About Porto

Like Portugal’s finest wine, this city gets better with age.

For centuries, boats have dropped anchor in the sleepy Douro River, as travellers tumbled forth into Porto’s lattice of sun drenched streets. Today, cellars stocked with sweet wine vie for your attention among studios, cafes, and baroque buildings strung with colourful criss-crossed washing lines.

Whether it’s wandering down a cute alleyway, past an impressive church or through the predominantly granite Avenida dos Aliados downtown, the hilly cityscape of Porto is impressively diverse. Overlooking the Douro River estuary, this merchant city features colourful homes; industrial bridges and the affluent river bank of Foz do Douro.

Porto, a World Heritage city, is the gateway and departure point for a journey across the natural and cultural diversity of the region. It is known for the Port wine which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage which combines ancient churches and monuments, such as the Cathedral and the Church of São Francisco, and modern buildings, such as Casa da Música and the Serralves Museum. And also for its School of Architecture which bred names like Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura, both winners of the Pritzker Prize.

Porto’s Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is easily accessible by metro. The 45-minute journey costs EUR 0.85 (plus EUR 0.60 if you want an Andante top-up card, which can be used on other forms of transport). Many public buses and private shuttles also stop outside Arrivals and run to the city centre. Prices and timetables are provided at the main Arrivals information desk. Alternatively, a taxi should take around 15 minutes and cost about EUR 15, depending on traffic.

Porto's modern metro has 6 colour-coded lines which run through the city and suburbs. All lines converge at the central Trindade Metro Station. Tickets are available from vending machines in stations and must be validated before boarding and when changing lines. Andante cards can be used on the metro and most bus and tram lines. Cards can be topped up at vending machines or STCP vendors, with single ticket and day pass prices varying according to the zones covered.

The CP train network connects Porto with most of Portugal, including Lisbon and Faro, as well as with Spanish cities such as Vigo and Madrid. The city’s main train stations, São Bento and Campanhã, offer both regional and high-speed national services. Tickets can be bought either online, at the station, or on the train after boarding. Booking ahead of time offers the best value for money, with various discounts available for advance purchase tickets.

Porto's STCP bus network covers the whole city and suburbs. Bus stops are clearly marked with route details: expect regular buses from 06:00 to around 21:00, then a reduced service until 01:00. Buses are included in the Andante top-up card, which you can use across various means of transport. A single ticket costs EUR 1.20–EUR 3.80, depending on the zones covered, while day passes cost EUR 4.15–EUR 13.10. Tickets are available on the bus or from STCP booths.

Taxis in Porto are a relatively cheap and hassle-free way to get around. You can hail one in the street, but it’s a safer bet to look for a taxi rank or call ahead and book. Cabs don't have to be any specific colour, but most seem to be fairly modern brown or black cars. Drivers tend to be chatty and may even speak English. Fares are metered, with higher rates from 21:00–06:00 and at weekends. Be aware that the final price can vary wildly depending on traffic.

Porto’s vintage yellow trams operate daily from 08:00–20:55. There are 3 lines, all starting at the Tram Museum and running along the riverside or towards the historic centre. Tickets are available on board the trams, at STCP booths or from the Tram Museum. A single ticket will set you back EUR 2.50, while a day pass is EUR 8 for adults / EUR 5 for children. Day passes also include entry to the Tram Museum.

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