Domestic Transportation in Portugal

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Lisbon and Porto each have their own bus network.
There are two large public metro networks: that of Lisbon (and its suburbs) and that of Porto (and its suburbs). The metro south of the Tagus is private. The completion of the Sul do Tejo (MTS) Metro is expected in 2009; it will serve the towns situated on Lisbon's south bank.
The other towns have their own municipal transport systems (buses and/or trams).
When you arrive at Lisbon airport, at the tourist counter, there are taxi "vouchers" and a table showing journeys and their respective costs. Nevertheless, it is safer to take taxis which are parked near the departure zone; there is much less risk of paying more. In town, there are not usually problems of this sort. Be careful, too, that the official cost of baggage in the trunk is adhered to: according to the law, the cost is 1.6 EUR for all the baggage (and not for each suitcase or bag) carried in the trunk of the taxi.
Maps of Urban Networks
Map of Porto bus lines
Lisbon metro map
Porto metro map
Urban Transport Agencies
Lisbon buses and funiculars
Buses in greater Porto
Lisbon metro
Porto metro
Find an Itinerary
Finding an itinerary in Lisbon
Finding an itinerary in Porto
Finding a metro itinerary in Lisbon
Taxi Companies
Autocoope, Lisbon taxis
Raditaxis, Porto taxis

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Lisbon (LIS) 10 km / 6 miles EUR 10 / 25-45 min EUR 1.20 / 20-45 min - Available
Porto (OPO) 16 km / 10 miles EUR 15-20 EUR1 / 40-55 min EUR 1.40 / 30 min Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

North of the Tagus:
Although there is still no high speed train for the journey between Lisbon and Braga (including Porto), the train remains the most convenient and fastest means of transport. Train tickets can be bought at automatic ticket machines.


South of the Tagus:
Especially for the Algarve, the bus was the means of transport favoured by most people. But, since 2005, the railway has crossed the Tagus and ensures good links with the south of the country.

Rail Companies
C.P. Portuguese Railways


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
SATA Air Açores Major Yes Yes
Easyjet Low cost No Yes
Transavia Low cost No Yes
Ryanair Low cost No Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

On the IP5, from Aveiro to Vilar Formoso, it is compulsory to drive with headlights on, even in the daytime. Many checks are carried out and offenders are liable to be fined. The roads are generally in good condition but you should be careful, given the number of road accidents which is above the European average. The Portuguese like to drive at high speed and road signs are often missing or few and far between. Be careful: on some multi-lane roads, there are speed limits under which you may not drive. Many speed cameras have been installed along the roads.


It is easy to rent a car all over the country, especially at airports.

Driver's License
The Community driver's license is recognized in Portugal. Other licenses are also recognized if they are accompanied by an official translation. After one year's residence in Portugal, the foreign resident must exchange his license for a Portuguese license.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
The driver must be over 21 and have had his driver's license for more than a year.
Rental Agencies
Tolls or Taxes
You have to pay on motorways, at the toll booth on entering or leaving the motorway. Keep your ticket carefully until you have to pay.
Road Maps
Road map of Portugal
Map of Lisbon
Maps and itineraries on the main Portuguese search engine
Via Michelin
Find an Itinerary
Traffic Conditions Online
Estradas de Portugal
Parking Facilities
Parking in town is regulated and you usually have to pay. You pay at a parking meter ("parquimetro") in the street, using coins. Authorized parking places are shown by white markings on the ground.
All towns have parking lots (most often underground), in the town center, or on the outskirts with connections to public transport.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
Side of the Road For Driving
On the right
Speed Limits
50 km/h in town, 90 km/h on a national road, 100 km/h on main roads and 120 km/h on motorways.
Safety Belts
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
0.5 g/liter of blood or 0.25 mg of alcohol per liter of air breathed out
National Roads Organizations
Estradas de Portugal S.A.
Brisa (private motorways)

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