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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Kuwait City

Hertz car rental in Kuwait is the easiest way to get around the city and see its many cultural attractions. The roads are excellent here, and if you want to rent a car in Kuwait you need only locate one of the many Hertz rental branches in the city.

Kuwait has a well-developed and very high quality road network. Most signs are in both Arabic and English, so you’ll have no trouble negotiating the city in your hire car. Home to archaeological sites on Failaka Island, famous landmarks such as the Seif Palace and Al Hamra Tower, and with views across the Persian Gulf, Kuwait is a driver’s city that encourages you to get out and about to discover everything on offer. Wide avenues sweep along the coastline and connect Kuwait with other parts of the region, and it’s a joy to drive here.

Driving and Parking in Kuwait

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 21 to rent a car in Kuwait. You’ll also be required to have an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Kuwait, take a look at our page about renting a car in Kuwait.

When you rent a car in Kuwait, be aware that parking restrictions are in force throughout the city. Many shopping centres used to have free valet parking but this is no longer the case, and in office blocks and residential areas you’ll need a permit to leave your car for any length of time. Failure to obtain a permit could mean your vehicle is towed away, and you could face a considerable fine too.

Hotels will usually have their own parking arrangements, which may be free or carry a small extra charge. In the city centre there are a number of parking areas such as the Al-Souq underground parking lot, situated between the Palestine, Al-Mubarak and Abdullah Al-Salem streets. The famous market above has been here for two centuries, and it’s a convenient place to park for accessing other parts of the city on foot.

Pickup Locations Kuwait City

  • Kuwait International Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 24 hrs

    Address: International Airport,
    Arrivals Lounge

    Phone: 965-2431-9326

  • Shuwaikh-Ngt Garage

    Opening hours: Sa-We 0730-1630, Th 0730-1300, Fr closed

    Address: Shuwaikh

    Phone: 1808444

  • Shuwaikh-Hyundai Showroom

    Opening hours: Mo-Th 0900-1800, Fr closed, Sa-Su 0900-1800

    Address: Shuwaikh Block 1 Building 7,
    behind General Administration of Customs

    Phone: 965-2483-1616

  • Marriott Hotel-Al-Hilali Street

    Opening hours: Mo-Th 0800-1700, Fr closed, Sa-Su 0800-1700

    Address: Al-Hilali Street

    Phone: 965-2243-5954

  • Ahmadi

    Opening hours: Mo-Th 0830-1730, Fr closed, Sa-Su 0830-1730

    Address: Block 5, Area 19, Shop 10

    Phone: 2398 4727

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Driving in and around Kuwait City

Key routes

There are seven ring roads in Kuwait and two highways. The latter run in parallel and help commuters from outlying towns reach the city centre each day. The 5th ring road is the longest one and connects Jahra with Salmiya.

The 1st ring road is mostly in the city itself, starting close to Souq Sharq and ending at Sheraton Circle, and is the most popular route with visitors.

A series of highways such as Highways 50, 60 and 80 intersect the main ring roads and connect Kuwait city with the highways going to other parts of the region.

Getting Around

The Kuwaiti government spends a fortune each year on ensuring that the roads are paved and well maintained, with plenty of markings and signs. However, if it’s your first time driving in the city you need to bear a few things in mind:

• If you’re staying here for any length of time, once you have a Civil ID card you’ll need to get a Kuwaiti driver’s licence.
• Cars in Kuwait drive on the right-hand side of the road.
• Law enforcement is very strict, with speed limits of 75mph on highways and 28mph in urban areas.
• Petrol is affordable here when compared with Europe, and the most cost-effective way to travel is to get around by hire car. The system of ring roads means that even during peak hours you can easily reach other parts of the city and the surrounding region, and ongoing improvements will ease traffic flow in the areas most affected by congestion.
• Despite enforced regulations, many local drivers jump the lights and use their horns indiscriminately, but don’t be intimidated and just stick to the rules, as most residents do.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.