Tariffs increase on 34 stretches of Portugal’s motorways, including Algarve

Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP) will be increasing tariffs on a number of stretches of Portugal’s motorways from January 1, including the ‘infamous’ A22 Via do Infante in the Algarve – the highway for which the outgoing centre-right government pledged to reduce charges if returned to power.

The stretch of the A22 that will be more expensive from tomorrow is the one between Tavira-Monte Gordo and, according to the story put out by Lusa news agency today, the increase will only affect Classe 4 vehicles (that is, HGV trucks and lorries with three-axles).

Elsewhere, increases are aimed mostly at Classe 2/3 and 4 vehicles, though small cars and motorbikes will have to pay more on northern motorways.

The five cent increase represents a 0.2% hike overall, explains Lusa, while increases on Lisbon access bridges will be going up by between five and 15 cents, depending again on the size of vehicles.