The road network in Portugal is very adequate allowing access to all major towns and cities. Traffic drives on the right-hand side and you must be at least 18 to operate a motor vehicle. In town speed limit is 31mph while highway speeds can reach up to 75mph. Some roads do require a toll and those will be marked with an "A" for Auto-Estrada. Be cautious as the Portuguese have a reputation as poor drivers so it is encouraged that you drive even more careful than you would back home. Some roads on the outskirts of urban centers can be in states of disrepair so take note of where in Portugal you are driving. Renting a car in Portugal gives you the freedom to explore this magnificent country and see all that it has to offer. One of the best ways to see Portugal is to hire a chauffeur, giving you the freedom of your own schedule without the stress of having to drive the often busy Portuguese roads.
Traveling by Rail:
The rail system in Portugal is a great way to move about the country. It is comfortable, efficient and offers the passenger some magnificent views of the Portuguese countryside. The rail network reaches out to all major towns and cities and is an affordable way to travel. A high speed train is available for a more money but doesn't offer as many destinations as the regular speed trains. A tram service is available in Lisbon but isn't the most effective way to get around the capital city.
Travel by Bus:
For medium length journeys, traveling by bus is usually the fastest and most economical way to travel. Bus stations tend to be more centrally located than rail stations, making it more convenient to access. There is also an option of taking an express service bus or one that makes frequent stops, whichever is more convenient to the passenger.
Traveling by Boat:
Portugal offers a number of local and international ferry services, mainly to the Mediterranean and the Portuguese Atlantic island group, including Madeira. Traveling Portugal by boat or ferry offers unprecedented views of the country side.
Traveling by Taxi:
Taxi service is available in most major towns and cities, and can be either hailed on the street of called in advance. Drivers are normally not tipped, but passengers usually round the fare up to the nearest whole number.
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