Driving Rules & Regulations in the Czech Republic

czechRinged by magnificent mountains, sprinkled with idyllic villages, and anchored by the fairy-tale city of Prague, the Czech Republic offers many rewards for the curious driver. Car hire in the Czech Republic is the obvious way to avoid the vagaries of public transport, so plan your trip and read up in advance on national driving regulations.

  • Drive on the right

  • You must be 16 to drive in the Czech Republic, but your car hire company will specify a minimum age of between 21 and 25 years.

  • Instead of tolls, the country operates a vignette (road usage sticker) system. You can purchase vignettes at fuel stations near the border, and the fines for not displaying one are hefty.

  • Speed limits are generally 50 km/h for urban areas, 90 km/h outside urban areas, and 130 km/h on motorways.

  • Your car must contain a reflective safety vest, a first aid kit, and a warning triangle.

  • Between November 1 and March 31, winter tyres are obligatory on some stretches of road, indicated by a sign with a car and a snowflake.

  • Children travelling in the front seat, with an appropriate child restraint, must face forward.

  • The blood/alcohol limit in the Czech Republic is zero, and it is strictly enforced.

  • Mobile phone use is prohibited while driving.

  • Keep your vehicle documentation available for inspection.

Refer to the Czech Ministry of the Interior website for further information on roads and driving.

Now that you are familiar with the rules of the road in this beautiful country, check out car hire in the Czech Republic for the ultimate driving experience.