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 motorways.
  • 100 km/h on dual carriageways.
  • 90 km/h on single carriageway roads.
  • 50 km/h in towns.

Regardless of the official speed limit, however, the prevailing rule is that drivers must adapt their speeds to adverse road and weather conditions – in other words going more slowly, if necessary.

Be advised that 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.

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