French Guiana

French Guiana

French Guiana Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

French Guiana drives on the right and you can use the photo licence of any country to drive here, providing it’s written in Roman alphabet. Drivers from other countries need their own licence plus an international driving permit. The national speed limit is 90kmh, with lower limits in built-up areas.

French Guiana has 1800km of roads, around half of which are paved, and most of those are around the main towns of Cayenne,Kourou,Saint-Laurent on the Suriname border and Saint Georges on the Brazil border. The N2 highway runs from Saint Georges to West of Cayenne where it joins the N1 and heads North through Kourou and on to Saint Laurent. This is a paved road, in generally good condition, which makes it possible to drive right through French Guiana from Brazil to Suriname. The N3 and N4 are main roads running to the south and west of the centre of Cayenne.

The main roads are generally in good condition but minor roads, especially non-paved roads, will deteriorate after wet weather and are prone to flooding in the rainy season.Fuel stations are very rare away from main urban centres so always fill up when you get chance.  Pavements are not commonso expect animals and people walking in the road. Vehicles may be poorly lit in rural areas, and there will be no street lighting so driving at night can be 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.

French Guiana Car Rental

Sixt, Hertz and Europcar have outlets in Cayenne.

We currently have no local car rental partners in French Guiana. 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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