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Remember in Europe many countries have different road traffic laws. For country specific information, please see the information at the end of this page.


You must carry your documents with you when you travel in Europe.

  1. A valid full driving licence, with paper counterpart if you have a photocard licence.
  2. An International Driving Permit (when necessary).
  3. The original vehicle registration document.
  4. Your motor insurance certificate.
  5. Your passport.

Please view Driving Licence & Insurance Documents for further information. Depending on your country of travel, please also see Passports and Travel Insurance. If you are travelling outside of Europe or North/South America, you will also need a Carnet de Passages en Douane.

Carrying the correct documents will help to identify you and your vehicle and your rights should you be stopped by the police.

Speed limits

Speed limits are mostly marked in kilometers. 1 mile = 1.609344 kilometers.

GB sticker's

Must be displayed on your motorcycle. Failure to comply with this regulation could result in an on-the-spot fine.


It is a requirement to adjust your headlights if you're driving on the Continent so that the full beam doesn't dazzle oncoming drivers. In many countries it is a requirement to ride day and night on dipped beam.

Depending on your bike, adjusting your headlights could be as simple as stickers or a bit of tape, however it may require a converter. Remember to remove the converters/stickers as soon as you return to the UK.

First Aid Kit

Whilst not compulsory in most European countries it is recommended you take a small first aid kit - you can buy these to fit under your seat or tuck away in a small pocket of your luggage.

Travel Arrangements

Most trips from the UK to Europe, will start with a Ferry crossing. Please view our information on Ferry crossings.

Country Specific Information, Regulations & Advice

Below is a country specific list of additional legal and riding information which may be of use for your trip.

Legal Regulations for Motorcyclists
listed by country


Further Information

Information & Advice for European Touring
Motorcycle Luggage - Options and General Advice
EIHC - European Internation Health Card
European Travel Documents
Travel Insurance
European Touring Advice - General advice and tips for riders from all countries
Guided Bike Tours and Motorbike Hire in Europe
Motorcycle Hire in Europe
Motorcycle Tour Operators in Europe




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