Driving in Czech Republic

When driving in Czech Republic, remember that you need to drive on the right side of the road, which is something you will need to get adjusted to quickly if you are coming from a country that drives on the left.

Speed Limits in Czech Republic

Speed limits vary depending on where you are driving in Czech Republic. The speed is measured in kilometers per hour (kph), which might be a bit confusing for someone who's not used to the metric system. Speed limits in Czech Republic are:
  • Urban areas: 50 kmph (31 mph)
  • Open roads: 90 kmph (55 mph)
  • Motorways or Expressways: 130 kmph (80 mph)
In general, speed limits in Czech Republic are strongly enforced, and radar traps are frequent, so it is very important to follow the above limits at any time.

A special speed limit is for cars pulling a caravan, these cannot exceed 80 km/h both on highway or outside the town.


Driving age

The minimum age requirement for driving in Czech Republic is 18 years.

Drinking and Driving

The amount of legally allowed alcohol in the blood is 0.0 mg/ml. Yes, absolutely no alcohol! Czech Republic is one of the countries with an absolute ban on the use of alcohol while driving.

Mobile Phones

Only 'hands free' mobile telephones can be used whilst driving.


Remember to carry important documentation with you at all times. Documents you should have with you:
  • International Driving Permit (IDP) - must be accompanied by a valid driver's license from your home country.
  • Third Party Liability
  • Driver's license - The information in your driving licence must be written in a Latin alphapet or accompanied by a translation by a reliable source or an international driving licence. If your license does not incorporate a photograph, ensure you carry your passport to validate the license.

Right of way

The laws in Czech Republic states that if there is no other signalling at the pedestrian crossing, drivers must stop their car when a pedestrian wants to cross the street.

Safety Belts

Czech Republic requires the use of either seatbelts or a safety seat for everyone in the car, both at the front and back.

Driving with Children

Children under 14 years of age and below the height of 1.5m are prohibited from travelling in the front seat, and must be seated at the rear with a seatbelt tightly fastened or in a safety seat (depending on the child's age).

The Police

The police have the authority to collect fines and press charges on the spot. If you decide to pay the fine on the spot, make sure you get a receipt from the official.

Additional Required Equipment

All cars in Czech Republic must be equipped with the following equipment:

  • Warning triangle
  • A First-aid kit
  • Reflective Safety Vest are compulsory in Czech Republic, and is subject to heavy fines. They need to be stored within reach of the driver and must be worn day or night when exiting the vehicle on the hard shoulder or in the event of breakdown. You must carry enough vests for the number of passengers traveling in the car. Please check with your car rental company before entering Czech Republic to ensure enough Reflective Safety Vests are located in the car.


Additional Issues

Dipped headlights or day-time running lights must be used in poor daytime visibility.