Nauru Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Nauru drives on the left and you can use the photo licence of any country to drive here, though if  it’s not written in Roman alphabet it would be advisable to obtain an international driving permit before travelling. The maximum speed limit is 30 mph.

Nauru is a 21 square kilometres (8 square miles) oval-shaped island in the southwestern Pacific and is the world’s smallest Republic and has 30km of roads in total. A reasonably well maintained paved road, the island Ring Road, follows the coast and links all main settlements. Driving the road in its entireity takes less than 30 minutes. Nauru’s airport crosses the road and the only traffic lights here are to stop traffic when a plane is approaching. Other minor roads inland are unpaved. Animals and pedestrians walking in the road may make night driving hazardous.

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.

Car Rental on Nauru

None of the international car rental companies have an outlet here but the  Od’n Aiwo Hotel, one of only two on the Island, may be able to arrange car rental. Another possible option is the Capelle and Partners supermarket. 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

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