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One unique law to bear in mind is that you must always have a shirt on whilst driving; in other words, you can't drive bareback, or you'll incur a fine. Driving while on the phone is also illegal, unless hands-free. All passengers in rental cars in Trinidad and Tobago should wear their seat belts, but this is only legally enforceable for people in front seats. If travelling with children, note that under-five-year-olds cannot be transported in the front and must be kept in a special child seat at the back, which car rental companies can provide. In urban areas, there are specific traffic light signals you may not be accustomed to, on top of the traditional red-amber-green: these additional lights are standalone blinking lights meaning you can pass, with priority on an amber light and giving way on a red light.
You'll generally only need a valid driving licence and a credit card to secure your car hire in Trinidad and Tobago. Passports aren't always required, and certain car hire suppliers may take cash deposits along with credit cards. If your licence isn't in English, you may be asked for an International Driving Permit (IDP), so check your car rental terms before arriving at the desk. To rent a car in Trinidad and Tobago, you must be over 21 years old and, if, under 25, most suppliers will add a young driver surcharge to your bill. You can only rent a car for up to 90 days. If you plan on staying longer, you should apply for a local driving permit. Finally, be aware that, while there are many cheap rental cars, it's a legal requirement for rental car plates to start with an R, so stay away from suppliers who don't follow this stipulation.
Urban areas in Trinidad and Tobago have the highest traffic levels, including Port of Spain in the north-west and San Fernando in the south-west. You can also expect some congestion when boarding the ferry between Port of Spain on Trinidad and Scarborough on Tobago. The country is geographically quite small, and certain areas are densely populated, so it's worth parking rental cars when it gets busy - for example, during morning and afternoon peak times. Parking on the islands is usually free, and some hotels offer parking spots on-premises. In traffic, make sure to drive your car hire defensively, as there's frequent pedestrian jaywalking in urban areas and poorer road quality outside cities. Also, drivers tend to use hand motions to gesture a turn or a hazard up ahead, and honks are used to express thanks rather than annoyance.
The Caribbean state of Trinidad and Tobago has great scenic routes across the two main islands. The Chaguaramas region is a popular option: only a short ride away from Port of Spain. The drive is across the coastal Western Main Road, with beautiful views of Golfo de Paria and the coasts of Point Gourde peninsula and Gaspar Grande Island. Even in Port of Spain, at low traffic, it's worth driving rental cars along Lady Young Road and taking in the view of the city from above. Then, heading into the southwest peninsula, Icacos and Columbus Bay will have you surrounded by luxurious vegetation, wetland, and sandy beaches all in one drive. Situated a few hours drive from San Fernando, this route is worth a one-day trip, which you can take on the coastal Southern Main Road or the Sir Solomon Hochoy Hwy Road through villages and tropical landscapes.
The most affordable car hire agency in Trinidad and Tobago is Hertz. Travellers have found Hertz rental cars for as little as £24/day at some locations, which is a cheaper deal compared to the national average price of £32/day. Keep in mind that prices tend to vary depending on your car hire needs.
If you plan to hire a car in Trinidad and Tobago, we recommend booking with Europcar, one of the most popular agencies in the country. In the past month, 35% of our users selected Europcar for their car rental needs. The agency also has a customer satisfaction rating of 6.1 out of 10 from 6 reviewers.
Alamo is the car hire company in Trinidad and Tobago that currently has the most locations. With 4 car rental centres across the country, you should have no issue finding one of their locations at your destination. Alamo tends to have locations in the top must-see cities across Trinidad and Tobago. Port of Spain, for example, has 2 Alamo locations.
You are required by law to drive on the left when you visit Trinidad and Tobago. Not abiding by this law can result in traffic tickets, car accidents, or both.
The road network in Trinidad and Tobago has been scored 4.1 for its quality (1 lowest, 7 highest). This puts it at 64 in the world out of 137 other countries. Roads will vary significantly within the country’s different regions, so use scores as a rough guide or reference for comparison.
The drinking and driving limit in Trinidad and Tobago is 3.81 mg/l. Regions and cities within Trinidad and Tobago might have their own local drinking and driving laws on top of the country-wide mandated law, so be sure to check before booking your car hire. Be aware that 18 is the legal drinking age in Trinidad and Tobago, and there are strict laws that prohibit drivers under this age from drink driving.
Travellers to Trinidad and Tobago usually opt to hire a Economy as their car of choice. This may be due to the weather during their stay, the activities they have planned, or their budget. In the past 30 days, 43% of our users rented a Economy for their trip to Trinidad and Tobago at an average cost of £22 per day.