On The Road

Understand the different speed limits, alcohol limits, and the driving licence point system...

Speed limits

  • Pedestrian and residential zones: 20 Km/h
  • Residential zones as marked: usually 30 Km/h
  • Built up areas: 50 Km/h
  • Outside of towns: 90 Km/h
  • Motorway (Autoroute): 130 Km/h in dry weather
  • Motorway (Autoroute):110 Km/h in wet weather
  • Other areas, speed limit is as marked by road side signs

Note: Autoroute speed limits are lower for heavy duty vehicles. There is no toll fee for autoroute usage in Luxembourg.

Fines (and on the spot fines) may be given for speeding.

Road signs

Autoroute signs have a blue background; main road signs have black text on a yellow background. Direction indicators such as signs pointing the way to the centre of a town have black text on a white background.

Alcohol limit

It is illegal to drive with alcohol in the blood stream of over 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood, or 0.5%. Drivers with more alcohol will be fined, lose points off their licence and may be imprisoned. The limit is 0.2 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood for new drivers, within the probationary period. The same restrictions apply to anyone driving under the influence of drugs.

Driving licence points

All Luxembourg driving permits begin with a balance of 12 points. Points are removed for driving infractions which include the following:

  • Driving an unlicenced or unroadworthy vehicle - 2 points
  • Driving through a red traffic light, stop sign, or otherwise not giving way when required by the road rules - 2 points
  • Driving without a valid licence - 4 points
  • Causing the accidental death of a person - 6 points
  • Find out about traffic offences which can lead to points being deducted(in French)

Points can be reclaimed if the driver does not commit another infraction for three years, and up to three points can be claimed in each three year period. If all points have been removed, the licence is suspended.

Motor fuel, petrol and diesel

The following fuels are readily available:

  • SuperPlus 98 octane petrol (essence)
  • Euro Super 95 octane (essence)
  • Diesel (gazoil)
  • LPG (liquefied petroleum gas, "GPL" in French)

Leaded fuel is not available at Luxembourg fuel stations; an additive can be bought.