In the Czech Republic you drive on the right. Lights must be used throughout the day and night all year round. Without exception, it is prohibited to drink alcohol before driving a car – the police may require you to take a breath test to prove that you are absolutely sober.

It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving unless it is operated hands-free.

Children weighing less than 36 kilograms (80lb) and under 150 cm (4ft 11in) in height must use a car seat and a safety belt.

From 1 November to March 31, drivers in the Czech Republic must use winter tires. Although the law permits using summer tires when the conditions allow it, the weather in the Czech Republic is very variable, specifically in winter, and so winter tyres help prevent problems and accidents.

All drivers should carry with them their driver's license, identity card and documents associated with their car’s safety (technical licence and green card). 


In built-up and residential areas - towns and villages, the speed limit is 50 km/h.  You must always give way to pedestrians at pedestrian crossings. The only exception are trams, which must be given priority by both drivers and pedestrians.

  • The speed limit outside towns and municipalities is 90 km/h.
  • The speed limit on motorways outside residential areas is 130 km/h.


Cars of up to 3.5 tons driving down public roads that are subject to a charge, such as highways, must have a vignette – a proof that the driver has paid the appropriate fee. Buy motorway vignettes ONLY through the official website, from the official retailers, or from self-service kiosks! Never buy vignettes for higher than the official price!

Electric car charging stations network is available.