Through Portugal with UTA

In Portugal, much like in Spain and France, tolls are collected through various concessionaires. As a basic principle, all vehicles are subject to tolls. The system of toll collection in Portugal is very complex, and includes many important details which should be taken into account.

On a portion of the motorways, toll collection is performed electronically. As a result, settling tolls on-site using cash or a credit card is not possible. On other routes, by contrast, drivers will encounter the classic toll booths at which the tolls can be paid in cash or with a credit card.

Non-Portuguese vehicles equipped with an on-board unit, as well as companies which register in advance and make an advance lump sum settlement before entering the Portuguese toll network, can be sure they're on the safe side. In all cases, however, drivers should inform themselves comprehensively about their intended routes and the settlement of toll charges.

UTA is happy to advise you on the best method for you to settle your toll charges! Also have a look at our extensive product portfolio, with which you can save time and money on Portuguese motorways.

Portuguese toll charges

This is how the toll is collected in Portugal

A closed toll system with entrances and exits is used on the motorways in Portugal. The toll is calculated on the basis of the distance of the route covered (entrance and exit) and the categorisation of the vehicle. This in turn is made on the basis of the number of axles and the height of the vehicle.

Class 1

Motorcycles
Passenger cars (even with a trailer) with a height under 1.10 metres at the front axle

Class 2

Vehicles with two axles and a height of 1.10 metres or higher at the front axle

Class 3

Vehicles with three axles and a height of 1.10 metres or higher at the front axle

Class 4

Vehicles with more than three axles and a height of 1.10 metres or higher at the front axle

Manual settlement of the toll charges

Printing a ticket at the toll booth when entering the section of the route subject to a toll  > settlement at the exit, in cash or by credit card.

 

Electronic settlement of the toll charges

  • Use of an on-board unit: Automatic lane (marked with a green "V") and booking at the toll booth

  • “Toll Card”: Use of a prepaid card in conjunction with the provision of the relevant vehicle registration number: You purchase a prepaid toll card, e.g. at a motorway fuel station (alternatively, also available online prior to starting your journey at www.tollcard.pt/fetcwcm/wcmservlet/en/home/), for a specific credit amount that is linked to your vehicle registration number. The amount of the toll is then deducted from the credit balance. The period of validity is a maximum of one year.

  • "Toll Service" - electronic 3-day vignette: You register your vehicle online and can then use the toll road network on which the toll is collected electronically for three days and without limit.

  • "Easy Toll": Entry of the relevant vehicle registration number into the registration system in conjunction with a credit card (possible at "Welcome Points" in border areas): The toll charges will subsequently be debited to your bank card. This settlement method for the electronic toll is limited to a stay of up to 30 days.

  • “Way Airport”: You can book an electronic ticket just for the drive to the Portuguese airports of Porto and Faró that is for a precisely specified date and route. This is possible online at www.tollcard.pt/fetcwcm/wcmservlet/en/comprar/outros-produtos.html

Please keep in mind:
Retroactive settlement of electronic tolls at corresponding offices, fuel stations, etc. is only possible for vehicles with a Portuguese registration number!

UTA toll media in Portugal

Use an on-board unit from UTA

Vehicles > 3.5 tlight vehicles/
passenger cars ≤ 3.5 t
UTA One®--
Telepass EU
UTA MultiBox®
UTA MultiBox® Light

UTA toll service in Portugal

Overview of your advantages with UTA

With the UTA toll service, toll billing in Portugal is easy:

  • Easy postpay settlement with attractive settlement deadline when using an OBU

  • Detailed and clear collective invoice with VAT receipt for your toll volume

  • Online administration of your toll media in the UTA exclusive area

  • Forms and informational documents for download in the UTA exclusive area

  • Consultation by phone and customer support by toll experts during business hours.

UTA tax service in Portugal

Use the UTA tax service for the refunding of Portuguese VAT

Entrepreneurs, get the VAT collected on Portuguese tolls refunded! The VAT rate is currently 23%. UTA is happy to organise for you a refund application and any related correspondence that may ensue. You won't have to deal with officials or worry about language barriers! We'll deal with all steps of the process for you, up to the crediting of your refund claim!

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