Driving in Kyrgyzstan

Driving in Kyrgyzstan – it’s a great chance to see the country from all sides. You can act on your own and not be tied to a schedule of the tourist group.

Are you ready for an 4×4 adventure in Kyrgyzstan? Rent a car in Kyrgyzstan and hit the road!

Driving License:
To drive legally in Kyrgyzstan you need an International Driver’s Permit (IDP)
in addition to your license from your home country. If that’s not possible, then you need to order a translation, send us a copy of your driver’s license and for $30 we can make a translation made of your license which will satisfy the local traffic authorities.

Speed limits:

  • 60 km/h – City
  • 90 km/h- Highways


Follow the road signs.

  • If police stop you for speeding they must have a video that shows your car, the time, and how fast you were going.
  • Keep your headlights on at all times when you are on highway.
  • Absolutely no alcohol. If the police can smell any alcohol then you are consider drunk.

We will help coach you on safe, proper driving in Kyrgyzstan including how to deal with the authorities.


Useful Information for planning self-drive trip in Kyrgyzstan:


Prohibited areas for driving in Kyrgyzstan:

Some areas in our country are prohibited for driving due to safety reasons:

  • Kok-Airyk pass – road is not exist anymore / mistake on map
  • Ton Pass – road is not exist anymore / mistake on map
  • Arabel Plateau – no bridges over deep rivers
  • Altyn Arashan & Karakol gorge – suitable only for local special prepared vehicles
  • Chatyr Kol – Kel-Suu road – all bridges are damaged
  • Kel-Suu lake (after yurt camp) – last 8km to the lake should be done on foot
  • Enilchek (after Mayda-Adyr Base Camp) – no bridges over deep rivers
  • Karkara Valley (after base camp) – no bridges over deep rivers
  • KyzylOi – Toluk – Torkent – the road not in use, dangerous off-road conditions