Best time to visit Porto ?
Porto enjoys warm dry summers and mild rainy winters. Temperatures rarely fall below zero in winter and although they can reach over 30 degrees (86 ºF) in summer, the proximity of the river and the Atlantic make the air very pleasant. If you want to catch the blossoming of cherry trees, almond, apple, pear and orange trees go in February.
São João celebrations and their amazing fireworks take place on the night of June 23. This is the most important celebration of the year.
Best months to visit Porto : March to October.
Getting to Porto
By air : Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport is about 20 km from the city centre. This very modern airport was refurbished for the Euro 2004 football championships which were partly hosted by Porto. The Metro connects the city center of Porto and Gaia via the line E. Expect to pay about 20 to 25 € for a taxi ride to the city center. You can use our flight comparison engine to book cheap airlines tickets to Porto airport !
By train : Campanhã station : Porto’s main station, east of the town centre. Metro lines A, B, C, E, F will take you there. This is where you arrive or leave from for Lisbon or Spain. Left luggage available. Sao Bento station : in the town centre, remarkable for its architecture; this station links to the north of Portugal, to Guimarães or Braga. Left luggage available. www.cp.pt
With the Porto Card, when using the options 1, 2, 3 or 4 days, you have unlimited access to public transport (metro, bus, urban trains Valongo-Espinho) for the duration, and free access or reduced prices, with discounts from 5% to 50% and other special discounts on products and services in varied areas: museums and heritage, sightseeing tours, cellars and Port Wine, shopping, eat and drink, theatres and concert halls, theme centres, sports, nightlife.
Tip : buy it online before departure to use it directly on arrival !
Moving around Porto
Metro : Porto’s metro serves the suburbs of Porto. There are only a few stations in central Porto and from Trinidade station you can take any of the 6 lines. The metro links the two main train stations and is useful to cross the bridge towards Gaia or go to the airport via Line E.
The metro is open between 6 in the morning to 1 at night. www.metrodoporto.pt
Bus : STCP buses :Daytime service: 05:00 - 00:30 (Some lines only run until 21:00); Night service (Lines 1M to 13M): 00:00 - 05:00
Some buses are equipped with access platforms for people with reduced mobility. STCP tickets (to be validated upon entering the bus) can be purchased from Payshop offices, train station ticket offices, post offices, Andante shops, automatic ticket machines and at the STCP or Andante service points. www.stcp.pt
Taxi : Available 24 hours a day from clearly signposted taxi ranks throughout the city or by phone. Most taxis can take 4 passengers, some can take 8. Check the meter for the cost of your trip and pay at the end; and the driver has to give you a receipt by law. Tarif charges are posted on the window of the rear door, on the left side of the taxi.
Car rental in Porto
You can rent a car at the airport or at various places throughout Porto.
You will need a full driver's licence, an identification card/passport and a credit card.
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