Traffic rules and mobility in Portugal

Traffic restrictions and low emission zones

Traffic and safety rules

If you are driving in Portugal, be aware of the traffic and safety rules, which may be different from your country. 

Low Emission Areas

In Portugal, low emission zones are defined by each municipality. In order to find out which areas are restricted to certain vehicles, or to find out how to obtain authorisation to drive in such areas, you should consult the municipal authorities’ websites.

Find out, for example:

Temporary traffic conditions

On the site of Infraestruturas de Portugal (Portugal's Infrastructure) you can consult traffic conditions, such as possible road closures or road works, etc.

You can also consult the municipal authorities’ websites for more detailed information on temporary traffic restrictions or alternative means of travelling in the city of your choice.

See, for example:

Toll system in Portugal

When driving on Portuguese roads, you may encounter toll sections on certain motorways and on the two bridges connecting Lisbon to the south bank of the river Tagus.

As a general rule, tolls may be paid manually or electronically.

Electronic tolls only

On some motorways, toll payments are exclusively electronic. On these roads there are no toll booths where you can stop and pay an attendant or use a payment machine.

When a car passes through the automatic detection system above the road, it is identified for the respective toll charge.

Exclusively electronic toll roads are marked with the reference ‘electronic toll only’.

Means of payment for foreign-registered vehicles

EasyToll system

The EasyToll system is an automatic electronic toll payment solution via a bank card (Mastercard, Visa or Maestro) linked to the car’s registration number.

You can join EasyToll in dedicated centres at the following locations:

  • A28 – Viana do Castelo Service Area
  • A24 – 3.5 km from the Chaves/Verin border
  • A25 – Alto de Leomil Service Area (Vilar Formoso)
  • A22 – near the Castro Marim/Ayamonte border.

Find out more about the EasyToll system on the Portugal Tolls website.

TollCard

TollCard is a pre-paid product activated via SMS which has a fixed amount to be used as you drive. A TollCard can be paid in cash or with a bank card, is valid for 1 year and the balance can be checked online.

You can buy a TollCard online at www.tollcard.pt, at CTT shops, or at the following service areas:

  • all service areas on the A23
  • all service areas on the A22
  • the Celorico, Vouzela and Aveiro service areas on the A25
  • the Viana do Castelo and Vila do Conde service areas on the A28
  • the Almodôvar service area on the A2
  • the Estremoz service area on the A6
  • the Barcelos service area on the A3
  • the Seide service area on the A7.

Find out more about TollCard on the Portugal Tolls website.

TollService

Pre-paid product with two options:

  1. Pre-charged card with unlimited use for 3 days at a cost of EUR 20 plus a joining fee of EUR 0.74. This product is only valid for Class 1 and 2 vehicles.
  2. Pre-charged card with pre-defined itinerary and date:
  • Spain – Porto Airport, via A28 or A41 (one way or return only)
  • Spain – Faro Airport, via A22 (one way or return only).

You can buy this product at the Cepsa service areas of Viana do Castelo (A28), Abrantes (A23) and Olhão (A22), at Porto airport, at CTT shops or online at www.tollcard.pt

Find out more about TollService on the Portugal Tolls site.

Via Verde Visitors temporary device

With electronic Via Verde devices, tolls are paid by direct debit from the linked bank account, with no additional administrative costs.

These devices are valid for use on all motorways, both exclusively electronic and traditional payment, where lanes reserved for Via Verde can be used.

For customers who drive more frequently on motorways and who have a bank account in Portugal, Via Verde has other types of devices that may be more suitable.

You can buy these products from Via Verde shops or online from the Via Verde portal.

Find out how to fit the Via Verde device to your vehicle on the Portugal Tolls site.

Find out more about Via Verde on the Portugal Tolls site.

Manual payment tolls

On other motorways or toll roads, which are not exclusively electronic, payment is generally made at a booth with a barrier. The booth with barrier may have an attendant accepting your payment, or there may be a payment terminal where drivers can pay in cash or with a bank card.

For Via Verde customers, there are reserved lanes without barriers, where vehicles can pass freely, and the electronic device is recognised by the overhead system.

Map of motorways and tolls

You can plan your road journey in Portugal by choosing the route and simulating the amount of tolls you will have to pay through the toll calculator on the Portugal Tolls site.

Consult the map of motorways in Portugal on the Infraestruturas de Portugal website.

Class of vehicles at tolls

Find out the class of your vehicle for toll purposes:

  • Class 1
    • Motorcycles and vehicles with a height of up to 1.1 m on the front axle
  • Class 2
    • Vehicles with 2 axles with a height of more than 1.1 m on the front axle
  • Class 3
    • Vehicles with 3 axles with a height of more than 1.1 m on the front axle
  • Class 4
    • Vehicles with 4 axles or more with a height of more than 1.1 m on the front axle
  • Class 5
    • Only for motorcycles using Via Verde