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What’s the Most Expensive Country to Learn How to Drive?

Norway emerged as the most expensive country to learn to drive in. PHOTO Compare the market

New research reveals that Norway is the most expensive country to learn to drive in.

Compare the Market has researched the costs of taking both your practical and theory tests around the world to see how the fees stack up.

Norway emerged as the most expensive country to learn to drive in, with combined costs of up to $202 USD to take both theory and practical tests.

The Netherlands was revealed as the country with the most expensive practical test, with it costing the equivalent of $133 USD.

 A new study from Compare the Market has revealed the costs of taking both driving theory and practical tests around the world, to see how the fees of learning to drive stack up.

To acces the full findings, click here.

The top ten countries where it’s most expensive to learn to drive are:

Rank Country Practical Driving Test Cost Theory Driving Test Cost Combined Cost
1 Norway 1,140 NOK

($128 USD)

660 NOK

($74 USD)

1,800 NOK

($202 USD)

2 Netherlands €112.75

($133 USD)

€34.50

($41 USD)

€147

($174 USD)

3 Switzerland CHF 120

($132 USD)

CHF 30

($33 USD)

CHF 150

($165 USD)

4 Ireland €85

($100 USD)

€45

($53 USD)

€130

($153 USD)

5 Finland €90

($106 USD)

€35

($41 USD)

€125

($148 USD)

6 Germany €91.75

($108 USD)

€22.49

($27 USD)

€114

($135 USD)

7 Sweden 800 kr

($88 USD)

325 kr

($36 USD)

1,125 kr

($124 USD)

8 United Kingdom £62

($81 USD)

£23

($30 USD)

£85

($111 USD)

9 Spain €92.20

($109 USD)

€0.00

($0.00 USD)

€92

($109 USD)

10 United Arab Emirates 200 AED

($54 USD)

200 AED

($54 USD)

400 AED

($108 USD)

Norway was revealed as the most expensive country to learn to drive in, with the local theory test costing the equivalent of $74 and $128 for the practical road test, for a total of $202.

Even following this, drivers are only issued with a trial licence for the first two years.

The second most expensive country is the Netherlands, which is also the country with the most expensive practical test ($133). The high costs of the practical test is balanced out by the slightly cheaper theory test, which will still set you back $41.

Many in the Netherlands choose to ride a bicycle rather than drive and this actually plays quite a big part in the test too, as failing to yield to a cyclist leads to an instant fail.

In Australia and Canada, driving licences are issued at a state level and so the researchers calculated an average of the costs across each state/territory, with Australia ranking in 12th place and Canada in 18th place.

Furthermore, in some countries, the cost of taking a driving test is covered by other fees, such as in the USA where the cost of taking your driver’s tests is included in your learner permit, and in France where tests are covered by the cost of driving lessons. For these reasons, these countries have been excluded from the research.

No matter where you learn to drive, or how much you have to pay to learn, you’ll have to put in the hours behind the wheel and study hard for both tests.

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