Speed Limits in Portugal
Speed limits are indicated on circular signs with red border and a number
Speed limits are in kilometers per hour
National speed limits are - 50km/h in residential ares, 90km/h on rural roads and 120km/h on Motorways
Car towing trailers should not drive above 80km/H
Circle blue sign with numbers indicate minimum speed on some lanes
Roundabouts in Portugal
The law in Portugal for driving on roundabouts is not like the law in many other countries:
When you enter a roundabout, always give way to traffic already on the roundabout (approaching from the left).
If the roundabout only has one lane, things are simple. Enter the roundabout then take the exit you want to.
For roundabouts with more than one lane:
If you want to take the first exit from a roundabout, keep to the right-hand lane as you approach the roundabout. Otherwise move to the left-hand lane as you approach the roundabout then move to an inside lane on the roundabout.
Stay on an inside lane on the roundabout until you approach the exit you want to take. Then move to the outside lane and take the exit.
You are breaking the law if you are on an outside lane on a roundabout and pass an exit without taking it.
Be very careful with slow-moving traffic (for example, a heavy goods vehicle) driving on the outside lane of a roundabout. If you are on an inside lane and there is any doubt about taking an exit, simply go round the roundabout again.
Toll roads in Portugal
Portuguese Motorways are not free. They have tolls along them.
When you rent a car in Portugal your rental car will come with a transponder for automatic payment of the highways each time to go through a toll. At the end of your contract you will pay at the agency the balance.
License to drive in Portugal
If you are from the EU and have a valid license from your own county with picture then you can drive in Portugal
Coming from another country you will need to have both your license and the International Driving Permit - You will be asked by officials and rental agency;
The law allows you to drive from 18 years old but most rental company will have other requirements such as being 21 years old or 5 years of having a driving license... Check with each rental agency.
What to do if you are involved in a traffic accident in Portugal
Traffic accident in Portugal ? Stay calm. Police and insurance companies will deal with it. Use safety equipment, get driver and vehicle details. Call 112.
Call the Emergency services
If anyone has suffered death or an injury, you must by law wait at the scene of the accident for a Portuguese agent of authority to arrive. If you fail to do that, you incur a fine of €500-€2500 if not more. Call the emergency services number 112 and they will notify the police and possibly the ambulance service. You can expect the 112 operator to speak good English and be well-trained. Stay calm and answer all the questions the operator may ask.
It is an insurance limiting your liability to the excess amount in case of damage. This insurance is included in most of our rates, however, please check it is so in your booking Terms & Conditions before you arrive at the rental desk. This insurance has exclusions such as damage to glass (e.g. windows, windscreen, etc.) tyres, undercarriage, roof and loss of keys; for instance if you damage the undercarriage of the vehicle, you will be liable for the full cost of repair.
We would advise you to select our Excess Insurance provided through our partner Mondial Insurance. This policy would allow you to claim the cost of your excess for €5.50 per day.
Once the vehicle is confirmed please check your booking voucher. The voucher has a section which shows the addition extras you have booked for example baby seats, booster seats or additional drivers. These extras are not included in the price quoted and must be paid for on arrival.
We unfortunately cannot confirm or guarantee you will receive the baby seat or booster you booked, or any other optional extras or special equipment. If you requested any of these optional extras during the booking process, they will appear on your confirmation voucher once your booking has been confirmed. These extras are not included in the price quoted and they must be paid for on arrival. We would advise you to ring the car rental agent ahead of your arrival to confirm they will be able to provide you with the optional extras you requested.