Driving in Spain

When driving in Spain, the EC format pink/green licences are accepted. Old-style green or non-European licence must be accompanied with an International Driving Permit.

Driving in Spain
Driving in Spain

Overtaking Advice

When in daylight and outside a built-up area, you must use the horn to indicate your intention to pass. At night, flash the headlights instead. It's illegal not to use your vehicle's directional to indicate your intention to pass. If a vehicle comes up behind you signalling that it wants to pass and if you see that the road ahead is clear, you must signal with your vehicle's right blinker to acknowledge the situation.

Minimum Age

The minimum age of a driver is 18 years. Children under 12 years of age must be seated in an approved child seat to sit in the front of a vehicle. Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat passengers.

Speed Limits on Spanish Roads

Spanish speed limits are as follows:
  • 50 km/h (30 mph) in built-up areas
  • 90 km/h (56 mph) or 100 km/h (62 mph) outside built-up areas
  • 120 km/h (74 mph) on expressways
  • In residential areas the maximum speed is 20 km/h (12 mph)
  • Cars towing a trailer are limited to 80 km/h (50 mph) on highways
  • 70 km/h (44 mph) on other roads

Blood Alcohol Driving Limit

The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05%

For further, up-to-date, information, consult the Drive Alive site.