Comparison of Speed Limits Abroad

With over eight million motorists taking to the road each year while on holiday abroad, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) is helping ‘designated drivers’ this summer by highlighting the different speed limits in ten of the most popular holiday destinations for 2009.

Speed Limits Abroad

The table below highlights the speed limits in Australia, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States providing essential information for drivers travelling abroad this summer. Spain , the number one destination for Brits, has five different speed limits ranging from 12 mph (20 kph) to 75 mph (120 kph), depending on the type of road – more than any of the others in the top ten.

The research shows that speed limits on major roads such as motorways and highways can vary from 62 mph (100 kph) in the Netherlands to 80 mph (130 kph) in France. However the Netherlands also enforce a minimum speed limit on their motorway of 37 mph (60 kph) whereas the infamous Autobahn in Germany has a no speed limit policy on certain areas of the motorway. In some countries, such as France, limits are also reduced in bad weather or if it is a toll road.

Punishments for speeding abroad can be severe, with on-the-spot fines issued in France and drivers having their licence confiscated when caught driving more than 25 mph over the speed limit. The Netherlands are also very serious about speeding with speed cameras, unmarked police cars and mobile speed traps widely used along the roads with heavy on-the-spot fines issues, or even the car being impounded.

Nick Caunter, managing director of APH says: “With the speed limits varying significantly from country to country, we felt it was important to highlight the differences helping UK drivers to drive safely this summer. The Know Before You Go section of the website aims to provide our customers with a variety of useful information in a one-stop format saving time for holiday makers.”

Comparison of Speed Limits Abroad

COUNTRY TYPE OF ROAD SPEED IN KM/H SPEED IN MPH
Australia Major Roads 100 or 110 kph (dependent on State) 62 mph or 68 mph
Country Areas 100 kph 62 mph
Built up areas (towns and villages) 50 kph 31 mph
Egypt Desert motorway ( Cairo – Alexandra Desert Road ) 100 kph 62 mph
Motorways/Outside built up areas 90 kph 56 mph
Built up areas (towns and villages) 50 kph 31 mph
France Motorway 130 kph (110 kph in wet weather) 80 mph (68 mph in wet weather)
Dual Carriageway (Major Roads) 110 kph (100 kph in wet weather) 68 mph (62 mph in wet weather)
Outside built up areas and toll-free motorways 90 kph (80 kph in wet weather) 56 mph (50 km/h in wet weather)
Built up areas (towns and villages) 50 kph 31 mph
Germany Motorways (Autobahn) None unless shown (130 kph suggested maximum speed) None unless shown (81 mph suggested maximum speed)
Outside built up areas 100 kph 62
Built up areas (towns and villages) 50 kph 31 mph
Ireland Motorway 120 kph 75 mph
Outside built up areas 60 kph – 100 kph (dependent on area) 37 mph – 62 mph (dependent on area)
Built up areas (towns and villages) 50 kph 31 mph
Netherlands Motorway 100 kph or 120 kph (minimum speed limit of 60 kph) 62 mph or 75 mph (minimum speed limit of 37 mph)
Outside Built Up Area 80 kph – 100 kph (dependent on area) 50 mph – 62 mph (dependent on area)
Built up areas (towns and villages) 50 kph 31 mph
Spain Motorway 120 kph 75 mph
Major Highways 100 kph 62 mph
Outside built up areas 90 kph – 100 kph (dependent on area) 56 mph – 62 mph (dependent on area)
Built up areas (towns and villages) 50 kph 31 mph
Residential Roads 20 kph 12 mph
Turkey Motorways 120 kph 75 mph
Outside built up areas 90 kph 56 mph
Built up areas (towns and villages) 50 kph 31 mph
United Kingdom Motorway and Dual Carriageway 113 kph 70 mph
Outside built up areas 97 kph 60 mph (National Speed Limit)
Built up areas (town and villages) 48 kph 30 mph
Residential areas 32 kph 20 mph
United States (National Limit) Motorway 112 kph 70 mph
Outside built up area 104 kph 65 mph
Built up areas (towns and villages) 48 kph 30 mph

Media Enquiries
Sarah Salord / Jessica Meins / McCluskey International / 020 8237 7979 / aph@mccluskey.co.uk

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