Sign up ×
Travel Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for road warriors and seasoned travelers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm very into road trips. Therefore I'm always looking for something special.

I think it is very special that at least parts of Germany's highways have no speed limits. But since I live very close to Germany this is not so special for me.

So I'm looking for any other country that has at least partly no speed limits on its roads. It would be great if it is in Europe or can be at least reached by car from Central Europe.

share|improve this question
In France, you can drive as fast as you want. You even get certificates delivered by police. – mouviciel Jan 29 '12 at 8:47
@mouviciel What??? In Ile-de-France? – Daniel Pendergast Jan 29 '12 at 19:27
@mouviciel except on black saturday, when there's a million mobile roadblocks moving at a snail's pace :) – jwenting Jan 30 '12 at 7:15
Go to philipoines there is no damn speed limit out there.!!! – user3257 Sep 29 '12 at 15:43
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not abou travel. – André Peseur Jun 26 at 6:54

4 Answers 4

up vote 13 down vote accepted

Our friends at Wikipedia have a page about Speed Limits, on there is a section about 'Roads without speed limits'. Besides the German Autobahns, the only other roads that are currently without speed limits are rural roads on the Isle of Man, but I doubt you can go really fast on them.

share|improve this answer
Oh - you can go really fast on the Isle of Man. There are even some straight bits. But the fun comes from the fact that you can go really fast on all those twists and turns. Much more exciting than autobahns, which while very functional, are boring to drive on. – Rory Alsop Jan 28 '12 at 22:57
The Northern Territory either had or still has no speed limit on open highways, but the catch is the police can pull you over for driving unsafely if you're going really fast. You then have to prove that you were in fact driving safely at that speed. A famous racing car driver once managed to do this using his years as a professional high speed driver as his evidence. – hippietrail Jan 29 '12 at 16:16
@hippietrail: I googled about the NT in response to this question. It seems to be in the past tense. – Andrew Grimm Jan 29 '12 at 19:38
The Isle of Mann is famous for it's motorcycle races on the streets. Campervans (or caravans) are banned there. – Rory Jan 30 '12 at 19:32
@jwenting, no, there are no longer any states w/o speed limits: Nevada used to be like that, though. – Andrew Ferrier May 28 '13 at 23:52

It's not an entire country, but Australia's Northern Territory had no speed limits (on major highways) until 2007, and they're seriously considering going back to this -- not a bad idea, given that there's a whole lotta nothing out there. For one year from February 2014, there's now a 200-km section of highway north of Alice Springs with no limits, and there are plans to expand this.

share|improve this answer
I traveled as a passenger on some of the roads in the Northern Territory and wondered whomever would be daring enough to do over 60km/h let alone over 100 km/h. Those roads were in pretty poor condition and not tarmacked. That was back in 2005. – Willeke Jun 26 at 13:54

I have driven in many countries around the world, from the beautiful Autobahns in Germany to the sandy highways of Saudi Arabia and I can tell you, you can drive as fast as you want in Saudi Arabia as you can in portions of the Autobahn in Germany. If you are driving like a mad man (or woman), no one is going to chase you down in Saudi however, Germany, as with most European nations, have an awesome law enforcement system called "traffic camera"! which are portable (tripod, floor model, vehicle mounted, bridge mounted, man operated, etc...) that take your picture and send it to the address on your license (EU) with the fine!

share|improve this answer
"(or woman)" - are female drivers currently allowed in Saudi Arabia? – Andrew Grimm Sep 7 '12 at 4:04
@Andrew Grimm: according to Wikipedia "Saudi Arabia has no written ban on women driving, but Saudi law requires citizens to use a locally issued license while in the country. Such licenses are not issued to women, thus making it effectively illegal for women to drive. Furthermore, most Saudi scholars and religious authorities have declared women driving haram (forbidden)." – Michael Borgwardt Sep 7 '12 at 8:17
A co-worker of mine went on a business trip to Saudi Arabia in the late '90s. He said that one of the major highways enters Riyadh in a roundabout/traffic circle. He said that there is an ambulance permanently posted at the roundabout because there are frequent accidents caused by people who are unable to decelerate in time to enter the roundabout. – ESultanik Sep 30 '12 at 15:39
Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a major crackdown on speeding drivers. Most major highways have speed cameras now. Add to that some pretty hefty speeding fines and you have a much saner situation. I was there a few months ago, and while there are still a few speeders here and there, the situation is much improved. – System Down Oct 1 '12 at 23:46

In Italy you can drive as fast has you can. (I used to live in Sicily) No one is going to chase you down for speeding, so there is no speed limit.

But some roads have traffic cameras, which is annoying, but you can go to Auchan, which is a supermarket exactly like Walmart and buy a GPS and all GPS automatically have a radar to tell you were the traffic camera is and it's legal cause they sell it everywhere.

Also we only have one traffic light per street, so be carefull as everyone here drives like maniacs. Also watch out when walking.

Also if you rent a car and you are here for a month, forget about traffic lights cause it takes 3 months for them to bill the ticket. Also ignore the signs, as no one does it.

share|improve this answer
There are speed limits on Italian roads. This answer is therefore wrong. I'm not going to comment on the rest of the stereotypical statements contained within it. – JoErNanO Jun 26 at 7:30
Which stereotypical statements? – André Peseur Jun 26 at 11:29

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.