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If you’re travelling to Spain by car or motorbike, you should know…


If you are coming to Spain in your own car, you will have to ask for a temporary circulation permit for the vehicle at Customs. It is valid for six months, after which you must register your car in Spain. In all cases, the vehicle’s number plate should include an oval sticker indicating the country it comes from (for cars from the European Union, the EU flag on current number plates is sufficient).

Main roads into SpainYou can reach Spain by road from France and Portugal. The main roads from France are the AP-8 toll motorway (towards Donostia - San Sebastián, a good option if you are going to Madrid or other inland destinations) and the A-9 motorway (for Barcelona or the Mediterranean coast).From Portugal, the four main access motorways are the A-5 (running directly to Madrid), the A-2 (going south to cities such as Seville), the A-62 (to the north and destinations like Bilbao) and the A-55 (mainly for Galicia). 

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Practical advice for driving in SpainWe recommend consulting the following practical information if you are driving to Spain or thinking of hiring a vehicle while on holiday. Here you will be able to find answers to the following queries:The main regulations for driving in SpainWhat driving licences are valid in Spain?Which roads have tolls?What to do if you get fined?How to hire a car in Spain

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