Driving in the Czech Republic

With the driving licence in your wallet, ZERO blood alcohol concentration (as stated by law), seatbelt fastened and headlights on, you’re 100% ready to drive! Here are a few useful things to know when driving in the Czech Republic. Let’s go!

The speed limit in urban areas is 50 km/h, while outside town you can drive up to 90 km/h. On expressways, the speed limit is 110 km/h, while on highways, you shouldn’t go over 130 km/h. Respect these rules for your personal safety, and be aware of speed cameras placed along the roads. Moreover, the Czech policemen are very strict: can’t say you didn’t know!

The fee for exceeding 20-30 km/h beyond the speed limit runs from 500 to 2,000 CZK. If you drive under the influence of alcohol, you can be imprisoned for up to 3 years, with a 25-50,000 CZK fee attached.

To access a number of Czech highways, you must buy a sticker which you can get at almost every gas station, post office or when crossing borders. The sticker is called “Dálniční známka”.

There are 3 different stickers available:

Type of sticker

Validity period

Price

Annual (R)

14 months (valid from the 1st of December of the previous year until the 31st of January of the following one)

1,500 CZK

Monthly (M)

1 month from the day marked on the sticker

440 CZK

10-day (D)

10 days from the day marked on the sticker

310 CZK

Note that the sticker is valid for vehicles not exceeding 3.5 tonnes. For motorbikes, highways are free of charge.

Fill in the registration number of your vehicle legibly in the sections indicated on both parts of the sticker. The proof of payment issued when purchasing the sticker must be kept when driving.

The sticker must be placed at the bottom right of the windscreen and can be used for 1 vehicle only.

If you’re planning to come in winter, keep in mind that it’s compulsory for all vehicles to be equipped with winter tires on all wheels every year from the 1st of November to the 31st of March (and even after or before this period whether the temperature is less than 0°C) on all roads.

The minimum tread depth allowed is 4mm. Tires must bear the indication M+S, M.S. or M&S, where M means mud, while S stands for snow.

To conclude, have a look at the following vocabulary:

Free of charge: Bez poplatku
Highway: Dálnice
Speed: Rychlost
Traffic sign: Dopravní značka
Pedestrian zone: Pěší zóna
Pedestrian crossing: Přechod pro chodce
Police: Policie
Hospital: Nemocnice
Accident: Nehoda
Diversion: Objížďka
Caution: Varování
Petrol station: Benzínová stanice
Diesel: Nafta
Gasoline: Benzin
Delivery zone: Zásobování
Slippery road: Za mokra
Exit: Výjezd
Entrance: Vjezd
Give way to trams: Dej přednost tramvaji
Slow down: Zpomalte

With long days coming, you’ll probably want to drive out of town! If you wonder how to get a driving licence in the Czech Republic, Foreigners is here to help!

Photo source: motorway.cz

Camille Springaux

Camille Springaux

Hello dear readers, I am a French student living in Prague for a few months. I like to share my personal experiences and my travels with others. I'm also in love with food and nature.

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