Colombia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia, Africa and parts of South America where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Driving In Colombia
Security should be your first concern and you should checkyour government’s overseas section website for up to date advice before you contemplate driving abroad in Colombia .

Driving standards are poor with aggressive driving the norm and road conditions are variable. You shouldn’t need a 4WD in cities but may want to consider a more powerful car in a hilly city such as Medellin so you have enough power to accelerate from problems if you need to. Speed humps are present both in cities and on larger roads outside Cities and may not always have a warning sign. Accidents are frequently caused by seeing a speed bump late, braking and the car behind hitting you. Keep an eye on the regional news. Before setting off, ask someone about safety on your intended route. Once you set out, tell soldiers or police where you’re heading and ask if everything is normal or if there are any dangers you should be aware of. Many cities have a “pico y placa” system in place, whereby if your plate number ends in one of those listed, you can’t drive on city streets that day.The rental company should make you aware of that.

Colombia Car Rental –
Hertz, National, Avis,  have branches here. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire. They don’t seem to allow cross border rentals.
This website also has a list of email addresses for local car rental companies. (I’d recommend using or similar site to also send your request in Spanish as well as English)

This is a Colombia based travel agent with an English language website who should be able to arrange car rental for you and advise on driving in the country.

This is a South American company who handle rental in Colombia, rates seem cheaper than the multinationals

This is a slightly different self drive angle for those who fancy emulating ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ and touring Colombia by motorbike.

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