Driving in Spain

Sixt wants to make sure that you are aware of some important road safety rules and tips before you start your travels in Spain. The following tips can prove helpful but make sure to inform yourself as well.

Speed limits while driving in Spain

The following speed limits are valid while driving in Spain (unless stated differently by traffic signs):

  • Max 50 km/h (30 mph) in town.
  • Between 70 km/h and 100 km/h outside of town.
  • Between 90 km/h and 120 km/h on highways.
  • A speed limit of 50 kph (30 mph) applies to all roads when fog, snow or rain make visibility less than 50 meters. The speed must to be adapted accordingly when visibility is further reduced.

We encourage our clients to drive responsibly and pay attention to the traffic signs on the streets. 

Required Documents

In order to be eligible to drive in Spain you must always bring with you:

  • A valid driving license;
  • A valid passport;

Useful informations

  1. Emergency phone numbers: 091 for police, 112 for an ambulance, 092 for the local police dept. 
  2. Before starting the journey, the driver and passengers must fasten their seat belts and they must remain fastened during the duration of travel.
  3. Drivers approaching a traffic jam on highways are recommended to switch on the hazard warning lights.
  4. Overnight stays on public parking areas are allowed but camping is not. Please note any additional parking regulations.
  5. Using, operating or holding of mobile phones is prohibited while the engine is running and/or vehicle is moving.

While driving

  1. Right of way: When no traffic sign or traffic light is at an intersection the vehicle entering from the right has the right of way.
  2. Overtaking: Passing on the right lane is prohibited. Use left lane and return to the right lane as soon as it is safely possible.
  3. Turning right on red is not allowed. It is only allowed when sign #23 is present.
  4. Unnecessary horns are not allowed.
  5. If you are driving with children up to 12 years old and tall less than 135 cm, you must ensure they are being seated in a specific child seat. Children who are taller than 135 may use an adult car seat, with a seat belt fasten.

Refuelling and payment methods

  • Gas station: Stop at the needed pump. Fill up your car and then see the cashier.
  • Diesel is available at all gas stations.
  • Gas stations are promptly highlighted by specific road signs. 
  • Credit cards payments are accepted by almost all gas stations in Spain, as well as for payment of tolls.






  1. In general, parking is prohibited 5 meters close to a bend or intersection.
  2. Paid parking areas are highlighted with specific road signs.
  3. Pay attention to the colors in the parking zones. Some areas may require a payment of a fee. 

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  4. Automatic and manual transmission available (limitations may apply)

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