Overland Portugal Travel

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Visiting Portugal[edit]

Being an European country, and since at the moment i don't know of any way to arrive here with your own vehicle without coming from Spain (and hence, already legally entering Europe) you will not have to do anything to cross into Portugal. The borders are open, and can cross at any time with any vehicle without problems. There are random car checks (nothing to fear if there's nothing to hide) sometimes at the border, or around the country. This is to ensure safety and prevent drug trafficking. The country, albeit small has a great variety of natural beauty, lot's of great food and amazing people so in a short time you can be enjoying the ocean, and then spend some time at the mountains. Lot's of beautiful small cities to visit and enjoy, and great places to relax. I would advise you to check.

In the big cities i'd have the same care as in any other european city, avoid trouble spots and as everywhere with lot's of people and tourists beware of pickpockets, in the rest of the country there's no safety problems of concern, always use your common sense, but an overlander knows how to do that very well :)

Entering Portugal with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: (date last confirmed correct)

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Portugal, application instructions and fees see: Portugal Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
List the paperwork required to enter with a vehicle, including number of copies

Process at border[edit]

Briefly describe the process at the border to enter with a vehicle

Cost of entry[edit]

If you're already coming from another European country you will have no cost of entry. I don't think you have any way of arriving in Portugal, using your vehicle without coming from Spain at the moment.

Permitted length of stay[edit]

State the permitted length of entry for the vehicle

Extension of stay[edit]

Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

Describe the paperwork requirements and process at the border to exit.

Driving in Portugal[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Portugal[edit]

Lonely Planet Portugal (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Portugal (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet
From $13.87 on Amazon
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
Work Less To Live Your Dreams: A Practical Guide To Sa...
by Dan Grec
From $click on Amazon
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
Overlanders' Handbook: Worldwide Route And Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $22.49 on Amazon
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
Adventure Motorcycling Handbook: A Route & Planning Gu...
by Chris Scott
From $click on Amazon
Northern Spain Footprint Handbook (footprint Handbooks)
Northern Spain Footprint Handbook (footprint Handbooks)
by Andy Symington
From $12.94 on Amazon

Travel insurance for Portugal[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Insurance is mandatory, minimum 3rd party coverage.

Cost of vehicle insurance[edit]

State the price of insurance and a time period.

Where to purchase vehicle insurance[edit]

Describe where insurance can be purchased.

Driving license[edit]

State the kind of driving licenses required. i.e. International Driving Permit.

Driving side of road[edit]

Unknown if RHD vehicles can be driven in Portugal.

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

Safety triangle, high visibility vest


General Road quality[edit]

The general road conditions are quite good, we have one of the best Highway systems in Europe, but be aware that those are payed. When you see a road market with an A[some number], or SCUT there's a toll, some of the most recent are electronic tolls, and as a foreigner you will have to buy a small electronic device to be able to legally use those roads. The secondary roads are usually in good condition, albeit with heavier traffic and of course longer travel times. The good thing about those secondary roads is that the scenery is mostly better and you'll be able to see the smaller villages and country side. So if you're traveling with time, i'd go for the free roads.

Road signs[edit]

Briefly describe the overall quality & existence of road signs for directions and hazards.

Toll roads[edit]

You can find all the information you need about the Toll roads in this link. (PT, ES, EN) ViaVerde

Bribery in Portugal[edit]

No bribery is to be expected, if by any chance someone hints at that, just refuse and ask to talk with their superior. That kind of behavior is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Also, do not try to bribe an officer to try and escape a fine, you'd be better off playing the tourist role and trying to excuse your way out of it with charming good manners :)


describe the frequency of checkpoints (police or military and what to expect.

Traveling with pets[edit]

List the entry requirements and anything else required to travel with a pet.

Gas price in Portugal and Diesel price in Portugal[edit]

Last updated: July 2015

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Gasoline Grade Price
Unleaded €1.60 EUR per Liter[1]
Diesel €1.30 EUR per Liter[1]

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

No problems of gas shortage
The distance between gas stations is nothing to worry about, it's a small country and you will be able to find all types of Gas and Diesel in almost any small village. The only concern is that not all gas stations are open 24/7, so to make sure arrive during the day.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

The quality if good in any gas station, there is some people that say that the low cost pumps have gas of lesser quality, but as a local, i use the cheapest i can find without any problems.'
State the sulfur content of diesel, if known: I don't know the exact content, but being an European country these values are controlled and will be inside the European limits.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Discuss driving at night and if it should it be avoided. Mention why.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Discuss if vehicles can be parked on the street, if they are considered "safe" at night. If vehicles can not be parked on the street, list the other options that exist.

Special driving considerations[edit]

A List of special things to be careful of (i.e. Unsigned speed bumps, abnormal road rules, people or animals on the road, etc.).
List any roads that are not recommended to drive for safety or other security reasons.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Portugal[edit]

Describe if organized "pay" camping is common. List the facilities commonly found at these campsites.
List the approximate average price range of camping in organized campgrounds.
Also discuss the possibility of "wild" or "roadside" camping. How common is it? Is it considered safe, or a bad idea.

Camping guide books[edit]

List and link to books specifically for camping.

Drinking water[edit]

Describe if the regular tap water is safe to drink. If not, describe where safe water can be purchased and the approximate average price range.


Paper maps[edit]

Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Portugal

by Reise Know-How Verlag
From $10.01 on Amazon
Spain And Portugal (national Geographic Adventure Map)
Spain And Portugal (national Geographic Adventure Map)
by National Geographic Maps - Adventure
From $8.29 on Amazon
Michelin Portugal Map 733 (maps/country (michelin))
Michelin Portugal Map 733 (maps/country (michelin))
by Michelin
From $8.70 on Amazon
Lonely Planet Pocket Lisbon (travel Guide)
Lonely Planet Pocket Lisbon (travel Guide)
by Lonely Planet, Kerry Christiani
From $6.16 on Amazon

GPS Maps of Portugal[edit]

Review different GPS companies, quality and coverage (Tomtom, Garmin, OSM, Tracks4Africa). (with links to each).

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Portugal[edit]

  • iOverlander is a website and iPhone application designed by Overlanders, for Overlanders. It contains GPS co-ordinates and reviews for camping, hotels, propane, water, mechanics, borders and much more.

Link to sites that have a list of GPS co-ordinates (or directions) for camping locations (including "wild" campsites), propane filling, gas stations, repair shops, places of interest, etc.

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

List any special items / places that are popular with Overlanders

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]


4x4s / Trucks


Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Portugal[edit]

Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'


Links to the source of any information - blogs or discussion forums, etc.

  1. 1.0 1.1 [http://www.precoscombustiveis.dgeg.pt

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