E:  admin@peaceful-portugal.com
   
   
           
   
Brittany Ferries
         
   
If you are driving from the UK to Portugal there are several routes available, via France or via Spain.

The total cost of the journey via France or via Spain are are roughly the same, the difference being the amount of driving.

Driving from France to Coimbra will take approximately 2 days, driving from Spain to Coimbra will take approximately 7 hours.

         
   
Driving in Europe
         
                  
         
   
Ferry Crossings from the UK and France
         
   
Ferry crossings from the UK to France are relatively cheap depending on the time of year you choose to travel. The main ferry operators and their routes are:
         
   
Dover to Calais
Book Your P&O Ferry Crossings online now  
         
   
Dover to Dunkirk
Norfolk Line Ferries  
         
   
Newhaven to Dieppe
Transmanche Ferries  
         
   
Plymouth to Roscoff
Brittany Ferries
 
         
   
Plymouth to St Malo
Brittany Ferries
 
         
   
Poole to Cherbourg
Brittany Ferries
 
         
   
Poole to St Malo
Condor Ferries  
         
   
Portsmouth to Caen
Brittany Ferries
Condor Ferries
         
   
Portsmouth to Le Harve
LD Lines Ferries  
         
   
Portsmouth to St Malo
Brittany Ferries
 
         
   
Weymouth to St Malo
Condor Ferries  
         
   
         
   
Ferry Crossings from the UK and Spain
         
   
There are 3 routes from the UK to Spain by ferry and a total of 5 crossings per week:
         
   
Portsmouth to Bilbao
2 Sailings per week
Crossing time: 23 hours 45 minutes
Brittany Ferries
         
   
Portsmouth to Santander
2 Sailings per week
Crossing time: 24 hours
Brittany Ferries
         
   
Plymouth to Santander
1 Sailing per week
Crossing time: 19 hours 30 minutes
Brittany Ferries
         
   
         
   
Driving in Portugal
         
   
Tips on driving abroad in Portugal
         
   
Motoring rules and regulations in Portugal.

As a foreigner driving in Portugal you must hold a full driving licence. As in the UK seat belts must be worn front and rear and speeding and other offences are subject to on the spot fines.

         
   
Children Travelling in Cars
         
   
Child restraint is mandatory for all children aged 12 or younger and that are less than 1.5m in height.

Children are prmitted to travel in front of the car but only with the proper restraint and the airbag switched off.

Cars that do not have seat belts in the back are prohibited from carrying children under the age of 3 years.

         
   
Documentation
         
   
Whilst driving you must have your driving licence with you.

All vehicle documenation must be kept in the vehicle, ie MOT certificate, insurance certificate and vehicle registration document.

If the vehicle is not registered in your name you should obtain a letter of permission from the registered owner.

         
   
Compulsory Car Items in Portugal
         
   
Whilst driving in Portugal it is compulsaory that you carry the following items in your vehicle:

Head lamp converters
Replacement bulb set
Warning triangle
High vis vest/jacket
First aid kit (recommended but not compulsory)
Fire extinguisher (recommended but not compulsory)

Motor cycle drivers and passengers must wear a crash helmet

GB stickers are not required if you have EU number plates.

         
   
Compulsory Car Items in France
         
   
Whilst driving through France it is compulsaory that you carry the following items in your vehicle:

Head lamp converters
One unused breathalyser, to French certification (this includes motorcycles)
Warning triangle
High vis vest/jacket (which must be kept in the car and not the boot)
Replacement bulb set (recommended but not compulory)
First aid kit (recommended but not compulsory)
Fire extinguisher (recommended but not compulsory)

Motor cycle drivers and passengers must wear a crash helmet

GB stickers are not required if you have EU number plates.

         
   
Fuel in Portugal
         
   
All grades of unleaded petrol, diesel and LPG are available in Portugal

Unleaded Petrol - Gasolina sem chumbo (at the filling station ask for 95 or 98)
Diesel - Gasóleo
LPG - Autogas (a fill adapter may be required)

         
   
Drinking and Driving in Portugal
         
   
Don't do it!

0.05% is the legal limit, if you are over this limit you could face a severe fine, withdrawal of your licence, or imprisonment.

Random stops and checks are common at any time of the day.

         
   
Motoring Fines in Portugal
         
   
Motoring fine are paid on the spot, most police vehicles carry portable credit/debit card machines, if not you will be escorted to the nearest cashpoint (multibank machine).

Failure to pay your fine will result in your documents being taken and you will be issued with a traffic citation ticket stating that your documents have been seized and allowing you to drive without them. Make sure you understand where you must present yourself to either pay the fine and/or collect your vehicle documents.

         
   
Portugal Portagens - Toll Roads in Portugal
         
   
Portugal have recently (2012) introduced electronic toll charging on some of the toll roads throughout the country.

If you are driving a Portuguese registered vehicle you can buy toll credit in advance or pay the toll 2-5 days after you have completed your journey at the post office, via the multibank machine or via your online banking.

Visitors to Portugal (driving a non Portuguese registered vehicle) should buy toll credits in advance.

Toll credits can be purchased at any post office (CTT Correiro) and Payshop Agents, there are several options available:

Virtual Prepaid (by license plate)
Pre-payment system based on the license plate number and doesn't require a device

  • Pre-paid 5 days (Pré-Pago Virtual 5 dias)
    This product is designed for customers who want to stay a maximum of 5 working days. This prepayment is valid for all classes of vehicles. This title is not renewable, but it's rechargeable while it is valid.

  • Pre-paid 3 days (Pré-Pago Virtual 3 dias)
    This prepayment is for customers who intend to stay a maximum of 3 days, without worrying about making extra charges. This prepayment is valid for 3 consecutive days with unlimited number of travels included. This product is only valid for class 1, 2 and 5, and can be acquired up to six titles per year for each vehicle.

Anonymous Pre Paid with a Temporary Device
Anonymous prepaid payment systems associated with a Temporary Electronic Device

Anonymous pre-paid with a temporary device that customer carries pre-loaded for toll payments. For foreign registered vehicles, the customer must make a deposit to get the device. If he returns the device within the 30 days, the deposit is returned minus the rental amount (calculated in weeks). If the customer within that period does not return the equipment, it is considered as being sold.

Advantages - This product can be used in all motorways with electronic tolling collection only. The payment of the value of the tolls is made by automatic debit on the account up to the limit of balance account. Customers can get detailed travel information online through the site http://portagens.ctt.pt/MeusMovimentos. After registering and inserting the activation key with the device ID (given at adhesion time), they can view all toll details.

         
   
         
   
Books About Portugal
           
                  
           
    Explorer Travel Insurance
           
   
UK Groceries Delivered to Portugal
           
                  
                  
           
    Holiday Autos
           
           
   
Living in Portugal
           
            

        

           
   
Driving In Portugal
           
                  
   
           
   
Advertise your property for sale, holiday accommodation and business with Peaceful-Portugal
email: admin@peaceful-portugal.com
           
   
Google
 
           
   
           
   
Site Designed by GW Web Design
   
Copyright © Peaceful-Portugal 2004. All Rights Reserved