Portugal Travel information


Portugal is located in Southern Europe.

Official language is Portuguese. Portugal uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is from UTC-01:00 to UTC+00:00 with daylight saving time.

Sockets & plugs

Adapter required, transformer optional

Portugal uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.

Type C
Type F



€1.00 = $1.15, $1.00 = €0.86

Portugal uses the euro (symbol: €), code EUR.

Banknotes come in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 euros. Euro is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 2 and 1 euros and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

Credit & debit cards

Widely accepted

Credit cards are widely accepted within Portugal (at hotels, shops, and restaurants, travel agencies, car-rental agencies etc.). Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are the most widely accepted. American Express is less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. Discover, JCB, UnionPay and RuPay are unknown.


Not expected, but can leave extra tip

Tipping is usually not expected in Portugal. However, if you are satisfied with the service provided you can show your appreciation by leaving a small ‘extra’ tip.


Available everywhere

Automatic teller machines are everywhere in Portugal. Pretty much anywhere you look there will be an ATM. Portugal has one of the highest ATM densities in the world.

You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic or chip & signature card will work fine.



15% slower than in United States

Internet speed in Portugal is on average 12.1 Mbps which is 15% slower than in United States (14.2 Mbps).


WiFi coverage in Portugal is high. Many hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.

Mobile phone

2% more expensive than in United States

You can buy a SIM card for about €14.38 ($16.56), which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: MEO, NOS or Vodafone.

Mobile phones

Portugal uses different GSM mobile networks than United States so check if your mobile phone supports network technologies in Portugal .


If you don't want to buy SIM card in Portugal upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Dial code


To call Portugal from United States, dial + or 011 (exit code for United States), then 351 (the country code for Portugal), then the area code and the local number.

Calling from United States
 +  351 2 1234567
011 351 2 1234567
Local call
2 1234567

For local calls within Portugal, start with the area code. In the case above area code is 2 .

Health & safety


No vaccinations are required to enter this country

No vaccinations are required to enter the country, but it is recommended to perform routine immunizations for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

Routine immunizations

These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B

Travel advisories

No country advisories
World-wide advisories

Advisories that are issued on a world-wide level (may not be related to Portugal).


Road rules

In Portugal you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Speed limits

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways, 120 km/h (74 mph) on expressways, 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas and 90-100 km/h (55-62 mph) on undivided highways.

Turn on red

Right turn on red lights is strictly forbidden unless an additional green semaphore arrow allows it.


It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.05%.

On the road


Petrol (unleaded) gas options are called gasolina or Sem chumbo (95/98). Petrol costs about €1.40 ($1.61) per liter.

Diesel option is called Gasóleo.

Petrol stations

Most popular petrol stations in Portugal are Repsol, Intermarché, Jumbo, BP and Galp.

Traffic news

Road assistance is available at 808 22 22 22 (Automovel Club de Portugal (ACP)) or 808 22 22 22 (Estrada24). For general news on Portugal's traffic use Estradas – PT. For news on Portugal’s motorways and tolls use Portugal Tolls.

Driving license

IDP is required

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.


Emergency numbers

Fire department

Embassy of United States in Portugal

Av. das Forças Armadas 133C, 1600-081 Lisboa, Portugal