Driving in Portugal
Road rules of Portugal
We have put together some key Portuguese road rules to help awareness of different driving laws in foreign countries.
These rules are to be used as a guide, please be aware that rules are subject to change and are correct as of November 2012. Please ask your Avis representative if any queries arise.
Please ask your Avis representative about toll charges and road charges before leaving the Avis car hire location and whether snow tyres or chains are needed.
Take a look at our Portugal location page for ideas, travelling tips and booking information. We also have Great Drives guides for Portugal to help you make the most of your car hire experience.
Which Side of the Road?
In Portugal, please drive on the RIGHT side of the road.
Unique Country Driving Laws
- The use of mobile phones, including the use of hands-free kits, are prohibited.
- To be allowed to use "Blue Zone" parking, visit the local Police station, and receive the disc free of charge.
- Do not use horn in a built up area unless in danger.
- It is illegal to carry bicycles on the back of a passenger car.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban areas: 31 mph (50 km/h)
- Rural areas: 55mph (90 km/h)
- Motorways: 74 mph (120 km/h)
Unless indicated by road signs.
Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws
It is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to wear a seatbelt
- Children under 12 and less than 150cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size.
Please ask your Avis representative to help fit your child with the correct child seat.
Compulsory Equipment in your Avis rental car
- Photographic proof of identity - In Portugal, you must always carry photographic proof of identity
- Reflective jacket
- Fire Department