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Lisbon is Portugal’s largest city, the capital of the great navigators, a silent witness to the long history of the world and great discoveries. Like a precious multi-coloured mosaic, created by a skilful Byzantine master and negligently thrown into the water, the city is a home to blue, orange, yellow and red roofs of cozy houses surrounding the ultramarine waters of the ocean. Reflected in the bright sunlight, they create a sense of fairy-tale, immersing guests in a wonderful world with a unique character and charm.

Lisbon has nothing in common with other European capitals. It does not tolerate hyperactivity, demonstrative pomposity and raging street crowd. Walking through the labyrinths of cobbled streets and cozy yards, going down on cable cars and ornate staircases, you will only see the leisurely charm of southern life that is seemingly idyllic for the tired traveller. Renting a car at Lisbon Airport would enable you go sightseeing and enjoying plenty of relaxation in the heart of Portugal, without having to border yourself with public transport and guides. At bookingcar.ru, you can rent a car right now for any dates you want and on the best deals possible.

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Penalties for traffic offences in Lisbon

After hiring a vehicle in Lisbon and violating traffic rules, it is better to pay the relevant fine directly to the police officer that levied that fine. Most police vehicles are equipped with portable ATMs. Moreover, you will receive a receipt indicating the possible maximum penalty.

In cases where a foreigner refuses to pay fine, he will be asked to make a deposit to cover the maximum amount possible for the traffic offence committed. In case of disagreement, the officer of the law has the right to withdraw the offender’s driving license and registration papers, and seize the vehicle.

Main traffic offences and penalties:

Driving on a highway with a speed below 50 km/h €60-€300
Stopping on a highway €250-€1250
Driving on the highway on the reverse €500-€2500
Crossing a red traffic light €120-€600
Ignoring the traffic controller’s signals €120-€2500
Throwing litter from the car window €60-€300
Illegal moving or stopping €60-€300
Overtaking on the right. €250-€1250
Prohibited overtaking €120-€600
Driving on the left lane of a road with two or more lanes when the right lane is free €60-€300
Failure to maintain minimum distance to the vehicle in front €60-€300
Sudden braking or stopping when the traffic situation does not require so €120-€600
Slow movement without the need €60-€300
Railroad crossing violations €120-€600
Violating give way rules €250-€1250
Talking on a mobile phone without a hands free while driving €120-€600
Failure to fasten seatbelt (passenger or driver seat belt) €120-€600
Violation of child restraint requirements €120-€600
Turning off the headlights when visibility is poor €30-€150
Parking violations €30-€150
Exceeding the speed limit by up to 30 km/h €60-€600
Exceeding the speed limit by up to 60 km/h €120-€1500
Exceeding the speed limit by 80 km/h and above €500-€2500
Using a radar detector €500-€2500

Speed limits

Portugal has standard speed limits for vehicles:

  • 50 km/h in built-up areas;
  • 90 km/h (or 70 km/h with a trailer) for country roads;
  • 100 km/h (or 80 km/h with a trailer) for high-speed suburban highways;
  • 120 km/h (or 100 km/h with a trailer) for expressways.

The minimum speed limit on highways is 50 km/h. For drivers with less than one year of driving experience, the maximum speed on any road is 90 km/h.

Parking

When renting a car in Lisbon, note that parking rules in the city vary depending on the day of the week, time of the day or month..

Main information about parking

  • • You can park a car on a one-way street only by direction of movement
  • • In residential areas, parking requires the permission of the local residents
  • • In some areas, parking from 8.00 AM to 18.00 PM is only by the permission of the company or residents (Cartão de Residente)
  • • It is prohibited to park 5 meters before a road intersection, 5 meters after and 25 meters before a bus stop, and 6 meters before and after a tram stop;
  • • Prohibition sign Estacionamento Proibido (No Parking) is a crossed-out red line on a blue or white background.
  • • Service personnel at car parks is always dressed in a uniform.

Permissible blood alcohol levels

The maximum permissible level of alcohol in the blood for driving in Lisbon is 0.49 ‰. Exceeding this level incurs the following penalties:

Drunk driving (from 0.5‰ to 0.79 ‰) a fine of €250 to €1250 euros and a driving ban for 1 to 12 months
Drunk driving (from 0.8‰ to 1.19 ‰) a fine of €500 to €2500 euros and a driving ban for 2 to 24 months
Drunk driving (above 1.2 ‰) a driving ban for 36 months or a 1-year imprisonment

Fuel cost

Unleaded gasoline (98 and 95) and diesel fuel are sold in Lisbon and across Portugal. It is allowed to carry gasoline on cans. Gas stations (LPG) are also everywhere.

Average fuel cost in Lisbon

Gasoline 95 €1.65
Gasoline 98 €1.78
Diesel fuel €1.44

Toll roads

Driving through some roads and bridges in Portugal is chargeable. The tariff depends on the type of vehicle, which vary in height and number of axles.

Tariffs on suburban roads leading from Lisbon:

Direction Tariff (€)
А1 Lisboa — Porto 20,90
А2 Lisboa — VLA (Algarve) 19,80
А5 Lisboa — Cascais 1,25
А8 Lisboa — Leiria 9,55

Methods of payment:

- at gates with this sign, you can pay automatically by cash or credit card

- gates with this sign are operated by a person. Cash and credit card are accepted

- gates with this sign are only for ViaVerde subscribers.

On some highways, payment is only by electronic method.

If you are planning to rent a car in Lisbon and travel across the country, you can become a ViaVerde subscriber, by renting a transponder at service stations along the road marked with the appropriate sign or at the company’s offices. The cost depends on the duration of its use. For example, a one-week rent will cost about 6 euros. It is also required to make a deposit of 27 euros for the transponder and a deposit of at most 10 euros.

Driving along the Vasco da Gama Bridge across the Tagus River to the north from Lisbon is chargeable. This route is part of the A12 highway. The toll for passenger cars is 2.60 euros. Payment can be made in cash or by Via Verde or Via Card payment systems. On the north bank of the Tagus River is the 25 de Abril suspension bridge connecting Lisbon and Almada. The toll on this road is 1.60 euros and it is charged only when driving from Almada to Lisbon.

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