Libya Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Libya

You should check latest information on your government’s website before considering any travel to Libya. Most countries have had a ‘No Travel’ red flag on the country since 2014. Few travellers have visited the country since then so the information below is based on intelligence gathered before then and is highly likely to have changed after years of conflict.

Libya drives on the right hand side of the road and officially you need an international driving licence plus your own licence to drive here. Libya has around 83,000km of highways, half of which are paved with a number of multi-lane expressways.

Main roads in Lebanon are-

The Libyan Coastal Highway (Arabic: الطريق الساحلي الليبي‎), is a section of the Cairo-Dakar highway and runs along the whole length of the Libyan Mediterranean coastline.

The Tripoli -Cape Town highway – intended to be Trans-African Highway 3 running the length of the continent, the route isn’t currently viable with many missing stretches. The initial road south from Tripoli is paved though and heads south till Sabha in the Sahara desert where it meets the Fezzan road from Sirte on the coast.

At present, its impossible to comment on the state of these roads.

Travel anywhere within Libya is highly dangerous and advice from security experts should be sought before undertaking any journeys, no matter how short . Close security protection is extremely important. With an ever changing security situation, routes in and out of major cities and towns may become blocked and airports closed or inaccessible at little or no notice. In summary, no sane person would travel independently in the country at present.

In days before the current unrest in Libya- Road conditions were usually good on main roads but driving standards were poor and accidents  frequent. Wind blown sand also presents an additional hazard and can reduce visibility suddenly and without warning.If driving in the desert it was recommended to go as part of a group and ensure you have adequate supplies to deal with an emergency.

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.

Libya Car Rental –
Not surprisingly none of the major car rental companies operate in Libya. Hopefully one day the situation will improve and travellers can visit and drive independdently again.



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