Located in northern Portugal, Porto is easy to reach by air or land. The waterway is not currently in use, though there are many River Douro cruises, ideal to enjoy the beauty of the landscape and the navigability of the river.
Landing at Porto
There are direct and non-direct flights to Porto from anywhere in the world. The airport serving the city is the International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro, located about 11 km (or 7 miles) north of the city centre.
The main Portuguese airline company is TAP Portugal which serves numerous destinations. In addition, there are a growing number of international airlines flying to Porto, namely:
• Air France (Sky Team member) direct flights from Paris (Charles de Gaulle); Iberia (One World Alliance member) direct flights from Madrid;
• Iberia direct flights from Madrid;
• Lufthansa (Star Alliance member) direct flights from Frankfurt/Main (International);
• Ryanair direct flights from Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom and Czech Republic;
• Transavia direct flights from Amsterdam (Schipol) and France (Lyon, Nantes and Paris – Orly Sud).
• British Airways;
• KLM to Lisbon;
• Swiss International Air Lines;
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, please visit the website of Porto Airport and see the “Moving Around” section of this website.
Arriving by land
You can travel to Porto by bus, car or train.
The road network is currently expanding to shorten distances and improve the access to the border and to the country’ s major cities. Motorways connect Porto to Lisbon (A1), Minho (A3) and Trás-os-Montes (A4), and a major highway connects Porto to Valença (A28).
Porto is is also connected to various European destinations by regular bus services. Rede Nacional de Expressos and InterNorte are the main companies. The second has connections to all main European cities, via Paris. There are other road transport companies that offer connections to the north of the country (Bus station on Rua Alfredo Magalhães), to the south (Bus station on Rua Alexandre Herculano), and other destinations (Bus station on Campo 24 de Agosto, at Central Shopping).
You can travel to Porto by train, to CP, the Portuguese Railway Company, has regular international links. The city of Porto is served by two main stations: Campanhã Station (for international journeys, but also for journeys to Lisbon, Douro and Minho); and S. Bento Station (for urban and regional connections and connections to Galicia).