1. What side of the road should I drive on in Galicia?
In Galicia, as in the rest of Spain, the rule is to drive on the right-hand side of the road.
2. What is the speed limit in Galicia?
Typically, the speed limit inside towns and cities is 50km/h, for non-urban roads is 90km/h, and on highways and expressways it's 120km/h.
3. Do I need a specific driving license to drive in Galicia?
If you intend to drive a car in Galicia, a valid driving license from your home country is typically sufficient. International drivers should carry an International Driving Permit alongside their original license.
4. Are there many speed cameras in Galicia?
Yes, speed cameras are common, both on main highways and smaller roads, so it's important to observe the speed limits at all times.
5. Are there toll roads in Galicia?
Yes, some highways in Galicia are toll roads. The toll fee varies depending on the stretch of highway used.
6. Can you explain some of the main driving rules in Galicia?
Key rules include not using mobile phones unless it´s hands-free, mandatory use of seatbelts, prohibition of drink-driving, adhering to speed limits, and obeying all traffic signals and signs.
7. Are service stations easy to find in Galicia?
Yes, service stations are quite frequent and well distributed across the main roads and highways throughout Galicia.
8. Can I park my car anywhere in Galicia?
No, you must follow parking rules and regulations. It is illegal to park in areas marked with yellow or red lines. Blue zones require payment during certain hours.
9. What's the condition of roads in Galicia?
Facilities in Galicia are generally good. Main highways and roads are in excellent condition but rural roads can be narrow and winding.
10. What's the procedure if I have a breakdown with my car in Galicia?
In case of a breakdown, move your car off the road for safety, use the warning triangles, and call your rental company or the emergency number 112 if necessary.
11. Are there any specific regulations regarding use of car lights in Galicia?
In Spain, it is mandatory to use car lights half an hour after the sunset and half an hour before sunrise. Also, in the event of poor visibility conditions, due to rain, fog, snow, or even a tunnel, you will also need to turn your car lights on.
12. Can I drive in Bus-only lanes in Galicia?
No, these lanes are exclusively for the use of public transport. Entering them with a private vehicle can lead to fines.
13. Can children travel in front seats of the car in Galicia?
In Spain, children measuring 135 cm or less must always travel in the back seats, unless the car doesn't have back seats, all back seats are already occupied by other minors, or the vehicle is not equipped with rear seat belts.
14. What´s the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers in Galicia?
For experienced drivers, the permitted legal limit of alcohol in blood is 0.5 grams per litre, roughly equivalent to 0.25 milligrams per litre in breathalyzer. For novice drivers (less than two years of experience), the limit is 0.3g/l in blood or 0.15mg/l in breathalyzer.
15. Are there carpool lanes in Galicia?
In Spain, carpool lanes are not common, so unless clearly indicated, all lanes are usually open to all vehicles regardless of their occupancy.