Driving in Lanzarote is generally a pleasant experience, out of town the roads are quiet and the views can be stunning. Traffic jams are unheard of, though parking in busy resorts can at times be a bit frustrating.

Exploring Lanzarote by car is probably the best and most convenient way to see the many attractions, hiring a car is easy as there are many car hire offices at the airport and all major resorts, petrol is reasonably priced.

The Guardia Civil maintain a fairly high profile on the roads here and sometimes set-up spot check points at roundabouts and junctions. Tourists are not often stopped, but do ensure that all occupants are wearing seat belts and carry your driving license, passport, and any car hire documents with you while driving.

  • Drive on the right hand side of the road.
  • At junctions normally look left first.
  • At roundabouts give way to traffic coming from the left.
  • Speed limit in built up areas is 50 kph unless otherwise indicated.
  • Drink/drugs driving is very illegal here too, blood alcohol limit is 0.05% (lower than the UK).
  • Parking is prohibited on white and yellow lines. Blue lines indicate a restricted parking area where you must buy a ticket.
  • Always carry your driving license passport and rental agreement with you when driving.
  • Make sure you have a contact telephone number for your rental company in case of accident or emergency.
  • Many petrol stations on Lanzarote do not accept credit cards, have some cash available.
  • Front and rear seat belts are compulsory, there is an on the spot fine for non-compliance.
  • Mobile phone use while driving (unless fully hands free) is not allowed and invites a fine.
  • Use of headphones while driving is not allowed and invites a fine.
  • It is prohibited to throw anything out of a vehicle window.
  • Don't park in front of dustbins. Bins are emptied at all hours, there are no signs, you will be towed away.
  • It is illegal to tow cars on Lanzarote, if you break down you must call a tow truck
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