To and from the Airport
Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, or Porto Airport in short, is located approximately 11 km or 7 miles north of Porto city centre. The airport is well served by an elaborate transport network, and probably the easiest way to get to the city is by metro. Using a taxi from any one of the several companies available at the airport will usually take you 20 to 30 minutes for the same distance. Car hire and buses are another excellent idea especially if you are travelling with a large group.
For more information on public transportation to and from the airport, but also around the city of Porto, please see the website of Porto Airport, transportation in the city of Porto and also consult with the summary below about different kinds of transport facilities operating in Porto:
You can easily get to the airport (to the city centre) and move around Porto by metro. Line E (Purple) runs every 20 or 30 minutes to and from the airport, depending on the time and day of the week.
These are clean, fast, efficient and reliable underground trains that cover almost the entire city and even some of the neighboring towns. There are ticket offices at the airport and the fares are determined by your destination.
Metro do Porto
There are local buses found at the arrivals section which can take you across the city and to the surrounding areas. There is also a good collection of private buses and which make drop-offs and picks at every stop on the route. They are clean and reliable but they tend to cost more than the local buses.
Three different STCP (Porto Public Transport Company) lines connect the airport and the city centre: line 601 (Cordoaria – Airport), line 602 (Cordoaria – Airport – via Padrão de Moreira) and line 604 (Hospital S. João – Airport – via Crestins). They run between 05.30 and 00.30, about every 25 minutes.
For more information on buses, please check the following websites:
Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto, SA
Check routes and timetables
Taxis are favored by some travelers as they can take you to just about whatever destination you want to go. There are plenty of taxis from different companies just outside the terminal building. They are metered and they charge a bit higher than the buses. You should also expect the fares to rise by 20% in the evenings and during the weekends. A taxi ride costs about 20 to 30 Euros from the airport to the city and you can pre-book or directly board a cab off the terminal where there are plenty of English-speaking taxi drivers who are very helpful (the price charged is the same regardless of the number of passengers). You can negotiate a good sum to hire the taxi for a guided tour of the city and if by any chance you intend to visit the wineries then using a taxi to-and-from these locations is advised as the bus routes do not service these areas.
Car rental services are also available but are generally not advised for people coming from countries using the left lane in order to avoid accidents. Nevertheless, there are plenty rental car companies at Porto Airport which include National, Hertz, Sixt Rent a Car, Europcar, Avis and Budget – all these companies have desks at the arrival terminal. It is cheaper to rent a car than to use a taxi – that is, if you will be staying in Porto for several days. Always read and understand the terms and conditions as hidden charges are usually therein.