What to know about driving in Portugal.
Read on for what to know if you're about to get behind the wheel in Portugal.
Q: What side of the road should I drive on?
A: The country drives on the right and overtakes on the left.
Q: What is the speed limit?
A: The speed limit in urban areas is 50km/h. Elsewhere it is 90 – 100km/h and on motorways it is 120km/h.
Q: Who has right of way?
A: Priority must be given to vehicles coming from the right. Emergency vehicles and trams always have right of way and you should only pass a stationary tram if there is an island for passengers to get on and off. On narrow roads, the vehicle nearest a passing place must give way and cars travelling up a hill should give way to cars travelling down.
Q: What is the drink-drive limit in Portugal?
A: The drink-drive limit is just 0.05% which means it is most sensible not to drink at all when driving.
Q: Can I use my hands-free mobile while driving?
A: Yes, hands-free sets are permitted although using a handheld mobile while driving is illegal.
Q: Are there toll roads in Portugal?
A: Yes, and they can be paid at kiosks at the entrance or exit and can usually be paid by cash or card. Some motorways only accept card payments.
Q: Where can I park?
A: There are car parks and on-street parking in most places, most payable at a meter although some can also be paid via app.
Q: What do I need to know about driving with children?
A: Children aged 12 or under must travel in the back of the car in appropriate child seats. These can usually be hired along with the car.
Q: What should I do in case of an emergency?
A: Call 112 to speak to the emergency services (in English). On motorways and other major roads, look out for SOS points every 2km.
Q: Anything else?
A: Horns should not be used in built-up areas when it is dark except in an emergency. In rural areas, horns can be used wherever necessary. Be aware that it is illegal to use a sat nav (or any other device) to be alerted about speed cameras.