Country Information


Location: Europe
Capital: Luxembourg City
Population: half a million
Currency: Euro
Language: Luxembourgish, German, French
Main religion: Roman Catholic

Dates in the country

Start of September 2017


Luxembourg is part of the West European Continental climatic region and enjoys a temperate climate without extremes. Winters are mild, summers fairly cool, and rainfall is high.

Public Holidays

  • January 1st New years Day
  • March/April Easter
  • May 1st Labour day
  • may 5th Ascension day
  • may 16th Whit Monday
  • June 23rd national Day
  • August 15th Assumption Day
  • November 1st All Saint’s Day
  • December 25th Christmas Day
  • December 26th St Stephen’s day


  • Australian and New Zealand passport holders planning a visit to any of the 28 Member States of the EU do not require a visa if their stay is no longer than 90 days in a six month period within the EU.
  • UK part of EU


Vaccines advised:

  • Tetanus

Rules of the Road

Foreign visitors from any European Union countries may use their domestic driving permits. Drivers from non-European Union countries must have International driver licenses confirmed their original driving permits. Foreign visitors may drive in Luxembourg with their International driver licenses for six months.

The general road traffic laws:

  • Traffic moves on the right side; overtaking on the left.
  • The minimum age for driving is 18 years.
  • A driver and all passengers must wear seatbelts.
  • The legal alcohol-blood level is 0.05%.
  • Speed limits are: on motorway – 130km/h (80 mph), 110 km/h (68 mph) in wet weather and 70 km/h (43 mph) – for vehicles with spiked tires; on open roads – 90 km/h (55 mph); in towns – 50 km/h (31 mph); in residential zones – 30 km/h; at pedestrian zones – 20 km/h. For foreign drivers who hold driving permits less than two years, the maximum speed limit is 75km/h.
  • It is a rule to give way to traffic already on the roundabout, on left, unless it is other traffic signs or signals.
  • The third-party insurance is compulsory.
  • A warning triangle and reflective jacket are compulsory.
  • Fire extinguisher and first-aid kit are advised, but not compulsory.
  • While driving, mobile phones may only be used with hands-free systems.
  • Cars coming from the right always have priority unless other priority road signs are posted.
  • A tax certificate is obligatory; it must be shown on the windscreen.
  • In built-up areas, using horns is prohibited except in danger case.
  • In case of snow or ice, use of snow chains permitted.
  • All tires on a car must be of the same type.
  • The spiked tires are permitted from the December, 1 until March, 31.
  • Sidelights required when parking in places without any public lighting.
  • It is mandatory to flash headlights at night when overtaking outside built-up areas.
  • Police phone number is 113.

Additional information:

  • While driving, a foreign driver should always carry his driving licence, International driving permit, passport, vehicle registration document, certificate of motor insurance, road tax and technical inspection.
  • The dipped headlights during the day are recommended.
  • In Luxembourg, there are no tolls roads.
  • In Luxembourg, there are four parking zones.

Parking Zones:

  • orange and yellow – parking is permitted for a maximum of 2 hours;
  • green – parking is permitted for a maximum of 5 hours;
  • purple – parking is permitted for a maximum of 10 hours.
  • Parking is free in:
  • orange zones – from 18:00 (6 p.m.) – 08:00 (8 a.m.) and on Sundays and public holidays;
  • other zones – from 18:00 (6 p.m.) – 08:00 (8 a.m.) and on Saturday, Sundays and public holidays;
  • yellow and green zones for holders of resident parking permits.
  • A parking permit allows parking a car in a neighbourhood for an unlimited period of time. For foreign visitors, a temporary permit is valid for three months per year.
  • Drive on right side of the road
  • Carnet not required however may be necessary for Australian registered Car

Places to Visit

  • Luxembourg City
  • Notre-Dame Cathedral
  • Grand Ducal Palace
  • Cheap fuel stations


A detailed route showing where we went overlanding and exploring. We jotted down the routes we travelled on a physical map which travelled with us from Australia to the UK, then transferred this to a digital form using Google Maps (KML and GeoRSS Layers) 

These are exact appropriations, maps differ between brands and converting from paper to digital may lose some details in translation. This should still show in great detail our route.