Suriname Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
Driving in Suriname
You need an International Driving permit to rent a car in Suriname. Suriname drives on the left though a lot of vehicles are left hand drive which makes overtaking difficult. The major roads in Paramaribo are usually paved, but are not in great condition generally. Potholes are common, especially during the rainy season, which lasts from approximately mid-November to January, and from April to July. Roads often don’t have marked lanes so expect drivers and motor cycles overtaking on all sides. Driving standards are generally poor and excessive speeds and ignoring of road rules are commonplace. Some areas of Paramaribo are dangerous so if you’re unsure of your route ask the rental company if they’ll drive you or ask a taxi if you can follow him to your destination. You’re likely to encounter slow moving vehicles and animals in the road in rural areas, including the main road from Nieuw Nickerie to Albina. You should avoid driving to and from Nieuw Nickerie at night due to poor lighting and sharp road turns without adequate warning signs. This road is not well maintained, and during the rainy season, large and sometimes impassable holes can develop along the road. Roads in the interior of Suriname are poorly maintained dirt roads that pass through areas of rain forest. There will be no lighting and no service stations/ rest stops so you should aim to be self sufficient if travelling in the interior. A 4WD is likely to be needed in the rainy season. You should advise the rental company of your planned route and take their guidance on what vehicle you’ll need.
Suriname Car Rental –
Hertz, Europcar,Avis, Budget, have outlets in Paramaribo. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire
This is the only local company who seem to have a website
Suriname Self Drive Rules
None of the big companies allow cars to be taken out of Suriname. (Hertz say cars can’t be taken off the ‘island’!?)