1. On what side of the road do I drive in Lisbon?
In Portugal, drivers drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left.
2. What are the speed limits in Lisbon and Portugal?
In urban areas, the speed limit is usually 50 km/h. On rural roads, it's about 90 km/h. Highways have a speed limit of 120 km/h. Remember to adjust your speed according to the driving conditions.
3. How are traffic conditions in Lisbon?
Lisbon can get quite congested, especially during peak hours. It's recommended to plan your routes and timing well to avoid getting stuck in traffic.
4. Do I need a special license to drive a campervan in Lisbon?
No, a standard car driving license is sufficient to drive a regular size campervan in Lisbon and the rest of Portugal.
5. How does the radar system work in Portugal?
Speed radar systems are widespread in Portugal. Frequent checks are made, so it's important to respect the speed limits at all times.
6. How do toll roads operate in Lisbon and Portugal?
Portugal has electronic toll roads where the fees are collected automatically, so it's advisable to get a transponder, available at post offices or service stations.
7. Where can I park my campervan in Lisbon?
Lisbon has designated parking areas for campervans. Make sure to park only in legal spots. Wild camping or parking in undesignated areas can result in fines.
8. What are the general rules for driving safely in Lisbon?
In addition to the universal rules of not drinking and driving, and always wearing a seatbelt, ensure you follow the specific speed limits and traffic signs.
9. Can I drive my campervan in historical city centres?
Many ancient city centres in Portugal have traffic limitations. Look out for the signs ‘Zona de trânsito autorizado’ meaning authorized traffic zone.
10. What emergency services can I contact in case of an accident?
In case of an emergency, dial 112. It’s the emergency contact number for police, fire, and medical services in Portugal.
11. Can I use my home country driver's license in Lisbon?
Yes, you can. However, if your license is not in a language that uses Latin script, it's recommended to have an International Driving Permit.
12. What should I know about roundabouts in Lisbon?
In Portugal, drivers already in the roundabout have the right of way. Vehicles joining or crossing must give way to those already in the roundabout.
13. Are there specific rules for driving a campervan in Lisbon?
Standard driving rules apply. However, keep in mind the height and width of your vehicle, especially while crossing bridges or driving in narrow lanes.
14. How are parking rules enforced in Lisbon?
The local municipality is strict about parking violations. Illegally parked vehicles might be towed, and the driver is subject to fines.
15. What do I do if there's a road accident?
Remain calm, stop the vehicle, and turn on your hazard lights. Do not leave the scene. Contact emergency services by dialing 112 if necessary, and report the accident to your rental company as soon as possible.