Spanish Speed Limits and Rules of the Road

Exploring Spain by car can be a hugely rewarding experience.

The open road grants you the freedom to forge your own path around this remarkably diverse country and take in plenty of stunning scenery along the way. 

In many ways Spain is the perfect driving country, it’s large enough to encompass incredible regional variety – both culturally and in terms of its ever-changing landscape – yet small enough to explore in a relatively limited time frame. 

Driving in Spain

Of course, your Spanish experience will vary enormously depending on which part of the country you find yourself in. To the northwest, the rugged, evergreen Galician coastline feels almost Irish – especially when the sound of bagpipes betrays the region’s Celtic roots. More familiar Spanish landscapes lie to the south, whether it’s the arid plains of Castile or the sun kissed beaches of Andalucía. 

In between Spain is studded with cities and towns that do even more to reveal its fascinating disparities. Madrid is cultured and contemporary, San Sebastian is rich with seaside charm and gastronomic adventure and Barcelona vibrates with an infectious sense style and energy.

Important Information About Driving In Spain 

You can drive a vehicle from the UK in Spain for up to 6 months in any period of 12 months but, while driving in Spain shouldn’t hold too many surprises for British motorists, there are certain differences you should take on board before hitting the Spanish roads. 

Rules of the Road

• Spain drives on the right. You should drive on the right and overtake on the left – passing on the right is illegal. You may overtake only when there’s a single broken line in the middle of the road - don’t overtake if a solid white line separates traffic lanes.

• Most main roads are designated priority roads (prioridad de paso). 

• When approaching an intersection you must give way to traffic coming from the right.

• When entering a main road from a secondary road you should give way to traffic coming from both directions.

• In Spain - unlike in the UK – traffic flows anticlockwise around roundabouts. When entering a roundabout you must give way to traffic that is already on it.

• When driving in Spain you are obliged to familiarise yourself with the Spanish Highway Code (Código de la Circulación).

Speed limits

Motorways and autovías

For cars and motorbikes   For buses and vans For trucks and vehicles with a trailer weighing 750 kg or less / more than 750 kg
 120 km/h 100 km/h

90 km/h / 80 km/h

Standard roads

For cars and motorbikes   For buses and vans For trucks and vehicles with a trailer weighing 750 kg or less / more than 750 kg
 100 km/h 90 km/h

90 km/h / 80 km/h

Main Roads

Normal traffic conditions   Rain or other precipitation Reduced visibility (less than 50m)
 90 km/h 80 km/h

50 km/h

All vehicles in built up areas are limited to 50 km/h

Fuel costs

Fuel prices in Spain are generally a bit cheaper than in the UK.

Typical October 2015 fuel prices (in Supermarket): 

Unleaded 98 octane: €1.15 per litre

Unleaded 95 octane: €1.27 per litre

Diesel: €1.05 per litre

If you are considering driving in Spain, then make sure you check out our European breakdown cover


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