Tourist Information Germany

Tourist Information Germany

Autobahn - traffic rules for driving in Germany


Driving the famous German Autobahn


  • There are no tolls to pay on German Autobahn

  • Strict drink driving laws, only allowing 0.5 per mil blood alcohol

  • Seat belts front and rear are obligatory everywhere

  • No hand-held mobile phones are allowed while driving

  • To hire cars you'll need to be at least 21 years old and hold a valid driving licence and a major credit card

Speed limits on Autobahn and other roads:

  • Speed limits are implemented rigorously, radar traps are frequent

  • City 31mph/50kph, two laned highway 62mph/100kph

  • Unless otherwise marked, most motorways (Autobahn) have no speed limit but 81mph/130kph is recommended

Driving license:

  • Every valid driving licence is accepted

  • Non-EU (European Union) members need an international driving license or an official German translation

Driving rules in Germany:

  • If there is no policeman, no signal or no sign indicating the right-of-way, then right-of-way is always given to traffic approaching from the right - This also includes situations where main roads and small side streets cross at uncontrolled intersections

  • Driving in Germany is on the right hand side, overtaking only on the left side

Autobahn driving Author: GermanPlaces


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