Getting Around in Porto
- Public transportation would allow you to move around and see as much as you can, as most places of interest are accessible through the metro system. If you will be doing a lot of roving, it would be helpful to get a Porto card or Andante card from a ticket machine or the ticket office. This card will give you unlimited trips and discounts on various tourist attractions.
- Porto’s bus service is another way of getting around the city. You can also use your Andante card for unlimited trips on the bus. If you have data on your smartphone, you can easily locate buses and metro stations which are both integrated with Google maps.
- You can also ride the funicular system, which connects Ribeira and Batalha. Like the metro and bus systems, you can also use your Andante card for the funicular.
- Another form of public transportation is the tram, or electric cars that travel from Douro to Foz or around the city center.
- There is also an abundance of taxis in the city, but they are a more expensive way of getting around compared to the bus, the metro or the funicular. However, taxis are very convenient and very efficient especially for airport transfers. If you will be riding a taxi, make sure to always ask for a receipt upon payment.
- If you wish to drive a car because you do not want to be transferring from one station to another or waiting for bus schedules, you can find many establishments that offer right hand drive cars for rent. However, driving in Porto can be challenging due to its narrow and twisting streets.
- There are also bike rentals that cater to tourists who want to discover Porto. However there are only two cycle paths in the city – from Luis I Bridge to Matosinhos, and between the City Park and the river.