Driving In Portugal Tips & Info
Portugal is considered to have some of the best roads in Europe and in the world and can offer and great driving experience.
However, Driving in Portugal for the first time can be stressful for many tourists.
Not knowing the legal requirements, not only that can put you and the loved ones in danger but can bring you big fines.
Our guide: Driving In Portugal Tips & Info provides all the info needed to get used to the driving laws and regulations.
Driving In Portugal – What you need to know
In Portugal there are two road types: national (marked in blue road signs) and regional (marked in white with black lettering).
The national highways (called Autostradas) have been converted into toll-roads.
Paying for the tolls in Portugal can be done either using cash or a debit card.
Seat Belt Requirements
- Both: front and rear seat belts are mandatory
- Children must wear the seat belt too
Travelling With Children
- Children under 12 or under 1.5 meters tall are not allowed on the front seats.
- Appropriate style chairs must be used on the rear seats for the children according to their age and height.
- The children seats or boosters are mandatory for the children aged less than 12 years old.
Wacky Driving Rules
- When driving in Portugal, it is prohibited to carry petrol cans in the car.
- It is illegal to have two wheels vehicles attached to the back of the car.
- 50 km/h in built-up areas
- 90-100 km/h on the open roads
- 120km/h on motorways
- On motorways the minimum speed is 50 km/h
In Portugal, you should drive on the right-hand side and overtake on the left-hand side.
As almost all roads have 3 lanes, you should overtake on the middle lane.
The accepted limit of alcohol in blood is 0.49 grams/litre for regular drivers and 0.2 grams/litre for commercial drivers.
Between 0.5 and 0.8 grams/litre you risk a fine of 1250 euros and having your licence suspended.
Above 0.8 the fine go up to 2500 euros and even prison time for up to a year.
Driving Licence Requirements
You can drive using your domestic driving licence if it’s written in roman alphabet. However, our recommendation is to have an international driving licence.
- 112 – Medical emergency
- 112 – Police
- 808 242 424 – Health line for emergencies
- 117 – Forest Fires
- 808 502 502 – Road assistance ACP (Automóvel Club De Portugal)
Fuel Costs (prices from June 2017)
- Unleaded petrol – 1.473 EUR per litre
- Diesel – 1.252 EUR per litre
- LPG – 0.623 EUR per litre