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The city of Porto (238,000 inhabitants), located in the northwest, is the second largest city in Portugal. Porto gave its name to Portugal since it was called Portus Cale. Porto dated 200 B.C and later became the capital of the Condado Portucalense, the so-called Portuguese Empire origin.

It is a city known worldwide for its unique wine, its bridges, its architecture, its historic center, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the culinary quality of its restaurants, its main football team (FC Porto) for its prestigious public university (University of Porto) and the hospitality of its people.

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Travel to Porto

Flying to Porto

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and is served by an international airport (OPO), offering flight connections to an array of European cities.

You can confirm which companies operate at the airport and the available destinations at their website .

Conveniently, a series of low-cost companies, such as Ryanair, EasyJet, Vueling and Germanwings offer budget flights to and from Porto.

Flying to Lisbon

You may find it more convenient to get a direct flight to Lisbon airport (LIS). Being the capital city, you will be able to find direct flights from all major destinations. Further, the Portuguese airline company TAP currently offers 8 daily connection flights to/from Porto and Ryanair provides 2 additional flights.

Travelling from Lisbon to Porto by train

Lisbon is 300 km south from Porto and a train voyage should take you close to 3 hours. You can board trains bound to Porto both in “Santa Apolónia” and “Oriente” train stations.

Lisbon has a modern underground train system and “Oriente” train station is only 3 underground stops away from the airport.

You will find two train services connecting Lisbon and Porto: “Alfa Pendular” and “Intercidades”. The former is intended to provide a quicker and more comfortable ride, but the later offers cheaper ticket fares and it should only cost you further 20 minutes. Fares are of €30.30 in the “Alfa Pendular” and €24.30 in the “Intercidades” (standard class), but you can get discounts by booking in advance. You can get further information at www.cp.pt.

You will be arriving to Porto at “Campanhã” train station. This is the main train station in Porto, but it is located in the City’s eastern suburbs. To get downtown you can follow one of 3 option:

1. Board one of the many trains bound to “São Bento” station (remind you that and extra ticket will be required for this journey). This is the old Porto central station, it is a historical sight and you should visit it in any case.

2. Get into the metropolitan overground/underground tram system “Metro to Porto”. You should board in any line bound to west in direction to “Trindade”, if you want to arrive at the city center, or “Casa da Música” if you intend to come to the conference venue.

3. Take bus line 206. This bus will take you from “Campanhã” straight to the city center or the conference venue (Bus stop “Planetário”).

Travelling from Lisbon to Porto by car

Just follow the blue highway signs indicating “A1 Porto” or “A1 Norte”. This highway takes you directly to Porto. Toll for the complete distance is €21.25.

Flying to Galicia (North of Spain)

You may also find convenient flights to the Northern Spanish cities of Santiago de Compostela or Vigo. Santiago is 250 km from Porto, while Vigo stays only 150 km away. Both cities are connected to Porto by a network of highways. Vigo airport is close to city the city center where you will find direct train connections to Porto (approximately 2 hour train ride). You can pre-book tickets at www.cp.pt.

Transports in Porto

Porto has a modern public transport system, with a complex network of bus lines supported by a modern overground/underground tram service “Metro do Porto”. You can get an electronic card “Andante” that will permit you to travel in both transport systems at the best fares.

Getting to and from the airport

The most convenient way to get to Porto from Porto airport if by taking the “Metro”. You will provide you a confortable way to get to the city center (“Trindade” stop) or the conference venue (“Casa da Música” stop).

You can also board buses 601 and 602, they will both take you to the city center (“Cordoaria”). Bus 601 also permits you to arrive close to the conference venue if you hop out at “Boavista – Bom Sucesso” ou “Boavista – Casa da Música”.

Getting to the conference venue.

The easiest way to get to the conference venue is by bus. The bus stop “Planetário” is right in front of our building and is served by bus lines 200, 204, 207 and 209.

200 takes you to and from downtown;

204 and 209 is the best connection to the closest “Metro” stop at “Casa da Música”;

207 takes you to the train “Campanhã” train station and to the city center.

If you board trains 200, 204 and 207 bound west, you will arrive at the coastal town of “Foz”, the out-western borough of Porto, where the city meets the sea.

If you decide to come by “Metro”, the closest station is “Casa da Música”, which is only a 15 minute walk (Check the Map below). Or you can take buses 204 or 209 which will leave you at the “Planetário” stop.

Getting to the old town (Ribeira), the river front and the wine cellars.

You can board bus line 500, next to “São Bento” train station. However, the station is just a short walk from the riverfront and we advise you to just walk downward through the narrow streets which are now full of shops, restaurants and cafés that we are sure you will find most pleasant.