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How to rent a car in Ethiopia as a Foreigner?

Jupiter Car Rental in Ethiopia

Whether you’re looking for vehicles to take to the rural parts of Ethiopia, entertaining business associates, need a larger car, going on a trip, or you’re a foreigner in Ethiopia Jupiter car rent has offers for everyone. You have the option of hiring your own driver with extensive knowledge of the local area and experience navigating Ethiopian roads. This option ensures a convenient and hassle-free trip.

Our dynamic and professional team will be at your disposal for any last minute unpredictable changes you might need to make. We have a fleet of more than 1000 cars and are one of the biggest car rental companies in Ethiopia .We also offer the option to hire a vehicle without a driver, mainly around Addis Ababa, provided that you have an Ethiopian driving permit.

To hire a car it costs from $15 a day whilst top-end models and larger vehicles are in the region of $35. This price usually includes fuel and an allowance for the driver’s food, accommodation if required.

Car hire can be arranged online or over the phone in advance. Alternatively, vehicles can be picked up directly from our shop around megenagna.

4 steps to rent a car in Ethiopia as a Foreigner

Foreigners in Ethiopia are allowed to use their own vehicle with license for three months. After the three month period you are required to obtain an Ethiopian one. But, most Car rental companies will ask for a local license to rent a car. If you want to rent a car you need an Ethiopian Driving permit. To get your permit follow these steps

  • Present your residence permit
  • Authentication letter from of your license from your embassy
  • Two passport sized photographs
  • Letter of application to the ministry of foreign affairs


Driving in Ethiopia

Driving In Ethiopia

General driving Regulations in Ethiopia

Some of Ethiopia’s principal traffic policy regarding vehicle usage are as follows:

  • Third party insurance is mandatory and must be in display as a windshield sticker
  • A person needs to be at least 18 years old to drive
  • Speed limit 30-60 km/hr. in towns and villages, 100 km/hr. out of town
  • Mobile phone usage whilst conducting a vehicle is prohibited
  • Seat belts are compulsory for the driver and front seat passenger

These rules should be followed to ensure safety and avoid fines in Ethiopia

Is it safe to drive in Ethiopia?

A lot of people have concerns over the safety of Driving in Ethiopia. Although, the roads in Ethiopia are constantly being renovated, There is plenty left to be done. It’s recommended to drive with caution at night due to the lack of lights in some areas and the high chances of accidents increases in areas where the road conditions are poor. You should look out for people on the roads especially children playing, unmarked speed bumps. Before setting out, study the route and be cautious.

Road Conditions in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa is connected by the many sealed roads to major towns and cities. Roads are being expanded to rural areas, however, You should make note of poorer conditions and animals crossing the roads , especially in more remote locations.


Top Travel Destinations in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

The capital city of Ethiopia and the home to the African Union. The city has an African and international feel. With a population of 4.6 million people it’s one of the fastest growing economy in the world, The city has the biggest and one of the prominent airlines in Africa. It’s a place where you can explore the beautiful orthodox churches and museums.

with various humanoid fossil discoveries like the Australopithecine have been found in Ethiopia . You can find the 2.3 million-year-old fossilized hominid “Lucy” this in The National Museum around Arat kilo (around 7km from the airport) . Also visit the Merkato, the biggest market in Africa.


Simien Mountains

The UNESCO World Heritage–listed Simien Mountains National Park Is one of the most beautiful sites in Africa. Located in the Northern Gondar zone of the Amhara region complete with rare and unusual animals like the Ethiopian wolf, Walia and Gelada baboon.


Churches of Lalibela

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Built in the 12th century Near the town of Lalibela in the Amhara region 645 km away from Addis Ababa. There are eleven churches chiseled out of rocks. Showing the unique achievement of the medieval Ethiopian people.