Accesses to Vila Real are good and fast by those traveling by car – coming from Lisbon or Porto there are highways – and exits are well signalized. But don’t drive too fast as the landscape is gorgeous!! You will be driving across Serra do Marão, a beautiful mountain.
Once in Vila Real I’d advise everyone to park in city centre and walk, as everything is nearby and at hand. Some interesting streets (kind of downtown with a lot of commerce) are pedestrian only.
On my photo there’s the underground parking we used in city centre – you must pay a parking fee, and I don’t recall rates. But I remember that I found it cheap, so much cheaper than Lisbon or Porto (which compared to other European cities also have cheap parking fees). This park is situated at Avenida Carvalho Araújo, by the Police.
The best way to go to Vila Real from Porto is by bus.
The address of the bus station, at least for Rodonorte, is: Rua D. Pedro de Castro, very close to the very city centre.
From Porto, there are at least two companies that link both cities.
- Bus station: Travessa Passos Manuel/Ateneu Comercial do Porto (in front of Restaurant Abadia do Porto).
Close to Rua Santa Catarina and Bolhão market or Av. dos Aliados.
Metro: Bolhão (lines A, B, C and E) or Aliados (line D).
- Tel.: (+351) 22 200 56 37
- Fax: (+351) 22 200 56 37
- Internet: www.rodonorte.pt
* Rede Expressos:
- Bus station: Rua de Alexandre Herculano.
Close to Praça da Batalha.
Metro: São Bento (line D).
- Internet: www.rede-expressos.pt
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