Driving and Motoring - Speed Limits

Speed Limits

There are general speed limits for each of the different types of roads in Spain:

  • 120 km/h on Autopista (motorways).
  • 100 km/h on Autovia (dual carriageways).
  • 90 km/h on single carriageway roads.
  • 50 km/h in towns.

Lookout for specific speed limits.   These will be signed but if you are driving across country you may forget the specific limit applies.   Tunnels and underpass even on motorways will be limited to 80 or 100 km/h.  Sharp bends will be signed, cross country roads passing through villages will be 50km/hr or road intersections 80km/hr.  

Regardless of the official speed limit there is an overarching rule is that drivers must adapt their speeds to adverse road and weather conditions. 

Inappropriate speed is cited as the number one cause of traffic accidents (along with distractions), particularly fatal traffic accidents. It is wise, therefore, to be especially cautious when it comes to heeding signs that limit speed and keeping an eye on road and weather conditions.