By plane, Porto
Porto has a really nice new airport that connects the city with the world.
It was build for the world cup in 2004 and is really a little too big for the traffic it get's but that is just nice when you get there as it is rarely ever overcrowded.
You have many airlines serving the airport, both regular airlines aswell as budget airlines.
It's located a little outside the city of Porto but the metro serves the airport in a very eficcient way and you can get from the city center to the airport in about an hour for less than 3 euros with the metro.
The transit area has a nice little shopping area and a couple of good cafes and you have free wifi there aswell.
Porto has its own international airport. It's a bit out of town so the best way of reaching it is with the Aerobus which leaves from the bottom of Av. dos Aliados, just up from the McDonalds. The airport is serviced by Portugal's national airline, TAP, who fly to and from many destinations across Europe and the world for very reasonable prices. I bought a ticket to Lisbon from Frankfurt, but returning from Porto, for 233 euros, the same price as a simple return to Lisbon. Those budget flight specialists Ryanair have also started regular flights to Porto (From London and Frankfurt Hahn) as have a number of other budget airlines.
Porto has an airport (Airport Sá Carneiro) where you can find flights to some of the major cities worldwide, apart from domestic flights. Airport is about 11 km from city centre. If you arrive by Airport, you can to city centre by taxi, aero bus or regular bus. Check airport’s website for info on prices and schedules.
Our Ryanair flight left Liverpool at 17.25, and arrived at Porto airport 30 minutes earlier than our expected arrival time of 20.05. This meant that as we had hand luggage only, we were able to connect with the Aerobus (This useful service ended at 20.00hrs)
My flight had cost 29 GBP return (1p each way, plus taxes etc, and credit card charge)(cheaper if paying with debit card)
Seated on the right side of the plane, I had a great view as we flew quite low over the illuminated city, and the River Douro, before landing at the nearby Francisco Sa Carneiro airport.
The airport is quite modern, with areas still under construction (The metro connection to and from the city centre wasn't ready at the time of our visit)
A word of warning - the corridor from passport control to the exit is a LONG walk. Luckily my small case was on wheels, so the approximately half a mile walk, wasn't too difficult.
Also, when returning to the airport, (Our flight was 20.30 hours, so needed to be at the airport for 18.30) Allow plenty of time for getting through the rush hour traffic.
The Aerobus is recommended in preference to a metered taxi! The journey is usually about 40 minutes, but took over an hour in the busy traffic.
UPDATE**** The long awaited metro link from airport to city centre is now in operation.
The Duty Free shop has a good selection of Ports, and Portuguese wines, plus a small selection of local foodstuffs. I bought some marinated olives, a tin of Bachoula, Chocolate and a bottle of white port.
Ryanair also fly from Dublin, Frankfurt, London Stanstead, and Paris (Beavais) to Porto
Your options when you arrive in the very new and clean Porto airport are either a bus that takes you to all the city cente hotels at a cost of 4 euros each or catch a taxi. A taxi for 4 cost us 18 euros from the city centre to the airport. Quiker by taxi really but be aware the city centre roads are gridlocked in rush hour so allow a few extra minutes.
There are several companies that fly to Porto but after a long research the cheapest was Air Berlin. Either Lisbon or Porto they offer very good fares. If U book the ticket with 2 month earlier U could get very low rates. From Palma de Mallorca I found a 2 way ticket for 29€.
You can fly to Porto departing fom many points in Europe.
So, you have direct flying to Porto departing from these european cities:
Out from european continent:
- Rio de Janeiro
Dr. Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport is situated at Pedras Rubras, roughly 16 kms from the centre of Porto, a distance that can be covered in roughly a quarter of an hour.
There are various buses from the airport, as well as a special “Aerobus”, which will take you to the city’s main hotels.
Airlines with regular flights to Porto Airport:
Air France, Air Luxor, Iberia, Luxair, Lufthansa, Portugalia, SATA, TAP , Transavia Airlines e Virgin Express .
Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (11 km from the centre of Oporto)
Lisbon Airport (317 km)
Faro Airport (595 km)
Porto is served by Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport, that is +/- 10 Km away from the city.
There exists a bus route, called AeroBus, providing a fast connection between the airport and the city's leading hotels and downtown Porto, including of course the Tuela Porto and Fenix Porto Hotels. The AeroBus leaves every 30m (from 7am to 7pm) and it costs 2,49 euros. For more information (timetables, etc) visit the AeroBus Web Site.
Other alternative is to use a taxi. From the airport to the hotel the price should be around 13 euros.
There is a special bus from the airport to the city center (AeroBus).
It costs 2.6€, the ticket can be bought inside the bus, it has a specialized driver (at least it's what they say), stops at the main hotels and the ticket is valid during the rest of the day in other buses. Trips are every 30 minutes.
But you can see if the line 56 fits your needs and pay the single tariff that is around 1€...
In a few months you might be able to catch the subway and get to the city centre.
The airport in Porto is actually located in a nearby town called Maia, which is about 11 km away from the centre of Porto. If you don't anyone to pick you up or any rented car, don't worry, just take a taxi or an 'Aerobus'(reservation needed for this). TAXI: On a Saturday, from the airport to Holiday Inn Garden Court, I spent about 15,84 Euros + 1,50 Euros (luggage) and this taxi driver showed me the most important monuments in Porto. On Sunday, from my hotel to the airport, I spent about 18 Euros (rate + luggage included). AEROBUS (arrival reservation): http://www.stcp.pt/pt/mapas/aerobus.htm (site in Portuguese). The departure reservation must be made at your hotel (if your hotel have an agreement with the bus company).
Definitely by foot, so don't forget your most comfortable pair of shoes.
PHOTO: Avenida dos Aliados. Bus departure.