Driving in Czech Republic

Czech Republic is a nice country to drive through, as main cities are connected with good motorways or highways. Czech drivers are generally skilled and polite, so nothing will stop you from enjoying driving. Even if main motorways enter Prague, you will not enjoy passing the capital city, as it doesn’t have a complete ring road. That’s why our advice is to schedule your Prague crossing outside rush hours, in order to save time and gas.

Speed limits are 50 km/h in cities, 90 km/h outside cities and 130 km/h on motorways. It is compulsory to drive with headlights on at all times. In order to drive on motorways, you have to buy a vignette and display it on the windshield. There are no tollbooths on the motorway. You can find this sticker in gas stations, post offices and sometimes at border crossings.

You must yield to traffic from the right if the intersection has no traffic lights or other signs. Trams have right of way. If traffic gets congested on motorways or highways, drivers must create a free traffic lane between them for emergency vehicles to pass. If a hard shoulder exists, this rule applies to it, so no traffic is permitted on the shoulder.

Drinking alcohol and then driving is strictly forbidden. All passengers in the car must wear seat belts at all times. You are not allowed to use your mobile phone while driving, but you may use a handsfree instead.

Parking is allowed on the right side of the road. It is permitted to park on the left side on one-way roads. Parking is allowed if it is indicated by the specific sign or if no other signs forbid it. Instead of signs, authorities often use a continuous yellow line on the rights side of the road to indicate parking is not allowed.

Gas stations can be easily found on motorways and are usually open 24/7. Gas prices are average for European standards. Take care when entering Prague, gas stations are only in the outskirts.