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Paying Portugal Highway Tolls

In April I'm renting a car in Spain and driving the A-22 Electronic Toll Road in Portugal to Salema. The question is how do I pay the tolls? I would like to buy a Toll Service Pass which would cover the 3 days I'm in Portugal. This pass can be bought online, but requires the license plate of the car. So, I can't buy it until I am in Spain renting the car. When you buy a Toll Service Pass do you need a printer to print a pass, do you need to wait for a pass to be mailed to you, or do the toll cameras just read your license plate and you are good to go? Only the last option would work for me.

Posted by
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Ask the car rental agency about how they handle this? I suspect you would not be the first person to do what you plan, so have to believe they have an answer.

Posted by
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Thanks. I will ask the car rental agency, but if someone has experience with the Toll Service Pass, it would be nice to hear from them.

Posted by
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We leased a car in Lisbon, then drove on through Spain before returning the car in Porto. I was also worried about the tolling payment, as Portugal uses entirely camera-imposed tolls on their newer highways. Check the web and you can find info on how to register you license plate with a payment account. The registration can be done entirely online when you get your car and then know the plate number to register, but help from a local that speaks English would be a valuable resource. The websites list the actual tolls for each stretch of the highway, so it's rather easy to see what you need to put into you online account to just cover that amount and maybe a bit more for peace of mind.
(It sure beats diving for coins at the toll boths that your credit card won't accept, elsewhere in Europe.)

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Thanks webmunch. Sounds like the electronic toll roads just read your license plate. So, I can set up an account once I pick up my rental car.

Posted by
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The other option is to pick a route that avoids toll roads!