Porto Public Transports
Porto Public Transportation
Forget Porto Public transportation, you’ll do most of your sightseeing on foot, as most of the main sights are within walking distance.
You won’t therefore need to use much public transportation, but when you do, the best, easiest, and most common means of transport in Porto is the metro.
- The only time you’ll have to use a bus is for Serralves Museum or the Foz district.
- A taxi will be the best choice if you want to check out one of the restaurants or clubs away from the center at night. All of these choices are inexpensive and reliable.
Oporto’s state-of-the-art metro opened in 2002 and has expanded over the years after that. It covers most of the city both under and over ground, all the way to the surrounding suburbs. Ah, the metro stations are marked with a wavy blue “M”.
- Porto Metro Schedule: Porto Metro runs from 6:00 am to 1:00 am.
- Porto Metro Tickets: Tickets (or in Porto’s case, cards) are bought at vending machines and must be validated before you board the train, even every time you switch lines.
The very first time you use the metro when you arrive in Porto you must purchase the metro card called “Cartão Andante” at those vending machines. That card is individual and is your ticket that is recharged at those same vending machines in future journeys.
For more information, visit www.metro-porto.pt for the map of the network and additional information.
BUSES IN PORTO
Oporto has an excellent and extensive bus service (called STCP – Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto, S.A) that operates from 6:00 am to 9:00 om. After 9:00 am the service is more frequent and after 1:00 am it is reduced to the principal routes in Porto.
- Buses in Porto show their number and final destination on the front, as do the bus stops, where there are also details of the routes.
www.stcp.pt is the website for Oporto bus information.
- How to buy bus tickets in Porto?
You may purchase tickets from the driver, which must then be validated on the machine in the bus.
TRAMS IN PORTO
There are two short tram routes still in operation in Oporto, No. 1 and No. 18.
No.1 is a pleasant ride, as it goes through the riverfront all the way to Foz. Tickets are bought from the driver.
TAXIS IN PORTO
Taxis in Portugal are inexpensive when compared to the rest of Europe. Most are beige, but there are also some older black and green ones. There are taxi stands by most of the main squares in Oporto, or you may call the following numbers to have one pick you up at a certain location at a scheduled time:
- Raditaxis: 22 507 3900
- Taxis Invicta: 22 507 6400
- Taxis Unidos: 25 352 5252