Getting Around Paraguay
Amaszonas (www.amaszonas.com) runs flights between Asunción and Ciudad del Este. These flights often fill up particularly around major holidays.
Air taxis are popular with those wishing to discover the Paraguayan Chaco as road access can be difficult, especially during heavy rains. Air taxis can also be used to visit other tourist sites such as the Saltos de Monday, Yacyretá Dam and Encarnación. Operators include Paraguay Air Service (www.pas.com.py).
Expect to pay US$4 if departing from Asuncion and US$2 if departing from Ciudad del Este on a domestic flight.
The major towns are all reachable by paved roads which vary between one and two lanes. Bypasses are rare, so most road trips allow you to pass through local towns. Dangerous driving is common in Asunción and other major cities, so drive cautiously and try not to be bullied by other road users.
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Approximately 10% of Paraguay’s roads are surfaced and some unsurfaced roads may be impassable in bad weather, especially between November and April. Check with locals before heading out on a rainy day. Paved highways link the largest cities in Paraguay.
Travelling or driving at night is not advisable due to poor lighting and the prevalence of drivers under the influence of alcohol. There are regular police checks, but corruption is commonplace and bribes may be requested in lieu of paying a fine. In the event of receiving a fine, always ask for a ticket and pay the fine at a later date rather than on-the-spot to ensure the correct amount is charged.
You can hire cars at the airport or through local tourist agencies.
Taxis are commonplace in major towns and cities, but flagging them down in the street isn’t advisable – take one from a designated taxi rank. You can book cabs in Asunción by using the Radio Taxi service (+595 21 311 080).
All taxis must use a meter, but do be aware surcharges apply after 2200 on Sundays and public holidays.
Bike hire is available along the Costanera in Asunción and inside Parque Ñu Guazu on the outskirts of the city. However, cycling on public roads can be daunting even for locals.
It's obligatory to wear a seatbelt in the driver and passenger seat. Talking on a mobile phone is prohibited but like many other driving laws it is commonly broken. It's obligatory to carry your driving licence and proof of vehicle ownership at all times. It's recommended to have your passport to hand.
Touring and Automobile Club provides some assistance to its members (+595 21 210 550; www.tacpy.com.py).
A national driving licence or International Driving Permit are both accepted.
Most urban areas have a decent bus service – fares are usually fixed regardless of the journey length. Buses also link together most major towns and cities.
There are no rail services.