Guide to Driving In Ibiza - Drive Safe in Ibiza

Are there any special requirements for driving or hiring a car in Ibiza?

Driving in Ibiza

Driving Laws

Seat Belt Laws

Wearing a seat belt is compulsory for drivers and passengers and police will be particularly vigilant of foreign registered cars. 

Drinking and Driving

Drinking and driving is strictly prohibited. The maximum blood alcohol limit is 0.05%, unless you are a driver with less than two years experience, then it is 0.03%. The police will set up random tests and the best advice is not to drink at all.

Must Have Documents

The following documents are compulsory and should be carried with you at all times when driving in Ibiza:
  • A full UK driving licence
  • Identification, such as a passport
  • Proof of insurance
  • Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)
You are also expected by law to carry the following items with you:
  • Replacement tyre
  • Reflective jackets
  • Headlamp beam deflectors
  • Warning triangle
  • GB sticker or Euro plates

Speed Limits

Speed Limit Type of road
120km/h Motorways and duel carriageways
100km/h Roads with more than one lane
90km/h Normal roads
50km/h Urban areas

Minimum Driving Age

The minimum age to drive a car in Ibiza is 18 years of age. 

Safety Camera Warning Devices

On the Spot Fines

The police are fairly notorious for handing out on the spot fines in Ibiza. This could be for speeding, not using headlights or various other offences. The fine can be reduced by up to 50% if it is paid within 20 days. However visiting motorists need to pay their fine immediately. 

Child Safety Rules

Travelling up to the age of 12 and less than 135cm must be placed in a child car seat. A child taller than 135cm may use an adult seat belt. 
The only exception is when travelling in a taxi in an urban area. 

Insurance

Rules of the Road

  • Drivers drive on the right hand side of the road
  • Overtake on the left
  • It is prohibited to sound the horn at any time in built up, urban areas.

Towing Regulations

Speed Cameras

Using Mobile Phones when driving

The use of phones when driving in Ibiza is strictly prohibited and you can face on the spot fines if caught. The only way a phone is allowed is with the use of a hands free kit.

Parking

Parking in Ibiza is not always easy, especially in the tourist areas. Paid parking is available in the blue marked bays. You will need to pay at a machine and display the ticket clearly. 

Your UK disabled ‘blue badge’ is recognised in Ibiza and can be used to park accordingly.

Motor Way Signs

The official language of Ibiza is Catalan and most signs use the Catalan name for each village and beach etc. Ibiza, for example, becomes Eivissa in Catalan as shown below. 

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Phrases

Autopista Highway/motorway
Calle Street
Salida Exit
Peligro Danger
Gasolina Petrol

Traffic Lights

Toll Roads

Most of the Spanish motorways are toll roads. These can be paid using an electronic system of payment.

Emergency

What to do in an emergency

You will find emergency phone boxes located along the motorways at 2km intervals. 

Fuel Costs

There are approximately 13 petrol stations around Ibiza. Many of them require you to pay in advance of filling up. Credit cards are largely accepted. 

It is important to pay attention to the distinction between petrol and diesel. Gasolina is the Spanish word for petrol and Gasoleo is diesel. Also be aware that during festival days petrol stations will often be closed. 

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