International Airports The majority of the international airlines serve Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Madeira and Azores. TAP is our flag company. Portugália is more of a European company, operating regularly in Faro, Lisbon, Porto, to the main Spanish and European cities. Lisbon (LIS) – 10 minutes from the Town centre Porto (OPO) – 15 Km from the Town centre Faro (FAO) – 4 Km from the Town Centre Funchal (FNC), Madeira – 20 Km from the Town centre Santa Maria (SMA) Açores – 3.2 Km from Town centre Railways The public company CP ? Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses ? has about 3.600 Km of railways. Between the main Portuguese cities the level of quality is good and includes express trains with bar and restaurants. Seats are always reserved. The suburbia trains, especially on the Lisbon and Porto areas, are fast and efficient. With exception of some suburbia trains, the majority of the Portuguese trains have 1st and 2nd class cars. You can get information about schedule, prices and itinerary on internet, on the train station and on some travel agencies. Children under 4 travels free of charges, under 12 pays half price. Buses The bus line covers almost all the country in a regular, economic and, generally, without delays. Beside the Rodoviária Nacional, a public company, there are a group of private companies operating in Portugal. The “non-express” lines, have regular stops every few minutes. By the contrary the express-lines presents a fast and efficient service. The urban buses are cheap and generally the most of the villages near the main cities. Sea Transportation In Portugal the sea transportations are becoming more and more important means pf transportation, for pleasure ( The rote Funchal-Lisbon is one of the most successful travels in the world) and for merchandise. This is due to the availability of deep water port, as for example Sines, witch whose facilities have been recently modernize. Taxis The taxis fare is relatively cheap and offer an efficient service. It can be scarce on the big cities (from 8.30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Roads Portugal has, at these moment, one of the best road infrastructure in Europe, more than 22.000 Km of new roads, made on the last 10 years. Car rental There are all over the country rent-a-car companies with or without driver. Driving Tips In Portugal we drive on the right hand side, as in all the rest of Continental Europe. Except when is market all the vehicles that appear on your right have priority. In the roundabout the person inside as the priority. Security belt It is compulsory the use of security belt in front seats as well as in the back seats in all circumstances. Driving and Alcohol After drinking is prohibit driving. The security measures are very strict and severely punished. The maximum limit of alcohol in the blood is 0.5g/l. Speed Limits Inside villages the speed limit is 50 Km per hour. Except if market otherwise; Outside villages the limit is 90 Km. except if market otherwise; On highways the speed limit is 120 Km. Except if market otherwise; It is common the presence of radars in the Portuguese roads, as well as police cars capable of measuring speed. The fines are very heavy and have to be paid on the hour if your not a resident. Some code violations are registered and send to your address via post office. Car breaking In case of breaking your car, you must take the car as far as possible away from the road and put a triangle 50 m away from the car. On the contrary to other countries a woman with problems in the side of the road doesn’t have any risk of being molested. The majority of the road as a sidewalk big enough for the car.
- Fora das localidades o limite de velocidade é de 90 km/h, excepto indicação em contrário;