How do you pay the toll on Portugal's highways, when there is no toll booth and no person to accept your payment? This happened to us as we were driving from Salamanca enroute to Fatima. We had no toll pass and didn't see any place where we could get one and all the tolls on the highway were unmanned. After passing around 4 toll reading posts, we luckily found a gas station that said we could buy prepaid toll cards. They look like lotto instant game tickets and you can buy them in various denominations, depending on how much you want to pay for the tolls. See pics. You scratch off the code section in the lower portion, and you text/ SMS the code to the toll CTT (Portugal toll office) number indicated at the back of the card. Or you could enter all the details by computer (within a limited number of hours after passing through a toll road) by logging on to their webiste. You must enter 1) your car's plate number ; 2) the date; and 3) your mobile/cell phone number. I was informed that if your toll card is running low or if it is not enough, the CTT office will text you. The gas station entered our info or their PC and gave us a print out of the card activation receipt. We then resumed our trip, knowing how to do it, the next time around. When we got to Fatima, we asked the Hotel desk officer and he said, 25Euros was enough to cover any other tolls on the way to Lisbon. So on the way to Lisbon, we used the prepaid section of the highways. I did not get any text form the CTT..which means we indeed had perpaid enough.
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Even though Lisbon has buses, trains or you can even rent a car, the best way to get around is by taxi. Taxis are plentiful and comparatively cheap. It was especially helpful to take a taxi to Castelo de Sao Jorge (St George's Castle) through the city of Alfama. Be sure that the taxi meter is working before you get in though.
Rede-espressos is the company which connects several destinations in Portugal and among them there is also Fatima from Lisboa.
Timetables and prices on the web site: http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx
There are several buses on the route from Lisboa to Fatima and a journey takes about 90 min and costs 11€
We promised Christian that he could have one of these for his 18th birthday I bet he is glad we didnt keep to our word!!!