General information on renting a car and driving in Aruba

A valid international driver's license is required to rent a car and drive in Aruba.

Drivers must be at least 25 years old in order to rent a car. Depending on the car rental company you are renting from, drivers between the ages of 21-24 years old may be accepted with special conditions. Please note Econo Car rental requires a minimum age of 25 years old.

As a visitor, driving in Aruba at times can be a little bit of a challenge. To better understand driving on the island we have put together a list of driving rules and regulations:

Driving Tips

  • Drive on Right side of road.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, the speed limit in urban areas is 50 km/h, out of town and on the major roads (L.G. Smith Blvd and Sasaki Highway) the speed limit is 80 km/h.
  • Car speedometers and road signs are in kilometers (not miles).
  • In downtown Oranjestad many streets are one-way.
  • When driving in a two lane street, you must drive in the right hand lane and only use the left lane when overtaking traffic.
  • There are many roundabouts in Aruba. It is important to note that traffic driving in the roundabout has the right of way and all traffic approaching the roundabout must yield to this traffic and wait for an opening.
  • There are no right turns on red.
  • When approaching an intersection with no road signs, traffic on your right side always has the right of way.
  • When turning left at an intersection the opposing traffic heading towards you has the right of way.
  • When at the gas station you will find attendants that are available to pump gas for you. Some gas stations also include self-service, please note you will need to pay inside first before being able to pump gas.
  • When driving on wet roads reduce your speed and use extra caution. The occasional rainfall can cause build up of oil making for quite slippery conditions.

For up to date and official confirmation of traffic and driving laws in Aruba please contact the Aruba Police Force at tel. +297 582-4000.

Exploring Aruba

Jeep (4x4) VS. Regular Car

For the more adventurous, it's a good idea to rent a four wheel drive vehicle since to reach certain sightseeing locations (primarily along Aruba's North Coast) one must drive on rugged, dirt roads not suitable for a regular car.

Please note that the use of cars or other motorized vehicles on Aruba's sand dunes and beaches is strictly prohibited!

Popular locations where a 4x4 vehicle is necessary:


  • Natural Pool
  • Beaches and sights along the North Coast
  • Arikok National Park

Popular locations a regular car can access:


  • Alto Vista Chapel
  • Bushiribana Ruins
  • Natural Bridge
  • California Lighthouse
  • Beaches alongside Western Coast
  • Baby Beach/Rodger's Beach/Seroe Colorado

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