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Porto, Portugal

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ABOVE: The train shed in São Bento, Porto's main railroad station.


Arriving in Porto

By air. Porto Airport (OPO) has regular service from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Rome, and many other European cities. TAP Air Portugal flies nonstop from Newark to Porto several times a week, and SATA offers service from Boston during the summer months. TAP also flies to Porto from Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paolo.

Airport ground transportation. Line E (violet) of the Metro do Porto connects the airport to the city center in about 25 minutes. The Metro station is about 50 meters from the terminal.

photoOther ground-transportation services include buses (handy for certain suburbs) and taxis, which are cheaper than in many Western European countries.

photoBy rail. São Bento station is the main railway station in Porto. It's conveniently located in the historic center, and the hotels listed on our Porto Hotels page are within walking distance or a short cab ride away. For local, regional, national, and international train timetables, see the CP (Portuguese Railways) Web site.

By car. Porto is on the Atlantic coast of Northern Portugal, and it's easy to reach by motorway from Lisbon and other tourist areas. (Porto is also close to Spain--in fact, many residents of Galicia fly in and out of Porto Airport.) Use ViaMichelin to plan your route.

Local transportation

photoThe Metro do Porto opened in 2002 and has grown into an extensive light-rail network. Two lines of special interest to tourists are Line E (violet line, to the airport) and the original Lina A (blue line, which runs between the cruise port at Matosinhos and downtown). Also see Wikipedia's article on the Metro if you're a transit buff.

photoThe Metro operates the Funicular dos Guindais, which runs from the riverside Ribeira district to the city center near the Ponte de dom Luis I bridge. Wikipedia has an interesting article on the funicular and its history.

Porto's city buses are operated by STCP, and they're convenient on routes that aren't served by the Metro. You might also want to try the STCP's Porto Tram City Tour on a vintage streetcar.

Finally, the Porto.Card is worth considering if you're staying outside the center and plan to make extensive use of public transport.

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In this article:
Porto, Portugal
Porto's lifeblood: Port wine
Sightseeing, excursions
Events and festivals
Tourist information

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