Porto car hire
If you haven't already, see our post on arriving into Porto Airport.
Car hire Porto Airport
See collecting your car hire from Porto Airport for information on car hire at the airport. Don’t forget - you’ll get to them more quickly if you walk towards your right on entering the Arrivals Hall from Baggage Reclaim!
Porto’s metro service is fairly new too - it’s clean, seems reliable and its purple line, E, can take you from the airport to the centre of town in a little under 30 minutes. The only downer is you might have a bit of a wait as they generally run every half an hour.
To get to the Metro, you’ll need to go the lower level - there is a lift and escalators to take you down between the money exchange desks and Costa Coffee in the Arrivals Hall.
look for the M
Once down, walk through these glass doors with Porto’s metro symbol on them. They’re on the same level as the car parks.
Keep walking to get to the entrance of the Metro which isn’t too far away (no moving walkways necessary! You can purchase a one-way ticket to the city centre for €2.30 at machines at the station. Or if you're planning to go to the Tourist Information office, you can also buy a ticket through them. Travel by Metro in Porto is split into zones and the price of a ticket depends on how many zones you are travelling through. The airport to city centre means travelling through 4 zones so you'll need to purchase a Zone 4 ticket.
Don't forget to scan!
Make sure you scan your ticket at this machine before getting on the train. You'll find these machines just before you go onto the platform as well as on the platform in case you forget to do it. Head up the steps to the platform - which you’ll notice is right opposite the airport in this picture below. More detailed information on Porto's Metro service can be found by going on to their website.
Metro at the airport
The Metro runs right outside the airport.
There is a dedicated airport shuttle that goes to a range of hotels within the city called Goin’ Porto. A one-way ticket is €6 and a return ticket is €9. Find more information on Goin’ Porto here.
There are also two city bus services that serve the airport. These are STCP Lines and Resende Buses and one-way fares are €1.50
Taxis are available just outside the airport - all using taximeters. If you’re in Porto a few days - it’s likely to be cheaper to get a Porto car hire than a taxi to get yourself around.
More Porto car hire
If you’re looking for a car hire in the city, we have two Portugal car hire locations in Porto's city centre on Avenida da Boavista and Rua Guerra Junqueiro.
Getting around Porto
Porto's Ponte Dom Luis - it's a double decker bridge with car traffic on the bottom level (as in the top picture) and the Metro crossing the above level as in this picture. This bridge connects the city of Porto to the suburb, Gaia - the place you actually go to for a visit to the Port wine cellars!
Porto is a really pretty city - part of its charm is that it's an incredibly hilly city. I'm told it's hillier than San Francisco! So if you want to explore Porto by foot, be warned that you're bound to have to do a few uphill walks. Porto's hills also mean you're unlikely to find many bicycle enthusiasts around the city (except for by the river where it's flat). Although the Metro doesn't stretch as far as most would like, it's a good option for seeing sights within the city. Also, if you are driving, it's worth parking at one of the car parks by a Metro station. There are a fair few that are free too! Find out more on Metro parking here.