Car Rental in Kuwait City
The buzzing city of Kuwait City is a landscape of skyscrapers, bright lights and beautiful green spaces which is best explored by car. Public transport in the city is limited to buses which are noted for their uncleanliness and irregularity, so the best way to experience the city is from the comfort of your own air-conditioned rental car.
Where to rent a car in Kuwait City
If you want to get hold of your own rental car as soon as possible you can visit one of the many international providers found at Kuwait International Airport. Alternatively, there are plenty of car rental companies with offices based in Kuwait City including Sixt and Hertz along with local rental agencies. Public transportation is very limited in Kuwait, so if you need to reach the city from the airport you are best relying on taxis to make the trip.
Driving in Kuwait City
Kuwait City is full of cars at almost all hours of the day which makes traffic jams a regular occurrence. The city is noted for its hectic driving conditions so you can expect reckless driving, horn honking and speeding aplenty. Central areas of the city should be avoided from 07.00-09.00 and 16.00-19.00 or you might end up stuck in traffic for hours at a time. The roads are generally well-maintained in Kuwait and road signs are often in both Arabic and English which makes things easier. However, it is still a good idea to invest in a satnav unit if you aren’t familiar with the city or if you plan on exploring rural areas.
Parking in Kuwait City
Parking in Kuwait City is notoriously difficult due to the high quantity of vehicles and limited parking spaces, making it a nightmare to find parking at times. Parking problems in the city are strictly enforced by traffic police so you should avoid violations at all costs. Other than finding one of the private parking spaces in operation across the city, you will struggle to park up in central areas of the city during the day and evening. If you are visiting a large shopping mall it will likely have underground parking to utilize and most leading hotels will offer their own parking.
Where to go around Kuwait
Most of what Kuwait has to offer is situated within Kuwait City but there are a few interesting places to go outside of the main city such as the Sabah Al-Ahmad Natural Reserve which is around an hour's drive from the city center. Kuwait International Airport is 20 km from the city and doesn’t take long to reach by car (provided there is light traffic), with the fastest route along Route 50. Getting to some of the most popular attractions in Kuwait like Kuwait Towers, the National Museum and Kuwait Aqua Park is easy as they are all located centrally so you don’t have to travel far.
* This information is correct as of December 2018