How to get there
How to get to Porto
If you don’t know how to get to Port, you will like to know there are a lot of transports available to Porto, in the north of Portugal. Here is all you need to know about trains, buses and flights to Porto – and even by car! You can choose whatever makes the most sense to you.
The car can also be a reliable alternative depending on your priorities, time and point of departure.
Flights to Porto
For the international visitors, Porto has an international airport, the Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport. It is only 11 kilometres away from the city centre. Trains are also a good alternative if you are in some part of Europe or in another city from Portugal, like Lisbon or Faro.
Porto airport is 11km (7 miles) north of the centre of the city. It is a modern airport that was expanded and refurbished in 2001. In 2007 won the “3rd Best European Airport” award from Airport Council International.
Over the years the Porto airport has seen some expansion and the number of airlines that fly to the city directly are increasing.
For that reason that are many visitors that now arrive by air.
- The following airlines fly to Porto: TAP Portugal, Portugalia, Air France, EasyJet, Ryanair, Brussels Airlines, Air Berlin, Clickair, Iberia, Lufthansa, and Sata International.
- The following cities have direct flights to Porto: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bordeaux, Brussels, Caracas, Cologne, Dublin, Frankfurt, Funchal, Geneva, Lisbon, Liverpool, London (Gatwick), London (Heathrow), London (Stansted), Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Milan, New York (Newark), Nice, Palma Mallorca, Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Paris (Orly), Paris (Beauvais), Ponta Delgada, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Stuttgard, and Zurich.
From Porto Airport to the city center
If you are asking how to get to Porto from the airport, the easiest way to get to the center is by metro – just take the Purple Line.
Although you may also choose the convenience of a taxi, which should cost between 15 and 20 euros and take between 20 and 30 minutes.
That are also a lot of good and reliable airport transfers
Trains to Porto
In Portugal, CP – Comboios de Portugal is the main and only provider. CP offers both regional and long-distance routes as well as some international train trip to select destinations in Spain, like Vigo or San Sebastian.
Many travellers arrive in Porto on a train from Lisbon, Coimbra, Aveiro or other Portuguese citues. The train Lisbon Porto takes 3 hours and it ends at Campanhã Station, from where it is easy to hop on the metro to reach the center of the city – or you can take the train that makes the connection from Campanhã to São Bento Station, in the center of Porto!
If you are coming from the north of Portugal, like Braga, Viana do Castelo or Douro, your final stop is at Estação de Sao Bento which is in central Porto. A beautiful station that has huge panels of traditional Portuguese tiles.
- By the way, check some day trips from Porto! Take a trin to visit cities like Braga, Vila Real or Guimarães! You will love it!
Bus to Porto
If airplanes and trains are not your style and you are looking for cheap trips to Porto, bus is a good option!
Comparing with other European countries are few bus companies operating in Portugal. To travel by bus to Porto, you can check Rede Nacional de Expressos or InterNorte. Other companies like Eurolines or Alsa operate trips to Porto, but but mostly international routes in Spain and even in France.
But if it is a road trip that you are planning, then Porto has a big range of motorways that connects the city with all corners of the country. If you are coming or going to Spain, there is four options of exits for you to choose, the A28, A3, A24 and A4. In some of the motorways there are tolls to pay and they usually cost around 20€.
You can rental you car here