Motorways in Portugal

Portugal’s public road network is 82,900 km. Of which with a hard surface – 71.294 km. The length of the motorways (  Autoestrada  ) is 2,992 km.

Toll roads

There is a road toll in Portugal. Some bridges are also chargeable.

Highway prices

The level of the tariffs depends on the type of vehicle, which is divided into four classes. Vehicles are classified according to two criteria:

  • Vehicle height measured around the first axis
  • Total number of vehicle axles

Vehicle classification

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C1Vehicles with 2 axles, with a height on the front axle of less than 1.10 m, with or without a trailer.
* Motorcycles are classified as Class 1 when paid for in cash.
C2Vehicles with 2 axles with a height on the front axle of less than 1.10 m
C3Vehicles with 3 axles with a height of less than 1.10 m near the front axle
C4Vehicles with more than 3 axles and a height in the area of ​​the front axle of at least 1.10 m.

The table shows the tolls on selected motorways in Portugal for a Class 1 vehicle, including a trailer. Tariffs for selected motorways for 2020:

Highwayroutevaluation
A1A9 – Arruda dos Vinhos – A13€ 3.70
A2Lisbon – Paderne€ 20.95
A3Porto – Valenca do Minho (Spain / Vigo)€ 8.90
A4Porto – Vila Real€ 4.20
A5Lisbon – Cascais€ 2.10
A6A2 / Marateca – Elvas (Spanish border)€ 11.40
A7Vila Nova de Famalicao – Guimaraes€ 9.80
A8Lisbon – Leiria€ 9.55
A9Alverca – Oeiras3.90 €
A11A28 / Braga (A3) – Guimaraes (A7) – A4€ 5.15
A12Setubal – Pte Vasco de Gama€ 1.25
A13Santo Estevao – Marateca (A2 / A6)€ 18.55
A14Santo Estevao – Marateca (A2 / A6)€ 2.50
A15Santo Estevao – Marateca (A2 / A6)€ 3.75
A17Marinha Grande – Aveiro (A25)€ 10.60
A19Batalha – Azoia€ 1.25
A22Castro Marim – Bensafrim€ 9.00
A23Torres Novas – Guarda€ 12.25
A24Viseu – VV da Rai€ 10.75
A25Aveiro – Vilar Formoso€ 13.25
A28Porto – VN de Cerveira€ 3.85
A29Angeja – postage€ 3.70
A33Charneca – Belverde1.75 €
A41Freixieiro – Espinho1.90 €
A42A41 / A42 – A11€ 1.60
A43Porto – Aguiar de Sousa€ 0.75

The table shows the guide prices calculated once on the Portuguese motorway website at the beginning of the year, provided that traffic takes place between points on the same motorway.

For example:  Lisboa – Paderne (€ 20.95) if you  only drive on the  A2  motorway . If you are traveling on a different route, the fare may differ in one direction or the other.

Payment options

Payment method: cards or cash with the operator

The lines marked with this symbol are intended for payment by credit card or cash. These lanes are operated by an operator.

Means of payment:  cash and credit cards.

Payment method: manual payment by card or cash

The lanes marked with this symbol are only valid for ViaVerde subscribers.

Means of payment:  cash and credit cards

Payment method: Via Verde

The lanes marked with this symbol are only valid for ViaVerde subscribers.

Means of payment:  Via Verde.

You can become a ViaVerde subscriber by renting a transponder in the company’s offices or at petrol stations along the road marked with a sign. The rental price is proportional to the useful life. For example, the rent for a week is € 6.

In addition, a transponder deposit of € 27.50 and a deposit of at least € 10 (for cars) will be charged. When leaving, the transponder must be returned and then the deposit will be returned.

There are two payment methods when renting a ViaVerde device:

  • Automatic payment  – Payment is made via Multibanco or from a credit card.
  • Advance payment  – an advance payment of at least € 10 (car) or € 20 (truck). In this case, the unused balance will not be returned.

Electronic payment

Electronic toll road sign in Portugal

It should be noted that since 2010 some motorways in Portugal  can only  be paid electronically because there is no manual payment option for them. Such roads are marked with a corresponding sign.

Initially, the only payment method was to buy a special Viaverde device that was not very convenient for foreign drivers to enter for a short period of time.

Since July 1, 2012, there are several other payment options for motorways. Learn more about payment methods and the toll highways card here.

Land with special payment

Tariffs for the Vasco da Gama Bridge

The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge over the Tagus River north of Lisbon (Portugal). The length of the Vasco da Gama Bridge is 17.185 m and is part of the  A12  Lisbon-Setubal road.

The bridge has 3 lanes in each direction with a maximum speed of 120 km / h over most of the bridge and 100 km / h on one of its sections. In windy, rainy weather and fog, the speed is limited to 90 km / h.

Vasco da Gama bridge in Portugal

Bridge coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . Tariffs for 2020:

 vehicleTariff (EUR)
C1Passenger cars with 2 axles and a height in the area of ​​the front axle of less than 1.10 m, with or without a trailer€ 2.75
C2Cars with 2 axles and a height in the area of ​​the front axle of at least 1.10 m€ 6.25
C3Cars with 3 axles and a height in the area of ​​the front axle of at least 1.10 m€ 9.20
C4Vehicles with more than 3 axles and a height in the area of ​​the front axle of at least 1.10 m11.80 €

Payment options

The toll station has 12 lanes. The fee is only charged when driving towards Lisbon. Payment can be made in cash or through the Via Card and Via Verde payment systems.

Vasco da Gama Bridge tollbooth in Portugal

The lanes serving the Via Verde system can be driven without stopping at a speed of no more than 40 km / h.

Tariffs for the 25 de Abril bridge

The 25 de Abril Bridge is a suspension bridge that connects Lisbon on the north and Almada on the south bank of the Tagus. The bridge is part of the  A2 motorway  . The total length of the bridge is 2,278 m. It has 3 lanes in each direction with a maximum speed of 70 km / h.

25 de Abril bridge in Portugal

Bridge coordinates:  Google Maps  ,  Google Earth  . Tariffs for 2020:

 vehicleTariff (EUR)
C1Passenger cars with 2 axles, the height of the front axle less than 1.10 m, with or without a trailer1.75 €
C2Vehicles with 2 axles, height in the area of ​​the front axle at least 1.10 m€ 3.85
C3Vehicles with 3 axles, height in the area of ​​the front axle at least 1.10 m€ 5.35
C4Vehicles with more than 3 axles and a height in the area of ​​the front axle of at least 1.10 m€ 7.00

Payment options

There are 16 lanes at the toll station. The fee is only charged when driving north (to Lisbon).

The pay station for the 25 de Abril bridge in Portugal

The lanes, which are only served by the Via Verde (1, 2, 13 and 14) and Via Card (5 and 11) systems, can be driven without interruption at a speed of no more than 40 km / h.

Lanes 15 and 16 are for public transport only.

Marão tunnel tariffs

The Marão Tunnel is located on the  A4 motorway  between Amarante and Vila-Real. Its length is 5.625 m and the tunnel has 2 lanes in each direction with a speed limit of 100 km / h. It opened on May 7, 2016.

Marão tunnel in Portugal

Tunnel coordinates:  Google Maps  . Tariffs for 2020:

 vehicleTariff (EUR)
C1Passenger cars with 2 axles, the height of the front axle less than 1.10 m, with or without a trailer€ 2.05
C2Vehicles with 2 axles, height in the area of ​​the front axle at least 1.10 m€ 3.60
C3Vehicles with 3 axles, height in the area of ​​the front axle at least 1.10 m€ 4.65
C4Vehicles with more than 3 axles and a height in the area of ​​the front axle of at least 1.10 m€ 5.15

Parking in Portugal

The parking rules vary depending on the time of day, day of the week or even month. Different cities have different rules.

  • Parking signs are prohibited in Portugal“No Parking”  sign (  Estacionamento Proibido  ) – red crossed stripe on a white or blue background
  • Parking is prohibited 5 meters before the intersection, 25 meters in front of and 5 meters after the bus stop and 6 meters in front of and after the tram stop
  • You can only park in the direction of travel on a one-way street
  • Some parking spaces during business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. require a permit (  Cartão de Residente  ) from local residents or a company
  • Local parking permits may be required for residential areas at any time
  • Service staff in the parking lot always in uniform

The fine for parking violations is € 30 to € 150.

Portugal road map

Portugal road map

Basic traffic rules in Portugal

Speed ​​limit

Speed ​​limits in Portugal

Standard speed limits in Portugal (unless otherwise stated on signs). Cars and Motorcycles:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 90 km / h
  • on the way – 100 km / h
  • on the highway – 120 km / h

Cars with trailers:

  • in the village – 50 km / h
  • outside the village – 70 km / h
  • on the way – 80 km / h
  • on the highway – 100 km / h

It is forbidden to drive on motorway vehicles at a speed of 50 km / h or less in accordance with the technical specifications.

For drivers with less than a year of driving experience, the maximum speed should not exceed 90 km / h.

The current maximum speed limits for passenger cars on the roads of European countries.

alcohol

The maximum permissible blood alcohol level is  0.49 ‰  .

If the blood alcohol level is in the range of 0.50-0.79, the fine is € 250-1,250, and driving license revocation is 1 month to 1 year.

If the blood alcohol level is in the range of 0.8 ‰ to 1.19 штраф, the fine is € 500 to € 2,500, and driving license revocation is 2 months to 2 years.

If the alcohol content in your blood exceeds 1.2, you face the withdrawal of your driving license for 3 years and a prison sentence of up to 1 year.

Acceptable blood alcohol levels while driving in Europe.

dimmed headlights

Dipped headlights are required during the day when visibility is poor and when driving through tunnels. Fog lights may only be used in fog.

In the event of a violation, the fine is € 30 to € 150.

In which European countries is the use of dipped headlights mandatory during the day?

Transportation of children

Children under the age of 12 and under 135 cm can only travel in the rear seat with appropriate child restraint systems that are suitable for their weight.

Children under 3 years of age can be transported in the front passenger seat with suitable restraint systems, but the airbag must be deactivated.

It is forbidden to transport children under 3 years of age in cars that are not equipped with seat belts.

Fine of € 120 to € 600.

Requirements for the transport of children in light vehicles on the roads of European countries.

Seat belts

The use of seat belts (  Cinto de Segurança  ) is compulsory for front and rear passengers   . The driver must ensure that all passengers are buckled up.

In the event of a violation, the driver will be fined between 120 and 600 euros.

Make a phone call

It is forbidden to use a telephone communication device that is not equipped with a technical device that allows negotiation without the use of hands while the vehicle is in motion.

A fine of € 120 to € 600 and / or the revocation of a driver’s license from 1 month to 1 year.

Fines for phone calls while driving in European countries.

Punish

Fines can be paid directly to the police officer at the site of the offense. Most police cars are equipped with portable ATMs for instant fines. In this case, an official check will be issued indicating the maximum amount of the fine for this violation.

Foreign motorists are asked to leave a deposit to cover the maximum penalty for the violation committed if they refuse to pay a fine on site. If the driver refuses, the police have the right to confiscate the driver’s license, registration documents or, in some cases, confiscate the car.

Fines for traffic violations in Portugal:

violationFines (EUR)
Driving on motorways at speeds below 50 km / h€ 60-300
Passage at a red light120 – 600 €
Scatter garbage€ 60-300
Pass the vehicle on the right€ 250 – € 1,250
Disobedience to the traffic manager’s signals and gestures120 – 600 €
Failure to comply with the traffic manager’s request to stop€ 500 – € 2,500
Failure to comply with traffic law requirement to give a signal before driving€ 60-300
Go in the left lane on a road with two or more lanes in the same direction with a vacant right€ 60-300
Go in the opposite direction on a one-way street€ 250 – € 1,250
Failure to keep the distance to the vehicle in front€ 60-300
Failure to follow traffic rules to give a signal before stopping€ 60-300
Sudden decrease in speed or stop when the traffic situation does not require it120 – 600 €
Drive at low speeds when the traffic situation does not require it€ 60-300
Failure to comply with traffic law requirements to give way to a vehicle enjoying preferential right of movement€ 250 – € 1,250
Overtaking a vehicle where it is prohibited120 – 600 €
Violation of the driving rules by level crossings120 – 600 €
Stop on the freeway€ 250 – € 1,250
Reversing on a motorway€ 500 – € 2,500

Speeding penalties differ inside and outside the community.

Express fines in Portugal:

About speed
up to 20 km / h€ 60-300
21 – 30 km / h120 – 600 €€ 60-300
31 – 40 km / h120 – 600 €
41 – 50 km / h€ 300-1,500120 – 600 €
51 – 60 km / h€ 300-1,500120 – 600 €
61 – 80 km / h€ 500 – € 2,500€ 300-1,500
over 80 km / h€ 500 – € 2,500

 Traffic rules of Portugal  in Portuguese (2.4 MB).

Useful information

petrol

1.68 1.71 1.49 0.75 on May 23, 2021

Unleaded petrol (95 and 98) and diesel are available in Portugal. Petrol stations (LPG) are available in sufficient quantities.

Emergency numbers

  • European emergency number – 112

Compulsory equipment

Equipment  You  Must Have in Your Car:

  • Reflective Vest  – You must have a reflective vest in order to be worn in the event of an emergency stop. In the event of absence, the fine is between € 120 and € 600. A vest is only required  when installing an emergency stop sign  (49 Kb).
  • Emergency stop sign  – mandatory in the event of an emergency stop
  • Identification documents  – everyone must have a document with a photo that proves their identity

Requirements for equipment that must be present in the car in various European countries.

Winter equipment

Winter tires

The use of winter tires in Portugal is not compulsory but is recommended in some areas, e.g. B. in Serra da Estrela.

spikes

The use of studded tires is  prohibited  .

Anti-slip chains

Requirements for the use of winter and studded tires in different European countries.

Recommended equipment and other rules

It is recommended that you equip your vehicles with a fire extinguisher and a set of spare lamps.

Using Radar detector forbidden  . If this is found, a fine of € 500-2,500 will be imposed and the device itself will be confiscated.