Porto is a major infrastructural hub of north Portugal, which is why it can be easily reached by a variety of means of transport. Foreign visitors might find it at hand to get to Porto by plane, the closest airport being Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, located about 11 kilometres north of the centre of the city and of the Forum venue. Getting to Porto by train is, again, a reliable alternative. Driving to Porto is yet another solution.

 

By Plane

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is located on the north outskirts of Porto, about 11 kilometres from the centre of the city. It is serviced by some 20 airline companies which operate both business class and low cost flights, such as Luxair, TAP Portugal, Ryanair, Air Berlin, Air Transat and Aigle Azur. These airline companies establish connections between Porto and sundry national and international destinations, such as Lisbon itself, Brussels, Toronto, Montreal, Milan, Paris, Madrid and Frankfurt, Bordeaux and London.

The airport transfer means are highly reliable, Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport being accessible by both public means of transport (buses and metros) and private means (rented cars and taxis).

 

By Train

In north Portugal, Porto is the most important railway hub of all the cities. It is served by two main train stations. Estacao de Sao Bento (Sao Bento Train Station) is located in central Porto, being the terminal of regional trains which travel between Porto and sundry north destinations (such as Braga, Viana do Castelo and Douro).

Estacao de Campanha (Campanha Train Station) is the terminal of trains leaving for and arriving from the south (Lisbon included). Thus, a train trip between Porto and Lisbon takes about three hours, but what is also worth mentioning is the said Estacao de Campanha is also used by trains which establish international railway connections.

In order to learn more about the railway routes between Porto and sundry other national and international destinations, train schedules, ticket prices and the like, please visit Comboios de Portugal (www.cp.pt).

 

By car or bus

Porto is literally surrounded by motorways, meaning the city enjoys excellent road connections with the entire Portugal. Thus, for instance, A1 links Porto to Lisbon, A4 provides the connection to Tras-os-Montes, whereas A3 reaches all the way to Minho. Braga, Aveiro, Viana do Castelo are also connected by motorways to Porto. Either by bus or by car (private vehicle or rented car), Porto can be reached from virtually all corners of the country.