Everyone from Hollywood to Bollywood to BuzzFeed has convinced you that an international driving holiday is an absolute must. Believe us: removing it is a lot easier than you think. Here is a list of roadtrip-friendly countries, where all you need is your Indian driver’s license to get behind the wheel.
United States of America (readers on the right)
The rules: You can drive in the United States with your Indian driver’s license for one year, as long as the license is valid and in English. If for some reason this is not the case, you must have an international driving license (more information below). You should also have a copy of the I-94 form, which indicates the date you entered the United States.
Indicative fuel cost: USD 3.50 per gallon (approximately Rs 56.11 per litre).
Great Britain (Drives left)
Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) allows foreign visitors to drive with their home country’s license for one year. However, you are only allowed to drive the category of vehicle (small motor vehicle, motorcycle, etc.) authorized by your licence.
Indicative fuel cost: GBP 5.96 per UK gallon (approximately Rs 131.49 per litre).
Australia (left hand drive)
New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory all allow you to drive with a valid Indian licence. The Northern Territory too, but with a caveat: you can only drive for three months. Note that within Australia you can only drive the vehicle that your Indian license allows you to drive.
Indicative fuel cost: AUD 1.50 per liter (approximately Rs 82.91 per litre).
Germany (right-hand drive)
Indian visitors can drive in Germany for up to six months with a valid Indian driving licence. Although an International Driving Permit is not required by law, it is best to keep it handy as the document contains translations and could help local authorities better inspect your paperwork. If you do not wish to obtain an IDP, you can obtain a translation of your Indian driving license from any German diplomatic mission.
Indicative fuel cost: EUR 1.59 per liter (approximately Rs 133.16 per litre).
France (Discs on the right)
France allows Indian drivers to drive for one year with a valid Indian license, provided they also have a French translation with them.
Indicative fuel cost: EUR 1.50 per liter (approximately Rs 125.62 per litre).
New Zealand (Drives left)
LOTR fans rejoice! Driving through the scenic country is easy for Indian drivers. However, you must be at least 21 years old to rent a car and you can only drive the type of vehicle that your driver’s license allows you to drive. If by any chance your license is not entirely in English, you need an official translation approved by the New Zealand Transport Agency or an certified translator. Finally, this privilege lasts for one year, which should leave you enough time to criss-cross the country ten times.
Indicative fuel cost: NZD 2.23 per liter (approximately Rs 115.57 per litre).
Switzerland (Right Hand Drive)
Everyone’s favorite alpine country with its turquoise lakes and snow-capped mountains allows Indian visitors to drive for up to a year with a valid Indian driver’s license. Simple!