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PORTO - Getting around by Metro, tram, train and bus.

Page checked and updated 11th September 2018

Page compiled from visits to the city. Porto is not in the Algarve - I have been visiting! It is the second city of Portugal, located in the north about 200 miles / 320km from Lisbon.

Please confirm/check on the various official websites before travelling. The emphasis is on public transport, partly as it is so efficient and inexpensive and partly as I don't drive and I am too mean to pay for taxis if there's an alternative.

Arriving in Porto by Air

Porto Airport has a station on the Metro do Porto light-rail system. You can reach most of the city centre in about 30 minutes for €2.60*. Metro from the airport runs every 20 minutes for most of the day on weekdays, otherwise 30 minutes every day from about 06.00 until last train at 00.34 every night. More information at www.metrodoporto.pt and below. Please note that tickets must be bought from the ticket machines or at the tourist information office.  * This includes the 60 cents for the rechargeable ticket card you can re-use for later trips.

The metro station at the airport is on the surface. Most of the journey into the city is also on the surface. The vehicles are fully accessible - picture below. There is plenty of space for wheelchairs and large items of luggage at each end of the trains. If you have to change lines at Trindad station, it is a matter of a few steps or an elevator. All other changes are on one level.

The TRANSDEV bus company runs a sparse bus service direct from the airport to its city bus station at Campo 24 de Agosto. Details at http://www.transdev.pt/aeroportoporto/ this is the same bus station as used by many long distance services to and from Porto.

There are also a number of local bus routes from the airport to various suburbs not covered by the metro. Times at www.stcp.pt or see below.

There is a bus once each hour during the night, when the metro does not run,  between the city centre at Aliados and the airport. Go to http://www.stcp.pt/en/travel/ and find route / line 3M.

Arriving in Porto by train

Intercity and Alfa Pendular trains arrive at the Porto Campanhã station. This is on the eastern edge of the city, about 2km or 1¼ miles from the city centre. If you have booked on line to Campanhã, you can connect with local 'Urbanos' trains free of charge  for the 3 minute run to the city centre station of São Bento. There are also local trains to the eastern suburbs - more information at www.cp.pt - look for Urbanos Porto or see below.

Alternatively, you can pick up the Metro do Porto at Campanhã for the city centre plus the northern and western suburbs, or take one of the many buses - see below. Tip - there is only one ticket machine at the metro station entrance. There are more in the main station building on Platform 1. There is also a 'Loja Andante' (city transport ticket and enquiry office) on the way to the metro platforms, queues (lines) are often very long.

Estádio do Dragão, the stadium of FC Porto, is about 1.2km from Campanhã or one stop on the Metro to Estádio do Dragão.

Most Regional and Urbanos trains go to/from both the Campanhã and São Bento stations, but some do not. Check times carefully.

Arriving / departing Porto by bus (coach)

The long-distance bus (coach) timetables do not usually tell you which bus station is used, which in larger cities with more than one (such as Porto!) is a bit of a problem. There are several long distance bus stations in Porto, used by the different companies. The BATALHA bus station has been closed and replaced by new facility at Campo 24 de Agosto, about 1km away.

These are the long distance terminals and the companies that use them. Note that at most there is nothing and often no-one to tell you which bus leaves from which stop, so allow time to find the correct stop for your bus. For long distance buses, you must usually purchase a ticket either from hte company website or from a ticket office before boarding. Local and suburban buses you can pay the driver in cash, fares are around €1,95 but almost everyone has a pass of some kind.

Porto Bus Stations / Bus Terminals

Aliados - AUTNA international service from Vigo in Spain. 120 metres from Aliados metro station, just a bus stop outside a McDonald's in Praça da Liberdade. Picture here. They also stop at Porto Airport and elsewhere, some go to Campo 24 de Agosto for easier connections to the south.
Campo 24 do Agosto . Citi Express, Rede-Expressos, Transdev. 1 minute walk from Campo 24 do Agosto metro station. Buses of ETG Gondomarense buses stop by the side of the little park there. Picture here, local map here.
Casa da Musica - AVIC, Internorte incl. their Eurolines services, Resende buses, also some local buses of Espirito Santo across the bridge from Gaia. - adjacent to Casa da Musica metro station. Picture here.
Hospital São João -
Arriva, Transdev, many city buses and metro line D - in the city's northern suburbs next to the metro station Hospital São João. Close to University etc. A downoadable leaflet showing the layout of stops and a spider map of city and suburban places served is here.
Parque das Camelias (Rua de Augusto Rosa) - AV Feirense, AV Tâmega, Espirito Santo, MGC Transportes - outdoor bus station in an awkward location in Batalha district several minutes walk from nearest metro stations at Bolhão or São Bento. Picture here.
Praçeta Régulo Magauanha - AV Minho. Situated 2 minutes walk from Trindad metro station. A very basic facility! This is just off Rua de Fonseca Carlos. Picture here
Rua Alexandre Herculano - União Transportes dos Carvalhos (UTC) - this is the street outside the former Batalha terminal that was also called Garagem Atlantico.
Rua do Ateneu Comercial do Porto RODONORTE terminal. This is a side street off Rua Passos Manuel, in the city centre. Picture here.

Getting around Porto by Metro logo

The Metro do Porto is not an underground railway like London, New York or Lisbon. It's a network of six tram or light-rail lines, running on the surface in the suburbs, then converging to run under the city centre in tunnels. The website has comprehensive information, much of it in English.

Trains run every 15 - 30 minutes on each line from 6am until after midnight. Through the central section from Senhora da Hora to Estádio do Dragão that means a train every 5 or 6 minutes most of the day. Four of the lines radiate out to the western and north-western suburbs and the airport. Line D, runs north to south from the Hospital São João across the Douro River (on a rather spectacular bridge) to Santo Oviedo, in the city of Gaia. Line F extends eastwards through the Rio Tinto area into the neighbouring city of Gondomar.tram

Ticketing is fully integrated with most buses, trams and much of the local rail network under the 'ANDANTE' banner. Zonal fares are used, so you must always be sure that you buy a ticket for the correct number of zones for your journey. Day passes are available and you can choose how many zones you want. Tickets are ridiculously cheap by UK standards; a two zone (Z2) ticket covers most central city journeys and is €1.20! A two zone (Z2) day pass is €4,15 - this covers the whole of the central city area. In both cases add 60 cents for the rechargeable ticket card. You must validate your ticket at the scanners when starting each journey or changing between Metro lines or from bus to Metro. If a nasty noise sounds and a red light flashes, your ticket is not valid!

The Andante tickets are re-chargeable, so for example, the first ticket, for example from the airport to the city, will cost €2.60 (including €0.60 for the card) and subsequent re-charges for the same zones just €2.00 per trip. You can re-charge the ticket until it wears out or the micro-chip fails! You can recharge your ticket with rides of the same value or change the ticket type on the machine, but the Andante offices will swap for you if needed.

However the Andante Tour 3 and 7 day tickets are not rechargeable. Also, these are NOT valid on the 'old' trams on routes 1, 18 and 22 nor on the elevator.

Metro stations and stops are unstaffed. The machines take coins, notes and cards. Many stations have only one ticket machine. Don't be tempted to avoid paying - although there are no entry barriers on the system, groups of revenue protection staff make random spot checks on passengers with hand-held scanners. The current penalty for travelling without a validated ticket is €95. During one visit, my ticket was checked twice on the same tram by two different inspectors ten minutes apart.

On a security note, uniformed security staff patrol most stations, day and night. These are the only visible staff apart from train crew and those ticket inspectors. I also noticed city police routinely travelling on trams. The whole system seemed safe and secure; no groups of kids or beggars hanging about. Many stations now also have CCTV.

Non-Portuguese speakers will be pleased to know that almost all the signs and announcements on Metro are in English as well as Portuguese.

Getting around Porto by Train aveiro logo  braga logo marco logo guimaraes logo

The Porto Urbanos train network is operated by CP, the national rail operator. There are three routes serving the northern and eastern suburbs with a fourth line south to Espinho and Aveiro. Large map here.

Trains run at much less frequent intervals than the Metro, especially at weekends, so you will need to check timetables at www.cp.pt before making a journey - look for the 'Urbanos Porto'. However, as a general guide, trains on the Braga line run about every hour every day, on the Guimarães line about every two hours; to Penafiel and Caide about every hour weekdays and every two hours at weekends. Down to Espinho and Aveiro trains run about every half hour weekdays and every hour at weekends and holidays. There are weekday rush hour extras on all lines. (If you are going to Aveiro or Vila Nova de Gaia, the trains from Lisbon stop there before they reach Porto Campanhã.)

Fares are very inexpensive. The 1hr 20 minute ride from Porto São Bento to Braga or Guimarães will cost you a whole €3.20 on the local trains. Various tourist passes are available also if you plan to travel more frequently.  The CP Urbanos routes within the Greater Porto are incorporated into the metro and bus Andante ticketing system. Any tickets specific to trips on CP trains are now issued on a rechargeable card called SIGA, which costs 60 cents. These can be reloaded and re-used for any trip wholly on the Porto Urbanos network. For regular users, there a many different passes available. The Andante Tour passes are available to destinations within about 30 minutes of the city, for example to Espinho.

Getting around Porto by bus stcp logo

Porto has an excellent bus network covering the city and far out into the suburbs. Many buses are operated by STCP (Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto, SA) but, especially out in the suburbs, there are several other operators. Almost all of their routes are integrated into the ANDANTE ticketing system, but you might find the times slightly harder to come by as some don't have websites. STCP times and route maps are all available through their website; timetables were clearly displayed at most of the bus stops I used. Beware that in some busy places/interchanges there are several bus stops, so you sometimes have to look for the right one for your route. Several routes radiate from the Airport into the suburbs to complement the Metro service. Consult this website for a comprehensive, all operators, trip planner for the Porto Metro area. Cash fare is €1,95 on STCP, may be different on other buses.

Other bus operators in the area :  sites are only in Portuguese. Note that cash fares paid on board are a lot higher than previously acquired tickets.

Click the logos to go to the bus company websites, which will open in a new window.

RESENDE resende logo Buses around Matosinhos, Senhora da Hora, Valongo, Areosa and Leca connecting with metro service, also local service from the airport to nearby suburbs. Website is partly in English. What they mean by 'tours' are actually normal bus routes!
Espirito Santo es logoBuses in and around Vila Nova de Gaia, also between Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto Boavista and city Parque da Camelias.
Maia Transportes maia logo Buses in and around Maia connecting with metro

Valpibus  valpi logo Valpi operate in and around Penafiel area also with services between that area and Porto Trindad metro station.

UTC - Uniȃo Transportes dos Carvalhos operate between Espinho, Carvalhos and Porto Rua Alexandre Herculano.

ETG Gondomarense etg logooperate in and around Gondomar and to/from Porto Campo 24 de Agosto and elsewhere..
AV Landim - logo. From Trindad metro to Celorico de Basto via Penafiel  (one trip, weekdays only);  to Felgueiras via Lousada, Freamunde and Paços De Ferreira daily service 6- 7 times daily plus rush hour extras. Also to Felgueiras via Santo Tirso and Vizela several times every day. Many of their buses also stop at Hospital São João bus station.

AV Pacense - logoFrom Trindad metro, shares routes with AV Landim above.

Getting around Porto by tram (classic tram)

There are only three tram routes remaining in Porto. Ancient (but refurbished) four-wheeled wooden trams dating from the 1920's are used. Trams run every 20 - 30 minutes on each line and normally connect with each other. Although operated primarily for tourists, local people still use them.

All three historic lines are included in the standard ANDANTE ticketing system, but if you pay cash on board it will cost €3. A tram museum ticket also includes rides on these routes. NB The ANDANTE TOUR 3 day and 7 day tickets are no longer valid on these old trams.

Printable leaflet with maps and all details of the trams http://www.portotramcitytour.pt/Porto-Tram-City-Tours.pdf

Football Stadiums in Porto

FC Porto play at the Estádio do Dragão, which is on all Metro lines except C and D. It is about 1.2km (3/4 mile) from Porto Campanhã main-line railway station. There are many bus routes in the area. The other major team in Porto, Boavista FC, play at the Bessa Stadium, which is in the Boavista district to the west of the city centre. Nearest Metro station (Francos) is about 600 metres away.Buses along the Avenida de Boavista at its junction with Rua de Pedro Hispano stop closer. Leixões FC play in the Estádio do Mar out at Matosinhos, reachable by metro from the city centre. The closest stop is called Estádio do Mar and is about 700 metres away.

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