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Driving in Europe can add freedom and flexibility to your holiday, and give you access to hotspots hidden from the traditional tourist routes.

Here are some top tips worth remembering to keep you legal, safe and sane when driving on the continent:

  • Many European countries have stricter drink-driving laws than the UK, and issue on-the-spot fines for motoring offences.
  • Make sure you display a GB sticker at all times – even if you have newer Euro licence plates, as some countries still require them.
  • Make sure your car insurance policy and driving licence allow you to travel abroad. Check out our guide for more information.

Know where you’re going? Take a look at our handy guides for driving in each country, which include local driving laws and top tips on sights not to miss.

Driving in Austria

Austrian landscape You'll find scenic shorelines and snow capped mountains in Austria, one of Europe's most beautiful countries.

Driving in Belgium

Belgian lakeside Beer and chocolate isn't all that Belgium has to offer. Hit the back-roads to find the hidden gems of this charming little place.

Driving in Bulgaria

Ski resort in Bulgaria Bulgaria is often overlooked, but has a lot to offer. From snow-capped mountains to sunny seaside resorts, it's not to be missed.

Guide to driving in Croatia

croatia bridge The true King's Landing, Croatia boasts ancient castles, dense forest and eye-popping windy roads.

Driving in the Czech Republic

Signpost, Mezivrsi, Czech Republic From the artistic city of Prague to the historic castles, you'll be knee-deep in culture from the moment you enter the Czech Republic.

Driving in Denmark

windmill Prepare yourself for some Danish wonders - and we're not talking about the pastry.

Driving in Finland

cottages in finland Tranquil lakes and peaceful forest abound - an incredibly scenic holiday awaits you in Finland.

Driving in France

Mont Saint-Michel, France Jump in the car, hop across the Channel and hit the Mediterranean coast. Berets are optional.

Driving in Germany

brandenburg gate With it's autobahn having no set speed limit, Germany is a must for drivers and bikers the world over, looking to get their speed on.

Driving in Greece

greece Steeped in rich history and with a fantastic Mediterranean climate, Greece is an excellent choice for a cultured holiday.

Driving in the Netherlands

Windmills in the Netherlands The Netherlands may be a small country, but it's rich with history and world famous icons, as well as a stunning canal system.

Guide to driving in Iceland

Icelandic road Iceland is a remarkable place. Its mountains, geysers and views of the Northern Lights make it one in a million.

Driving in Ireland

irish s bend sign Want a taste of the continent without straying too far from home? The Emerald Isle is the place for you.

Driving in Italy

tuscany Journey through fantastic countryside with a vibrant local flavour - just be more wary in the Italian cities.

Driving in Norway

Lysefjorden fjord, Norway Take a trip along the Atlantic Road and visit the fiddly bits around the fjords - Norway is a breathtaking sight for any traveller.

Driving in Poland

Polish town Poland is rich in history, with dozens of castles and heritage sites to visit. You'd be crazy to miss it.

Driving in Portugal

duoro valley Welcome to Portugal, the land of friendly locals - and slightly reckless drivers.

Driving in Romania

Corvinesti Castle, Hunedoara, Romania

Did you know that driving a dirty car is illegal in Romania? Here are some more need to know facts about the land of Dracula.

Driving in Spain

A road bridge in Puente Carlos, Spain Driving in Spain makes a great change from the stop-start misery of British traffic, and of course, the weather.

Driving in Sweden

Swedish road It's stunning collection of cliffs and mountains give Sweden some of the greatest driving roads and bridges in Europe, and the world.

Driving in Turkey

Ortakoy Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey Turkey has some of the earliest advanced civilisations known to man, making it a melting pot of history and culture.