About Porto

Overlooking the Douro River, Porto is one of the most ancient European cities. It was born and developed from the northern bank of this river during the Middle Ages. One of the most significant aspects of Porto and its historical centre is its landscape, combining harmony with the urban structure and presenting a frame of rare beauty. The city was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996.

When discovering Porto, you will find many surprises. Besides its welcoming and conservative environment, Porto is also contemporary and artistic. This is shown not only in the streets, architecture, monuments and museums but also in the terraces, restaurants, leisure and shopping areas.

Travelling to Porto

By Air:

Arrival point: Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport
Located 11 km north of the city centre.

Transport from and to the airport

The surface Subway (Metro) line is a quick connection between the airport, the city centre and the mains hotels in Porto, with services every 20 minutes. Don't lose a minute. Get in the Violet (E) Line. Line E (Violet) connects Airport Station to Estádio do Dragão Station, and, naturally, to all metro's network. The service defined for Line E (Violet), Airport – Estádio do Dragão, assure a direct (without any overflow) and very fast link (trip times around 25 minutes) to the Oporto city centre (Trindade Station). The occasional Andante title required for travelling between the Airport Station and Oporto city centre is a Z4. In the Andante shop located in the arrivals zone of the Airport you can also buy the Andante Tour, an unlimited and intermodal title valid for 1 or 3 days. The last Connection is at 00:35

Ticket Cost: Zone 4 - 1.85 € one way.
For more information please visit metrodoporto.pt

A taxi to the centre costs approximately 25 €. However, taxis charge an additional 20% from 22:00 to 06:00.

An additional surcharge of 1.50 € may also be applied for extra luggage, although wheelchairs and other equipment required by physically handicapped people are transported free of charge. The price is the same, regardless of the number of people sharing a taxi (maximum 4 per taxi).

The phone number of the taxi call centre in Porto is +351 22 5073900. Taxi ranks can be found at various locations in the city centre. Almost all the conference hotels have a taxi rank located at a distance of no more than 150m.

By Train:

  • Journey Time: 3 hours from Lisbon and 12-14 hours from Madrid
  • Departure Point from Lisbon: Santa Apolónia Station or Gare do Oriente
  • Arrival Point: Campanhã Railway Station
  • Cost from Lisbon: 42.40 € (1st class) and 30.30 € (2nd class)

There are three international connections daily to Paris via Madrid and several trains daily to Lisbon. For more information please visit cp.pt.

By Car:

You can use the highway "A28" between Vigo (Spain) and Porto or the highway "A1" between Lisbon and Porto. Both are good and new highways, "A1" has a toll fee (about 25 €) and "A28" toll fee depends from where you are coming from.

Car rental and parking

It costs approximately 90 € per day to rent a car.
To rent a car you can contact Skyros-Congressos (Phone: +351 22 616 54 50)
Street parking usually costs about 1 € per hour in the city centre.

Weather

Porto has a mild climate. For more information please visit the following website. You are advised to bring some warm clothing.

Sightseeing

For sightseeing tours you can contact Skyros-Congressos (Phone: +351 22 616 54 50)

Money

The local currency is the Euro (€). Banks in Portugal are open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 15:00 (Banks at the airports is open from 08:00 to 20:00). Portugal also has an extensive network of cash dispensers which operate 24 hours a day.

Shopping

The most traditional shopping area is Rua Santa Catarina, along with the narrow streets going up and down from the city center till Ribeira, by the Douro river side.
Several shopping centers, in Porto and around it, are open everyday till 23.00.
Besides the major international franchising and brands, national textiles, leather, pottery, shoes, crystal, wines and gold handcraft can be found in the shops.

Visas

All non-EU citizens should check if it is necessary to obtain a visa, which can be obtained at the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in their own country. A list of countries that require a visa to Portugal is given on the following website.

Local Time

The local time in Portugal is the Greenwich the same as in London.
GMT + 1 Hour (Western Europe Daylight/Summer Time)

Electricity

Portugal uses a 220V system, sockets have the European standard and plugs are two-prong.