In French Guiana, you will see very few buses and the distances are far too great to consider any other means of transport than the car. And as you will be spending a lot of your time in it, it is best to rent an automatic car. Why? In addition to the long distances, there may be traffic jams in the cities or slightly worse roads inland, and the comfort of not having to downshift all the time is not insignificant.
The rules of driving in French Guiana are the same as in France as you are on French territory. Just note that not all the roads are in the best of shape and that as you go further inland, you may have a few surprises on the road. Nothing insurmountable, but be warned. If you take a sharp turn, especially on a steep hill, don't hesitate to honk your horn. This is very common here.
When it comes to choosing which model of automatic car to rent, it all depends on what you want to do in Guyana.
For a business trip, you can opt for an economical model such as the Kia Picanto, which will do the trick. It is also very manoeuvrable and will be easier to find parking in town. Alternatively, if you want something bigger without choosing an SUV, you can opt for the Renault Megane. A nice car, very pleasant and comfortable if you have more journeys to make.
For holidaymakers, we recommend renting an automatic SUV. You'll be delighted to have an SUV when you arrive on the back roads, and what's more, you won't have to manage the gears when you need to drive slowly.
The conditions differ depending on the model you choose. If you choose the economy model, you only need to have had a classic B or BVA licence for 1 year and be at least 21 years old. If you choose to rent an automatic SUV, you need to have at least 2 years of a classic B or BVA licence and be at least 25 years old. In all cases, you must present yourself at the counter with the following original documents :
An identity document (CNI or Passport)
A valid driving licence
A credit card to pay the deposit