Are you planning to go by car to Luxembourg and you are looking for practical information? You are in the right place then! Before our last road trip, we didn’t find much information related to travelling by car in Luxembourg. We had a lot of questions. Luxembourg is not big and it’s not a very popular travel destination. However if it comes to travelling by car, it’s one of our favorite countries. Read to learn why.
If you want to enter Luxembourg by car, you will need:
– identity document. Luxembourg is a member of European Union so you can take your identity card or passport
– driving license. Polish driving license is accepted in Luxembourg
– registration document of the car with a valid inspection
– OC insurance
Equipment that you need to have:
– set of same tires on all wheels
– high-visibility jacket for both the driver and a passenger. It’s required in case of leaving the vehicle after an accident
– a warning triangle
– winter tires or all-season tires in winter time
– fire extinguisher
– first-aid kit
Driving with passing beam during the daylight is obligatory only if there is low visibility or inside tunnels. Apart from that, using passing beam during the day is not needed.
Roads and fees
Travelling by car in Luxembourg is very comfortable. Motorways are well maintained and thanks to that you can cross Luxembourg fast and safely. What’s more, motorways are free of charge for cars.
Speed limits for cars are as follows:
– built-up area 50km/h
– outside the built-up area 90km/h
– motorways 130km/h (110 km/h when it’s raining)
Parking a car in the city center, especially in the capital of Luxembourg may be a challenge and an expensive idea. One hour of parking in Luxembourg City costs 2 euro. Underground car parks are not cheap as well.
However there are Park&Ride car parks which work very well in Luxembourg City. There are 5 of them: Beggen, Bouillon, Kirchberg, Kockelscheuer and Luxembourg Sud. Parking there is free for the first 24 hours, and each day after that is paid 10 euros.
We used Bouillon parking and this is the biggest one. There are more than 2400 parking spaces. A lot of people from nearby countries work in Luxembourg, there is a lot of traffic and parking spaces are really needed. However, you shouldn’t have a problem with finding a spot. Of course, there are more empty spaces in the morning, but during the day you will find something too. If you want to make sure that the parking you’ve chosen is not full, check it here. The page contains information about actual free parking spaces. We highly recommend using P&R parking. Back there, you can also buy a daily transport ticket for 4 euro. You will quickly get to the city center by bus and for the rest of the day, you can enjoy sightseeing and using public buses.
Sleeping in the car
Sleeping in the car in Luxembourg wasn’t a problem for us. We spent only one night like this, but we didn’t have any issues. We slept on one of the car parks by the road.
Fuel prices in Luxembourg are officially regulated and they are the same in all gas stations in the country. That’s what positively surprised us in this country. You don’t have to check which petrol station has lower prices. Everywhere you will pay the same. After visiting the Netherlands and Belgium where fuel prices are high, we expected that in Luxembourg it would be even more expensive. However, Luxembourg surprised us again. Filling up the car is actually cheaper there. In May 2018, the price of diesel was 1.08 euro per liter and 95 petrol was for 1.23 euro. You can check the actual prices here.
Safety on the road
As I have already said, driving in Luxembourg is comfortable and safe. The only thing that may be irritating is traffic in rush hours. Everyday a lot of people go to the capital to work, but the parking problem was well thought and they work perfectly. You can leave your car for a whole day on the car park and you don’t have to worry about it. If it comes to safety, there is nothing to be afraid of.