Local Transport

Porto’s metro covers most of the city both under and over ground, all the way to the surrounding suburbs. Trains run from 6AM to 1AM, and stations are marked with a wavy blue “M”.
Metro de Porto

Tickets (or in Porto’s case, cards) are bought at vending machines and must be validated before you board the train, even every time you switch lines. The very first time you use the metro when you arrive in Porto you must purchase the metro card called “Cartão Andante” at those vending machines. That card is your ticket that is recharged at those same vending machines in future journeys.

Visit www.metro-porto.pt for a more detailed map of the network and additional information.


Porto has an excellent and extensive bus service (called STCP) that operates from 6AM to 9PM. After 9PM the service is less frequent and after 1AM it is reduced to the principal routes. You may purchase tickets from the driver, which must then be validated on the machine behind him or her.
Buses show their number and final destination on the front, as do the bus stops, where there are also details of the routes.
www.stcp.pt is the website for Porto bus information.

There are two short tram routes still in operation in Porto, No. 1 and No. 18.
No.1 is a pleasant ride, as it goes through the riverfront all the way to Foz. Tickets are bought from the driver.

Taxis in Portugal are inexpensive when compared to the rest of Europe. Most are beige, but there are also some older black and green ones. There are taxi stands by most of the main squares in Oporto, or you may call the following numbers to have one pick you up at a certain location at a scheduled time:
Raditaxis: +351 22 507 3900
Taxis Invicta: +351 22 502 2693
Taxis Unidos: +351 22 502 9898