Speed Limits

Find out about the speed limits for driving in Portugal…

Road Type Speed Limit
Motorways 120 Km/h for cars and LGVs
100 Km/h for tricycles
Main Trunk roads 100 Km/h for cars, LGVs and motorbikes 50cc plus
motorbikes under 50cc may not use these roads
Built-up areas 50 Km/h for cars, motorbikes, tricycles and LGVs
40 Km/h for quadracycles
Rural and Secondary roads 50 Km/h unless signed differently

Full table of speed limits for specific vehicle types

Type of Vehicle/
Speed Limit (Km/h)
Built-up areas
(Dentro Localides)
National Roads
(Fora Localides)
Roads reserved for cars & motorbikes
(Vias Reservadas)
Motorways (Auto-Estradas)
Cars (Ligeiros de passageiros) with trailer 50 90 100 120
50 70 80 100
Cargo Vans (Ligeiros de mercadorias) with trailer 50 80 90 110
50 70 80 90
Bus (Pesado de passageiros) with trailer 50 80 90 100
50 70 90 90
Truck (Pesado de mercadorias) with trailer 50 80 80 90
40 70 70 80
Motorbikes 50cc plus
- under 50cc
50 90 100 120
40 60 - -
Tricycles (Triciclos) 50 80 90 100
Quadracycles (Quadriciclos) 40 45 - -

Information from the Autoridade Nacional Segurança Rodoviária