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Transportation in Porto

The best way to get around Porto is by metro, by bus or on foot. Porto boasts an extensive public transportation system operated by the Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto (which includes the metro, buses and trams) that helps visitors reach the top attractions in and around the city. The metro lines are identified by different colours and letters, plus many of the lines travel above ground and offer splendid views of the city.

Airport

Porto's nearest airport is Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO), which is located on the north-western edge of the city. You can get from the airport into Porto by taking the E (purple) metro line toward Estádio do Dragão; the Lapa, Trindade and Bolhão stops are nearest the city's centre.

It is serviced by some 20 airline companies which operate both business class and low-cost flights, such as Luxair, TAP Portugal, Ryanair, Air Berlin, Air Transat and Aigle Azur. These airline companies establish connections between Porto and sundry national and international destinations, such as Lisbon itself, Brussels, Toronto, Montreal, Milan, Paris, Madrid and Frankfurt, Bordeaux and London.

The Goin' Porto shuttle also runs between the airport and the south end of Avenida dos Aliados, with one-way rides costing 5 EUR (or about 7 USD).

Flight distances:
Prague–Porto = 2551 km
London–Porto = 1323 km
Frankfurt am Main–Porto = 1670 km
Paris–Porto = 1214 km
Amsterdam–Porto = 1614 km

How to get to the Congress venue

To arrive at the Alfândega Porto Congress Centre from the airport:

Metro

Catch the metro “Line E”, destination Estádio do Dragão” and exit at Trindade
Duration of trip: 24 minutes
Travel ticket: Z4

At Trindade change to “Line D”, destination “Santo Ovidio and exit at São Bento
Duration of trip: 4 minutes
Travel ticket: use same travel ticket as before

Exit the metro station and at the STCP bus stop, catch the 500 bus, destination Matosinhos (Mercado)and exit at Alfândega bus stop.
Duration of trip: 4 minutes
Travel ticket: use same travel ticket as before

Taxi:

Taxi from the airport to the congress venue takes approx. 25 minutes.

All the taxis in Porto are beige or black and have a green coloured roof. Before getting into a taxi, always make sure they have a taximeter and that they switch it on when it starts driving.

On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (all day) and every day between 9 pm and 6 am, the rates increase 20%. The driver’s taximeters calculate the increase automatically.

If you have suitcases, you’ll be charged a supplement of 1.60 EUR.

Porto Metro

Porto's metro features six lines that run from around 6 a.m. to about 1 a.m. daily and are marked by letters and colours: the A (blue), B (red), C (green), D (yellow), E (purple) and F (orange) lines. More than 80 metro stations are located around the city and they're marked by signs with a wavy blue "M." The majority of the lines reach Porto's best sights, and traveling via metro is an affordable option when you're visiting the city. Buying a Porto Card allows you unlimited transportation on the metro, buses and funiculars for a set period of time, as well as free access to some museums and discounts on other museums and restaurants.

Porto Cards cost 10.50, 17.50 or 21.50 EUR (about 14.50, 24 or 30 USD) for one, two or three days, respectively.

For regular titles the most used is the blue ANDANTE AZUL ticket:

Price per ticket = 0,60 EUR

The regular titles are valid for the zones around the zone your journey started (the zone where you validate your ticket). The titles allow you to travel a certain time, according to the areas they include.

Porto Trams

With the passage of time, trams in Porto have become a popular tourist attraction more than a means of transport, especially with the arrival of the underground system, buses and regional trains.

Currently, only about a dozen vintage trams run down the three remaining tram lines in Porto. A great way of discovering this delightful city, is to take a heritage streetcar down Porto’s cobbled streets in the city centre, or as the Portuguese call them: “carros eléctricos”.

Lines

If you want to explore the city on this charming means of transportation, you can take either of these three lines:

  • Line 1: Infante–Passeio Alegre. It runs from 9:30am – 6pm.
  • Line 18: Massarelos–Carmo. It runs from 9:15am – 7pm.
  • Line 22: Carmo–Guindais Batalha. It runs from 10am – 7pm.

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