LocationAbout Porto

Overlooking the Douro River, Porto is one of the most ancient European cities. It was born and developed from the northern bank of this river during the Middle Ages. One of the most significant aspects of Porto and its historical centre is its landscape, combining harmony with the urban structure and presenting a frame of rare beauty. The city was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996.

Travelling to Porto/ Ofir

By Air

Arrival point: Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (phone +351 229 432 400), 11Km north of the city centre, and 41 Km from Ofir.

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 Oporto city centre. The occasional Andante title required for travelling between the Airport Station and Oporto 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€. A táxi from the Airport to Ofir shall cost around 40-45€. However, taxis charge an additional 20% from 22:00 to 06:00.

An 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.

Taxis

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€.

Weather

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

Sightseeing

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

Money

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.

Shopping

The most traditional shopping área 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.

In Esposende you can find local shops. As for shopping Center the nearest one is in Viana do Castelo, a 20 min drive.

Visas

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)

Electricity

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