road signs are insufficient, and roads and vehicles are frequently unlit. Livestock and pedestrians create constant road hazards and make driving after dark inadvisable. The police and the military often set up roadblocks, within cities and on main roads out of towns between 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Its likely you may have to pay a fine/bribe to pass through. During the rainy season (May through September), flash floods make some roads temporarily impassable. There is also a significant increase in banditry along the roadways in the countryside during the hours of darkness. Avoid driving after dark at all but certainly don’t drive after dark away from towns.There have been reports of robberies on the roads to Mamou, Faranah, Kissidougou, Guekedou, Macenta, Nzerekore and reports of police extorting cash from foreigners and Guineans. Valid EU driving licences should be sufficient to drive in Guinea but I would recommend also carrying an International Driving permit.
Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.
Guinea- Conakry Car Rental –
Avis have an outlet at Grand Hotel De L’ Independance in Conakry and also one at the airport. As usual with Avis its difficult to establish Self Drive Rules so you should establish this at the time of booking. They do mention a minimum age of 23 so it does sound like self drive rather than chauffeur drive as seems to be the case with Europcar.