Venezuela's road system comprises approx. 82,000 kilometres and is probably the best in all Latin America . If you would like to discover Venezuela it is an ideal way to do so by car. Travelling with your own vehicle has different benefits: it is comfortable, you are independent and you can discover attractions which are often not easy to reach by bus or not at all. 

Many roads are in good condition, but there are also gravel and dirt roads with potholes and landslips. The latter particularly appear in the rainy season from May to October. Especially in those times you better explore the country with a 4WD. When planning your trip it is important to inform yourself about your route. Tuplaya provides a table of distances for the most important routes between different cities in Venezuela. For detailed information concerning road conditions and estimated travel times use the service of cochera andina. On the main roads sign posting is usually good – besides it may be worse – so take a good road map with you - e.g. Venezuela Laminated Map by Berndtson & Berndtson. Pay attention at night: other road users sometimes have poor lights or none at all. 

In general the traffic rules are the same as in the U.S. or Western Europe. But please drive with caution: Venezuelan interpret regulations differently. However, you will adapt quickly to the different situation. 

In cities, the maximum velocity is 60 km/h (at night 50 km/h). On rapid highways the maximum speed permitted is 120 km/h while on main roads, the maximum speed is 80 km/h. You are not allowed to park in front of banks and at all places where the sidewalk is colour-coded in yellow.

In Venezuela gas stations offer only unleaded gasoline (89 or 95 octane) which is among the cheapest in the world. You will find up-to-date gas prices here. The gas station network is dense in populated areas. Outside the cities it is recommended to tank regularly or to take along a reserve canister. The higher you drive the higher will be the gas consumption as well – up to more than 15 liters per 100 kilometres.

For driving in Venezuela you need the driver's license of your country but to avoid discussions with the Police during routine checks it is better to have an international driver's license with you. Furthermore the police may ask you for the frame or motor number – so you should ask the rental company where you can find these.