Macedonia/ North Macedonia

North Macedonia Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In North Macedonia

North Macedonia drives on the right and you should be able to use the photo licence of any country to drive here, providing it’s written in Roman alphabet. Drivers from other countries need their own licence plus an international driving permit. However, I have heard that some car rental companies do requite an IDP for all nationalities so its probably best to check with them before travelling to the country. Speed limits range from 130kmh on motorways, 110kmh on expressways, 80kmh on other roads and 50kmh in urban areas.By law all vehicles must use dipped headlights during the day.

North Macedonia has 9600km of roads, of which about 200km are classed as motorways. Main routes through the country are-

A-1 -Tabanovce – Kumanovo – Miladinovci – Petrovec – Veles – Gradsko – Negotino – Demir Kapija – Gevgelija

A-2- Kumanovo – Kriva Palanka – Deve Bair

A-3 -Petrovec – Skopje – Stenkovec – Blace

A-4- Miladinovci – Skopje – Tetovo – Gostivar – Kičevo – Struga – K’afasan

A-5-Ohrid – Resen – Bitola – Prilep – Veles – Štip – Kočani – Delčevo

A-6 -Štip – Radoviš – Strumica – Novo Selo

A-7 -Debar – Kičevo – Makedonski Brod – Prilep – Kavadarci – Negotino – Radoviš

The following sections of road are toll roads, with charges paid at the gates –

A1 Kumanovo – Veles – Gradsko

A2 Skopje – Tetovo – Gostivar

A4 Skopje – Petrovec

Roads are generally in acceptable condition though smaller mountain roads can be narrow and will deteriorate after rain and in winter. Driving standards are not as high as those in western Europe and vehicles may be in poor states of repair, especially in rural areas. Street signs are often non existent in cities and most signs are written in cyrillic alphabet. In cities, vehicles my double park so occupy the right hand lane of the road. You should exercise caution when travelling in regions near the Kosovo and Serbia borders. Travel in those areas should be restricted to primary roads and daylight hours only.

Although I try and keep the information in the site updated as much as possible, in a rapidly moving world, situations can change daily. Therefore please use the site as an approximate guide, and in conjunction with other resources in order to form your view on driving conditions, roads, safety etc.

Macedonia Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National,Avis, Budget,  have outlets here.Also features on Car rental broker sites.

We currently have no local car rental partners in North Macedonia. If you are a local car rental company who would like to feature on please check details on our Partnering page or contact us on

Macedonia Self Drive Rules-
There seem to be different rules in force depending on the rental company. Eg Sixt allow cars to be driven outside Macedonia though there are some restrictions on taking cars into Bulgaria. Budget don’t allow any cross border rentals. Hertz allow cars to be taken to Albania, Belarus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Serbia & Montenegro (Kosovo only), Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom. One way rentals are allowed to certain countries. Its advised to decide where you want to go then check when making your reservation that the company allow cars to go there.

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