Domestic Transportation in Portugal
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
- 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:
|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|
|TAP AIR PORTUGAL||Major||Yes||Yes|
|SATA Air Açores||Major||Yes||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
- 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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