Zoom past Your Way to These 11 Countries with an Indian Driving License


Driving is a passion for many and road trips are nothing but plain fun. If you are someone with an Indian driving license but want to move around in other countries, here’s your list of countries in which you can roam in and about with a valid Indian Driving license.

Who wouldn’t want to experience the thrill of driving in Germany or the ‘Land of opportunity?’ Germany allows you to drive around for 6 months with a valid Indian license.


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Things to see and do: When in the ‘Land of Opportunity,’ become an opportunist! Germany is a western European country known for its landscape of forests, mountains, beaches, nightlife, historical sites and so on. Don’t miss out on exploring this ravishing country.

Flight cost: Rs 36,000 to Rs 40,000 (approximately)

Best time to visit: March to May or October to November

In the United Kingdom, you drive on the left side as in India. Here, you are allowed to drive with a valid Indian driving license for a year. What’s even better is you can rent vehicles with this permitted license too!


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Things to see and do: Do visit Edinburg; spend your days at the Bath, London, Glasgow, and such beautiful places in the UK

Flight cost: Rs 45,000 (approximately)

Best time to visit: March to June or September to November

When in Australia, drive alike Australians! When I say this, I mean it - literally, for here, you can drive with a valid Indian license (which is in English) for 3 months. However, you must also carry your International Driving Permit (IDP).


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Things to see and do: In Australia, you ought to visit the Australian Outback, needless to say, immerse yourself in its beauty. Dunk yourself in the beauty of Canberra, Sydney, and Melbourne to name a few

Flight cost: Rs 51,000 (approximately)

Best time to visit: September to November or December to February

If you are above the age of 21 and have English translated valid Indian Driving license, you are free to zoom in.


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Things to see and do: You should visit the Sky Tower, Bay of Islands, Milford Sound, or Mount Cook to name a few sites of interest

Flight cost: Rs 30,000 to Rs 45,000 (approximately)

Best time to visit: September to November

Like Germany, here in Switzerland, you drive on the right side of the road. They allow you to zoom in here for a year with a valid Indian license and its English translation.


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Things to see and do: This alpine country is everyone’s favourite, and rightly so! You could visit the Chillon castle or the Pilatus, every place in the country is a visual treat

Flight cost: Rs 35,000 (approximately)

Best time to visit: April to December

In South Africa, you can drive with a valid English Indian passport that has your signature and photograph. I suggest you carry your IDP along as the vehicle hiring companies may ask for the same.


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Things to see and do: Drive your way to the Kruger National Park or Cape Town. Don’t miss Johannesburg and Durban either. This place is a magical tourist destination!

Flight cost: Rs, 25,000 to Rs 33,000 (approximately)

Best time to visit: November to February or July to October

Sweden lets you drive with any license that is translated in English, German, French, Swedish, Danish, or Norwegian. However, in this right-lane driving country, I suggest you also carry an authorized ID proof with your signature.


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Things to see and do: Visit the Royal Palace, Stockholm, Abisko, Kiruna, or Gothenburg

Flight cost: Rs 45,000 to Rs 60,000 (approximately)

Best time to visit: May to March

You can very well drive with an Indian Driving license with an English translation. However, you are advised to carry your IDP too!


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Things to see and do: When you fly to this Asian beauty, don’t forget to visit the Marina Bay Sands, Sentosa, and Buddha Tooth Relic temple, among others

Flight cost: Rs 21,000 (approximately)

Best time to visit: November to April

You could drive here for a year with a valid Indian driving license. This former British colony offers a lot of places for you to see, and sure enough, you can drive all around with your valid license, only if you are a visitor. A visitor is anyone technically without a place of residence there, and someone who is in the country for less than 12 months.


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Things to see and do: You ought to go to Disneyland, the mesmerizing Disney themed amusement park. Don’t miss the Victoria Peak, Tsim Sha Tsui to experience the vibrant nightlife

Flight cost: Rs 35,000 (approximately)

Best time to visit: October to December

In this Asian country, you are required to get a valid driving license with a translation in English or Malay. Pro tip: Carry your IDP along.


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Things to see and do: One thing you would realize on stepping here is the assimilation of various cultures here. You could spend your days dunking in beach fun or moving to the local tourist spots

Flight cost: Rs 20,000 (approximately)

Best time to visit: March to September or November to August

Who wouldn’t want to drive past the metropolis Chicago or would want to miss out on New York? If you are passionate about driving, one place you must vacation is in the USA. You don’t have to worry if you just have an Indian driving license, for in the States if your license is in English, you can drive there for a year.


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Things to see and do: You could chill in Hawaii or go to any country in this swath of land consisting of 50 mega-worlds. USA is fun and exciting!

Flight cost: Rs 50,000 (approximately)

Best time to visit: May to September

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