Self Drive in Panama

Travelling by car is a fantastic way to explore a new country as it gives you complete freedom and control over your trip. You can travel at your own pace, stopping where you want, for how long you want at any location along the way. On the whole, the roads in Panama are in good condition, especially the highways. Of course, you’re bound to come across a gravel road at some point.

Cat A: Toyota Corolla or similar

  • Toyota car hire4-door, max. seating capacity 4
  • Air-con
  • Manual
  • Storage room: 2 large suitcases

Cat B: Kia Sportage or similar

  • 5-door, max. seating capacity 4
  • 2 litre
  • 4WD
  • Storage room: 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Cat C: Toyota Rav 4

  • 4-door, max. seating capacity 4
  • 4WD
  • 2.4 litre
  • Storage room: 3 large and 1 small suitcase

Cat D: Toyota Fortuner

  • 4-door, max. seating capacity 5
  • 4WD
  • 3 litre
  • Storage room: 4 large and 1 small suitcase

We’ve put together some useful information to help if you choose to travel through Panama by hire car. Once you book your trip with us you’ll receive more information as part of your travel documents. Alternatively, give our Travel Specialists a call for more information.

Terms and Conditions

Since the 8th June 2015 the paper counterpart of your driver’s licence is no longer valid. The DVLA have advised that if you are hiring a car, in the UK or abroad, and you are asked to provide evidence of your driving record you will be able to do so by accessing the Share My Driving Licence service via the DVLA online for free.

See DVLA website for more details

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