Useful information when travelling in Germany
Travelling in Austria
Travelling in Italy

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On the motorway

When travelling by road it is vital to be well informed on things such as highway codes or where to get help in case of emergencies. We are pleased to give you some guidelines for your journey in Germany, Austria and Italy.


The following tables give you a quick overview of the different traffic rules and regulations in Germany, Austria and Italy.

For more detailed information on the very diverging national highway codes please go to the respective links (see list to the right).

Rules and obligations
Germany Austria Italy
Road toll for cars No Yes Yes
Road toll for trucks Toll Collect GO-Box Yes
Fluorescent vests Partly Yes Yes
Child’s seat Yes Yes No
Light during daytime Motorcycles Yes Yes
Drink-drive limit 0.1 - 0.5 ‰ 0.1 - 0.5 ‰ 0.5 ‰
Use of mobile phone No No No
Winter tires Yes Yes Recommended
Driving bans
  Germany Austria Italy
Trucks Sundays, public holidays
0 - 10 p.m.
3 p.m. - 0
Sundays, public holidays
0 - 10 p.m.
8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
7 a.m. - 0

*) Additionally 10 p.m. - 5 a.m. for trucks exceeding 7.5 metric tons which are not defined as low-noise vehicles

Speed limits
Germany Austria Italy
Cars inside city limits 50 km/h 50 km/h 50 km/h
Cars open road *) 100 km/h 100 km/h 90 km/h ***)
Cars motorway *) No general speed limit 130/110 km/h ****) 130/110 km/h ***)
Cars inside city limits **) 50 km/h 50 km/h 50 km/h
Trucks open road **) 60 km/h 70 km/h 70 km/h
Trucks motorway **) 80 km/h 80 km/h 80 km/h

*) Different speed limits for cars with trailers
**) Germany: trucks over 7.5 tons; Austria: trucks over 3.5 tons; Italy: trucks over 12 tons; trucks weighing less than indicated above are subject to different regulations
***) In case of rain, fog or snowfall speed is limited to the lower value; in case of fog outside city limits and on expressways speed is generally limited to 50 km/h.
****) At night, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., speed on motorways is mostly limited to 110 km/h.


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