If you do not arrive in a car to the top of Bom Jesus, nor do you wish to hike up the stairs, then you can take the tram. Amazingly enough the tram is run on a water weight system where it fills with water to counter the weight of the opposite car and its passengers, causing it to fall towards the bottom where the water is then let out and the cycle reversed.
The first to be installed in Portugal in 1882 it races up the 300-metre slope in just 3 minutes.
1st option Metro (subway) + Train
If opting for the subway ride you have Line E: Airport - Estádio do Dragão, violet line, Zone 4 (price approx. 1.35 euros). The stop-off is Campanhã, which gives direct access to the Railways Station named Campanhã. From there are departing trains leading to Braga.
You may check on the following link the trains to Braga:
Metro from airport + Bus
You take the metro to the railways station Campanhã like I explain above then you take the bus 205 to the Cheese Castle (Castelo do Queijo). Then you must catch bus 202 going to Alfredo Magalhães street, where is located the bus station where you have buses leaving from various companies to Braga.
Porto » Braga
Rede de Expressos
Timetable in : http://www.rede-expressos.pt
Telef: 213 581 460
Telef.: 808 205 060
Bus from airport to Campanhã Railway station.
The trip from the airport to the center of Porto (Campanha) is ensured by bus number 604 and must stop at Hospital S. John there catch the bus number 205, going for to Campanhã
You can take a look to see the timetables of all the transportations and to make simulations on
Blue Line: 808 200 444 (meters)
Blue Line: 808,200,166 (STCP)
and finally by
If you prefer taking a trip by taxi, the journey from the airport takes about 40 min. Braga and the price is approximately EUR 60 .
I think the best option (and cheaper), would be to get Metro and Train.
Metro - take line "E" from Airpot till "Campanha" (in Oporto center).
Train - from "Campanha" to Braga.
It will take around 2 hours, and 20 euros would be enough.
Check the links for further information:
If you want to visit Bom Jesus Sanctuary, you can take the bus and once you get there and if you are too tired to climb the baroque stairway, you can take the elevador do Bom Jesus(Elevator).
The up/down ride costs you 2,00 Euros.
I have a timetable for the Braga - Guimarães local buses which I obtained on a visit last year. I have also never found it on a website.
These buses are operated by a consortium of three companies and I have put the timetable on a webpage at this location:
This timetable was correct in November 2007. I do not know if it has changed. I suggest you check at the Braga bus station before travel.
You can use the same ticket on any bus of any of the three companies.
Braga is just a bit over an hour away from Porto, therfore, it's very recommendable a day trip.
- Address of the railway station in Braga: Largo da Estação.
- From Porto: São Bento railway station (Praça Almeida Garret; metro: São Bento, line D/yellow) or Campanhã (metro: lines A, B, C and E), and take Braga urban (urbanos) linha/line.
- Website of the Braga line: www.cp.pt/cp/displayPage.do?
Road distances between Braga and:
- Porto: 58 kms.
- Lisbon: 367 kms.
- Madrid (Spain): 577 kms.
- Paris (France): 1.554 kms.
The site will give you more info together with driving distances and the best routes.
Once in Braga, you don't need any other mean of transportation but your feet. All sights are very close but the Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte.
For now, a good map of Braga.