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Palau car hire

Driver's age: 26-65
Mon 29/7
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Top tips for hiring a car in Palau

  • You’ll see that the best way to get around Palau is by car, as there is no public bus service, only taxis for transporting the public. With a rental car you can cruise around the island with a sense of freedom, at your pace, thus taking out any waiting time for taxis. From the capital of Ngerulmud to the old capital, Koror, the trip only takes about 40 minutes to cover the 34 km (21 miles).
  • To rent a car in Palau, you must first gather the necessary documents. The documentation that drivers looking to rent a vehicle should provide is regularly scrutinized by car rental agencies here. Although you’ll find each agency will have differing requirements. So it’s best to prepared as much as possible. Firstly, you will need your driver’s license and an International Driving Permit along with proof of your car rental reservation. You will also need to provide a second form of identification like your passport and a credit card.
  • The majority of the roads in Palau are unpaved, while most roads have no evidence of infrastructure whatsoever, so driving with caution is a must. Around the urban areas of Koror and the circular highway of Babelthuap, roads are in a good condition; however, sidewalks and space for pedestrians are scarce, so be extra mindful of that when taking on these roads, particularly at night.
  • The best vehicle option in Palau is an SUV, which should help you tackle these tough roads. With plenty of dirt roads and approaches to sandy beaches, you’ll need a 4 x 4 to handle the various surfaces and terrain. You can grab some excellent deals for SUVs through KAYAK with car rental agencies such as Enterprise and Avis.
  • Book your car hire in Palau at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price

FAQs about hiring a car in Palau

  • What is the most popular car hire in Palau?

    Mini (Nissan Quest or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Palau.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Palau?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • What is driving like in Palau?

    Always drive on the right side of the road. Because the roadways are all "single-carriageway" or undivided highways, there will be no confusion. Never pass slow-moving vehicles, as it is strictly forbidden. When driving at night, use your headlights with caution. Because most of Palau's roads and highways are unpaved, a four-wheel-drive vehicle, ideally with a manual transmission, is recommended. When driving around Palau village, choosing the manual transmission can save you a large amount of gas.

  • How old do you have to be to rent a car in Palau?

    You have to be at least 21 years old to rent a car in Palau, and some car rental companies will apply a young driver fee to the rental agreement, so double check this is the case when booking through KAYAK. Furthermore, in Palau, if you’re over 70 years old, you can still rent a vehicle but must have a medical certificate that proves you are in good health and is valid for three months.

  • How are gas prices in Palau?

    Typically, gas prices in Palau are a little more expensive in comparison to mainland United States. Here you can purchase a gallon of gasoline for around $5.06 USD, with rates per liter coming to roughly $1.34 USD. Most gas stations are located on the island of Koror, and there are only a handful available on the larger northern island of Babelthuap, so if you venture out to this region, be sure to fill up beforehand.

  • What are the speed limits in Palau?

    Driving around the island of Palau is the only way to realistically to get around, and drivers tend to have a laid-back style to driving, taking on the unpaved roads at relaxed speeds. Due to the size of the island as well as the quality of the roads, the speed limit is a consistent 40 km/h (25 mph) all over the region, though you’ll find some local drivers exceeding this speed; the quality and condition of various roads don’t allow you to drive much faster.

Car hire directory

  • hertz

    Hertz car hire locations in Palau

    3 Locations

  • alamo

    Alamo car hire locations in Palau

    2 Locations

  • avis

    Avis car hire locations in Palau

    2 Locations

  • budget

    Budget car hire locations in Palau

    2 Locations

  • enterprise

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car car hire locations in Palau

    2 Locations

  • national

    National car hire locations in Palau

    2 Locations

  • payless

    Payless car hire locations in Palau

    2 Locations

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Car hire locations in Palau

The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 48 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.