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Posted: 17 August 2016 9:56 AM
Subject: Portugal

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Location: Hampshire

Anyone out there can help?
We are on way to Porto and would like to know how the road toll system works?
Seems a bit confusing.
Posted: 17 August 2016 11:45 AM
Subject: RE: Portugal
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It is more than a bit confusing!

There are 2 or 3 distinct systems:
-some motorways are traditional pay at toll booths - from our experience mainly on exit from the system
-others (which I think are mainly A2-something, but a lot of the motorways round Porto are included) have overhead numberplate recognition cameras. For these you have to buy (as an overseas driver) prepaid credit, min €5, which you get from post offices or motorway services. Every time you pass through a checkpoint an amount (prominently displayed) is taken off your balance - you can check your balance online at, but you have to register online first. There seems some question whether there is a mechanism to "fine" overseas plates without credit, but I do now our van showed a decreasing balance this year, so the system can obviously recognise UK plates.
-there are some journeys (Spain to Faro Airport & vice versa, and parts of the motorway from Lisbon up to Ronda where you can buy an overall pass.)
-at some entry points to Portugal (never where we've gone in!) you can register your credit card and get automatic deductions, I believe.

There's a lot more detail on
Posted: 6 February 2017 8:56 AM
Subject: RE: Portugal
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