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There are a variety of car hire companies in Punjab to choose from, including major and well-respected brands. When visiting a car hire branch in Punjab to choose from a variety of vehicles to suit your trip. It is important to note that to hire a car and legally drive in Punjab you will need an International Driver’s Permit. We recommend carrying important documents with you whilst driving in the state, that you can present to authorities if requested.
While it’s not required by law that you use a car seat for young children in Punjab, India, we highly recommend that you do so. It is especially important to adhere to additional safety procedures when hiring a car and visiting an area for the first time, where you may not be used to the roads and signage. It’s easy to add additional extras to your booking with most car hire companies in Punjab, like child and booster seats, which is convenient when you are travelling with young children. We recommend booking these kinds of extras in advance wherever possible, in order to guarantee availability, especially at smaller branches.
Although Punjab, India, borders Pakistan, travelling across the border into a different country to where you have hired your car is not generally permitted when hiring a car hire in Punjab. Having said that, with most companies you can return your car to a different location within India, which is great for exploring the country. If you are planning to go further afield that Punjab, we recommend hiring an SUV, which will perform well on any terrain.
Before leaving your chosen car hire branch, it’s important to check with the agent what type of fuel your vehicle requires. Petrol stations are generally cheaper in Punjab than in Europe and we recommend sticking to reputable brands like Indian Oil and Essar Oil, as some illegal petrol stations in the area have been reported. It’s also important to check with your hire agent whether you should fill up your car before bringing it back to the car park, as with some hire companies you can avoid additional charges by bringing your vehicle back with a full tank, or some ask you to bring it back with the same amount of petrol you were given.
FAQs about hiring a car in Punjab
Car hire is the most convenient way to explore Punjab at your own pace. We recommend using your hire car to visit Sri Harmandir Sahib, Wagah and Jallianwala Bagh in the north of Punjab and then drive to Qila Mubarak and the M.C. Zoological Park in the east. Although you can take public buses around Punjab, these can be busy and inconvenient for visiting multiple attractions, the buses also don’t run on Sundays.
The speed limits in Punjab depend on which type of road you are driving on. On the expressway, or freeway, the maximum limit is 100kph (around 60mph), on national and state highways the speed limit varies from 50kph to 80kph, it’s always best to check signs. On other roads the limit is 60kph in rural areas and 40kph in urban areas. If you are driving within Lahore during your trip, it is important to know that the continuous yellow and white lines that have been drawn in the middle of some roads in the city mean that you cannot cross in your vehicle. It’s an offence to cross these in the road in order to overtake another vehicle or for any other reason.
Across all car hire companies in Punjab, India, you will need to be a minimum of 18 years old to hire a car, which you will need to prove with photo ID. It’s important to know that hiring a car at the age of 18 can mean higher hire prices, as well as limited company and vehicle choice. Some companies in Punjab do require you to be at least 21 years old to hire one of their cars, or even older for bigger and more powerful vehicles. You should always check individual rules as to age restrictions at your chosen company before you visit the branch.