Traffic Rules Portugal


In towns 50 km/h
On motorways 120 km/h (beginners: 90 km/h)
On highways 90 or 100 km/h
Right-hand driving/left-hand driving Right-hand traffic
Alcohol 50 mg/100 mL
Seat belt mandatory yes
Child Safety Seat Child seat required up to age 12 or 150 cm.
Toll fees There are usage fees for most motorways.
Obligations to carry Warning triangle, first aid kit and safety vest required.
Mobile phone Only hands-free telephones may be used.
Right of Way Priority to the right; car has priority over bicycle
Roundabout Cars in the roundabout have the right of way.
Specific rules of the counry Beginners (first year) must display a sticker to this effect on the vehicle.


Driver´s license

A UK driving licence is valid.

Minimum age

The minimum and maximum age varies between car hire agencies and also between vehicle classes. The minimum age is normally between 21 and 25 and the driving license must be 1 to 2 years old. At some car hire agencies drivers below a fixed age limit must pay an additional fee.

Details are available in the hiring terms of the car hire agency. (In point 3 – Entering data and payment – under General Terms and Conditions)

Fuel Information

There are two options:

1. The tank is full when accepted and returned with a full tank. There is a charge for the petrol required to fill the tank.

2. The tank is full when accepted and paid for. The vehicle is then returned with an empty tank. Any remaining petrol will not be reimbursed.

You can find the applicable tanking option in the details of the results list. We have no influence over the tanking option.

This content is for informational purpose only and does not guarantee accuracy or completeness.