Important Information about Portugal

Capital

The capital of Portugal is Lisbon.

Time

Three hours behind Moscow.

Language

The official language of Portugal is Portuguese. English and Spanish are also widely spoken. See liuxers for Portugal customs and traditions.

Currency

The country’s currency is the euro (EUR).

It is most convenient to exchange currency at the Lisbon airport. You can also exchange currency in hotels and banks in major cities of the country. In different banks, the exchange rate differs significantly.

Banks work on weekdays from 8:30 to 15:00, some bank branches in the capital, as well as in tourist areas, work until 18:00. Banks located in large Algarve shopping centers are open daily from 9:00 to 21:00.

American Express, MasterCard and Visa credit cards and traveler’s checks are accepted everywhere in Portugal.

MultiBanco ATMs located in all tourist centers operate around the clock.

1 EUR = 1.43 USD, 1 EUR = 40.39 RUB

Shopping

Shops work on weekdays from 9:00 to 19:00, from 13:00 to 15:00 – lunch. On Saturdays, shops are open until 13:00, all December until 19:00. Part of the shopping centers located in resort areas operate from 10:00 to 24:00.

Connection

Internet

Access to the Wi-Fi network is provided in specialized Internet cafes located in all major cities of the country. GPRS roaming is available from the main Russian operators. Also, most post offices provide access to the network.

Telephone communications

The dialing code of Portugal is 351

The easiest way to communicate are card telephones, located everywhere. You can buy a card in hotels, kiosks and post offices.

To call from Russia to Portugal, you need to dial: 351 – city code – the required subscriber number.

The main telephone codes of some Portuguese cities are: Lisbon – 1, Lagos – 82, Aveiro – 34, Faro – 89, Portimao – 82.

Emergency numbers: police, fire department, ambulance – 112, information desk – 118, rescue service – 115, road service – 308.

Transport

Portugal is relatively small, which is why most intercity transportation is carried out by ships and buses. The route schedule should be checked in advance at one of the main tourist offices, tickets are also recommended to be booked in advance.

Railway communication in Portugal is developed quite well. Common main destinations in the country are Lisbon-Faro, Lisbon-Porto Viana do Castelo, Porto Braganza. There is also a network of regional trains. Tourist tickets are valid for one week, 2 weeks and 3 weeks.

The capital has a metro, as well as buses and trams. The fare on the bus is from 50 cents, the purchased ticket can also be used a second time. The fare on the subway from the machine is 40 cents, a ticket bought from the cashier will cost 45 cents. You can also buy a booklet from the cashier, consisting of 10 tickets, which will cost 3 euros or from a machine for 2.9 euros.

Also, the country has a special system of tourist passes, which applies to all urban transport, as well as funiculars. Such a pass can be purchased at any metro station or train station.

Taxi is also a fairly common mode of transport, especially for tourists. The fare in the city is determined by the meter, outside the city – mileage, including the return trip. It should be remembered that the tariff in the evening (22:00-6:00) rises to 20%.

Rent a Car

Renting a car in the country is quite simple, the fee largely depends on the season and the class of the car. When renting a car, an identity document of the tenant, a credit card, an international driver’s license is required. The tenant must have a driving experience of three years and at least 22 years of age.

You should carefully read the terms and conditions of your auto insurance policy, which should cover theft of a car and cover the costs of a third party.

Rules for driving on the roads of Portugal

The country’s highways are in average condition – the markings are often missing, the roads are not well lit and most of them have uneven surfaces. Often, no warning signs are posted during repairs.

The speed limit on national roads is 100 km/134 h, on expressways – 120 km/134 h, in cities – 50 km/134 h, on other unmarked roads up to 90 km/134 h.

It is mandatory to use seat belts while driving. Children under the age of 12 should only be in the back seat of the vehicle. The use of a sound signal in populated areas is prohibited.

Tips

In restaurants, tips make up 10% of the total bill, in cafes and bars the size of the tip is provided by the guest himself, in hairdressers – from 1 EUR, porters in hotels from 50 cents, ushers in theaters and cinemas up to 20 cents, taxi drivers are also entitled to tips, in 10% of the total fare.

Tourist safety

In Portugal, the criminal situation is very calm. It is worth being wary of pickpocketing and fraud, the number of which is quite large. Being in public transport, at the station or markets, you should be extremely careful, it is recommended to store all documents and valuables in the hotel safe, do not take large sums of money with you.

Important Information about Portugal