Portugal lagged behind other countries in Western Europe in developing a national highway system, and as a result superhighways are more limited. A four-line highway, or 'auto estrada,' runs about 360mi/590km from Lisbon to Porto. Two-lane highways of good quality connect the rest of the country.
To rent a car in Lisbon or elsewhere in Portugal, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and you must have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Seatbelts are mandatory. Child seats are mandatory for children up to age 4.
Speed limits in Portugal are as follows: City 35mph/56kph Open Roads 55mph/88kph Highways 75mph/120kph
Rules of the Road
Traffic travels on the right. In traffic circles, vehicles inside the circle have the right of way. While driving in Portugal you must yield to disembarking tram passengers.
Gas stations are open from 7am to 10pm and many stations located on the highway are open 24 hours.
There is a toll highway, the 'Auto-Estrada,' that goes from Lisbon to Porto.
'Blue zone' parking exists in many Portuguese towns. You can obtain a cardboard disc, free of charge, from either the police or local motor club offices. Central Lisbon offers very little on-street parking.
Car rental insurance in Portugal varies widely, so please review the information below prior to making your reservation. Regulations of the country where you rent the car will be in effect for the duration of your rental.
All our car rental rates include fire and third party liability insurance. Our inclusive rates also provide collision and theft coverage at an advance purchase discount. You may elect to decline collision and theft coverage. If you plan to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card, please contact your card issuer directly for details. Specific insurance information for your reservation will be printed on your confirmation voucher.
The following guidelines apply to rentals commencing in Portugal.
Fire and third party liability insurance is mandatory and is included in all rentals. Third party liability insurance is unlimited in Portugal in case of damage or injury to people or property outside of the rental car.
Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and theft protection are included in our inclusive rates at a discount. CDW, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$14 - US$55 per day. Theft protection, if purchased at the rental counter, costs approximately US$5 - US$15 per day. CDW and theft coverage reduce the deductible (responsibility of the client) to US$1140 - US$3975, depending on the vehicle type that is rented. Personal Accident Insurance (PAI) is available at the rental counter for approximately US$5 - US$8 per day. Super CDW may be offered locally to reduce the deductible as low as zero. Optional insurance coverage is available with select suppliers only, rates subject to change without notice.
Most car categories can be driven anywhere in Western Europe without restriction. Due to insurance regulations, there are restrictions on luxury car categories and on travel in certain countries. Please take a minute to ensure that your intended itinerary will be possible with the car you plan to rent.
Cars rented in Portugal are not allowed into the following countries: Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and Yugoslavia. Luxury cars are not allowed into Italy. No cars may go onto the African continent.
Domestic one-way car rentals are available between select locations, additional fees may apply. There are fees for international one-way rentals, and not all vehicles are allowed.
Whether you have come to explore Lisbon, the country capital, or prefer to make your way to smaller towns in Portugal, our useful Portugal map page is just what you need to make your time in the country simple and easy. Whether you choose to download the map images featured on the right of this page or prefer to plot directions or zoom in on your location using the Google map of Portugal at the bottom of this page, this resource will allow you to find top attractions, hotels, landmarks, roadways and restaurants as a way to plan your trip, or navigate Portugal from the road. We are European travel experts who have been helping travelers make their trips amazing for over 60 years, and our Portugal map page is a new resource and one more way we go the extra mile to help you plan your trip to Europe. A map of Portugal is one of the most important tools that you can have while you are traveling in Portugal and it's a great compliment to a GPS rental. The maps below make it easy for all guests, regardless of what you've come to enjoy, to find all of the things that they love in Portugal.
Each map of Portugal on this page is different - offering unique views and information which is accessible on your home PC and via smartphone if you have access to the internet in Europe. Bookmark this page, and when you arrive in Portugal you can access it to find the best attractions and other important destinations near your location. If you want to explore Lisbon, Portugal, the Google map below will guide you toward attractions such as Belem Tower, St. George's Castle, and the Ancient Art Museum. We also have detailed information for other cities and towns in Portugal, as well as top attractions including the National Palace of Pena, the Costa Vencintia National Park, Oceanarium, and many others. If you want to dine at a phenomenal Portugal restaurant, we also make that easy, with help getting to the best restaurants in Lisbon and elsewhere throughout the country. Those restaurants include Belcanta, Frade dos Mares, Arola, Cafeina and many more. If you want a hotel, we will also help you get there with ease with the use of our great Portugal map or over-the-phone toll-free booking assistance (call 1-888-223-5555 for more information).