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Where in the world has no speed limit?

Maximum Speed Limits by Popular Destinations Worldwide

If you are a driver, you have probably been caught speeding at least once in your lifetime, and you undoubtedly remember exactly where you were.

Regardless of where you are relocating overseas, you would probably want to know the highest speed limit in your destination country.

SDC International Shipping has looked at the speed limits in different corners of our world.

Here’s what we found.

Highest Speed Limits by Specific Geographies


Let’s take the top destinations in Asia, like China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Maldives, Thailand, Bali, and Singapore.

In China, the highest speed limit on expressways is 120 km/h. and 100 km/h on city express roads. If you are driving in a city with one lane, then you will have to slow down to 30km/h.

When heading to Hong Kong, the highest speed limit on motorways is 70km/h and up to 100km/h on the New Territories and the West Kowloon Highway.

South Koreans wish they could enjoy roads with a speed limit of 120 km/h. By the way, they are working on that. However, the maximum current limit is 100km/h and 80-90 km/h on national and regional roads.

Meanwhile, on roads in Japan, you will be accelerating up to 100km/h. The same is for beautiful Bali. As for the Maldives, 30km/h is the maximum speed for urban and rural roads. We don’t know whether it’s because of the relaxed lifestyle or bad roads. After all, not all countries have the infrastructure to accommodate safe driving.

Finally, if you happen to be in Singapore, the highest speed limit ranges between 70km/h to 90 km/h.


You’ve probably heard about famous German autobahns which have no speed limit. Other than that, you will be driving your auto on long stretches of highway at the maximum speed of 80km/h.

Check the list below for the highest speed limits by a country.

CountryMotorwaysResidential Areas
France130 km/h50 km/h
Spain120 km/h50 km/h
Italy130 km/h50 km/h
Turkey110 km/h40 km/h
Germany130 km/h50 km/h
United Kingdom112 km/h48 km/h
Austria130 km/h50 km/h
Greece130 km/h50 km/h
Russia110 km/h60 km/h
Portugal120 km/h50 km/h
Croatia130 km/h50 km/h
The Netherlands130 km/h50 km/h
Sweden110 km/h30-70 km/h
Belgium120 km/h50 km/h
Switzerland120 km/h50 km/h
Denmark110/130 km/h50 km/h
Ireland120 km/h50 km/h
Iceland110 km/h50 km/h
Norway90/100 km/h50 km/h
Czech Republic130 km/h50 km/h


What about Australia? Think 100 km/h is still good for the highest speed limit? Wait until you hear about Australia’s highest speed limit.

On some freeways, you can roar through the Northern Territory highway at the maximum speed of 130 km/h and 110 km/h. However, the fastest you will be going on the national highway is 100km/h.


There’s no uniform speed limit in Canada because each Canadian territory or province imposes its own speed rules. The highest speed limit is on the Coquihalla Highway in British Columbia, reaching 120 km/h.

South America

We’ll stick to the most popular countries.

  • Ecuador – 110 km/h on motorways, 50 km/h urban speed
  • Peru – 100 km/h on motorways, 90 km/h on open roads
  • Uruguay – 90-100 km/h, 45 km/h urban speed
  • Colombia – 100 km/h on motorways, 60 km/h urban speed
  • Chile – 120 km/h on highways, 60 km/h in cities.
  • Argentina – 120 km/h on highways, 60 km/h in cities, 60 km/h in urban areas and 40 km/h in residential areas.
  • Brazil – 110-120 km/h on highways, built-up areas – 50km/h.
  • Bolivia – the national speed is 80 km/h
  • Argentina – maximum highway speed 120 km/h, in urban areas 60 km/h.

For more information, visit Wikipedia or better contact a road transport company in your destination country.


Africa has different speed limits based on jurisdiction. For example, if you go to South Africa, the highest speed limit is 100 km/h on public roads outside cities and 120 km/h on freeways.

Information on other popular countries in Africa for expats.

  • Mauritius – 100-110 km/h on highways, 40 km/h in cities
  • Seychelles – 60 km/h on highways and open roads, 40 km/h in cities
  • Algeria – 120 km/h on motorways, 80 km/h on a national level
  • Botswana – 120 km/h on highways, 60 km/h in cities
  • Tunisia – 110 km/h on freeways, 50 km/h in urban areas
  • Egypt – 90 km/h on open roads and motorways 100 km/h
  • Gabon – 110 km/h on freeways/rural roads, 60 km/h in urban areas
  • Morocco – 80 km/h on open roads and 100 km/h on motorways, 50 km/h in cities

What is the Highest Speed Limit in the World?

According to Wikipedia, the highest speed limit in the world was found in UAE in 2018 – 160 km/h on motorways.

Yet, remember that the highest speed isn’t always good. We know how it feels when you see a 60 km/h sign on an open road. Yet, speed limitations definitely contribute to the safety of roads, reducing the number of traffic accidents.

We wish you safe travels!

The Autobahn: Germany’s No-Speed Limit Highway System

Written by Marinam

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You have heard of Germany’s Autobahn but how much do you really know about it? You may have the impression that it is some sort of “wild-west” of the open road, where speed limits don’t exist and finely engineered German cars speed along at incredibly dangerous speeds. You may think it is a singular stretch of highway. Well, get ready to learn more about the German Autobahn, and get ready to share this with your friends.

How Different is this Highway?

The Autobahn is not a stretch of highway but is actually the name of the German Federal Highway System. Much like the U.S. Interstate Highway System, it is a limited access network of roadways that vehicles can travel at higher speeds to get from one destination to another. It is generally two lanes separated by a safety berm. Far from a single stretch of roadway, the Autobahn is 7,982 miles of the modern highway. In spite of Germany’s relatively small geographical size, the Autobahn is the fourth largest network of highways in the world. It follows only China, The United States, and Spain in total miles.

So what about that “no-speed limit” reputation?

Well that is only partially correct. There are speed limits on the Autobahn in congested areas near cities and during inclement weather. There are also stretches in some open areas the speed limit will be 81 miles per hour based on the history of accidents. There are, however, stretches of the roadway where it is true, no speed limit. German regulations, however, mandate that a vehicle is always under control, leaving room for the “reasonable speed” limits that are enforced in other nations. In all, about one-half of the miles of the Autobahn has a posted speed limit.

Secret Agreements?

Another factor plays a role in speed on the Autobahn. That factor is based on sort of a “handshake agreement” between the nations’ automakers that autos will be produced with a maximum speed that is about 155 mph. There are top range models available in the country that can reach speeds of 190 mph or more if you are willing to pay enough.

I forgot, does the U.S. have a no-speed limit highway?

If you think defensive driving skills are important in the United States, where the absolute maximum speed is along a stretch of Texas highway at 85 miles per hour, imagine the skills needed to negotiate traffic approaching at 150 mph or more!

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