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

Page checked and updated 18th October 2017.

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 250 miles 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/tram system. You can reach most of the city centre in about 30 minutes for €2.55*. 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.

The TRANSDEV bus company runs a sparse bus service direct from the airport to the city centre bus station. Details at http://www.transdev.pt/aeroportoporto/

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 are NO all night buses, if you arrive at the airport too late for that last metro train or need to be at the airport before about 0630am a taxi is your only option.

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 in 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 FIVE main bus terminals in Porto, used by the different companies. Please visit this page on www.tripadvisor.com for detailed information about which company uses which bus terminal and more. NB The BATALHA bus station has been closed and replaced by new facility at Campo 24 de Agosto, about 1km away. It is within 2 minutes walk of the metro station Campo 24 de Agosto. Trip Advisor no longer allows their background pages to be updated!

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 a tunnel. Their 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. 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 €2.55 (including €0.60 for the card) and subsequent re-charges for the same zones just €1.95 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.

Note that Metro stations and stops are unstaffed. The machines take coins and ATM 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 day of my most recent 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 traincrew 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, the trains from Lisbon stop there before they reach Porto Campanhã.)

Again, fares are very inexpensive. The 1hr 20 minute ride from Porto São Bento to Braga or Guimarães will cost you a whole €3.15 on the local trains.

The CP Urbanos routes within the Greater Porto are now incorporated into the Andante ticketing system.

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.

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
Maia Transportes maia logo Buses in and around Maia

Valpi  valpi logo Valpi operate in and around Penafiel and to/from Porto.

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

and ETG Gondomarense etg          logooperate in and around Gondomar and to/from Porto

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 as from 1st January 2017 the ANDANTE TOUR 1 day and 3 day tickets are no longer valid on these old trams.

Printable leaflet with maps and all details of the trams http://www.itinerarium.net/minhalinha/TRAMCAR_CITY_TOUR_FINAL.PDF

Football Stadiums in Porto

FC Porto play at the Estádio do Dragão, which is on all Metro lines except A 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 are closer. Leixões 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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