If you are interested in using hired cars in Bangladesh then you will need to present a driving licence to car hire companies in Bangladesh. We recommend that you bring an International Driving Licence as well, or an official translation of your driving licence to make the car hire process easier. Most car hire companies in Bangladesh will ask you to show a passport and require you to pay the deposit with a credit card. If you are under 25 years old, then the company may apply a surcharge to your deal in order to cover additional insurance costs. We also recommend that you check with your car hire company in Bangladesh if your deal is driverless or if you are paying for a driver as well.
The legal driving age in Bangladesh is 18, but the rules for hiring a car usually require the driver to be at least 21 years old with a minimum of two years driving experience. All passengers in the vehicle are required to wear a seatbelt and the driver of the Bangladesh car hire vehicle will be responsible for all passengers inside the car. You can use mobile phones only if they are used with hands free as using a mobile phone is a punishable offence by law. As the consumption of alcohol is illegal in Bangladesh unless you have a permit, there is a 0% blood alcohol level for drinking and driving. We recommend that you do not drink anything when taking control of car hires in Bangladesh. Cars drive on the left-hand side of the road and overtake on the right. The speed limits are displayed in kph, and you should follow all signposts and the speeds they display. We recommend that you contact each city’s department for motor vehicles for any recent law changes.
In general, the quality of the road conditions in Bangladesh is poor, with washouts, debris and potholes being present on a lot of the roads. The weather is generally hot and humid, with monsoon season making driving conditions more difficult. If you plan on staying within cities then we recommend trying to find cheap car hires in Bangladesh, such as compact cars that will be easier to control and park on the narrow streets. If you plan on travelling across the country, through the hills or plains then we suggest hiring an SUV as it is safer and better prepared to deal with the varied road conditions and the potential bad weather. We suggest you hire a car with air conditioning as well to combat the humidity and heat of Bangladesh.
Cars travel on the left side of the road in Bangladesh.