Rental companies may charge extra for drivers under 25, normally payable when you pick up your car. Age restrictions may apply in certain locations. Check the rental company's website before making your reservation.

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Car Rental from Kuwait International Airport

Kuwait International Airport is located just 15 km from Kuwait City and is currently made up of three operational terminals including the brand new Terminals 4 and 5 which opened up in 2018, while there is also a smaller private terminal and an additional terminal planned to open in 2022. The airport is the main hub for both Kuwait Airways and Jazeera Airways and offers a wide range of services as far as Europe.

Where to rent a car at Kuwait International Airport

At Kuwait International Airport there are plenty of international car rental companies available as well as a few local agencies. The leading car rental companies at the airport include:

  • Hertz
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • National
  • Avis

You will be able to find regular vehicles and budget options as well as more high-end vehicles to suit your needs. The majority of car rental agencies can be found in the arrivals hall of the airport, so you can immediately arrange for your vehicle as soon as you have touched down. Many of the car rental counters are also open 24 hours a day, so there’s no need to worry if you are arriving in the country late at night.

Reaching your destination

Kuwait is mostly concentrated within the metropolis of Kuwait City but there are a few suburbs and villages you may consider exploring with your own vehicle.

Kuwait City

Kuwait City is only 20 km from the airport so you’ve only got a brief journey before you’re in the city center itself. Whether you want to stay near the airport or somewhere more central, you can find great hotel options. The quickest way into the city from the airport is along Route 50 which takes less than 20 minutes in normal traffic conditions. However, be advised that Kuwait city can get very busy at times so be sure to plan your journey to avoid the rush hour traffic.

Sabah Al-Ahmad Natural Reserve

A far cry from the hustle and bustle of Kuwait City, this nature reserve is a peaceful and serene place to enjoy your time in the country. From Kuwait City the journey takes just over an hour – take Route 80 until you reach Al Jahra and branch off onto Route 801 to reach the nature reserve.

What to Expect in Kuwait

The roads in Kuwait can get hectic at times so you want to avoid the busy traffic hours if you are not comfortable driving in such conditions. Kuwait is a multinational city with drivers from across the globe all mixing together and you can expect competitive and chaotic driving conditions. However, outside of Kuwait City, which experiences the most congestion, the roads are generally free from heavy traffic. Sunglasses are essential in Kuwait when driving in the day due to the ever-present sunshine.

Kuwait International Airport Information

Kuwait International Airport has recently opened up two brand-new passenger terminals and plans to construct another new terminal by 2022. You’ll find a good range of services and facilities at the airport to meet your every need including an extensive range of duty-free and retail shops in the airport mall as well as many restaurants, fast food chains and cafés to pick from. Other amenities available at the airport include free Wi-Fi connectivity and a few luxurious airport lounges.

* This information is correct as of November 2018

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