Whether you are an intrepid traveller with a taste for adventure, or you do business in Africa, your passport will be stamped in Uganda sooner or later. Landing at Entebbe International Airport (EBB) will give you a breathtaking view of Lake Victoria, one of the largest lakes on earth. Car hire at Entebbe Airport is the only true way to get around without a lot of confusion and fuss. It's also the best way to experience the countryside, by going off the beaten track and starting your African adventure.
To keep you safe and comfortable during your trip to Uganda, for business or adventure, most rental agencies offer pickup trucks or SUVs as rentals. If you have never driven one of these before, don't worry, they are the same as a car, just bigger and longer. You need a longer time to break, and a longer time to safely slow down as well. Entebbe Airport car hire has friendly desk attendants who will answer any questions you may have about your vehicle. Of course, you can also book a normal compact vehicle if it makes you feel happier, it is just not as easy to see the sights. For the best deals and detailed comparisons, let KAYAK do all the searching for you.
If you prefer, there are also concierge desks for car hire at Entebbe Airport that provide chauffeur driven services, where you rent a car and a chauffeur. Whichever option you choose, Entebbe Airport is on Kampala road, an all-weather road that allows you to drive to Kampala in about 40min, if the traffic is not too heavy. It's faster to take the Entebbe Expressway, where the road splits. From Kampala, there are many main highways connecting it to the rest of the country. We recommend adding a GPS to your rental vehicle (it's only a little bit of extra money) and a paper map (just in case!).
Some important things to remember for international drivers are the following: to be able to rent car hire at Entebbe Airport, you must have had your licence for a minimum of five years, which is longer than most countries. You must also have an IDP issued according to the Geneva Driving convention. IDP is an international driving permit. If you pay for your booking using a different credit card than what you use to pick it up, you may have to submit additional documentation. Normally a photocopy of both sides of the card, and a permission letter from the cardholder is sufficient. If you don't meet all the requirements, you will not be allowed to leave with the car, and your deposit won't be refunded.
FAQs about renting a car at Entebbe airport
Basic protection is the policy that is generally included free of charge in any rental booking. At Entebbe Airport this only includes cover for third party liability. Theft and collision damage waivers are also included, but they carry a rather expensive excess. At our recommendation, for a little extra you can upgrade to premium cover. This will give you complete cover, including zero excess and insurance for flight delays or cancellations.
Always thoroughly inspect your car and make sure the descriptions match (especially for any damage you can see). Also, make sure everything is in good working order and you are comfortable driving the car. Lastly, remember to drive more cautiously in an unfamiliar car and location.
The rental agencies all offer extra add-ons like baby chairs, children's seats, booster seats and GPS locator systems to make your trip as smooth and comfortable as possible.
Uganda is hot, so remember to book a car with aircon, make sure you know what the fuel policy is and what the mileage limit is (otherwise you may pay extra for both). Also remember, prepaid bookings save you money.
The only car rental company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Entebbe airport to off-airport locations is Europcar.