DRIVING IN PORTUGAL
- Use seat belt;
- Use a support chair or a lift bench for children under 10 years of age or less than 1.5 meters in height;
- Keep within the speed limits, which are: 50 hm / hour in built-up areas; 120 hm / hour on motorways and at 90 km / h on other roads.
- Handling of the mobile phone;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (maximum alcohol limit = 0.5 g / l).
Citizens of the European Union, Andorra, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway, Romania and Switzerland need only an identification card to visit Portugal.
Other visitors need a passport and, in some cases, a visa.
The currency is the Euro. The banks are in operation during 08h30 and 15h00, from Monday to Friday. The easiest way to raise money is through one of the many ATMs, identified with the MB – Multibanco sign.
Every withdrawal of money made by EU citizens, regardless of quantity, has a flat rate of around € 2.5. Rates vary when involving transactions with banks in other countries.
Electricity in Portugal is 220/400 volts, 50 Hz and the sockets are composed of two parallel pins – European standard. If your outlets are in the US standard, you should use a 220 volt transformer and an adapter.
HEALTH AND PHARMACY
If you choose to travel to a EU country, you must bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), a document that guarantees health care.
This is a standard template throughout the EU, the European Economic Area and Switzerland. Portugal has a national network of hospitals and health centers, as well as several hospitals and private clinics.
Pharmacies are in operation between 9am and 7pm, but you can always find some open outside these hours.
Portugal has an excellent network of motorways throughout the country (all with toll rates).
The main motorways are the A1, which links Lisbon to Porto and A2, which connects Lisbon and the Algarve. The Algarve is served from east to west by Via do Infante.
The cities have a bus network and, in the case of Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra, there is also a metro.
National holidays without a fixed date:
- Good friday;
- Freedom Day – April 25
- Labor Day – May 1
- Body of God – May 26
- Portugal Day – June 10
- Our Lady of the Assumption – August 15
- Implementation of the Republic – October 5
- All Saints Day – November 1
- Restoration of Independence – December 1
- Day of the Immaculate Conception – December 08
- Christmas Day – December 25
In Portugal, both can find motorways with traditional tolls, as will check that several itineraries will present electronic tolls. Therefore, when traveling to Portugal, you must take into consideration the existing payment methods in order to facilitate your travel around our country.
The means of payment available in electronic tolls in Portugal are as follows:
The automatic payment made at the toll station, where the debit is made through a bank card (Visa and Mastercard) associated with the registration number of the vehicle.
You can use the EASYToll method at the Welcome Points located in the following border crossings: EN13 – Vila Nova de Cerveira; A24 – Keys; A25 – Vilar Formoso and A22 – Vila Real de Santo António.
For more information, visit the website or call 707 500 501 (national) or 00 351 212879555 (outside).
The user purchases the card, which must be charged with a set amount. The card must be activated by means of an SMS, its code associated with the registration number of the vehicle. If necessary, the card can be reloaded and you can check the balance available at www.portugaltolls.com. These cards can be purchased at Welcome Points, CTT stations, service areas in Portugal and Spain, participating hotels and Tourism Secretaries.
A prepaid pass with the cost of € 20, which has unlimited use for a period of 3 days. This is only valid for light vehicles (cars) and can be purchased at the following places: Points of welcome located in the following border crossings: EN13 – Vila Nova de Cerveira; A24 – Keys; A25 – Vilar Formoso and A22 – Vila Real de Santo António; on the CTT website; in Porto and Faro; in service areas in A28 – Viana and Modivas, A25 – Celorico da Beira; A23 – Abrantes; A22 – Olhão and A24 – Vidago.
VISITORS VIA VERDE
System suitable for those who spend frequent periods in Portugal. This electronic device can be rented for 90 days at a cost of € 6 in the first week and € 1.50 in subsequent weeks. Being that is also paid a deposit of € 27.50. Via Verde can be purchased at Via Verde stores, www.viaverde.pt, in service areas or by Banco Caixa Geral in Spain.