Portugal has a good road network, with motorways, main roads, complementary roads, national roads and municipal city accesses.
To exit Porto and travel move at will in the North, nothing better than renting a car. At Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport or at the railway station of Campanhã, for example, you will find driverless car rental services.
Depending on the rental conditions of each company, the minimum age to rent a car, ranges between 21 and 25 years of age. You should identify yourself by presenting your ID card, if you are an EU citizen, or have a valid passport for other nationalities, as well as have a valid driving license for over a year.
From Porto, take the A28 to Viana do Castelo, at the Minho coastline, and the A29 to Aveiro, in the Centre region. These two motorways only are toll only, and all vehicles are detected by gates identified with the reference "Electronic toll only". How does one pay? For you who is visiting our country, if travelling in a foreign registered vehicle, there are three ways to do this:
- You can do this in advance, by purchasing a pre-defined route - from Porto Airport, via the A28/A41 or A41/A42;
- You can purchase a Toll Card - a disposable card that has a preloaded amount of € 5, € 10, € 20 and € 40;
- You may purchase a Temporary Device, through which you can pre-load amounts, whereby a rental fee is charged for using the device; you must also pay a deposit for the same.
If renting a car in Portugal, please note that Rent-a-car companies already equip their vehicles with the Toll Collection Device (DECP), establishing with the customer a suitable payment method for the toll charges that they may be due.
The A3 links Porto to Valencia at the most northern part of Portugal; it also connects Minho, and the A4 connects the Invicta to Amarante, Vila Real, Mirandela, Macedo de Cavaleiros and Bragança - the last four already in Trás-os-Montes . In both pathways, tolls are traditional, with payment in cash or by credit card.
The same happens on the A1, the highway that links the Porto to the capital city of Lisbon.