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Driving in Czech Republic

Czech Republic
Population: 10.1m
Area: 78,864 sq. Km
Currency: Czech Crown - CZK


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 - if you don't have a photo card licence, you'll need an International Driving Permit.

Going away? Remember to take RAC Travel Insurance with you.

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*  
  • 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 adjusted the beam manually) 
  • High-visibility vest for driver’s use. However, it is recommended that there is a vest for each passenger
  • 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.


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.


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
Maximum dimension
Height4 m
Width2.55 m
Length (vehicle and trailer)18.75 m

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
On Motorways130 km/h
On Other Roads90 km/h
Private Cars
On Motorways130 km/h
On Other Roads90 km/h
Car with Trailer or Caravan80 km/h

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


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 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.

Motorways and tolls

It is necessary to purchase a sticker for motor vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes in order to use most motorways and express roads. Motorcyclists are exempt from the sticker. Motorists must display the sticker on the right side of the windscreen of their vehicle. This sticker is valid from 1 December to 31 January of the following year*. It is available at border posts, from post offices, petrol stations and all UAMK branch offices.

Certain sections of motorway which are free (80 km) are indicated by the sign “BEZ POPLATKU” (free of charge).

* Valid 14 months (eg from 1 December 2014 to 31 January 2016).

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.


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.

Means of payment

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

Useful numbers:

112 - Here's a really important bit of knowledge; you can dial 112 from anywhere in Europe and an operator will connect you to an emergency service in the country you're visiting. Operators can answer your call in their native language, English, and French. 

Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

UK Government travel advice

See up-to-date travel advice


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 (May 2016).
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British Embassy Prague

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

British Consulate Prague

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