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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 Beirut

Hertz car rental in Beirut is simple and convenient to use, and with such a great variety of attractions in this beautiful city it’s the perfect way of getting about. Whenever you want to rent a car in Beirut you’ll find rental branches for Hertz cars all over the city at convenient access points.

Driving is easier in Beirut than in just about any other city in the region. There are lots of wide roads with very little congestion, linking the city with other parts of the surrounding region. If you want to explore further afield then there are plenty of convenient trunk roads to the rest of Lebanon. It’s pretty easy to get around and see attractions such as the National Museum of Beirut and the Beirut Art Centre, and also sites that are a little further out of the city, like the ancient ruins at Baalbek.

Driving and Parking in Beirut

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

If you rent a car in Beirut you’ll find parking a bit more convenient than it is in most European cities, as it’s permitted to park on the pavements here. People don’t tend to walk to bars, restaurants and other venues but drive there and hand the keys to a valet, who will take care of the parking.

On-street parking is allowed for a maximum of two hours, and you can get a ticket from meters at both ends of most streets, paying by card or cash. Road markings are noticeable by their absence, and depending on the size of your vehicle you could park with two wheels on the pavement or all four. Horns are used liberally and you shouldn’t be unduly intimidated. At traffic lights, many cars tend to pull away while the red is still showing, even with traffic policemen present, but you should wait for the change.

Pickup Locations Beirut

  • Beirut Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Su 24 hours

    Address: Arrivals Lounge

    Phone: +961 1 628 999

  • Sami El Solh Street

    Opening hours: Mo-Sa 0830-1800, Su closed

    Address: Sami El Solh Street

    Phone: +961 1 427 283

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Driving in and around Beirut

Key routes

Residents of Beirut negotiate the city using landmarks rather than addresses, as many of the roads and streets either have no names at all or else outdated ones. Beirut has not been properly mapped since the 1970s and when driving around it’s usually necessary to stop frequently and ask the way from passers-by.

Outside of Beirut, however, things are better and many main roads have been recently upgraded to dual carriageways and motorways with four lanes. These include the Beirut-Tripoli motorway, Beirut-Kfar motorway and the Beirut-Sofar motorway, all of which will get you to your destination quickly and conveniently.

The hinterland of Beirut has an extensive network of good roads and these are in relatively good condition. The country’s main roads are the Beirut-Sidon-Sour-Naqoura route and the Beirut-Byblos-Tripoli-Aarida route.

The Chtaura-Zahle-Baalbek-Qaa road gets you to some of the best archaeological sites in the country. The Tripoli-Bcharre-Baalbek road is also very popular with travellers and has a number of stop-offs for refreshments.

Major Highways

Once you get used to the traffic it’s pretty easy to get around both Beirut and the wider region using the local road networks. On a major route such as Beirut-Bhamdoun Al Mhatta-Chtaura Massnaa, the petrol stations are regularly spaced and are open between 8.00am and 8.00pm.

• Drivers use the right side of the road.
• If seat belts are fitted then you have to use them.
• You can use the phone only if you have a hands-free system.
• You must carry all your driving documentation with you, including an international driver’s licence.

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