Driving Rules & Regulations in Slovakia

slovakiaSlovakia has everything from fairy tale castles and inviting spa towns to fascinating folk culture and stunning landscapes. Car hire in Slovakia means you can venture beyond historic Bratislava and discover the other hidden gems of this Eastern European nation. Take note of a few important driving rules before you go:

  • Drive on the right.

  • Speed limits range from 50 km/h in built-up areas to 90 km/h on the open road and 130 km/h on motorways.

  • You will need a vignette (toll sticker) to drive on the highways of Slovakia. These are available from post offices and fuel stations.

  • The legal blood/alcohol limit for drivers is zero.

  • Mobile phone use is banned while driving.

  • Driving between the north and south of Slovakia, you will encounter several mountain roads that can become very problematic in winter. Avoid the mountain roads of Donovaly (Ruzomberok – Banska Bystrica), Velky Sturec (Martin – Banska Bystrica) and Certovica (Liptovsky Mikulás – Brezno) in winter, if possible.

  • Drive with dipped headlights all year.

  • Seat belt use is compulsory.

  • Children under 12/1.5m are not allowed in the front seat.

Further information on Slovakian road usage is available here.