Motorways in the Czech Republic

The length of the Czech public road network is 130,671 km. All of them are hard coated. The length of the motorways and motorways is 1,292 km

Toll roads

A toll (vignette) is charged for the passage of motor vehicles on some motorways in the Czech Republic. The amount of the fee depends on the vehicle category and the length of time the motorways are used.

Toll road sections are marked with the signs “  Autobahn” and “Straße für Autos”  . Free road sections are marked with the same signs, but with the inscription ”  BEZ POPLATKU  “.

A driver on a toll road without a valid electronic vignette can expect a fine of up to CZK 20,000 (€ 785).

Vignette costs

The cost of a vignette for passenger cars weighing up to 3.5 tons (regardless of the weight of the trailer) for 2021 is:

Cars up to 3.5 t

 Motorcycles are exempt from tolls in the Czech Republic   .

Cars with a total weight of over 3.5 tons pay roads with special electronic devices.

Toll road map

Toll road map of the Czech Republic 2021

List of motorway and expressway sections to be paid from 01/01/2021:

 Place of entry / exitSection length
 D0 Modletice – Prague-Slivenec22 km
 D1 Prague-Chodov – Kývalka180 km
Holubice – Kroměříž-západ48 km
Kroměříž-východ – Říkovice12 km
Předmostí – Ostrava-Rudná72 km
 D2 Brno-Chrlice – Slovakian border  *58 km
 D3 Mezno – Čekanice15 km
Měšice – Veselí nad Lužnicí, Sever25 km
Veselí nad Lužnicí-jih – Úsilné24 km
 D4 Jíloviště – Háje36 km
 D5 Prague-Tebonice – Beroun-východ15 km
Beroun-západ – Ejpovice45 km
Sulkov – German border  *62 km
 D6 Jeneč – Nové Strašecí25 km
 D7 Kněževes – Knovíz15 km
 D8 Zdiby – Řehlovice64 km
Knínice – German border  *12 km
 D10 Stará Boleslav – Bezděčín25 km
Kosmonosy – Ohrazenice25 km
 D11 Jirny – Sedlice76 km
 D35 Mohelnice-jih – Křelov26 km
Olomouc-Holice – Lipník nad Bečvou20 km
 D46 Vyškov-východ – Prostějov-jih21 km
Držovice – Hněvotín11 km
 D48 Bělotín – Bělotín-východ2.5 miles
Dobrá – Žukov19 km
 D52 Rajhrad – Pohořelice-Sever12 km
 D55 Hulín – Otrokovice-Sever15 km
 D56 Ostrava-Hrabová – Frýdek-Místek12 km

Where can I buy a vignette in the Czech Republic?

From December 1, 2020, new electronic road vignettes will be available in the Czech Republic!

The easiest way to buy an electronic vignette is on the Internet at  https://edalnice.cz 

  1. Select the type of e-vignette (for one year, 30 days or 10 days).
  2. Enter the license plate and the country where the car is registered.
  3. Select the start of the validity period for the electronic vignette
  4. Choose the eco price – (for vehicles that run on natural gas or biomethane,  but not on LPG  );
  5. Pay by credit card (you will receive a confirmation email).

The e-vignette can also be purchased in Česká pošta sales outlets, EuroOil petrol stations or self-service kiosks.

Place of vignette sales in the Czech Republic

If you buy an electronic vignette at a retail store and then find that you have entered some of the wrong information, don’t panic! You can change incorrect data at the point of sale within 15 minutes.

What if I immediately enter a toll road section in the Czech Republic?

If you look at the map of toll sections, you can see that some highways are subject to tolls immediately after crossing the Czech border. These are the motorways  D2  (entry from Slovakia),  D5  (entry from Germany) and  D8  (entry from Germany).

In fact, you can safely drive to the nearest recreational area and buy a vignette there. Despite the fact that they are marked as paid areas on the map, only after these recreational areas do they become such.

  • D2  – Lanžhot recreational area (  Google Maps  ) 5 km from the border with Slovakia;
  • D5  – Rozvadov recreation area (  Google Maps  ), 1 km from the German border;
  • D8  – Varvažov recreation area (  Google Maps  ) 14 km from the German border.

The toll road section  D48  (entrance from Poland) begins approx. 5 km from the border (  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  ). As a guide, you can use the European route  E75  , which goes to the side before the start of the toll section.

In the video below you can see this route through the Czech Republic from the border with Poland to the border with Slovakia. No vignette is required for this route. Https://www.youtube.com/embed/L4rrw3SLZoA? Rel = 0

How is a valid vignette checked?

The Czech police and the Czech customs office will check sections of toll roads with cameras installed in patrol cars (stationary or in motion) and at control gates.

Cameras scan the license plates of passing cars and immediately send them to the database to check the validity of the electronic vignette.

Validity of the vignette

Attention !!!
Paper vignettes are no longer sold!

An electronic vignette can be purchased three months before the start of its validity period.

10-day vignette –  entitles you to drive on motorways for ten consecutive calendar days from the specified date. If you buy it in advance, the electronic vignette is valid at midnight on the selected day.

1-month vignette –  entitles you to use motorways until the end of the day with the same number for the next month. And if there is no such day in the next month, then until the last day of the month.

1-year vignette –  grants access to the motorway for 12 months, starting every day of the year. This means that if the vignette was purchased on July 1st, it is valid until June 30th of the following year and not on January 31st as before.

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Parking in the Czech Republic

Most cities in the Czech Republic use parking meters (  Parkovací Automaty  ). Payment is made in cash. Permitted parking time from 30 minutes to 6 hours. The approximate cost depends on the location and is between 40 and 80 CZK (1.6 to 3.1 €) per hour.

Unless otherwise stated, parking is free on weekdays, weekends and public holidays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.

It is not recommended to leave valuables in the car that could attract attention.

Road map of the Czech Republic

Road map of the Czech Republic

Basic rules of traffic in the Czech Republic

Speed ​​limit

Speed ​​limits in the Czech Republic

Standard speed limits in the Czech Republic (unless otherwise stated on signs). Cars and Motorcycles:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 90 km / h
  • on the way – 110 km / h
  • on the highway – 130 km / h

Cars with trailers:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 80 km / h
  • on the way – 80 km / h
  • on the highway – 80 km / h

On a freeway or a freeway that runs within a settlement, the maximum speed is 80 km / h.

Vehicles whose maximum design speed does not exceed 80 km / h are not allowed to drive on the motorway.

The speed of the last 50 meters before crossing the railroad tracks should not exceed 30 km / h.

For vehicles with snow chains, the maximum permissible speed is 50 km / h.

The current maximum speed limits for passenger cars on the roads of European countries.

alcohol

The maximum permissible blood alcohol level is  0.0 ‰  .

If the alcohol content in the blood exceeds the permissible value, the fine is from CZK 2,500 to 20,000 (€ 98-785), and the right to drive a vehicle is deprived from 6 months to 1 year.

Refusal to undergo a medical examination for the state of intoxication results in a fine of CZK 2,500 to 50,000 (€ 98-1,962) and deprivation of the right to drive a vehicle for 1 to 2 years.

Acceptable blood alcohol levels while driving in Europe.

dimmed headlights

The low beam is required around the clock all year round. Fog lights can only be used in fog or poor visibility.

The fine is up to CZK 2,000 (€ 78).

In which European countries is the use of dipped headlights mandatory during the day?

Transportation of children

Children under 12 years and under 150 cm are not allowed to drive in the front seats. You can only drive in the rear seats of the vehicle in special child restraint systems.

The fine is up to CZK 2,000 (€ 78).

Requirements for the transport of children in light vehicles on the roads of European countries.

Seat belts

The use of seat belts is compulsory for front and rear passengers   .

The fine is up to CZK 2,000 (€ 78).

Make a phone call

It is forbidden to use a telephone communication device that is not equipped with a technical device that allows negotiation without the use of hands while the vehicle is in motion.

The fine is up to CZK 1,000 (€ 39).

Fines for phone calls while driving in European countries.

tint

The windshield must have a light transmission of at least 75% and the front side windows at least 70%.

In the case of rear windows, the degree of light transmission is not regulated.

Failure to comply with light transmission standards falls under the article on operating a vehicle that endangers road safety.

In the event of this violation, operation of the vehicle is prohibited until the cause has been eliminated.

Punish

A fine of up to CZK 5,000 (€ 196) can be paid directly to the police officer who issued the receipt on the spot. In the event that a higher fine is imminent for the violation, the driver’s license can be withdrawn as a guarantee for appearing in court. Speeding fines in the Czech Republic (CZK):

About speed
up to 19 km / h1,000 (€ 39)1,000 (€ 39)
from 20 to 29 km / h2,500 (€ 98)1,000 (€ 39)
from 30 to 39 km / h2,500 (€ 98)2,500 (€ 98)
from 40 to 49 km / h5,000-10,000
(€ 196-392)
2,500 (€ 98)
from 50 km / h and more5,000-10,000
(€ 196-392)
5,000-10,000
(€ 196-392)

In the Czech Republic, when measuring speed with a radar, the following error occurs:

  • at speeds of up to 100 km / h – 3 km / h
  • at a speed of over 100 km / h – 3%

This means that at a permissible speed of 50 km / h, the excess is recorded if the radar shows a speed of at least 54 km / h. And at a permissible speed of 130 km / h – no less than 135 km / h. Table of penalties for traffic violations in the Czech Republic (CZK):

violationPenalties
(on site)
Fines
(by the court)
Driving a vehicle with illegible, non-standard, or non-standard numbers– -.5,000-10,000 (€ 196-392)
Vehicle inspection in the presence of disruptions that pose a risk to other road users– -.5,000-10,000 (€ 196-392)
Turn left or make a U-turn, which violates the requirements of traffic signs or road markings– -.5,000-10,000 (€ 196-392)
Violation of the rules for stopping or parking a vehicle in places intended to stop or park a vehicle for disabled people1,000 (€ 39)5,000-10,000 (€ 196-392)
Violation of the driving rules through a level crossingup to 2,500 (98 €)2,500 – 5,000 (€ 98-196)
Overtaking a vehicle where it is prohibited by traffic signs– -.5,000-10,000 (€ 196-392)
Failure to comply with the requirements of traffic rules to make way for a vehicle taking advantage of traffic2,500 (€ 98)2,500 – 5,000 (€ 98-196)
Passage to a traffic light that prohibits a signal or a traffic light that prohibits a gesture2,500 (€ 98)2,500 – 5,000 (€ 98-196)
Failure to comply with traffic rules to give way to pedestrians using the traffic2,500 (€ 98)2,500 – 5,000 (€ 98-196)

Traffic rules of the Czech Republic  in the Czech Republic (580 Kb). Table of penalties for traffic violations  in the Czech Republic (80 Kb).

Useful information

petrol

Unleaded (  “natural”  ) petrol (91, 95 and 98) and diesel (  “NAFTA”  ) are available in the Czech Republic. There is no such thing as leaded gasoline. Petrol stations are available (  “Autoplyn”  ).

The number of filling stations with RON 91 petrol is limited and prices can be higher than RON 95 petrol.

Emergency numbers

  • European emergency number – 112
  • Police – 158
  • Fire Brigade – 150
  • Ambulance – 155

Compulsory equipment

Equipment  You  Must Have in Your Car:

  • First aid kit
  • Warning triangle  – optional for motorcycles. If there is a trailer, 2 signs are required.
  • Reflective Vest  – A reflective vest is a must have for anyone who gets out of their vehicle day or night when stopping on the highway or having an accident. The vest must be in the car, not in the trunk.
  •  Spare wheel – including jack and wheel wrench. The lack of a spare wheel is allowed if there are run-flat tires or a kit for gluing a wheel to a compressor.
  • A set of spare lamps  – one of each type;
  • Spare fuses  – one for each type used.

A fine for missing one of the compulsory items of equipment up to CZK 2,000 (€ 78) (or CZK 1,000 (€ 39) if paid on site).

Requirements for equipment that must be present in the car in various European countries.

Winter equipment

Winter tires

From November 1st to March 31st, vehicles with a total weight of up to 3.5 tons must be under suitable weather conditions

Winter tires must be marked with “M + S”, “MS” or “M & S” and have a minimum tread depth of 4 mm. All wheels must be equipped with winter tires. Roads where winter tires are compulsory are  marked with a sign  .

It is recommended to use winter tires when the air temperature drops below 4 ° C. In the absence of winter tires – a fine from 1,500 to 2,500 CZK (59-98 €).

spikes

The use of studded tires is  prohibited  .

Anti-slip chains

Snow chains can be used if there is a suitable  road sign  . The maximum speed is 50 km / h.

Requirements for the use of winter and studded tires in different European countries.

Recommended equipment and other rules

The navigation software that provides the location of fixed-speed cameras must be disabled.

Currently used Radar detector in the Czech Republic is not restricted by laws, decrees or regulations.

Excerpt from the traffic rules of the Czech Republic (§3 Para. 4): Nikdo nesmí používat technické prostředky a zařízení, které znemožňují nebo ovlivňují funkci technických prostředků používaných

It states that no device should be used that would prevent or impair the operation of technical means of monitoring traffic safety.

Using Anti-radar forbidden  . Fine of up to CZK 1,000 (€ 39) for local payment. In legal proceedings, the fine is between 5,000 and 10,000 euros.