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About Porto

It was in the Porto and in the North regions that Portugal was founded in the 12th century and the Portuguese became a people and a nation.

Porto is not only the second largest city in Portugal but also a city of great historical past and listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage, since 1996. The narrow and labyrinthine streets of the old city center will take you back in time while the cool and vintage neighborhoods will make you discover the new trends and the unique atmosphere of this historical yet modern city.

Porto is the gateway and departure point for a journey across the natural and cultural diversity of the North region. It is known for the Port wine which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage which combines ancient churches and monuments, and modern buildings.

On a brief visit to Porto, there are some places that cannot be missed. In the words of many visitors, this city has something mystical that is difficult to describe and which varies according to the place, time of day and light

Whatever it is, it certainly has to do with its people, known to be generous and easy-going, as well as the River Douro and its heritage on both banks, with its bridges and monuments, the tiles, the flowering balconies and the shopping streets. The historic center of Porto and the River Douro on the Gaia side, where the Port Wine lodges are located, are classified as World Heritage.

Travelling to Porto

By Air

Arrival point: Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (phone +351 229 432 400), 11Km north of the city centre.

Transport from/ to the airport: metro or taxi

The surface Subway (Metro) line is a quick connection between the airport, the city centre and the main hotels in Porto, with services every 20 minutes. Don't lose a minute. Get in the Violet (E) Line. Line E (Violet) connects Airport Station to Estádio do Dragão Station, and, naturally, to all metro’s network.

Line E (Violet) comes to add 1,6 km extension to Metro do Porto system, that now counts a total of 60 km and 68 stations. The service defined for Line E (Violet), Airport – Estádio do Dragão, assure a direct (without any overflow) and very fast link (trip times around 25 minutes) to the Porto city centre. The occasional Andante title required for travelling between the Airport Station and Porto city centre is a Z4. In the Andante shop located in the arrivals zone of the Airport you can also buy the Andante Tour, an unlimited and intermodal title valid for 1 or 3 days.

  • Cost Title Zone 4: 1.85€
  • Last Connection: 00:35

For more information please visit metrodoporto.pt

A taxi to the centre costs approximately 25€. Taxis can charge an additional 20% from 22:00 to 06:00 and other additional surcharge of 1.50 € may also be applied for extra luggage, although wheelchairs and other equipment required by physically handicapped people are transported free of charge. The price is the same, regardless of the number of people sharing a taxi (maximum 4 per taxi).

By Train

  • Journey time: 3 hours from Lisbon & 12-14 hours from Madrid
  • Departure point from Lisbon: Santa Apolónia/ Gare do Oriente
  • Arrival point: Porto railway station Campanhã
  • Cost: From Lisbon 42.40€ (1st class) and 30.30€ (2nd class) – Alfa Pendular.
    There are three international connections daily to Paris via Madrid and several trains daily to Lisbon. For more information please visit cp.pt.

By Car

You can use the highway "A28" between Vigo (Spain) and Porto or the highway "A1" between Lisbon and Porto. Both are good and new highways, and the "A1" have a toll fee (about 25€)

Car Rental and Parking

It costs approximately 90€ per day to rent a car.

To rent a car you can contact Skyros-Congressos - Phone: +351 22 616 54 50.

Street parking usually costs about 1€ per hour in the city centre.


The phone number of the taxi call centre in Porto is +351 22 5073900. Taxi ranks can be found at various locations in the city centre. Almost all the conference hotels have a taxi rank located at a distance of no more than 150m. A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs approximately 25€.


Porto has a mild climate. For more information please visit ipma.pt. You are advised to bring some warm clothing


For sightseeing tours you can contact Skyros-Congressos - Phone: +351 22 616 54 50.


The local currency is the Euro (€). Banks in Portugal are open Monday-Friday, 08:30-15:00 (Banks at the airports is open 08:00-20:00). Portugal also has an extensive network of cash dispensers which operate 24 hours a day.


The most traditional shopping area in the city center of Porto is Rua Santa Catarina, along with the narrow streets going up and down from the city center till Ribeira, by the Douro river side.

Several shopping centers, in Porto and around it, are open everyday till 23:00.


All non-EU citizens should check if it is necessary to obtain a visa, which can be obtained at the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in their own country.

A list of countries that require a visa to Portugal is given at wordtravels.com.

Local Time

The local time in Portugal is the Greenwich the same as in London.

GMT + 1 Hour (Western Europe Daylight/Summer Time)


Portugal uses a 220V system, sockets have the European standard and plugs are two-prong.

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