Payment of Tolls
There are two types of toll in Portugal. In highways (auto-estrada) you have a booth where you can take a ticket and pay when you exit - for those you can pay in cash or with credit card (both visa and MasterCard are accepted).
In "scut" the process is a bit more complicated... In a scut, you'll find a sign in the road saying that it is a paid road and an informative sign with the price (and it is possible to see these signs several times in the same road - e.g. from the Oporto airport to Braga). These tolls are registred electronic by the ca license plate, and their payment can be made in postal offices or small shops (tobacco or magazine shops) that have "pay shop" (normally they have a sign outside, but if you ask you will be told where to find them). There are a few things that you have to pay attention to. After passing in a "scut" their payment is only made available in a few working days, and it should be paid in 5 working days after that. You have to search for "pay shops" or postal offices to do this as I is the only way to pay them. If you don't pay them (in principle) you'll be fined (I think it's 50 euro cents plus the toll price, however the final costs of the fine depend how much the rent-a-car will charge you for handling this fine. I've said "in principle" you have to pay the fine (for Portuguese non-rental cars this how it works) however I had a friend visiting me that the tolls for their last days were not charged. The problem with the last days of your trip is when, for instance, you drive your car to the airport to catch your return flight passing a scut. Because it takes a few days to make the toll available to be paid you're already in your country by then. I've asked Hertz about it an they told me that in this case it would be best to have some friend to pay them for you. Honestly, I think this situation is ridiculous and I would simply not pay these last tolls (and if the rental company decides to charge anything I would call the bank and complain about).
I'm sorry that our government failed in thinking this system hurting our foreign visitors and I truly hope that you don't feel demotivated to visit and wish you a pleasant stay! almost 6 years ago
when i go to Portugal normally i book the car in First Rent, www.firstrent.pt, they give two options to pay the Toll's, or you pay in a payshop in Portugal after 5 day's, or they send to your home to pay the toll's, normally i don't pay when i stay in Portugal, i prefer they send the letter with nib to pay the toll's.
In the motorway's you need to take a ticktet and pay to the postman almost 4 years agoAnswered by Michael Pereira via WorldNomads.com
When hiring a car, just ask to get a car with an active "Via Verde". They will explain how the automatic tools get the information on the eletronic system. almost 4 years agoAnswered by Sergio Calado, from Lisbon via WorldNomads.com