Sudan Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving in Sudan
You can drive in Sudan using the licence of most countries for up to 3 months. Sudan drives on the right of the road in left hand drive cars. Before planning any trip you should consult your Government’s website for up to date travel advice as many areas of Sudan are on the ‘Don’t Go’ lists of many nations, including the Darfur states, the Abyei Region, South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, the southern area of West Kordofan and areas around most of the country’s land borders.

Road conditions throughout Sudan are hazardous due to poor driving , pedestrians and animals in the roadways, overloaded and badly lit and maintained vehicles.  Only major highways and some main roads in the cities are paved; most roads are, rutted and poorly maintained.Of the country’s 12,000KM of roads, around a third are paved.  Drivers will routinely ignore rules of the road and you should drive cautiously and defensively and always expect the unexpected. Driving at night is dangerous and should be avoided if possible, as should driving on minor roads outside cities. Car jacking is a problem in certain regions.

In northern and western Sudan, sand storms, known as haboobs, can greatly reduce visibility when they occur and can quickly cover roads with shifting sand at any season of the year.  Roads in southern Sudan are often impassable during the rainy season, from March to October.  Driving under the influence of alcohol carries stiff penalties including fines, jail sentences, and even corporal punishment.  Sudan is a challenging driving abroad location and you should limit driving to daytime and main routes if you can.

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.

Sudan Car Rental –
Sixt and Europcar have branches in Khartoum.

We currently have no local car rental partners in Sudan. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Sudan Self Drive Rules
Sixt don’t allow cars to be taken out of the country. Europcar mention restrictions on taking cars to certain countries but don’t elaborate.

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