Travelling to the Czech Republic by car
A trip to the Czech Republic is sure to be a memorable experience – with its unique culture and breath-taking scenery, you will want to spend as much time as possible there.
Make sure you are familiar with the traffic rules and that you know which items you need for a smooth and carefree trip to the Czech Republic.
An e-vignette for traveling on toll roads is an absolute requirement and mandatory for your motorised vehicle - car, motorhome. You can easily buy this online; it is just a matter of doing some research beforehand on the e-vignette for the Czech Republic and other important information about driving in this fantastic country.
Mandatory to have in the car
If you are planning to travel to the Czech Republic by car, it is important to ensure that your car meets all the safety requirements. Mandatory items are a toll vignette, warning triangle, safety vest (for everyone in the car), first aid kit and (unlike other countries) a spare tire. Failing to meet the requirement, can cause problems later during your trip.
The toll vignette for the Czech Republic
Toll charges are a necessary part of driving on almost all motorways and expressways in the Czech Republic. The e-vignette (dálniční známky) is mandatory for cars with a maximum permitted weight of up to 3500 kg – including motorhomes and trailers. Motorcycles do not require a toll vignette in the Czech Republic.
It is easy to apply for an e-vignette for the Czech Republic online; complete the application form on our website. This will only take you 2 minutes. If you order on working days before 04:00 PM, you will receive a valid e-vignette within two hours, which you will need when you hit the road in the Czech Republic!
So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to make your journey smoother with our e-vignettes - pre-order them today!
Travelling to the Czech Republic by car during corona
The Czech Republic colour code for the current travel advice is green, which indicates that the safety risks are comparable to those in the Netherlands.
|Corona measures and required documents|
|Tourist stay allowed?||Yes|
|Transit by car allowed?||Yes|
|Corona proof required?||No|
|Vaccination certificate requirements||Not applicable|
|Proof of recovery requirements||Not applicable|
|Other documents||Not applicable|
Refuelling in the Czech Republic
Fuel prices in the Czech Republic are definitely attractive to travellers. You can save a significant amount of money at the pump due to their cheaper petrol prices: about € 1.30 for a litre of petrol and € 1.26 for a litre of diesel. However, it is important to note that prices do change from day to day, just like here in the Netherlands.
The fluctuations in the price of diesel are also significantly smaller than those of petrol in the Czech Republic. So, if you are on your way to the Czech Republic and you have to refuel your car, enjoy the low fuel prices!
Is it better to refuel in the Czech Republic or Germany?
On average, petrol prices in the Czech Republic and Germany are a lot lower than here. Refueling in Germany is on average 6% cheaper than here in the Netherlands and in the Czech Republic it is even 11% cheaper on average than here. In both Germany and the Czech Republic, refueling along the highway is always more expensive, especially around large cities such as Prague.
Traffic rules in the Czech Republic
An interesting fact that is often forgotten by many travellers, is the difference in fuel prices between countries. If you have a car and you are planning to travel from the Netherlands to the Czech Republic, you will drive through Germany for quite some time. The fuel prices throughout Europe often change, but sometimes they are the lowest in the Czech Republic compared to other countries such as Germany.
Of course, you do not want to run out of fuel, but at a German petrol station you pay significantly more than in the Czech Republic. So if you still have spare capacity in your tank and you are on your way to the Czech Republic, it is worth filling up there, because that can save you a nice amount!
Traffic fines in the Czech Republic
The amount of a fine in the Czech Republic depends on the circumstances and seriousness of the offence.
- Are you driving 20 km/h faster than allowed? You can expect a fine of € 40.
- Do you exceed the speed limit of 50 km/h? That is a hefty fine of €195.
- Illegal parking: € 60.
- Driving through a red light: € 100 or more.
- Driving without a safety belt: € 60.
- Driving a vehicle with a mobile phone in your hand: € 40.
- Driving with alcohol in your blood: € 100.
Please remember that the Czech Republic has a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol in the blood - even minimum quantities are a criminal offence.
Best route to the Czech Republic
Are you looking for the best route from the to the Czech Republic? Travelling through Germany is one of the most efficient ways, and by using Google Maps or your car’s GPS system, you will arrive at your destination without any problems.
Best road to Czeck Republic
Berlin > Weser Flutbrücke > Hannover > Weser Flutbrücke > Leipzig > Dresden > Prague > Dresden-Prohlis > You now cross the border with the Czech Republic > Městský okruh > Mladá Boleslav > Nová Povltavská > K VARY > Nová Povltavská > ROZTOKY > Dejvický tunel > Svatovítský most > Svatovítská
Please note: If your destination is in the south of the Czech Republic, remember that you will need an Austrian toll vignette. You can purchase the toll vignette for Austria on our website.
The thought of a long journey can be daunting, but do not worry if you are going from Utrecht to Prague. The shortest route takes less than seven and a half hours and 859 kilometres.
NJ Vignette B.V. is an intermediary and applies for the vignette on your behalf and in your name. NJ Vignette B.V. charges a commission for this.
An agreement is concluded between you and the official authority of the relevant country that issues the vignette, with regard to the vignette requirement.
All prices on our website are including vat.