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Driving Overview
General Information
Portugal lagged behind other countries in Western Europe in developing a national highway system, and as a result superhighways are more limited. A four-lane highway, or "auto estrada," runs about 590km from Lisbon to Porto. Two-lane highways of good quality connect the rest of the country.

Requirements
To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Seatbelts are mandatory. Child seats are mandatory for children up to age 4.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in Portugal are as follows: City 55km/h Open Roads 90km/h Highways 120km/h

Rules of the Road
Traffic travels on the right. On roundabouts, vehicles already on the roundabout have the right of way. Drivers must yield to disembarking tram passengers.

Gas / Petrol
Gas or petrol stations are open from 7am to 10pm and many stations located on the highway are open 24 hours.

Tolls
There is a toll highway, the "Auto-Estrada," that goes from Lisbon to Porto.

Parking
"Blue zone" parking exists in many Portuguese towns. You can obtain a cardboard disc, free of charge, from either the police or local motor club offices. Central Lisbon offers very little on-street parking.

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Useful Terms
Unleaded gasoline
gasolina sem chumbo
Diesel
diesel
Motor oil
oleo de molar
Gas station
estacao de gasolina
Car rental Agency
aluguer de carros
Toll
portagem
Toll road
estrada con portagem
Parking
estacionamenfo
Highway
auto estrada
Expressway
via rapida
Exit
saida
Entrance
entrada
Detour
atalho
Hospital
hospital
Police
policia
Police station
estacao de policia
Embassy
embaixada
 
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Rental Restrictions
General Information
Most car categories can be driven anywhere in Western Europe without restriction. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a minute to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to rent.

Restricted Countries
Cars rented in Portugal are not allowed into the following countries: Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and Yugoslavia. Luxury cars are not allowed into Italy. No cars may go onto the African continent.

One-Way Rentals
Domestic one-way rentals are unrestricted and free of charge on mainland Portugal. There are fees for international one-way rentals, and not all vehicles are allowed.

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