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Message posted by firruk25/1/2013 at 5:26pm
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I am reading horror stories about the electronic toll system on the A22 to The Algarve. It seems to involve either queuing at a Portugese post office for hours or ignoring them and waiting for a fine which may (or may not be issued),

Anybody any experience of using these toll roads and is there a straightforward way of getting hold of the temporary reader/ charging device that you apparently need?

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Message posted by neil and lena25/1/2013 at 5:49pm
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Were in the same position as were traveling to the Algarve from Valencia at the end of February .
I'm tempted to just run the Gauntlet and just chance the Motorway as once were back in the UK I doubt there's much the Portugese authority's can do

Message posted by firruk25/1/2013 at 6:42pm
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That seems to be a fairly common approach if you read various forums. I tend to be very cautious so dont usually flaunt the rules but apparently it is very difficult to pay up properly and I dont want to be driving around looking for post offices in a big van.

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Message posted by quickweh02/2/2013 at 8:14pm
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Been in Portugal one week, we see no need to use the A22 motorway, make sure you come off at the first or second junction after the Spanish border, this is a free section. If you are going to Albufeira use the N270 instead of the N125, better than going around Faro (imo) We try to travel on Saturdays/Sundays when there are fewer trucks about. We have heard that you can register at the border by having your numberplate photographed and giving your credit card details, don't get your numberplate nicked!!

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Message posted by AK197202/2/2013 at 8:38pm
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We were there in November and it's a reallly poorly thought out for tourists -we had a hire car and decided to get a transponder which was dead easy but spoke to several people who decided not to and got caught up paying in the post office for upto an hour

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Message posted by firruk03/2/2013 at 4:09pm
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AK1972 where do you get the transponder? Can you get them at service areas or do you need to go into town and find a post office?.

Thanks for the advice quickweh, I think if we cant sort out getting a transponder to make things kosher then we will just avoid motorway as you suggest. We are actually headed for Lagos but its my first time motoring in Portugal and i,m always a bit jumpy if its a country I havent driven in before.



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Message posted by AK197203/2/2013 at 5:25pm
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Sorry should have said the the hire car company put it in

http://www.portugaltolls.com/

Not sure if the link will work but these website tells you all the details


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Message posted by quickweh03/2/2013 at 8:38pm
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firruk, it is also our first time in Portugal and we had the same worries about the A22 motorway, we read the forums, talked to people in Spain who knew the Algarve and they all said take it easy, see the countryside and the roads are not all that bad, just in parts like back home!!
Can recommend the Ria de Formosa campsite near Tavira as a first stop to get your bearings. Leaving Albifuira in the morning heading west to discover more.


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