Hello, porto

Porto was once the last stop of adventurers on their way across the Atlantic to the New World. The cliché that Lisbon shows off and Porto just works is a well-worn metaphor that fails to do justice to the city's innumerate charms fully. History dwells around every corner, and more than ever, Porto is a place determined to hold on to its own distinct identity.

City Information

Essential Information about the city


Passport / Visa

Portugal can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE, and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travellers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

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Best Time to Visit

Porto provides mild weather throughout the whole year. The winter months, in particular, can be dominated by heavy rain — do not forget the typical coastal weather that can change quite fast. To experience the typical Portuguese life, however, the best time to visit might be in the summer months, when the open-air markets fill with crowds and the city hosts many festivals, such as Serralves em Festa and Festa de São João.

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Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO)

The Porto Airport is called Aeroporto Francisco Sa Carneiro and is situated 11 kilometres north of the city. To reach the airport you can use the lightrail. It departs every 30 minutes. From the airport, you can also take buses number 601, 602, 604 and 3M into the city centre. There are also shuttle buses and taxis available at the airport.

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Public Transport

Porto has a good bus and tram network with routes serving all the key tourist spots. The city also has a Metro system that is both clean and efficient. You can buy a metro ticket at the station and in other sale spots, or you can buy tourist cards that allow you to get around Porto on all means of transportation: daily tickets and 3-day tickets.

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Taxis in Porto are very convenient and also great for airport transfer. Taxis Invicta +351 22 507 64 00 www.taxisporto.com RadiTaxis: +351 225 073 900 www.raditaxis.pt

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To find a post office in Porto, look for the red sign saying CTT. Letter boxes are also red.

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Pharmacies are normally open 9am–1pm and 3pm–7pm. All areas have one shop open all night or on Sunday. A white cross on a green background marks out the pharmacies.

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Country Code: +351 Area Code: 022

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220 V/50Hz with with a Type F electrical plug with two round pins, same as in many countries in Continental Europe.

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