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BEST WAYS TO TRAVEL TO PORTO

Driving in Porto
Car Rental in Porto

By Car

Many people travelling to Portugal take their cars from start points in Europe by major motorways through Spain and Portugal. British travellers often take their cars across the Channel to France or Spain and make the drive from there. The European route E1 in Portugal is a series of roads, part of the International E-road network running on a north-south axis on the west coast. It starts at the Spanish border in the north at Valença, going almost perfectly south passing by several major Portuguese cities like Porto and then on to Lisbon until the border with Spain.

National roads indicated as EN, IC and IP are free whilst others have tolls. Locals will use the Via Verde automatic toll device and have dedicated lanes going through the toll gate – you'll need to avoid these. Other than that Portuguese highways are well maintained and a joy to ride on. The A1 Lisbon, linking to the Algarve; A3 Valença and the Minho, A4 Amarante and Trás-os-Montes, linking to Bragança; A28 to Cerveira and the A29 to Aveiro. Some of these highways are to be paid at the end of the trip with the ticket that must be collected at the beginning of the highway.
If arriving in Porto from outside it's advisable to park in the outskirts of the city and use the metro system to travel to the centre and add the ride on one of Europes newest transport systems to your trip experience.

Car Rental

​You can rent a car at the airport or at various places throughout the city or alternatively, you can book online at your connivance and pick it up from your place of choice:

By Train

Porto’s two main railway stations are São Bento and Campanhã. Campanhã is the busier of the two whilst São Bento is the most central. Urban trains serve to the cities that are closer to Porto, such as Vila Nova de Gaia, Espinho, Braga, Viana do Castelo, Aveiro or Guimarães.
Linha do Minho
Regular trains to/from the Minho region including Barcelos, Viana do Castelo and Valença from Porto Campanhã, use the Regional train service (comboios regionais) Linha do Minho. | Train Timetable
Linha do Douro
When the line first opened in 1887 it was an engineering marvel as it follows the course of the river and up through the dramatic landscapes of the Alto Douro where vineyards are carved into terraces from the living bedrock. Although the branch lines have closed, the Linha do Douro is still very impressive and a great way to spend a day. Regular trains leave São Bento and Campanhã and pass 20 tunnels, 30 bridges and 34 stations. The line becomes more dramatic after the town of Régua on to the pretty wine towns of Pinhão (one of the most beautiful railway stations in Portugal), Tua and terminating at Pocinho, (close to the Cão Valley rock art). A picturesque steam train runs along the Linha do Douro on Saturdays from May to October. | Train Timetable
Linha do Aveiro
Urban trains (urbanos) run between Porto and Aveiro along the coast, stopping at resorts such as Ovar, Espinho, and Miramar. Onward connects can be made to Coimbra from Aveiro. | Train Timetable
Linha do Braga
Regular urban trains (urbanos) run between Porto and the Minho's capital city of Braga. | Train Timetable
Linha de Guimarães
Regular urban trains (urbanos) run between Porto and the beautiful town of Guimarães. | Train Timetable
Alfa Pendular
A high speed train service connecting cities the whole length of Portugal from Faro in the Algarve, Lisbon, Aveiro, Coimbra and Porto. | Train Timetable

Comboios de Portugal Comboios de Portugal Website

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PORTO AIRPORT

Porto (Francisco Sá Carneiro) Airport is located 15km north of the city and has excellent public transport links to Porto and beyond. The airport is currently the second-busiest in the country and was totally remodelled in 2006. Regularly scheduled, low cost and cheap charter flights are available from the UK, Ireland and most major cities in Europe. Scheduled flights by TAP Air Portugal and British Airways operate services to Brazil, the USA and Canada.

METRO

Getting to the centre of Porto is easy. Porto (Francisco Sá Carneiro) Airport has its own metro stop on Line E (Purple – Airport – Estádio do Dragão – Airport). The journey to the city centre takes about 45 minutes. There are train links to Lisbon and the rest of the country at the Campanhã Railway Station. There are ticket machines just before the platforms.
Timetable & Info


BUS

You can also take a STCP bus Lines 601 & 602 which takes about 45 minutes and operates between the the Praça de Lisboa, by the Torre dos Clérigos Church tower in the Baixa district and the airport. (05h30-00h20 every 30 mins): 601 – Timetable & Info | 602 – Timetable & Info

There's also a night bus which leaves operates between the the airport and the Avenida dos Aliados (00h30-05h30 every 60 mins). 3M – Timetable & Info



SHUTTLE BUS

GetBUS run services between Porto Airport and the cities Braga, Guimarães and Porto. Look for their counter in the foyer: Braga | Guimarães | Porto

Barquense run services from Porto airport (bus stop in front of arrivals) to towns in the Minho: Ponte da Barca, Arcos de Valdevez, Ponte de Lima, Viana do Castelo and Esposende.
Timetable & Info

TAXIS

Porto’s Francisco Sá Carneiro airport lies about 30 minutes by road of Porto, depending on traffic. Taxis operate from in front of arrivals 24/7 and costs between €20–30.. Agree a price with the driver before you set off.


PRIVATE TRANSFER

Book a private transfer from the airport directly to your accommodation in comfort. Meet your driver at the arrivals hall and get where you need to go with convenience and ease. Drivers are available 24 hours a day to take you or bring you from the airport.

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By Bus

From Spain:
Travel by coach from Madrid to Porto with ALSA for a quick, comfortable and pleasant journey. They run two services a day. If you buy your tickets in advance on their website you can bag the best deals: • ALSA Website

National Services:
• Rede Expressos run services National services to Porto from various locations within Portugal
including Lisbon. Website
• Rodonorte is a coach company servicing North & Central Portugal Website