Oporto Useful Info

Useful Information

Before planning your trip, find out about how to get to Porto, how to get around and useful contacts.

Getting there

By plane

Sá Carneiro Airport, (IATA: OPO), Pedras Rubras,Maia (+351) 229 432 400. Also known as Aeroporto do Porto or Aeroporto de Pedras Rubras this is the third busiest airport in the country and is about 15 km from the city centre. The Metro line connects the Airport to the city centre, offering a fast and peaceful ride into the heart of the city.

Ryanair run the cheapest flights from London Stanstead and Liverpool as well as other European hubs such as Marseille, Girona, or Frankfurt/Hahn in Germany. Easyjet also flies to Porto. TAP flies from most European airports but tends to be more expensive.

By train

The city is served by two major train stations, the "São Bento" (Saint Benedict) station, and the "Campanhã" station. Trains from and to Madrid and Paris are regular, other non-domestic destinations vary according to demand and time of year. Domestic trains are very frequent and usually on time.

By car

The city is served by five major highways: A1, which connects Porto to Lisbon, A29 which connects Porto to Aveiro, A3 connects Porto to Braga, A28 connects Porto to Viana do Castelo and the northern Portuguese border, and A4, which goes eastwards from the city towards Vila Real. The IC29 connects Porto to the neighboring city of Gondomar. The city is also served by 2 ring highways, the A41 which is the outer ring, and VCI/IC23 or A20 which connects all the main places inside the city. The A20/VCI, A28, A29 and A41 are all free highways at the moment, but there are plans to install tolls in the the latter three, sometime in the future. Generally speaking, the traffic is usually chaotic and very intense, especially during rush hours.

By bus

There are many companies providing direct bus trips from major European countries and also for most of the northern cities of the country. Try Rodonorte for timetables. Visit also Porto Bus Service.

By boat

There is a cargo and recreational harbor called Leixões in the neighboring city of Matosinhos. Modest-sized cruise ships can dock just outside a drawbridge to the inner harbor. Beneath the south approach to the bridge is a station for the light rail system that goes to Oporto. There is also a very small recreational harbor in the river Douro. As far as a major method of getting to the city, however, sea transport is not really feasible. However, you can use tour boats based along the river (especially in Oporto) to go up the Douro River, one of the most scenic short trips you'll ever make.

Getting around

By car

Porto, like most Portuguese cities, is a nightmare to drive in. Roads vary in conditions - from fully paved to cobbled lanes that can make even the most shortest of distance seem like a go-kart rally. With that said, keep in mind that the touristic part of the city (the Ribeira and Baixa) are a never ending maze of narrow streets, short tempered drivers and snakelike alleys. Better to walk (despite the fact that it's very hilly).

By metro

The Porto Metro is an incredibly advanced, state of the art light rail / subway system.

By bus

STCP Porto has many lines and buses, which are modern and comfortable. However, they are not very reliable in terms of timetable, and the bus drivers tend to go on strike from time to time, which can leave you waiting for a bus up to an hour! However, the lines serve every alley in the city, so you can be sure that wherever you are, there is a bus stop.

By taxi

A fast way of getting around the city, although traffic congestions near the city center might be a problem. However, be expected to pay a high price for these services, especially compared to the other public transportations such as bus and subway.

By boat

There are ferry boats that connect Porto to the neighboring city of Vila Nova de Gaia, although you can easily walk or travel by car, metro or bus to the other side. Also the are numerous tourist boats which travel up the Douro river, where you can get fantastic views of the green landscape the region has to offer.

By helicopter

Not exactly a public transportation, but its a wonderful way to see the city from above. Near the Douro there is a heliport with a helicopter available for people to use to get to know the city as a whole. Travelling accompanied will make the flight cheaper.

By Funicular dos Guindais

This is a cable railway system. Use this if you don't wish to walk up the steep streets of Porto. This system connects the Ribeira to the Batalha square, in the city centre, it also has a panoramic view of the River Duoro.

By Ascensor da Ribeira

This panoramic elevator runs from the Largo da Lada, and is visible behind the buildings of the Ribeira, close to the Ponte D. Luís.

City Council Tourism Office

E-mail: visitporto@cm-porto.pt
Web: www.visitporto.travel


Rua Clube dos Fenianos, 25 | 4000-172 Porto
Tel.: +351 223 393 472 | Fax: +351 223 323 303
21st July to 21st September
Everyday 09.00-19.00
22nd September to 20th July
Everyday 09.00-17.30

City Council Tourism Office - Ribeira

Rua do Infante D. Henrique, 63 | 4050-297 Porto
Tel.: +351 222 060 412/3 | Fax: +351 222 060 414
21st July to 21st September
Everyday 09.00-19.00
22nd September to 20th July
Everyday 09.00-17.30
Closed on holidays

City Council Tourism Office "Casa da Câmara"

Terreiro da Sé | 4050-573 Porto
Tel.: +351 223 325 174
21st July to 21st September
Monday to friday 09.00-19.00
22nd September to 20th July
Monday to friday 09.00-17.30
Closed on saturdays, sundays and holidays

Useful Contacts

Tourist Police

Rua Clube dos Fenianos, 11 | 4000-172 Porto
Tel.: +351 222 081 833
Email: prtetur@psp.pt

Fire Brigade

Serviço Nacional de Bombeiros e Protecção
Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, 519 – 2º | 4100-262 Porto
Tel.: +351 226 197 650 | Fax: +351 226 197 658

Main Post Office

Praça General Humberto Delgado | 4000-000 Porto
Tel.: +351 223 400 204 | Fax: +351 223 400 208/6

Portuguese Red Cross

Rua Nossa Senhora de Fátima, 106 | 4050-425 Porto
Tel.: +351 226 006 353 | Fax: +351 226 067 118
Email: dporto@cruzvermelha.org.pt
Web: www.cruzvermelha.pt

Hospital Geral de Santo António

Largo Prof. Abel Salazar | 4099-001 Porto
Tel.: +351 222 077 500 | Fax: +351 223 320 318

Porto Civil Government

Rua Gonçalo Cristovão, 363 - Apartado 3130
Tel.: +351 222 097 500
Email: info@govcivilporto.gov.pt
Web: www.govcivilporto.gov.pt

Porto Cheap Holidays

By browsing this site you accept cookies used to improve our services; if you click 'Accept & Close' we will also use cookies to personalise advertising on other sites. Read our Privacy Policy for more info.