The city of Lusitana boasts an efficient and modern public transport network connecting the center and the suburbs. Metro, bus, funicular and even boats: the possibilities to move to Porto by public transport are really many.
Photo, 2012 Gitbi
The metro is undoubtedly the best way to move around Porto, and reach every corner of the city.
The meter is the most used medium. And it could not be otherwise. Rapid. Modern. Efficient. A system that, despite its young age, is particularly reliable. The network is developed for around 67 kilometers, with a total of 81 stations and 6 operating lines. Only 8 kilometers, along the city center, are underground; the remaining section consists of a raised network or ground level.
Here, in detail, the 6 operating lines with which to move in Porto:
The metro runs daily, including Sundays and holidays, from 06: 00 to 01: 00 around. The frequencies range from a minimum of 5 minutes at peak times, to a maximum of 17 after 22: 00.
The most fascinating and emblematic way to move in Porto. On board of fantastic vintage vehicles, you can take a leap into the past and experience a truly unique experience. Three operating lines every day, including holidays. More info from here.
The road transport is managed by the Portuguese STCP which guarantees connections every day between the center and the suburbs. There are over 60 lines on duty from morning till evening.
The buses are modern and comfortable, white and blue, numbered in three figures; the first number indicates the destination.
Among the most interesting lines, we point out the 500 from Pr. Liberdade to Matosinhos (Mercado).
Photo, 2006 Manuel de Sousa
The ancient Funicular dos Guindais is more than just a means of transport. Built in the 1891, it connects in just 2 minutes Batalha and Ribeira, offering an extraordinary panorama and spectacular views over the Douro and the Luiz I.
Open every day with the following times:
From November to April, from Monday to Sunday, from 8: 00 to 20: 00
In the summer, every day from the 08: 00 to the 22: 00, with a postponed end to the 00: 00, from Thursday to Saturday
In July and August it closes at midnight.
A funicular ride costs 2.50 € per adult and 1.25 for children from 4 to 12 years. Free up to 3 years completed. Tickets can be purchased directly from the funicular.
To use public transport, and move around Porto, the Charter is recommended GOING.
The first time, you will have to buy the ANDANTE AZUL. It is a rechargeable card, not nominative, and costs 0.60 €.
To travel on the metro and bus, the fare depends on the number of areas crossed by the origin, at the destination. The price starts from 1.20 €, for a move within 2 zone. For three zones, the price is 1.60 €, while, for 4 zone, you pay 2.00 €. The fare goes up to a maximum of 5.20 € per 12 zone.
The version is also available GOING 24h, valid for 24 hours from validation, on the metro and bus for the number of zones purchased. You go from a minimum of 4.15 to 2 zones, to a maximum of 18.00 € for 12 zones.
The fare is the same for all travelers except for children under the age of 4 traveling FREE
Tickets and AZUL GOING CARD can be purchased at the special automatic machines and all qualified operators.
In our opinion, the best solution is called ANDANTE TOUR 3. We recommend buying it as soon as you arrive in Porto. The card, in fact, allows you to make unlimited travel on all means of the metropolitan area of Porto, within 72 hours from the first validation. Costa 15.00 € per person.
There is also a version from 24 hours, called ANDANTE TOUR 1 which costs 7.00 € instead.
Andante Tour can be used by metro, bus, some railway lines and, above all, on all trams and the funicular.
If you think that only one round trip with 1 tram and funicular costs, in total, 11 €, you will realize the savings.