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About Argentina (AR)

Argentina (AR) is a massive country in South America with an elongated coastline along the South Atlantic Ocean. The eighth-largest country in the world contains both the highest and lowest points in South America: Cerro Aconcagua at 6,960 m, and Laguna del Carbón at 105 m below sea level, respectively. The capital city of Buenos Aires is an international hub of commerce, while the majority of the country is characterized by a range of topographical variations, from enormous plateaus and grasslands in the fertile central region, to soaring mountains in the south. Meanwhile, the Argentinian climate is famously changeable, with equally wet and arid conditions found in a number of different regions. The Patagonia region is perhaps the most well-known tourist destination, revered for its rugged conditions and majestic natural beauty.

  Getting around

Getting around Argentina by car hire is practically the only efficient mode of transport other than flying. Even visitors who plan to spend all their time in Buenos Aires will want to rent a car. Public transportation may be cheaper, but it certainly doesn’t offer comprehensive access to all destinations. Travelers to Patagonia will definitely need their own set of wheels to explore the landscape. For everybody else, major roads in Argentina are in good to fair condition, traffic patterns will be familiar to visitors from most Western countries, and local drivers are relatively civilized, especially in comparison to their neighbors in Brazil.

  Choosing your car

Cheap car rentals in Argentina can be booked with Avis, Sixt, Europcar, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, Hertz, and Alamo. The most popular rentals are midsize, standard, and oversize SUVs, but you’ll find everything from compact hatchbacks and minicars to 7-12 seater minivans and everything in between.

  Tips and advice for renting a car in Argentina


Police checkpoints are common near border crossings and on the outskirts of major cities. Not all cars get stopped, but make sure all your travel documents are in order and within reach.


The cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires is not without a few of its own traffic quirks, one of which is the practice of claiming right-of-way by honking your car horn at an intersection. He who honks first has the advantage. And like many other countries, small vehicles are generally compelled to give way to bigger vehicles.


Major highways circle the major cities, but the majority of the country is linked by two-lane roads called rutas. These roads can be a challenge for new drivers.


Fuel is rationed in the northern regions, so you may find it’s only possible to buy half a dozen liters at a time. It’s recommended to fill your tank at every available opportunity when driving anywhere in Argentina.


The northeast corner of Argentina is almost a no-go zone for solo travelers, and definitely off-limits for nighttime driving.


The majority of cross-country routes are laid out in a north-south orientation, with only a few east-west routes across the center of the country. Road services are scarce to non-existent in much of the central plains. Plan your trip accordingly.

Are you driving a rental car in Argentina?

Urban Speed Limit


40 kph  | 24.9 mph
Rural Speed Limit


110 kph  | 68.4 mph
Motorway Speed Limit


120 kph  | 74.6 mph
Fuel Price




Road Driving


Driving Age


17 years of age
21 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services


Documentation requirements



Here's some more in depth Argentina driving rules and guidelines for car renters:

Argentinian drivers can be aggressive, so prepare yourself ahead of time with the information below. Be prepared to drive defensively.


You will need the following documents when traveling by car in Argentina:

  • A valid driver’s license from your own country
  • International Driver’s Permit (a translation of your license into other languages. You’ll need to buy your IDP in your own country.)
  • Official photo ID (passport)
  • Proof of insurance in case of renting a car (Call your insurance company to make sure it will be usable in a foreign country.)
  • Proof of ownership if you are bringing your own car or written permission from the owner.

Age Restrictions

You must be 18 to drive in Argentina.

Driving Rules, Laws, and Regulations

  • Drive on the right hand side of the road; pass on the left.
  • Road signs will be in Spanish.
  • Do not turn right on red at a stoplight. Only turn left when an arrow or light indicates that you can.
  • By law, everyone in the car must be wearing a seatbelt.
  • Expect paved roads, though be on the lookout for potholes and uneven areas.
  • Do not use your phone while driving.
  • Many intersections will not have traffic signs or lights; usually, you yield to the larger road, the person who gets to the intersection first, or the person to your right.
  • Even when intersections have stop signs, drivers will often treat them as yield signs. Always check for oncoming traffic.
  • Be ready to slow down for police checkpoints, which will be marked with orange cones.
  • Have your headlights on at all times, even during the day.
  • Carry the following items in your car: two warning triangles, a first aid kit, a fire extinguisher, a two bar, and a reflective stick (red).They are required by law.
  • In Buenos Aires, especially, pay attention to one-way roads.
  • Swap insurance, and wait for the police to arrive if you are in an accident.

Speed Limits and Fines

Speed limits will be posted in kilometers per hour; follow the posted signs. Generally, though the maximum speeds will be as described below:

  • 40 km/h (25 mph) on Urban residential roads
  • 60 km/h (37 mph) on Bigger urban roads
  • 110 km/h (68 mph) on Rural roads
  • 120-130 km/h (75-81 mph) on Highways

If a police officer asks you to pay on the spot, he or she is essentially asking for a bribe; it is better to wait and pay the official ticket. Speeding fines can be as much as 400 Argentinian pesos.

Drunk Driving

The blood alcohol content (BAC) for Argentina is 0.05g/ml which is the equivalent of one drink per hour. If you are on a motorcycle, it is 0.02.You can be stopped and asked to take a breath test. If you are caught with a BAC above the legal limit, you could face one of the following penalties:

  • License confiscation
  • Fines
  • Jail time


  • You won’t find much parking on the street in the cities. The parking you do find will often be metered. You also may have to pay a few pesos to an attendant when you leave unmetered spots. These “attendants” are unofficial, but it is generally expected that you pay them.
  • You can park on the right side of the street if it isn’t marked with a sign prohibiting parking.
  • Park in a guarded lot if you can. Hotels often have these types of lots for your convenience.

Keep the guidelines above in mind while driving in Argentina, and your road trip should be a successful one.

Argentina Driving Ideas Guide

Flanked by the Atlantic Ocean in the west and the Andes mountains in the east, Argentina is a country of rare beauty. Argentina is vast, in fact, it is the eighth largest country in the world. It also boasts both the highest point (Cerro Aconcagua — 6960m) and the lowest point (Laguna del Carbon — 105m below sea level) on the South American continent.

Tourism is becoming a major focal point of the Argentinian economy with over 5½ million people visiting the country in 2013. Buenos Aires, the capital, is the most visited city in Argentina, but even if you make this your starting point, the beauty of the rest of the country is just waiting to be discovered.

In fact, Argentina has some of the most scenic roads found anywhere in the world, and for the bold adventurer, the trip of a lifetime awaits. Don’t be afraid to hop in a rental car and discover this magnificent, scenic country.

Scenic Drive — Ruta 40 (5000 km) (3 107 miles)

One of the world’s most famous roads, Ruta 40 runs along the west of the country in a north-south direction. It runs from Cabo Virgenes in the Santa Cruz Province all the way to La Quiaca in the Jujuy Province, the small matter of around 5000km!

Of course, most tourists will not travel the whole route, although there are stretches that are extremely popular. Many adventure tourists travel the southernmost section of the round through very sparsely populated territory. Please note, some areas of the southern section are not paved.

Although the views along this road are spectacular, pay particular attention to the Fitzroy and Cerro Torres mountain ranges near El Chalten in Southern Patagonia. They are simply breathtaking! Due to its immense length, you may be unsure of where to drive along Ruta 40. For starting out, a trip between Cachi to Cafayate in the Salta Province is a good start!

Scenic Drive — Ruta 42 through National Parque Cardones

Situated between the towns of Salta and Cachi lies Ruta 42. This road is one of those tucked away gems! The views along Ruta 42 are magnificent and even if you never get out of your rental car, you are surrounded by rocky terrain that is close enough to touch.

This is open country filled with beautiful red rock outcrops, incredible fauna and large giant cacti.

The road itself will only take around an hour to travel straight through, but allow more time for photographs!

Buenos Aires to San Antonio de Areco

2 hours 30 mins  (116km) (70 miles) via RN8

Located just 116 km outside the capital, visit San Antonio de Areco in Pampas and get a taste of the traditional rural life of the Gaucho (Argentinian cowboy). The countryside here is filled with estancias or ranches that welcome visits from tourists.

At these estancias, you can ride horses, eat at a traditional asado (Argentinian barbeque) and watch incredible displays of horsemanship from local gauchos. The town itself is filled with shops selling gaucho related tourist trinkets including spurs, belt buckles and other souvenirs. Be sure to visit the Gaucho Museum as well!

Accommodation in San Antonio de Areco includes lodges, bed and breakfast establishments, small hotels and hostels.

Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels offers great deals for both car rental and accommodation. This saves YOU money that can then be used to make your holiday even more special!

Your Cheaperthancars Team

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Argentina

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1. What is the best time of year to book a rental car in Argentina?

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2. Is it possible for one way rentals in Argentina?

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3. Should I rent a round trip or one-way rental in Argentina?

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4. Which location should I rent my car from in Argentina?

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5. Do I pay more fees and taxes for renting a car at the airport in Argentina?

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6. What insurance do I require for driving a rental car in Argentina?

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7. What is the best way to save money on rental car insurance in Argentina?

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8. Should I prepay my rental car booking in Argentina?

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9. What are the largest numbers of vehicle seats available for a rental car in Argentina?

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10. What types of sports and special cars are available in Argentina?

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11. Can I take my rental car across borders in Argentina?

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12. How do I inform the rental company I will be crossing a border from the Argentina?