Luxembourg : driving rules and customs

If you're heading abroad for your holidays, or just popping over for a shopping or business trip, driving in another country can be a great experience. But you need to make sure that you are familiar with local rules and customs, and that you have everything you need.

Speed limits in km/h

motorcycles 50 90 130 130
cars 50 90 130 130
towing vehicles 50 75 90 90
vans over 3.5t 50 75 90 90
trucks over 7.5t 50 75 90 90
buses 50 75 90 90
 
When it is raining, the speed limit for cars and motorcycles is automatically reduced to 110 km/h on motorways and expressways.

Some motorways have a speed limit of 90 km.
   
   
 

Driving age

The minimum permitted age for driving a vehicle is 18 years; this increases to 23 years for rental cars.

   
   

Mobile phones

It is illegal to use a handheld mobile phone. The use of hands free equipment is permitted.

   
   

Alcohol limit

The blood alcohol content limit is 0.5, reducing to 0.2 for professional drivers.

   
   

Speed camera detection

Devices that can detect or interfere with speed cameras are illegal - if you are caught with one, you will be fined and the device will be confiscated.
If your satnav features speed camera warnings, this feature must be turned off before travel.

   
   
 

Seat belts

All occupants must wear a seat belt if one is provided in the vehicle.

   
   
 

Child restraints

Any child aged below 18 years that is below 135cm in height or 36kg in weight must be in a suitable car or booster seat.
If you have three children in the back seat, then the child in the middle seat doesn't require a car or booster seat, as long as they can use a standard three-point seatbelt.

   
   

Headlights

The use of headlights is mandatory whenever visibility is reduced by heavy rain, snow or fog.
The use of headlights is mandatory in tunnels.
Motorcyclists must use their headlights at all times.
At night, you must flash your headlights when overtaking on single carriageway roads.

   
   

Winter weather

The use of winter tyres (marked M&S) is mandatory in wintery conditions.
Snow chains must be used where conditions or signs dictate their use.
Spiked tyres are permitted between December and March.

   
   
 

Breakdowns

If you should be unfortunate enough to suffer a breakdown or accident on the motorway, you'll need to use the nearest emergency telephone to alert the police.

Telephones are located every 1.5km, with frequent markers pointing towards the nearest one. Do not contact your breakdown company until you have contacted the police. If you cannot get to a telephone, call 112 from your mobile phone.

You'll also need to make sure everyone has exited the vehicle, standing behind the barrier, and wearing a high visability vest. A warning triangle needs to be placed 100m behind your vehicle, and make sure the hazard lights are turned on.

 

Motorway ameneties

There are currently four service areas on Luxembourg's motorway network, strategically located close to the international borders (lower taxes mean lower prices when compared with neighbouring countries).

Wasserbillig (A1), Berchem (A3) and Capellen (A6) are huge services featuring some of the world's largest petrol stations. Other facilities provided include, large parking areas, toilets, showers, a range of fast food and sit-down restaurants, a shop, public telephones and free wifi.

However, Pontpierre (A4), is a smaller petrol station based site due to being on a less busy motorway. You'll still find toilets and a shop selling sandwiches and pastries.

Signage provided before you reach the services will advise of what is available on-site, and the distance to the next amenety offering the same facilities. Here's what the symbols mean:

Roadside assistance Petrol station

Petrol station
also providing LPG

Petrol station
also providing CNG

Petrol station
also providing LNG

Petrol station
also providing Hydrogen

Electric vehicle
charging point

Hotel or motel

Restaurant Cafeteria
     
Picnic area

Walking area