Porto is located in the north of Portugal and has its own airport connected to the major cities in Europe and the Americas. Flying is therefore the preferred and most convenient option to reach Porto.
Major European airlines flying to Porto include TAP, Lufthansa, KLM, AirFrance, Alitalia, Iberia, Ryanair, EasyJet, Transavia, etc.
It is also possible to fly to Porto via Lisbon airport, with 3-4 connecting flights each day.
Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport is about 15 km outside the city centre. Our conference venue is easily accessible from the airport by metro: Metro line E (colour code: purple) will take you from the airport to Casa da Música station in around 25 min. From there it is less than 10 min walk to either the Faculty of Sciences Campus or the main Hotels suggested.
The taxi ride from the airport directly to the conference venue will cost around 25€.
Travelling to and from the airport using the Metro is the recommended option.
Tickets for the Metro and buses
Ticketing for public transportation (Metro and buses) is mainly by the Andante cards (although for bus tickets may be purchased from bus drivers). Rechargeable Andante cards can be bought from machines at any Metro station in the city (e.g. upon arrival at the Airport Metro station, or Campanha Metro station for those arriving by train). An Andante card is rechargeable with credit allowing it to be used for additional journeys. It must be validated each time, at the yellow machines at the entrance to the Metro stations or inside the buses.
Here are some indicative prices, subject to change:
- From the Airport to Casa da Musica Metro station, the Andante needs to be charged with a Z4 trip, which costs 1.80 euros (single ticket).
- From Campanha Metro/railway station to the conference venue by the 207 bus Andante needs to be charged with a Z2 trip, which costs 1.20 euros (single ticket). A ticket can also be bought on the bus from the driver for 1.80 euros.
**The Andante card itself costs 0.50 euros, charged in addition to the first trip.
Porto main station (Campanhã) is connected to Lisbon by a regular train service (http://www.cp.pt); the ride takes approximately 3 hours. Train connections to other european countries is not recommended as it is not cost or time effective (except for Galicia, Spain).
Options to get to the conference venue from Campanhã train station include use of the metro (around 11 min to Casa da Música station), bus (http://www.stcp.pt/en/travel/) and táxi.
If you plan to travel to Porto by car, please heed the following guidelines that might differ from traffic regulations in your home country:
- You must have a valid driving license and car registration documents.
- If you drive some else’s car (who is not with you), you may be asked to show authorisation that you rightfully drive that vehicle.
- The blood alcohol limit in Portugal is 0.5‰. Please be advised that this policy is strictly enforced.
- Speed limits are 50 km/h in urban areas, 90km/h on country main roads and 120 km/h on motorways.
- Almost all of the motorways are toll roads (and expensive!).
- There are different toll systems in use, including “electronic toll only” on some routes.
- In case of accidents resulting in injuries, the police must be notified, preferably using the international emergency number 112.
For further information, please refer to information services provided e.g. by a local automobile club or your ministry of foreign affairs.
Getting Around Porto
Porto is a quite small city. The city centre is easily accessible by foot.
Porto is also well served by public transportation services (bus & metro). Efficient train services run within Porto and also connect the city to its surroundings and other major cities of Portugal.
For more information on Porto please visit www.visitporto.travel
All prices are only indicative.