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Road trips around the World with Indian driving license

Posted by Avis on August 23, 2018 | people viewed


Driving offers a wonderful opportunity to satiate one’s unquenchable wanderlust. Road trips do not stick to routines and it’s the perfect adventure that travellers seek- one unveils the hidden local gems and ‘explores’ in the truest sense.

No time periods to adhere to, no planes to catch- roads trips are the epitome of spontaneity and fun. Some of the best memories are formed during such trips. For those who seek to take one such memorable road trip, there are beautiful roads around the world that offer some of the most unforgettable views. However, not all countries allow tourists to drive around in their country roads.

Following are few of the listed countries that allow Indian license holders to drive on their roads for a period that stretches from 3 months to a year with an International Driver’s Permit and some other documents. Now all you have to do is grab your rental car and breathe that fresh air.

1.United States of America


If you wish to plan a trip using car rental service from Avis, it’s possible to go driving in the USA with an Indian License. You may also need an International driving permit depending on the states you visit. Drive comfortably as you visit The Grand Canyon in Arizona, northern lights in Alaska, The Everglades in Florida, Mount Rushmore, Las Vegas, the skyscrapers of Chicago and numerous other cities! Big Sur, Route 66, Hana Highway and Skyline Drive are some of the most beautiful and famous highways in the country.


  1. Switzerland

To rent a car in Switzerland, you must be at least 20 years old and should have held your license for 1 year for driving in Switzerland with Indian license Seat-belts are mandatory and child seats are mandatory for children up to age 7. The roads of Switzerland offer spectacular views of the Alps, one of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges. The Alpine passes are easy too but extra caution is advised on narrow and winding roads. You can also tour through the medieval villages, beautiful flower gardens and visit one of the many Swiss vineyards.

  1. Norway

You can drive on the photo license in most countries but if you hold a non-Scandinavian/English language license it may be best to use an International Driver’s Permit. It is a must-do drive for those who seek to scour the scenic roads of the world. Explore the local culture in Mount Floyen, visit the Oslo Cathedral, explore the Geirangerfjord region, and go skiing. Also, witness the beautiful northern lights around the summer solstice.

  1. United Kingdom

The UK is a beautiful land filled with cute colonial villages, grand historical infrastructures and the old English charm that no one can resist. No matter where one starts, the UK with its scenic charms could make one go breathless and you can go driving in the UK with Indian license. University of Cambridge- the second oldest university in the English-speaking world, the Eden Project- a step towards sustainable growth, the Roman baths, the Durham Castle, the York Minster Cathedral, the British Museum, Madame Tussauds, Tower of London, Natural History Museum are only few of the many beautiful locations worth visiting. Take the roads and explore the land of the British.


  1. Italy 

If you plan to visit Italy, then it’s possible driving in Italy with an Indian driving license. With Leonardo Da Vinci mural, museums, and operas on the map, Italy has a lot to offer. Venice with its canals and bridges, ruins of Rome, and the fashion capital Milan, Italy is a beautiful country to drive through with unique charms of its own. The Stelvio Pass is one of the highest paved mountain passes in the Alps with a breath-taking view.

  1. France

The validity of Indian driving license in France is for a short period (holidays) It must valid and either written in French or supported by a translation or an International driving license. stunning places you must visit on a road trip in France are Lille, Montgenèvre, Mont St Michel, Bordeaux, Avignon, The Luberon, Fontainebleau Forest and Strasbourg.

  1. Australia

If you’re planning on driving in Australia with Indian License, then you must carry a valid one at all times. Australia boasts of The Great Ocean Road is one of the best and the most beautiful coastal drive that stretches along the south-eastern coast of Australia with a scenic view, and a history to tell. Graffiti alleys in Melbourne, penguins at the Phillip Island, Sydney Opera House, Luna Amusement Park are some of the many memorable experiences that one should not miss out.

  1. Germany

If you’re wondering if the Indian Driving License is valid in Germany, then the answer is yes! You also need an IDP. For a road trip, The Romantic Road – 261-mile-long – runs through quaint German towns, thick forests and castles that overflow with beauty and culture would be soul-touching.

  1. Mauritius

Tourists can drive in Mauritius with their domestic license for up to 4 weeks.

Known for its beaches and lagoons, Mauritius is an Indian Ocean island filled with water adventures. Mauritius also has a beautiful botanical garden and so much more. Driving through Mauritius will give one a wonderful chance to get in direct touch with the land’s beautiful culture.

  1. South Africa

Indian license is valid in South Africa but with few conditions – it requires a valid international driving license and a driving license from your home country. South Africa is a beautiful place to witness nature at its absolute best. With wildlife safaris and national parks, South Africa is a haven for those adventure-seekers. The Cango Caves are fascinating, while one can also dive in with the Great White Sharks. And how can one forget the Cape of Good Hope? The road out from Cape Town is said to be one of the best drives in the world.

These countries are the most beautiful and picturesque locations in the world that road trippers must take at least once in their lifetime.

So, why don’t you grab that rental car and start exploring?

You can also download Avis India Car Rental App to book a ride instantly.


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