In Portugal, cars drive on the right. Safety belts must be worn at all times by all passengers, whilst motorcyclists must always wear helmets. Specific legislation is in force banning the use of mobile phones while driving, except when using hands-free equipment.
Traffic signs comply with international conventions.
When driving, the maximum level of alcohol permitted in the bloodstream is 0.5 grams/litre.
There are 24-hour service stations in main urban centres, as well as on motorways and main roads. Other petrol stations have variable opening hours.


Maximum speed limits for passenger vehicles without trailers and motorcycles:
In built-up areas: 50km/hour
On main roads: 90km/hour
On clearways: 100km/hour
On motorways: 120km/hour


Compulsory documents:
Identity card or passport
Driving licence
Insurance certificate
Vehicle log book and proof of ownership