Kuwait Car & Van Hire

Flying in to Kuwait

Travelling to Kuwait? Many visitors choose to fly to Kuwait and then explore the country by car.

Kuwait International Airport (KWI) is the only main airport in the country, and it’s easy to pick up a hire car from Kuwait airport. It’s only a 20-minute drive from Kuwait airport to the city centre, so you can be in the city soon after stepping off the plane.

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Popular Destinations and things to do in Kuwait

Kuwait has plenty to offer visitors, from grand architecture and historic monuments to rolling deserts and idyllic beaches. Here are some of the best places to visit in Kuwait.

Top places to visit in Kuwait

Kuwait City
If you only visit one place in Kuwait, make sure it’s Kuwait City. The capital is packed with must-see sights, old and new, including the Grand Mosque, Seif Palace, Al Hamra, Liberation Tower, and Salvation Tower. The capital offers a mix of modern skyscrapers and traditional Arabian charm. Top things to do in Kuwait include taking a stroll along the waterfront promenade, indulging in local cuisine at bustling Souq Al-Mubarakiya, and observing the wildlife in Al Shaheed Park.

Failaka Island
Looking to escape the city? Hop on a ferry to Failaka Island, where you can discover some of the best things to see in Kuwait. Explore ancient ruins and archaeological sites, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters, and unwind on its pristine beaches. The island is becoming a tourist hot spot in Kuwait, with hotels, zoos, museums, and water sports to get stuck into.

Deserts in Kuwait
Kuwait is home to a huge expanse of desert – in fact, a large proportion of the country is desert. Head to the desert for heart-racing activities like dune bashing, camel riding, and sandboarding. The sunsets over the golden dunes are truly photo-worthy. Don’t forget to visit Kazmah Desert Cliffs for the best views over this stunning arid landscape.

Kuwait beaches
When it comes to relaxation, Kuwait's stunning beaches have got you covered. Whether you prefer a lively beach atmosphere or a secluded hideaway, there's a beach for you in Kuwait with almost 500km of coastline. Hitting the beach is one of the best free things to do in Kuwait. Kubbar Island is an uninhabited beach paradise about 30km off the coast of Kuwait. With a coral reef teaming with underwater life, it’s a popular spot for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Kuwait food & drink

Kuwait’s food scene is a fusion of Arabic, Persian, Indian and Mediterranean influences – an eclectic mix to satisfy any traveller. When you visit Kuwait, must-try dishes include machboos, a rice dish made with basmati, meat, and spices; khubz, a pita served with a mahyawa fish sauce; and shawarma, thin slices of meat cooked on a spit and served in a pita or wrap with salad and sauces. For something sweet, sample traditional Kuwaiti desserts like luqaimat (fried dumplings) and Gers Ogaily cake (also called ‘perfume cake’ for its aromatic scent). Wash it all down with rich Arabic coffee.

Shopping in Kuwait

Kuwait City is a great hub for shopping during your trip. Whether you’re looking for a mall shopping spree or handcrafted souvenirs to take home, Kuwait has it all. Some of the best shopping centres in the city are the Avenues (the second-biggest shopping centre in the Middle East), 360 Mall (for high-end shopping) and Marina Mall with its impressive glass dome and feature fountains. For a more authentic shopping experience, head to Souk Al-Mabarakiya. The 200-year-old bustling marketplace is packed with local vendors selling fresh produce, spices, street food, and handmade goods.

Best time to visit Kuwait

The best time to visit Kuwait is winter when the temperature is milder. November to April is the most popular time for tourists to visit the country. From May onwards, temperatures regularly exceed 30 degrees, with averages of 37 degrees in July and August.

Festivals and events in Kuwait

Kuwait plays host to a range of festivals throughout the year, which are some of the best things to do in Kuwait. Top festivals in Kuwait include the Hala Festival, a month-long festival of cultural and entertainment events, Kuwait International Film Festival, a prestigious event that celebrates international cinema, and Kuwait National Day. The public holiday on 25th February celebrates Kuwait's liberation from occupation with grand celebrations, including military parades, fireworks, and concerts.

Driving in Kuwait

Driving in Kuwait is a great way to explore the country. Kuwait has an extensive road network, and most road signs are written in Arabic and English, so it’s easy for visitors to get around by car. If you have a visa to visit Kuwait, you can drive there with a valid driver’s licence from your home country and car hire insurance. It’s also recommended to have an International Driver’s Permit (IDP) before you drive in Kuwait (but check the regulations for your home country before travel to see if it’s necessary).

Kuwait road rules

• Come to a complete stop when approaching a roundabout
• It’s prohibited to use a mobile phone when driving (except in hands-free mode)
• You must have your driver’s licence and insurance documents with you at all times
• The minimum age to drive in Kuwait is 18, but you must be 21+ to hire a car
• All passengers must wear seatbelts at all times
• Children under 10 must sit in the back seat
• The legal blood alcohol content limit is 0%

Kuwait driving side

Kuwait drives on the right-hand side of the road and overtakes on the left, like the rest of the Middle East.

Hire a car in Kuwait

Ready to book your hire car in Kuwait? We have a range of cars from SUVs to city cars, for every kind of Kuwaiti road trip. Book a hire car for your trip to Kuwait.

Car and van hire in Kuwait with Enterprise

Enterprise Kuwait offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car hire in Kuwait

If you are travelling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van hire in Kuwait

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Kuwait, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.

Car & Van Hire in Kuwait

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is proud to serve customers in Kuwait. As part of the largest rental car company in the world, which owns and operates more than 1.5 million vehicles, we’re sure to have a location near you or your travel destination. And while we are an internationally recognized brand, Enterprise remains family-owned with one goal in mind for our customers: to exceed your expectations for service and overall value.

With many unique attractions, Kuwait is a popular destination with tourists and business travelers alike. No matter if you’re visiting for only a few days or staying for a month or more, you can count on us to provide the perfect vehicle for your transportation needs. Get your trip started by searching the map or browsing the locations below.