Tolls in Spain and Portugal
As a ‘roadsurfer’ in Spain you don’t have to register for a toll system and can decide whether to use a free motorway or a (private) toll road. The private ones are named with an "R" or "AP" and a toll sign appears on the traffic signs.
Toll roads can be paid at the toll booth by credit card or cash. Pay attention not to drive through the "Telepeaje" booths, as those are only for cars with a transponder installed. You can check which ones are toll roads and how much they cost here.
Motorways in Portugal are toll roads. They are either equipped with booths to pay on-site or are electronic toll roads.
Payment on-site: You can pay the toll conventionally at the exit of most roads. Please pay attention to the signs marked with a “V” (Via Verde) on green background, as those are reserved for people with transponders, and you should not drive on these roads if you don’t have one.
Electronic toll roads: Our cars with Portuguese plates are already registered on the electronic toll system. You can check your outstanding payments on this website by inputting the number plate. Please keep in mind that it can take up to 48 hours until it appears in the system. Alternatively, payments can be made at post offices and shops marked with “Payshop” flags.
If you are driving from outside of Portugal, it is important to register the car on the Easytoll system. As soon as you enter Portugal, you will pass through a toll booth. There is an entrance for non-Portuguese vehicles on the side where you will receive a receipt with an identification number and your number plates. When you drive through electronic toll roads, your plate will be scanned. From then onwards, the process is the same as for the Portuguese number plates mentioned above.
Alternatively, you can register digitally with Easytoll before you enter the country.
The time you are allowed to spend on toll roads is limited and spending the night at a rest stop is not advisable.
There are also free roads, marked with “EN” but the travelling time might double if you choose them.