Driving Rules & Regulations in Poland

polandWhether you are intent on exploring the nation’s vibrant cities, the picturesque lakes and forests, or the many other attractions of Poland, driving is a great way to see everything. Indeed, car hire in Poland is probably your best option if you like to do things at your own pace. Here is some useful information for anybody thinking of hiring a car in Poland:

  • Drive on the right.

  • Speed limits: 50 km/h between 5:00 to 23:00 and 60km/h between 23:00 to 5:00 in built-up areas; 90 km/h outside urban areas; 110 km/h on dual carriageways; 130 km/h on motorways.

  • The legal blood/alcohol limit is 0.02%.

  • Dipped headlights must be used at all times.

  • A valid driving licence from your own country or an international driving permit is acceptable for up to 6 months.

  • Seat belts must be worn by both front seat and back seat passengers.

  • It is illegal to use hand-held mobiles while driving.

  • Children under 12 must be restrained in appropriate child seats in the back seat.

  • Cars must be equipped with a fire extinguisher, a first-aid kit and a warning triangle.

  • Although a national roads improvement project is underway, many roads remain in poor condition.

  • Be vigilant at railway crossings, many of which are unguarded.

  • Buses pulling out into traffic have the right of way.

  • Trams have the right of way at equivalent intersections.

  • Police often direct traffic at roundabouts in cities, where some streets may be for taxis and buses only.

  • Polish drivers have a poor safety record, with Poland retaining one of the worst road accidents records in Europe.

Further information on driving in Poland is available here.