Driving Across Europe – Maximum Permitted Speed Limits

One of the most common reasons for drivers to be fined across Europe is due to them speeding. Sometimes, drivers plead ignorance to the law, but sadly, this is not a justifiable excuse.

If you are planning to drive across Europe this summer it is important to realise that despite a commonality of the countries within the EU, and a number of signs and signals being standardised, each country still has its own variations of the laws which dictate how we should drive, and so it is important to know before you go.

As an example of how these rules change, we can see here how the maximum permitted speed for most countries differs, with some restrictions considerable slower than that in Spain. In the example, we are talking about clear and open motorways or highways, other limits exist depending on the road design and layout.

  • 80 km / h – Malta
  • 90 km / h, (110 km / h in double carriageway) – Estonia
  • 100 km / h – Cyprus, Norway
  • 110 km / h – Sweden
  • 112 km / h – United Kingdom (70 m /h)
  • 120 km / h -Belgium, Spain, Finland (the limits are always marked, with a maximum of 120 km / h), Ireland, Switzerland, Portugal
  • 130 km / h – Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Slovakia, Slovenia, France (reduces in rainfall), Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Czech Republic
  • 140 km / h – Bulgaria, Poland
  • (Recommended speed of 130 km / h, no maximum limit) – Germany

Some countries don´t have motorways and so are excluded from this list.

These limits are a general rule and vary sometimes due to weather conditions, but always dependant on the type of vehicle you are driving, so it is important that you keep a check on the signs and research each country you will be passing through. The limits of the driver can also affect the maximum permitted speed, so this must also be taken into consideration.