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    Portugal Driving Information

    We search & compare the lowest rates on a range of car hire from the best suppliers throughout Portugal. Our Suppliers are located throughout major and remote areas of Portugal. Airport collections offer convenience with depots located in the airport terminal or shuttle services where available. 

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    Speed Limits

    Speed limits vary in Portugal depending upon the type of road you are travelling.
    - The speed limit on Motorways is 120km/hr
    - The speed limit on main intercity roads is 100km/hr
    - The speed limit in other built up areas ranges between 50 - 90km/hr
    - Some city centres have reduced speed zones of 20km/hr

    Tolls and Motorways

    Tolls and Motorways are common in Portugal. There is a widespread implementation of an electronic toll system, similar to the eTolls system in Australia. Traditional motorways have the tolls booths where payment is made by cash or card, as well as a Via Verde, or Green Channel, where vehicles fitted with the electronic devices can drive through and have the payment made by debit. There are some motorways which are exclusively the electronic toll system. At the entry to these motorways, there are signs saying 'Electronic Toll Only'.

    Many rental vehicles are now fitted with the electronic toll device and you can use the Via Verde lanes, otherwise, In order to use some Motorways in Portugal, a temporary electronic toll device (DEM) or the pre-payment of tolls is required. Either contact us or your rental supplier for more information on electronic tolls.


    Roundabouts are common on Portuguese roads. In theory, internationally recognised rules apply, meaning drivers approaching the roundabout have to yield to drivers on the roundabout. You should indicate to leave the roundabout and only use or move in to the outside lane to take the next exit. In practice, however, taking a roundabout in Portugal may not be quite what you are used to. Many drivers in Portugal use whichever lane they happen to be driving in, regardless of the exit they intend to take. Some good advice is to always check your mirrors when changing lanes or exiting the roundabout, and beware of drivers in lanes which you might not normally find them.


    Signposts in Portugal are similar to what you will find in Australia, with most being designed to European recommendations. Signs inside a red circle are generally prohibitive, signs with a blue background and generally directive, and signs with a red triangle are usually warning signs.


    Fuel types are generally the same as throughout Europe. The main 3 types of fuel available are;

    • Diesel(Gasóleo)
    • Unleaded 95 octane gasoline (Sem Chumbo 95)
    • Unleaded 98 octane gasoline (Sem Chumbo 98)

    We recommend you choose a diesel vehicle where available. Diesel is cheaper to purchase and more economical to run. Fuel stations can be found in all cities and towns along the main highways as well as in supermarkets. You will often find that Supermarket brands are cheaper to purchase fuel from than fuel stations along the major roads.


    Parking rules and regulations vary depending on the time of day and day of the week, and each town and city may have different rules. No parking signs ( Estacionamento Proibido)are often white or blue with a red line across. Yellow or red painted signs and lines next to the curb also indicate that parking is prohibited. If parking along the side of the road, always park in the direction of traffic, particularly on one-way streets. Parking in the major cities, including Porto and Lisbon, can be a hassle and it is easier and safer to park in secured car parks for the day.