Driving in Argentina



Traffic Conditions

Expats who plan to purchase a car or ship their car to Argentina will be pleased to hear that road conditions in major cities and surrounding areas are good. Expect to come across wide expeditious expressways, which are all privately owned and you will have to pay a toll. As one moves towards rural areas, the roads unfortunately become narrow and are the picture of neglect in many places. There is an absence of road signs and directions making it all very confusing for drivers who are new to the place.  

"Nafta" is the term that Argentines use for gas and you will find many gas stations in cities and on highways. However, it is best to fill your gas tank before you head out to rural areas as it may be difficult to find a gas station as you head further away from the city.   

Driving License

In order to drive in Argentina you must be at least 18 years of age. An International Driving License is accepted but if you intend to live in the country for a long time then it is highly recommended that you get an Argentine Driving License by visiting the Dirección de Habilitación de Conductores de Vehículos office in Buenos Aires.

Documents required to obtain an Argentinean driver's licence include a valid passport, resident Visa, a national driver's license, Argentine D.N.I. and a fee of 50 pesos. The duration of the license is 5 years for permanent residents and equivalent to duration of visa for visitors or temporary residents.  


Though people driving without seat belts are a common sight, always wear your seat belt. Taking left turns on main roads unless indicated by an arrow at a stoplight, is prohibited. Do not exceed speed limits and follow all transit signs. If you happen to get a traffic ticket from the police, pay the fine without any argument.  


Adhere to speed limits specified. The speed limit is 60 k/h (almost 40 mph) on main roads and 40 k/h (25 mph) in cities. On expressways the maximum speed permitted is 120 k/h (75 mph), while on main roads the maximum is restricted to 80 k/h (50 mph).

Driving in cities can be quite a nerve wrecking experience, particularly in those like Buenos Aires. The number of vehicles on the road and the narrowness of the streets make navigating in the raods rather difficult. To add to that drivers can be very aggressive and have very little regard for pedestrians. Drive slowly and defensively, with your doors and windows closed. The country is plagued by problems of road safety. Instances of road rage are common and you will have to be particularly careful at traffic lights.

In Case of an Accident

Should you be involved in a minor accident, head for the emergency section of the nearest hospital. However, in case of a major accident involving serious injury it is best to call for an ambulance. Road mortality in Argentina is high and its best that you are alert and cautious while driving. The General Emergency Number for an ambulance is 107.


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