Mini (Kia Picanto or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Honduras.
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Honduras’ roads are not always in the best circumstances. City streets can be very narrow and congested, with traffic lights often mounted at a lower level than expected. In rural areas, rough roads and free-roaming livestock are common hazards to watch out for, as are loose or slippery surfaces, which can be particularly dangerous in the rainy season. Driving in Honduras is on the right.
To rent a car in Honduras, the minimum age varies from agency to agency, but is typically in the region of 21 to 25 years old. Companies such as Sixt operate at the lower end of the scale, whereas Avis and Budget only accept clients over 25. In all cases, a valid domestic driver’s license that has been valid for at least 1 year is required. It may be useful to have an International Driver’s Permit (IDP), but this is not usually requested by agencies.
Staffed petrol stations in Honduras are plentiful in urban areas and are usually open from around 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. It is advised to have local currency on hand for payment, as many will not accept credit cards. Expect to pay around 98.40 HNL (4.02 USD) for a gallon of petrol and approximately 83.30 HNL (3.40 USD) for a gallon of diesel.
Speed limits in Honduras are easy to remember: 40 km/h (25 mph) is the maximum for urban areas, while 80 km/h (50 mph) is the top speed limit for both rural roads and highways. Fixed speed cameras are not common, but the police operate mobile speed cameras throughout the country.