How to get there | Public transportation and travel
Getting to Porto by plane
Porto is easily reachable by plane. Porto airport Francisco Sá Carneiro airport is a very well connected international airport with daily flights to the major European cities and a few intercontinental direct connections. Therefore, getting to Porto is generally at most a two hops flight.
The Porto international airport is also known as Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport and was elected one of the five best European Airports. It is located about 10 km, a quick 20 minutes drive, from the Porto city centre where most of the hotels are located. The airport is served by Porto Metro. The service links the airport to Porto city centre. Public transport buses and dedicated shuttle buses also link the airport and the city.
To arrive at the Alfândega Porto Congress Centre from the airport
The easiest way to get to the venue is by public transports or taxi.
By Public Transports (Metro and Bus)
Getting to the conference venue Porto airport by metro is convenient, fast and cheap – a 25 minute-trip every 1/2 hour from the airport to the main town.
At the airport take the purple line (E), destination Estádio do Dragão, until you reach the Trindade station (duration: 24 min.), where you should switch the yellow line (D), destination Santo Ovidio and stop at São Bento station (duration: 4 min.) For the whole trip you need a Z4 title that you can buy from the machines; buying it first time you also get a ANDANTE AZUL card; keep it for the way back or other trips that you wish to do in Porto.
From São Bento station you can walk to Alfândega do Porto (18 minutes-walk). Alternatively, exit the metro station and at the STCP bus stop, catch the 500 bus – Destination Matosinhos (Mercado) – Exit at Alfândega bus stop (duration: 4 minutes).
By taxi or UBER-like services
The city is served by 700 taxis. Taxis generally take about 25 minutes. A taxi from the airport directly to Alfândega do Porto costs around 20-30€.
Taxis Invicta: +351 225 076 400 / +351 912 301 251
Taxis Porto +351 22 099 7336
Taxis do Porto +351 911 907 533
In comparison to taxi fares in other countries, the Porto taxis are still to be considered a rather inexpensive means of transportation.
Uber, Bolt, Free Now are also available.
Getting to Porto by rail
In north Portugal, Porto is the most important railway hub of all the cities. There are two main train stations:
Estação de São Bento (São Bento Train Station) which is located in central Porto, in Praça Almeida Garrett. This is the terminal of regional trains which operate between Porto and other northern destinations such as Braga and Régua.
Estação de Campanhã (Campanhã Train Station) is the terminal operating between Porto and the south of the country (including Lisbon). Travelling to Lisbon by train takes about 3 hours. Campanhã Train Station is also establishing international railway connections.
Direct train connections to ⁄ from Porto
Germany (via Münich, via Frankfurt)
Switzerland (via Zürich)
Austria (via Salzburg, via Villach, and via Graz, via Vienna)
Croatia (via Zagreb and via Rijeka)
Hungary (via Budapest)
Czech Republic (via Prague)
Italy (via Venice)
Serbia (via Belgrade)
Bosnia and Herzgovina (via Sarajevo)
Accessibility from train stations to the city centre/venue
To travel to the Alfândega Porto Congress Centre by train, there are two possible train stations:
Campanhã Train Station
Catch the train/metro to São Bento (duration: 4 min, see below.)
S. Bento Train Station
From São Bento station you can walk to Alfândega do Porto (18 minutes walk). Alternatively, exit the metro station and at the STCP bus stop, catch the 500 bus – Destination Matosinhos (Mercado) – Exit at Alfândega bus stop. (duration: 4 minutes, Travel ticket: Z2)
Getting to Porto by road
Porto is favourably connected via numerous motorways, making it easily accessible from all parts of the country and abroad. The motorways A1 links Porto to Lisbon, A4 provides the connection to Tras-os-Montes, whereas A3 reaches all the way to Braga (Minho region). Aveiro, Viana do Castelo are also linked via excellent motorway connection to Porto.
There are regular coach services between Portugal’s main towns and cities. For details of routes, timetables and fares visit www.rede-expressos.pt, the website of Rede Nacional de Expressos.
To get to and from the conference venue to other parts of town the most convenient way is by taxi. Downtown can be reached in a 5 to 10 minutes-trip. From downtown, then metro and bus are the best alternatives.
A nice option to get around along the Douro river, from Alfândega do Porto, Ribeira, Foz do Douro including the neighbouring cities of Matosinhos and Gaia, is to rent a bike. Several rental shops can be found around the area of Ribeira.