Have you just arrived in Luxembourg with or without your car? Driving rules, tips, features, procedures … Here are several things you absolutely must know if you want to drive a car or a two-wheeler in Luxembourg!
Luxembourg highway code
- To be able to drive a motor vehicle in Luxembourg (car, motorcycle, commercial vehicle), you must have a valid driving licence.
- As in France, Luxembourg has a “point driving licence”, so any traffic offences committed are punished by the withdrawal of points. For people who do not have a Luxembourg driving licence, a virtual licence with 12 points is allocated to them upon entry into the country.
- To drive in Luxembourg, the maximum permitted blood alcohol level is 0.05%.
- Wearing a seatbelt is mandatory in the front as well as in the back of the vehicle.
- A child can only be picked up in the front of the vehicle from the age of 11 years and 1.50 m tall.
- The authorised speed is 20 km/h, 30 km/h or 50 km/h in built-up areas, 90 km/h or even 70 km/h on roads and 130 km/h on motorways.
- Suggestive cycle lanes exist: cyclists can use them but are not obliged to use them. Motorists can use them if and only if necessary.
- Bicycle “counter-flow” zones exist, for example, in a street with a no-way for cars. These can only be used by cyclists if they are marked on the road.
- Unless otherwise marked, bicycles are not allowed to use bus lanes.
- In the meeting places, 20km/h zones are set up. In these zones, pedestrians have priority, so they can cross everywhere and at any time.
- In Luxembourg, the “zipper system” is compulsory. This means that, in order to make traffic flow more smoothly, each driver in the lane gives way alternately to a driver who changes lanes before passing. Failure to comply with this law is punishable.
- Beware of the road markings represented by a rectangle made up of a cross: you are forbidden to park there, to stop there or to park there. So be careful because some of them are often near traffic lights.
- Whether you are driving or riding a motorcycle, it is forbidden to go up the traffic lanes, even in case of traffic jams. Motorcycling friends, forget your habits, you must stay in line and wait until the traffic becomes fluid!
For more information on controls and traffic on Luxembourg roads, visit the Cita.lu website. You will find practical information (construction sites, works, technical problems, detours, news tips, …) and even the possibility to view the roads by webcam to evaluate their traffic!
You have your own vehicle? Consult the compulsory formalities for your personal vehicle.
Getting your driver’s license
To take your B driving licence in Luxembourg, you must take at least 12 hours of theoretical lessons (6 hours if you already have a licence of another category), followed by 12 hours of practical lessons given by an approved driving school.
In Luxembourg, a driving licence must be obtained through an approved driving school.
The candidate must undergo both theoretical and practical training. Once the theoretical and practical examinations have been passed, a probationary licence is issued for a period of two years.
In order to obtain the definitive driving licence, the young driver must also attend a road safety course at the Driver Training Centre in Colmar-Berg.
The candidate must be a Luxembourgish resident, be of the required age and undergo a medical examination.
The points-based driver’s licence
The points-based licence was introduced in Luxembourg in 2002. Its capital is 12 points. Certain offences thus give rise to a reduction in the number of points, such as using a telephone while driving (2 points), a prohibited overtaking (2 points) or a hit-and-run (4 points).
Recover permit points
All points shall be surrendered after a period of three consecutive years during which the driver does not commit any infringements causing the loss of points.
It is also possible to follow, on a voluntary basis, an awareness course. Three points can be recovered once every three years.
These courses are given at the Driver Training Centre in Colmar-Berg.
However, the capital may not exceed 12 points, regardless of the number of points recovered. The total loss of those points shall give rise to the suspension of the driving licence.
Applying for an international permit
Outside the European Union – or even the European Economic Area – the licence must be accompanied by an international driving licence, i.e. a certified translation of the national driving licence.
The fee for an international licence is 12 euros.
In Luxembourg, it is possible to register, exchange or transcribe a foreign licence. The application must then be submitted to the Société nationale de circulation automobile (CNCA).
Exchange and registration of driver’s licences
The exchange of the European driving licence
Registration and exchange of a driver’s licence is optional. Only persons who have obtained a driving licence within a member state of the European Economic Area (EEA) may apply for registration or exchange of a licence.
Such requests are optional, except in the case of an offence resulting in loss of points, suspension or cancellation of a licence.
The purpose of registration is to obtain a duplicate in the event of loss or theft of the permit as soon as possible.
A transcript of a driver’s license
Licences obtained abroad and not coming from an EEA Member State must imperatively be transcribed into a Luxembourg driving licence. The driver has a period of one year from the date of arrival in Luxembourg. After this period, the licence loses its validity in Luxembourg.
Failure to comply with this regulation is charged 74 euros.
Failure to comply with the Highway Code may result in the withdrawal of points, a fine or a ticket.
In the event of a fine, the offender is asked to pay it within a maximum of 45 days and up to one month more for non-residents.
However, the facts may be contested. It may be made at the place where the report is drawn up, directly to the official. It is also possible to go to the police station or to send a complaint to the Directorate General of the Grand-Ducal Police (Service national des avertissements taxés SNAT, L-2957 Luxembourg).
Winter tyres in Luxembourg
In Luxembourg, winter tyres are compulsory for driving on public roads in winter conditions, i.e. snow, ice or frost.
Warning! All four tyres must be changed. It is forbidden to mix different types of tyres.