There are some highways in Portugal on which the tolls are electronic only. It means that there are no cabins and the passing of vehicles is detected by devices placed at the beginning of those highways.

The highways are identified at the beginning with: “Electronic toll only”.

The highways concerned:
Norte Litoral (Littoral North-highway)
– A27/IP9: Viana do Castelo – Ponte de Lima
– A28/IC1: Viana do Castelo – Porto

AE Transmontana
– A4: Variante Sul de Bragança

Interior Norte
– A24/IP3: Vila Verde da Raia (border) – Viseu

Grande Porto
– A4: Matosinhos – Águas Santas
– A41/IC24: Perafita/Freixieiro – Sêroa (west)
– A42/IC25: Sêroa (west) – Lousada

Centro (Costa de Prata)
– A17/IC1: Estádio de Aveiro – Mira – Autoestrada do Litoral Centro (entre Mira e Aveiro)
– A25/IP5: Albergaria-a-velha (A1/IP1) – Vilar Formoso (fronteira)
– A29/IC1: Miramar – Angeja

Centro (Beira Interior)
– A23/IP6: Torres Novas – Guarda

Lisboa Region (Pinhal Interior)
– A13/IC3: Atalaia – Tomar
Lisboa Região (west littoral)
– A8/IC36: Variante Sul de Leiria
– A19/IC2: Variante da Batalha

Baixo Tejo
– A33 – Belverde – Coina

Algarve (Via do Infante)
– A22: Lagos – Castro Marim

FOREIGN LICENSE PLATE VEHICLES (www.portugaltolls.com)

Toll card
Pre-loaded card with a fixed amount of 5, 10, 20 or 40 € to be consumed depending on circulation in electronic only tolls. This solution allows payment in cash or with bankcard.
Where to buy: Easy Toll’s Welcome Points, at CTT post-offices or on http://portagens.ctt.pt / www.portugaltolls.com, service areas in Portugal and Spain, member Hotel Units and tourist offices.
After purchasing the card, the driver shall proceed to its activation by sending an SMS by mobile phone with the code printed on the card and the license plate of the vehicle (instructions on the card), so that it is associated with the license plate of the vehicle. You can activate more than one card, with the accumulation of balances.
Validity: one year or until spending the amount loaded.

Toll service
– prepaid ticket for light vehicles, ready to use, with a fixed charge of €20, with unlimited use for 3 days or
– acquisition of pre-paid tickets with previously defined journeys (journey from Spain – Porto Airport, via A28 or A41 (round trip) or journey from Spain – Faro Airport via A22 (round trip).
Where to buy: http://portagens.ctt.pt / http://www.portugaltolls.com, Easy Toll’s Welcome Points on border posts located at: EN13 – Vila Nova de Cerveira, A24 Chaves, A25 – Vilar Formoso and A22 – Vila Real de Santo António, Porto Airport and Faro Airport), Matosinhos IKEA, Service Areas (A28 – Viana and Modivas, A25 – Celorico da Beira, A23 – Abrantes, A22 – Olhão, A24 – Vidago) and Post-offices.

Easy Toll
Automatic payment of electronic tolls, with the association of a credit card (Mastercard and Visa) to the license plate of the vehicle.
Where to access: Welcome Points located at the border posts at the following locations EN13 – Vila Nova de Cerveira, A24-Chaves, A25 – Vilar Formoso and A22 – Vila Real de Santo António.
How to access: The driver, not having to leave the vehicle, enters the credit card in the payment terminal and the system automatically associates the vehicle’s license plate to the bankcard. The tolls rates owed are directly debited to the account associated with the card.
Validity: At the time of accession, valid for 30 days, a ticket is issued as proof and must be kept.
The driver is always able to change license plates or cancel the membership, through the Call Center 707 500 501 (National) or 00 351 212 879 555 (from abroad) or www.portugaltolls.com

Via Verde Visitors
The driver may rent a Temporary ‘Via Verde Visitors’ Device to be consumed depending on circulation that has the advantage of being also used also on traditional tolls.
Cost of rental: € 6 in the first week, and 1.50 € for each week after that; initial deposit € 27.50 (value refunded upon return of the device).
Validity: 90 days, extendable.
Where to rent: www.viaverde.pt, Via Verde Stores or service areas.

PORTUGUESE LICENSE PLATE VEHICLES

Car hire
When hiring a car, please ask the hire company how payment is to be made regarding electronic tolls. For their customers convenience, some car hiring companies have already installed devices on their vehicles and the costs of using the tolls are added at the client’s bill.
If the vehicles are not equipped with electronic devices, the payment of electronic tolls is normally done by the customers at Post Offices.

Payment after having circulated at the roads concerned (only available for vehicles with a Portuguese license plate)
If a vehicle does not have an electronic device when circulating at the highways concerned, a photo of the license plate will be made and saved until the payment is made.
Term for payment: the payment can be made at the second day after having circulated at the roads mentioned above and for a period of five weekdays, at the post office or at one of the shops signalized as “Payshop”.
Costs: normal toll costs + administrative costs (an amount €0,25 for every time the roads were used with a maximum of €2 for each payment made)
Note: when a payment term has passed, the driver is in violation of the rules, and fines will be added to the administrative costs.

Payment through electronic devices

In order for the vehicles to use the above mentioned highways, they should have an electronic device, which must be bought or hired beforehand at a Service Area (Área de Serviço) alongside the highways or at a post office (CTT/Correios). There are three types of electronic devices:

Electronic license plate device (Dispositivo electrónico de matrícula – DEM): the device is linked to the vehicle’s license plate and cannot be transmitted to other cars.
Obtaining: at the highway service areas or other locations like the post offices and the Via Verde Portugal-shops.
Costs: €27,50 to purchase + preloading a minimum €10 for light vehicles and €20 for heavy vehicles.
Validity: valid for 90 days as from the date of the last preload. After this period the remaining balance will be lost and the device will be deactivated. To reactivate the device it will be necessary to re-charge it with a minimum of €10.

Temporary device (Dispositivo temporário – DT): the best solution for a short stay, and as a result for vehicles with a foreign license plate; the license plate is not linked to the device, therefore, anonymity is guaranteed.
Obtaining: it is necessary to establish a lease contract with the responsible entities, at the highway service areas or other locations like the post offices and the Via Verde Portugal-shops.
Costs: deposit of €27,50 (that will be given back to the driver when the device is returned in good condition within a period of 30 days) + preloading a minimum of €10 for light vehicles and €20 for heavy vehicles. The lease has a cost of 6 euros on the first week, and at the following weeks the cost is about 1,50 euros per week.
Validity: valid for 90 days as from the date of the last preload. After this period the remaining balance will be lost and the device will be deactivated. To reactivate the device it will be necessary to re-charge it with a minimum of €10.

Devices from a toll entity (Dispositivo de uma entidade de cobrança de Portagens – DECP) like Via Verde are also accepted on these highways. Although the license plate is not linked to the device, it is necessary to establish a contract with a toll entity. This can be used by vehicles with a foreign license plate that stay in Portugal for a longer period of time.
Obtaining: Via Verde-shops (www.viaverde.pt)
Costs: €27,50 + direct debit from bank account every time the device is used.
Validity: Until the cancelation of the contract

More information:
www.portugaltolls.com
CTT – Tel: (+351) 707 26 26 26 or http://portagens.ctt.pt