U.Porto Students inside the vintage City Tram

Located in Northern Portugal, Porto can be easily reached both by land and air. The river route is no longer used for regular travelling, but the various boat tours on the Douro River are the best way to discover the beauty of the surrounding scenery

By Plane

Porto can be reached by air travel from any part of the world, either directly or through connecting flights. The city is served by the Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport, located about 11 km north of Porto's city centre. The main Portuguese airline is TAP Portugal, which has numerous ticket counters in the cities that it flies to. Furthermore, there is an increasing number of international airlines that fly to Porto - many of which are low-cost.

Connections to the city can be made by public transport, taxis or by rental car.


The Violet Line (or Line E) of the Porto Metro system connects the Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport to the ‘Estádio do Dragão’ station in just over 30 minutes.


Three Porto’s public transport network (STCP) lines connect the Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport to the city centre, passing through various parts of the city. Lines 601 (Cordoaria - Aeroporto), 602 (Cordoaria - Aeroporto - via Padrão de Moreira) and 604 (Hosp. S. João - Aeroporto - via Crestins) run from 5.30 am to 00.30 am, with a frequency of about every 25 minutes.


There are taxi services located at the airport. For reference, the average taxi fare from the Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport to the city centre is about ¤20. The fare is the same whether the taxi carries one, two, three or four passengers.

Car rental

There are various car rental agencies at the Porto airport. To rent a car, simply visit one of the many rental agency counters located in the arrivals area of the airport, or make a reservation prior to arrival.

By Land

By land, Porto can be reached by bus, train or car.

Highway Access

Portugal's network of highways is currently under expansion in order to shorten the distances and improve conditions for accessing the country's border and main cities. Three main highways connect Porto to the rest of Portugal: A1 to Lisbon, A3 to the Minho region, and A4 to the Trás-os-Montes region. There is also an important expressway which connects Porto to Valença (A28).

Furthermore, Porto is connected to various European destinations by regular bus service. The companies with the greatest number of destinations are Rede Nacional de Expressos and InterNorte, the latter connecting Porto to nearly all major European cities through Paris. There are other bus services that connect the city to the north of the country (from Rua Alfredo Magalhães), to the south of the country (from Rua Alexandre Herculano) and to many other areas of Portugal (from Campo 24 de Agosto, in Central Shopping).

Rail Access

Porto can also be reached by train through CP, the Portuguese Railway, which makes frequent international connections. The city is served by two main railway stations: The Campanhã Station (for international connections and to Lisbon, aside from serving the Douro and Minho regions); and the São Bento Station (for regional connections and to Galicia, also serving the Douro and Minho regions, as well as the areas of Aveiro and Coimbra).

Urban Transport

The main forms of transport inside the city of Porto are by bus (STCP) and by metro (Porto Metro).

Find out more about Porto's local Transport.