Transportation in Portugal

Driving in Portugal

Choosing a car as a mean of transportation in Portugal can be quite safe, as alcohol levels permitted are up to 0.05% and the penalties for exceeding this are severe. Hence you don’t usually see many drunk-drivers. Beware the priority from the right rule, and watch out at roundabouts as the Portuguese signalling is not always what we expect.

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Documents you MUST carry:

  • Insurance certificate – obligatory at least for third party
  • Driving licence
  • Vehicle registration documents

Equipment you MUST carry:

  • Warning triangle – recommended
  • Reflective vest – recommended
  • Headlamp adjuster


  • Radar detector

Public transportation in Portugal

Lisbon airport is 7km from the city centre – about 35 minutes’ drive. There is a special “Aerobus” every 20 minutes from 07:45 to 20:15.


Portugal has an extensive bus system, “Expressos” – comfortable and fast, “Rapidas” – fast regional buses and the stopping often “Carrieras” (which actually means “in a hurry”). Prices are reasonable, getting a ticket usually no problem and there are good discounts for seniors and under 26-year-olds.


Trains tend to be cheaper and slower than the express buses. You can find travel information at


The Portugal is famous for it’s Atlantic coastline water sports. And even though it thrives with touristic means of aquatic travel, the usual day-to-day water transportation in Portugal is pretty rudimentary, if not trifling part of the sector. Apart from river crossing ferries the only other form of water transport are the river cruises.

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