To travel by car

Updated: 10/19/2016

Before travelling by car in Europe there are some things to consider. Please find below some tips on, among other things, traffic rules and road fees in the different European countries. 

Do not forget to bring

  • drivers license 
  • registration (part 1) 
  • insurance certificate 
  • International insurance claim, (can be ordered from your insurance company) 
  • environmental sticker (if you are planning to drive in Germany) 

Find out what traffic rules apply

Find out what traffic rules apply in the countries you are planning to drive through. It is your responsibility to obtain the information necessary for where you are going. Should you get fined you cannot claim you were not aware of the rules. Please note that ECC Sweden can not help in cases with traffic fines.

Check your car insurance

Make sure your car insurance is valid in all countries you are planning to drive through.

 

File an application for an environmental badge

In Germany there are, in some cities, environmental zones. To be able to drive through these zones you need an environmental badge. If you do not have one you risk getting a 40 euro fine.

Via the links on the right side of this page you can see what badge you need in the different cities in Germany.

How to file an application for an environmental badge:

Send an e-mail in English or in German to the e-mail address below. The sticker should be delivered to you within 3 weeks.

Kfz-zulassung@labo.berlin.de.

Attach a copy of the registration (part 1). The sticker costs 6 euro (administration fee included). You will receive an invoice and instructions to make the payment to a German bank account. When you have made the payment you will receive the sticker in the mail.

You can also order the environmental sticker via the link on the right side of this page. The application form is in English. Name of the link: File an application for an environmental sticker. [berlin.de]. https://www.berlin.de/labo/kfz/dienstleistungen/feinstaubplakette.shop.en.php

The sticker can also be bought in car shops in Germany as well as in the car inspection stations TÜV or Dekra.

Prohibited zones in Italy

In several Italian cities there are prohibited zones. There are also traffic cameras in these areas. If you receive an invoice after having driven in a prohibited zone you should know that Italian authorities can collect fines for up to two years after the violation. If you are planning to drive in Italy – find out what traffic rules apply.

Fees – highways, bridges and tunnels

Highway fees, as well as fees for driving through tunnels, across bridges and on road ferries, are common in many countries. For more information read the article “Driving in Europe” (enjoy-europe.com) via the link on the right side of this page.