PORTO AIRPORT TRANSPORT
Getting from and to the aiport
Oporto airport is 11km (7 miles) north of the center of the city. It is a modern airport that was expanded and refurbished in 2001, and in 2007 won the "3rd Best European Airport" award from Airport Council International. The easiest way to get to the center is by metro (take the Purple Line), although you may also choose the convenience of a taxi, which should cost between 15 and 20 euros and take between 20 and 30 minutes.
You'll do most of your sightseeing on foot, as most of the main sights are within walking distance. You won't therefore need to use much public transportation, but when you do, the best, easiest, and most common means of transport in Oporto is the metro. The only time you'll have to use a bus is for Serralves Museum or the Foz district. A taxi will be the best choice if you want to check out one of the restaurants or clubs away from the center at night. All of these choices are inexpensive and reliable.
METRO Oporto's state-of-the-art metro opened in 2002 and has expanded over the years after that. It covers most of the city both under and over ground, all the way to the surrounding suburbs. Trains run from 6AM to 1AM, and stations are marked with a wavy blue "M". Tickets (or in Oporto's case, cards) are bought at vending machines and must be validated before you board the train, even every time you switch lines. The very first time you use the metro when you arrive in Oporto you must purchase the metro card called "Cartão Andante" at those vending machines. That card is your ticket that is recharged at those same vending machines in future journeys. Visit www.metro-porto.pt for the map of the network and additional information.
BUSES Oporto has an excellent and extensive bus service (called STCP) that operates from 6AM to 9PM. After 9PM the service is less frequent and after 1AM it is reduced to the principal routes. You may purchase tickets from the driver, which must then be validated on the machine behind him or her. Buses show their number and final destination on the front, as do the bus stops, where there are also details of the routes. www.stcp.pt is the website for Oporto bus information.
TRAMS There are two short tram routes still in operation in Oporto, No. 1 and No. 18. No.1 is a pleasant ride, as it goes through the riverfront all the way to Foz. Tickets are bought from the driver.
TAXI Taxis in Portugal are inexpensive when compared to the rest of Europe. Most are beige, but there are also some older black and green ones. There are taxi stands by most of the main squares in Oporto, or you may call the following numbers to have one pick you up at a certain location at a scheduled time: Raditaxis: 22 507 3900 Taxis Invicta: 22 502 2693 Taxis Unidos: 22 502 9898
Many travelers arrive in Porto on a train from Lisbon. It ends at Campanhã Station (pictured on the right), from where it is easy to hop on the metro to reach the center of the city. Another option is an express bus, which ends its journey at a terminal by Batalha Square.
By train the journey takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes, and by bus it takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes. With the expansion of the city's airport and the increasing number of airlines flying into Porto, many visitors now also arrive by air.
The following airlines fly to Porto: TAP Portugal, Portugalia, Air France, EasyJet, Ryanair, Brussels Airlines, Air Berlin, Clickair, Iberia, Lufthansa, and Sata International. And the following cities have direct flights to Porto: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Brussels, Caracas, Cologne, Dublin, Frankfurt, Funchal, Geneva, Lisbon, Liverpool, London (Gatwick), London (Heathrow), London (Stansted), Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Milan, New York (Newark), Nice, Palma Mallorca, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Paris (Orly), Paris (Beauvais), Ponta Delgada, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Stuttgard, and Zurich. The metro is the easiest form of transportation to reach the center from the airport, but if you have a lot of luggage, it is a better idea to take ataxi or best of all, book a private transfer
Once in the city, it is quite easy to get around. The main sights in the center are all within walking distance, while Serralves Museum, the Fozdistrict, and many of the city's top restaurants and clubs can be reached by several buses or an inexpensive taxi.