Portugal

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

 

Currency - Business hours - Transportation - Internet - Basic conversation guide - Langages spoken


Currency

From January 1st of 2002, the currency in circulation is the euro. There are some notes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros. The nominal values of the coins are the following : 1 cent (or 1/100 of euro), 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 euro and 2 euros.

 

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM)
To find out the locations of ATMs in Portugal , click on the link to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard or American Express


Business hours

Banks open from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 15:00.



Transportation

Road
On the IP5, that connects Aveiro to Vilar Formoso, it is compulsory to drive with the lights on, even at daytime. Numerous controls are made and the offenders are liable to fines. The network is in a good condition but caution is recommended, considering the rate of traffic accidents which is superior to the European average. Speed is limited to 120 km/h on highway, 100 km/h on additional ways, 90 km//h on roads and 50 km/h in cities. Caution: on certain multi-lane roads, depending on the lane, there are minimum speed limits under which it is forbidden to drive.



Rail
Little developed but in good condition.

Air
Well maintained fleet.

 


Internet

The Internet suffix is: .pt



Basic conversation guide

Yes = Sim
No = Não
Thank you = Obrigado ( m ), Obrigada ( f )
Hello = Olá,
Good morning = Bom dia
Goodbye = Adeus, Tchau
I do not understand = Eu não entendo.
What is the price? How much does it cost? = Quanto custa isto?
I would like to buy = Eu gostaria de comprar...
Do you accept credit cards? = Aceita cartões de crédito?
Where is? = Onde é?
The metro = Metro
An airport = Aeroporto
The station = Estação ferroviária
Post office = Os Correios
The bank = Banco
The police station, the police force = Posto da polícia
The pharmacy = Farmácia
Would you have any vacancies for tonight ? = Há vagas para hoje à noite?
One ticket to..., please. = Uma passagem para..., por favor.

 


Languages spoken

Official language: Portuguese. Commercial languages: French and English. In Portugal, the national language is Portuguese. However, French and English are frequently used as commercial languages.


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