About Porto

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About Porto

Porto is located on the north-west coast of Portugal along the Douro river estuary. The 900 year old city of Porto, which won the title of best European destination in 2017 (as well as in 2012 and 2014), is one of the oldest European centres. Its historical core (Ribeira) was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The western part of its urban area extends to the coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. Its settlement dates back many centuries, when it was an outpost of the Roman Empire.

Porto is also known as the “city of bridges”. The most famous is the 72 m-high Luis I bridge, completed in 1886. The Infante bridge, with a 280 m span is the world’s largest single span concrete bridge. Further east is the Gustave Eiffel’s Dona Maria Pia bridge, an iron railway bridge, which was used up until 1991 when it was replaced by the adjacent São João bridge with its three concrete arches. 


Practical Information

To get to the city centre…


…from the airport


Metro: Line E – Trindade

Bus: Lines 601 e 602 and 3M (01:00 – 05:00)

Car Rental: Cars may be rented at the airport


…from the Campanhã railway station

Train: S. Bento railway station (city center) – trip included in the
cost of an Alfa ticket

Metro: Lines A, B, C and F.

Bus: Line 207


…from the international bus stations

Campo 24 de Agosto

Metro: Lines A, B, C and F.

Bus: Line 300




Daily 06:00 – 01:00

The Andante ticket can be purchased from ticket vending machines inside Metro stations, from Andante Shops and from the Tourism Office Centre. For the occasional ticket (Z2 to Z12) depending on your route, one-hour minimum validity, and is rechargeable. Andante Tour tickets for 1 or 3 days (offer unlimited travel on buses, metro, and urban trains between Trofa and Espinho)

The famous Port wine, one of the most significant export goods of Portugal, is named after the city, since the metropolitan area is responsible for the packaging, transport and export of these fortified wines.
Foodies will be in their element – from Mercado do Bolhão food market to the many port wine lodges (on the other side of the river – Vila Nova de Gaia).


Time zone: GMT/UTC +1 hour in the summer

Dialling code: Portugal +351

Airport: Francisco Sá Carneiro (OPO)

Currency: Euro 



Emergency Services | 112

Tourism Police | +351 222 092 006

Tourism Office | +351 935 557 024

Porto Airport  | +351 229 432 400