Driving in Argentina is probably the best way to explore the country at your own pace. Sure, you can hop in a bus to get from one point to another — and that’s definitely the cheapest way to get around — but driving gives you the freedom to stop when and where you want. How many times have you traveled by car between to cities and stopped along the way just because you had to take *that* photo?
Prices and cars
Pre-booking the rental car will save you time and money. It is allowed to take the car across the border, but make sure to notify the rental company. When you rent the car, check for scratch (and try not to add any to them by the time you return it).
You can drive in Argentina with your driving license (if it has Roman lettering on it). An international driving license is a good idea to hold, too. Make sure to have the passport with you and some proof of insurance. You need to be 18 to drive in Argentina but you need to be 21 to rent a car.
The quoted price per day sometimes includes: collision damage waiver, theft waiver, road tax and breakdown assistance. If you rent the car from the airport, the airport fee is added in the price, too. But make sure to read the details carefully. On some websites you can tick on/off the extras you want to add to the rental car (i.e. insurance, GPS, infant seat).
Of course, the price depends on the type of car (economy, intermediate, full size, luxury, etc), as well as on the extras you add. If you pick the car up at the airport, it’s usually more expensive than picking it up in the city. The prices also vary according to the city.
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In general, in Buenos Aires expect to pay from US$90.65 per day for a Chevrolet Corsa or similar (unlimited km included).
Driving in Argentina
Driving is on the right (just like continental Europe and North America), so overtaking is on the left. Traffic signs are similar to those used in most countries. Seatbelts are mandatory for all passengers in the car. However, the driving habits of the locals fall into the aggressive pattern. Running red lights is pretty common, by the way.
Driving in the country areas means you’ll be …doing a bit of off-road driving. The roads have potholes and there are also rocks on the road. So, drive carefully and slowly. Since the roads in country areas are basically gravel (or dirt path), it’s best to choose a four wheel drive car. Avoid driving at night (because of the lack of visibility).
The speed limits are: 40 kmph on side roads, 60 kmph in built up areas and 100-120 kmph outside of the cities and on highways.
The drinking limit is 0.05% (lower for motor bikers) but this surely isn’t an invitation to drive while intoxicated.