Driving in Madrid

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Spain’s road network is divided up into carreteras nacionales (toll-free national roads), autovías (toll-free dual carriageways) and autopistas (toll motorways). People drive on the right and, as a general rule, drivers approaching an intersection must give way to all vehicles coming from the right. Drivers on secondary roads must give way to vehicles on main roads.

Parking regulations

It is illegal to park a vehicle in places with yellow markings or where No Parking (Prohibido estacionar) signs are displayed. Regulated parking zones are signposted and have blue or green road markings. You can purchase a ticket from the nearest pay and display machine or by mobile.

Driving under the influence           

Spain has strict drink driving laws, with a legal alcohol limit of 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood (25 milligrams for drivers who have less than 2 years driving experience). Driver found guilty of drink driving may receive fines of over 500 euros and prison sentences.

Speed limits

Speed limits are strictly enforced in Madrid and are controlled by speed cameras located around the city:

  • Motorways and dual carriageways: 120km/h
  • National roads: 100km/h
  • City roads: 50km/h
  • Residential areas: 30km/h

License and minimum age for driving

The minimum age to drive in Spain is 18. Tourists from EU countries can drive using their license but those visiting from non-EU countries require an International Driving License.

Travelling with children

Children over 12 may travel in the passenger seat. Those under 12 may only travel in the front unless they are using a special car seat. Children in the back who are under 135cm tall must use the correct car or booster seats.

Motorbikes and bicycles

It is compulsory for motorbike riders to use dipped headlights day and night. Both the driver and any passenger must always use a helmet. Helmets are only compulsory for cyclists when travelling outside urban areas.


Mobiles phones may not be used while driving, unless you have a hands-free set. Fines for this offence are usually around 200 euros.



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