Motorhoming in Portugal: everything you need to know

Douro river in Porto
The Douro river in Porto

Beautiful beaches, delicious food, idyllic towns and art & culture. What more could you ask for! Portugal is a very popular motorhome country and for good reasons. Campsites in the Algarve are particularly popular among motorhome tourists but the south is also a favourite region! When travelling by motorhome through Portugal don't forget to visit beautiful historical cities like Lisbon and Porto. If you are looking for quiet, space and unspoilt nature, drive your motorhome to Alentejo or Peneda-Gerês National Park

Want to know what the rules are when travelling through Portugal with your motorhome? Continue reading.

Trams in Lissabon

Trams in Lissabon



Spending the night with a motorhome in Portugal

Are you looking for a place to spend the night in Portugal in your motorhome? Look for campsites on Campercontact. More and more campsites now also have marked parking spaces for motorhomes. Wild camping in Portugal is allowed but under certain conditions. For example, you can park your motorhome for a maximum of 48 hours within a certain township, unless it is a natural or coastal area or there is a sign indicating that it is not allowed. 

Portugal's emergency number

Ambulance, police, fire brigade: 112

Mandatory to bring to Portugal

In Portugal it is mandatory to carry a warning triangle and safety vests. 

For the latest travel information about Portugal, check the central government website or consult the embassy. 

Roads and traffic in Portugal

Speed limits in Norway:

  • Within built-up area ≤ 3.5 tonnes: 50 km/h
  • Inside built-up area > 3.5 tonnes: 50 km/h
  • Outside built-up area ≤ 3,5 tonnes: 90 km/h
  • Outside built-up area > 3.5 tonnes: 80 km/h
  • Motorway ≤ 3.5 tonnes: 120 km/h (in summer this may be 110 km/h, follow signs)
  • Highway > 3.5 tonnes: 110 km per hour 
  • Fine indication from 20 km per hour: maximum €120. 

Toll in Portugal
Many roads in Portugal are toll roads, you can find an overview of toll roads here. There are roads with and without toll booths. On roads with gates you can pay by credit card or in cash. On roads without gates, you must pay toll electronically. Electronic toll can be paid using Easytoll, a toll card or, if you are staying in Portugal for no more than 3 days, a 3-day toll ticket (purchased at a roadside outlet). 

Winter camping in Portugal    

In Portugal, it is not mandatory to have winter tyres on your motorhome. Snow chains are only mandatory if indicated. 

Environmental regulations in Portugal

When visiting Lisbon you should keep in mind that there are a number of environmental zones here. We therefore recommend parking outside the city and using public transport to visit the centre

Reporting changes?

The information on this page is checked regularly. Nevertheless, it may happen that in the meantime something has changed in the regulations. All information on this page is therefore under reserve of possible changes. Have you discovered an error? Please let us know via our contact form and, if necessary, we will adjust it as soon as possible.