Driving in the Algarve

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, but you should never drive after drinking any alcohol, just to be safe.

There are 24-hour petrol service stations in main urban centers, as well as on motorways and main roads. Other petrol stations have variable opening hours. You can check the prices and locations here.

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

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