Driving in Portugal – Motorhome Driving in Portugal
Motorhome Holiday Portugal
Driving Licence Requirements for Portugal
Driving in Portugal. To hire a motorhome or car in Portugal, you must be at least 19 for cars and 21 for motorhomes, and have held your license for 1 year.
Portugal Road Rules
General Portugal driving, laws rules and regulations:
– Driving in Portugal is on the right hand side of the road.
– Overtaking is on the left hand side of the road.
– Drivers must yield to disembarking tram passengers.
– Seat belts when driving a hire car in Portugal are mandatory.
– On the stop fines can be issued by the traffic police and must be paid in Euros. Most traffic police vehicles are fitted with portable ATM machines.
– Drivers are to carry at all times while driving photo identification when driving a car hire in Lisbon and other cities in Portugal.
– Dipped headlights must be used in tunnels and when there is poor daytime visibility. More info here!
– Personal ID
– Driving licence
– Motor insurance certificate
– Vehicle registration or equivalent
– Vehicle logbook (livrete)or equivalent
Speed Limits in Portugal
– 50 kilometres per hour in built up areas
– 90 kilometres per hour on rural roads
– 120 kilometres per hour on motorways (with a minimum speed of 40km per hour)
Speed limits are enforced by unmarked police cars and radar traps. Cars towing trailers or caravans can only travel at 70/80km per hour.
Tolls in Portugal
Portugal has two types of toll roads: “auto estradas” and former “SCUTs”. In “Auto Estradas”, that is, normal highways, toll payment is quite easy, as you’ll come across toll booths when entering or exiting the highway, where you can pay by cash or by means of a credit or debit card. SCUTs are more complicated. Originally these highways were not paid (in fact SCUT means “Sem Custos Para o Utilizador”, that is, “With no costs for the user”) and as such they have no toll booths anywhere in sight. What they do have is electronic devices that will register the license plates of vehicles travelling through them.
For people driving a rental, there are two ways to deal with this. Sometimes the supplier will fit out their vehicles with an electronic device that will allow clients to drive through Portuguese highways without having to worry about tolls, and then the toll amount is paid directly to the supplier at the end of the rental period. When the supplier doesn’t provision its cars with such a device, the client must pay the tolls at Post Offices. Guide to toll roads in Portugal
Seat Belt Laws
Seat belt laws in Portugal make it compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear seatbelts whilst the motorhome is moving. Failure to do so will incur a fine.
Drinking and Driving
The maximum allowed alcohol level in Portgual is 50mg per 100ml of blood; less than that of the UK. It means that even a single drink can take you over the limit.
Petrol stations in Portugal
Petrol stations in Portugal are open from 7am to 10pm with some stations in major cities and on the highway open 24 hours.
At night in rural areas look out for horse drawn carts. When a tram stops and there is no island for passengers to disembark at, drivers must give way to them. Avoiding rush hour traffic in the cities is to be advised.