Speed Limits in Spain
There are general speed limits for each of the different types of roads in Spain:
- 120 km/h on Autopista (motorways).
- 120 km/h on Autovia (dual carriageways).
- 90 km/h on single carriageway country roads.
- 80 km/hr on urban Autovias, there will be signed.
- 50 km/h in towns where the road has double (or more) carriageway in your direction.
- 30 km/h in towns where the road is a single carriageway in your direction.
- 20 km/h in towns where the 'road' and the pavement are same platform.
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.
The 30 km/hr and 20 km/hr speed limit was introduced BOE R/D 970/2020 (10 November 2020). 30 km/h in towns where the road is a single carriageway in your directions. Bus and taxi lanes don't count.
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.
There are a number of speed Cameras in Andalucia. Whilst not as many in other countries they tend to be strategiclly places to catch the most offenders.
Following the trend in the last years, speeding has remained the most frequent traffic offence in Spain throughout 2017. In most cases, fixed speed cameras are placed at high-risk road segments, to force drivers reduce their speed and lower the risk of accidents. However, there are also some tricky spots, where astuce and staying alert still play a
fundamental role. In this downloadable report the traffic hotspots in Spain where a driver is more likely to be penalised are listed. Downolad Analysis of traffic offenses on Spanish Roads from 2012 to 2017.