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Driving in Czech Republic

General Info

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Population: 10.1m

Area: 78,864 sq. Km

Currency: Czech Crown - CZK


Top 10 popular attractions:  

  • Prague Castle
  • Breweries
  • Hlubok√° Castle
  • St Vitus Cathedral
  • Cesky Raj
  • Charles Bridge
  • Church of Our Lady Victorious
  • Krkonose Mountains
  • Old Town Prague
  • Prague Jewish Quarter

Essentials

Driving licence:

Visitors riding or driving in Czech Republic must have reached the minimum age required to drive/ride a vehicle of equivalent category even if they are qualified to drive at a lower age in their country of residence. You must be 18 or over to drive a private motor vehicle up to 3,500 kg in Czech Republic. 

A valid UK driving licence (both the photo and paper parts). If you don't have a photo card licence, you'll need an International Driving Permit.

Important documents:

Vehicles from the UK may be imported into Czech Republic for up to 6 months in any period of 12 months. When driving in Czech Republic the following documents should be carried: 

  • Full, valid driving licence* (with paper counterpart) 
  • Proof of Insurance (third party or above)
  • Proof of ID (passport)
  • Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)
  • International Driving Permit (see driving licence section)

While driving in Czech Republic you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items: 

  • Headlamp beam deflectors (Depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually) 
  • A first-aid kit is required in all motor vehicles
  • Warning triangle (Any motor vehicle travelling in Czech Republic, regardless of country of registration, must carry a warning triangles) 
  • Motorcyclists (Safety helmets are compulsory for drivers and passengers of mopeds and motorcycles)

Rules of the road & regulations

Rules of the road:

  • Overtaking & passing

    Drive on the right; overtake on the left.

    Overtaking regulations conform to international usage, other road users must be warned and great care should be taken.

  • Priority

    At uncontrolled intersections which are not marked by a priority road sign, priority must be given to vehicles coming from the right.

    Drivers may not enter an intersection unless their exit beyond the crossing is clear.

    Drivers of private vehicles must slow down and, if necessary, stop to allow buses and trams to merge with normal traffic at the end of a bus lane.

  • Warning of approach

    Audible warning devices (horns) may be used only to warn other road users in case of danger or to signify the intention to overtake.  Warning may also be given by flashing the headlights.

    The use of the horn is prohibited in central Prague between 2100 and 0500 hours from 15 March to 15 October and between 2000 and 0600 hours from 15 October to 15 March.

Towing:

Caravans, camper vans and luggage trailers may be imported without formality.  Articles of value must be registered on the visitor's currency declaration form or listed in an inventory of the contents of the caravan.

Maximum dimensions:

Height 4 m
Width 2.55 m
Length (vehicle and trailer) 18.75 m

Snow chains:

Snow chains may be used only when there is enough snow to protect the road surface.

Seat belts: 

The driver and front and rear seat passengers must wear seat belts where fitted.

Travelling with children: 

Children less than 150 cm in height, travelling in vehicles registered in the Czech Rep. or abroad, must use child restraints, both at the front and at the rear of the vehicle. Child restraints must conform to ECE standard 44/03 or 44/04. If the child is transported on the front seat in a rear-facing child restraint, the airbag must be de-activated.

Speed limits: 

Built-up area

50 km/h (80 km/h on expressways). A different speed limit may be indicated by road signs.

Outside built up areas

Motorcycles
       On Motorways 130 km/h
       On Other Roads 90 km/h
Private Cars
       On Motorways 130 km/h
       On Other Roads 90 km/h
Car with Trailer or Caravan 80 km/h

Radar detectors which interfere with police equipment are prohibited but POI radar detectors can be used.

Penalties:

  • On-the-spot fines

    The police can issue a fine on-the-spot and demand immediate payment of fines of up to 5000CZK.

    The police can confiscate the driving licence on the spot for serious offences.

Parking:

  • Parking regulations

    Vehicles may be parked only on the right hand side of the road, parallel with the kerb.  In a one way street, parking is also allowed on the left.

    Stopping and parking are prohibited in all places where visibility is poor or where the vehicle could cause an obstruction, and in particular: on a bridge within 5 metres of an intersection, pedestrian crossing, a bus or tram stop.

    Continuous yellow lines along the carriageway indicate parking prohibitions; broken yellow lines indicate restrictions.

    An unattended vehicle not illuminated by a street light should carry a parking light which is visible from the front and from the rear. The light must be within 40cm of the offside of the vehicle.

  • Enforcement of parking regulations

    Parking fines range from 1,500CZK to 2,500CZK if the driver goes before an administrative hearing otherwise a fine of 2,000 CZK maximum is payable immediately.

    Vehicles causing an obstruction may be towed away.  Wheel clamps are used in the main towns.  The driver of a car which has been clamped will find on the windscreen a form written in Czech, English and German, indicating the procedure to get the clamp removed.

  • Disabled parking access

    There are reserved parking spaces for the disabled which are sign posted.  These may also be used by foreign disabled motorists provided they are in possession of the blue badge.

Traffic lights:

  • Traffic lights 

    The international three-colour system of traffic lights is used in Czech Republic.

Drink/drug driving:

  • Legal limit

    It is prohibited to drink alcohol before or while driving. No amount of alcohol in the blood is tolerated. This rule also applies to horse riders and cyclists. 

  • Alcohol

    The driver may be required to use the breathalyser and, according to the result of the test, he/she may be obliged to give a blood sample. 

    The police can also test a driver for drugs. They use a saliva test (Drugwipe) as a first step.

Roads & fuel

Availability of fuel

Some filling stations on international roads and in main towns are open 24 hours a day.

  • Price of fuel
    (April 2014)
Unleaded petrol (95 octane) 34.90 CZK per litre
Unleaded petrol (100 octane) 35.40 CZK per litre
Diesel 34.90 CZK per litre
LPG 16.60 CZK per litre
  • Means of payment

    Some petrol stations in main towns and tourist areas accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diner’s Club).

Download  a copy of our Travelling in Czech Republic guide.

Download  a copy of our full Driving Abroad report.


Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

What RAC can do for you

RAC offers great-value, flexible RAC European breakdown cover tailored to meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings. Whilst away, use our Route Planner for all your driving directions.

RAC can cover you against vehicle break down in Europe, with options available to suit your travelling requirements.

RAC European breakdown cover Basic and Comprehensive cover provides you with a wide range of benefits.


Source: All information in this document is sourced from the AIT (Alliance Internationale de Tourisme) & the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and, to the best of the RAC’s knowledge, is correct at the time of publication (August 2013).


Over 300,000 British nationals visit the Czech Republic every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

If you need to contact the emergency services call 112.

Carry your passport with you at all times for identification. The police may fine you or arrest you if you fail to do so. Keep copies of your insurance policy, European Health Insurance Card, ticket details and a 24-hour emergency number in a safe place and leave further copies with family or friends in the UK.

Only buy alcohol from legitimate places like supermarkets or bottle shops. Make sure the bottle has an original, untouched seal around the cork or cap. See Crime

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE - know before you go - fco.gov.uk/travel

Office: British Embassy Prague
Street Address: Thunovska 14
ZIP Code: 11800
City: Prague
Country: Czech

Telephone: (+420-25) 7402111
Fax: (+420-25) 7402296, 7402280

Email: info@britain.cz consular/visa.Prague@fco.gov.uk


Office: British Consulate Prague
Street Address: Bredovsky dvur, Politickych veznu 13
ZIP Code: 11000
City: Prague
Country: Czech

Telephone: (+420-22) 1991162
Fax: (+420-22) 4933847


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