We will write how to get from Porto airport to city center. The distance from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport to city center is 16 kilometers and the travel time from Porto airport to city is around 20 minutes by taxi and metro.
The cheapest way from Porto airport to city center is by bus for €2.60 and by metro. If you go by taxi will be around €25-30. You can also rent a car in Porto airport or get a private transfer. Read here Portugal sim card for tourist and how to get from Lisbon airport to Cascais.
PORTO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
PUBLIC BUS FROM PORTO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (CHEAPEST WAY)
The cheapest way from Porto airport to city center is by bus. There are a few Buses 601, 602, 604, 119 running every 20-30 minutes during the day from 5 30 am until midnight and 3M and 105N Night Buses (running every 30 minutes from 12 30 am until 5 30 am) from Porto airport that only accept one piece of luggage.
The bus fare is €1.95 (plus €0.60 cents that you have to get a rechargeable Andante Card electronic card in the vending machine) and the travel time is around 1 hour depending on your final destination at city center and traffic.
The Bus Number 601 and 602 are going from Porto airport to Cordoaria. The Bus Number 604 is going to Hospital de São João. The Buses 3M and 105N are going from Porto airport to city center at night time and the travel time is around 40-50 minutes.
I only recommend you the option of public buses from Porto airport if your final destination is around one of the bus stop on the way or you are taking 3M and 105N Night Buses since there is no metro from the airport at that time. Otherwise the metro is faster and easier to move from Porto airport to city center.
GETBUS FROM PORTO AIRPORT TO CITY
The Getbus is going from Porto airport to city center and the travel time is around 25-30 minutes. You can get the bus ticket to the driver and booking online. Getbus Porto is leaving from Arrivals every hour starting from 9 30 am to 7 pm. The Getbus fare is €2.80 for one way and and €5.10 for return ticket. For children 4 to 13 years old is €1.40 for one way and €2.80 for a return ticket
The final stop from Porto airport by Getbus is Campo 24 de Agosto (Porto Bus Terminal) where you can get long distance buses to Braga and Guimaraes.
METRO PORTO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER (FASTEST WAY)
The best way from Porto airport to city center is by metro. The Metro from Porto airport to city center is running every 20-30 minutes from 6 am to 1 am. The metro fare from Porto airport to city is €2 (plus €0.60 cents that you have to get a rechargeable Andante Card electronic card in the vending machine). You can use Andante Card for metro and buses in Porto.
The travel time is around 25-30 minutes depending on your final destination at city center. You will have to get the metro at Porto airport in Arrivals. If you go to from Porto airport to city center the travel time is around 25-35 minutes.
You will take the Purple Metro Line E from Porto airport to Bolhão, São Bento, Trindade and Aliados one of the most popular places for accommodation. You will have to transfer to Green Metro Line, Yellow Metro Line or Blue Metro Line to get to these destinations.
PORTO METRO MAP
The metro in Porto has 6 Metro Lines: Blue Line A, Red Line B, Green Line C, Yellow Line D, Purple Line E and Orange Line F. The metro opening hours in Porto is from 6 am until 1 am and running every 5-20 minutes. The metro fare in Porto is starting from €1.20 to €2 depending on the zones. The most popular metro station in Porto city center is Trindade Metro Station.
PORTO ANDANTE CARD
You will have to buy Andante Card in Porto for public transportation and it costs €0.60 and you can top up. You can also get 24 hours transportation for €7 and for 3 days you will have to pay €15.
BY TAXI PORTO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
If you go from Porto airport to city center by taxi the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 20 minutes and the taxi fare from Porto airport to city center is €25-30. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.
CAR RENTAL AT PORTO AIRPORT
There are many options for renting a car in Porto’s airport. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in the city. It will take you 20 minutes to get to Porto from the airport with a private car. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available in the airport. It will costs around €30-40.
Car rental option can be great if you are traveling with a few people or a lot of luggage and planning to visit places around Porto. Make sure you have parking place in your hotel or Airbnb since sometimes can be so challenging in Porto.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION PORTO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort after your flight to Porto. Prices are around €18 and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be €4 per person.
For sure private transportation will be so comfortable same like taxi, they will wait for you and drive to your final destination without you worrying of anything!
BEST WAY FROM PORTO AIRPORT TO CITY
The best way from Porto airport to city center if you are traveling alone and on a budget I would choose by metro until my final destination which costs around €2.60. You can also get the shuttle Getbus from Porto airport to city center is your hotel is around one of the bus stop walking distance with similar price €2.80.
If you are traveling in a group or your prefer more comfort you can get a taxi or private transportation which is cheaper direct to your accommodation place in Porto.
ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN PORTO
In terms of accommodation in Porto there are a lot to choose from. There are cheap hotels available for you at a starting price of €20-25. Hostels with dorms starts from €10-15 if you want to go down your accommodation budget travel in Portugal. Luxurious hotels in another option for your accommodation in Portugal, price can range from €90-up. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!
FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN PORTUGAL
A total of €25-30 per day for two people will be your daily budget for food in Portugal. A meal for two can cost for €15. You can have healthy meals for as low as €7.50. You can go down the food budget travel in Portugal cooking on your own and buying food in the supermarket. Pasteis de nata and expresso are great for a quick break in your sightseeing day in Portugal and you will find them for less than €2.
BEST TIME TO VISIT IN PORTUGAL
Portugal in August is the busiest and most expensive time of the year in the country because this is when locals or tourist choose to take their summer holidays. The best time to visit Portugal is through the months of between March and June if you to experience as much as possible the beauty of Portugal. The winter is from December to March but it’s warm comparing with North Europe.
CASH IN PORTUGAL
Portugal also use Euro as their currency. Rate is €1 is equivalent to $1.16. When it comes to ATM’s you can find many around while they will accept credit card and debit card in most of the hotels, restaurants and supermarkets.
Having insurance while you are traveling outside your home country is very important. Make sure that you have one too, to keep you safe in your trips around the world.
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