Porto is Portugal second largest city so you will be able to fly directly to Porto and then take the Metro to within blocks of your hotel.  

You could also fly into Lisbon and take the train to downtown Porto, a short cab ride to your hotel.

The conference hotels (and the campus venue) are all within a few blocks of the metro so getting to and from your hotel to the conference is easy and inexpensive. But feel free to share a cab ride with colleagues to the campus.



adapted from, Getting to Porto ...

Airline Discounts for Delegates to InSITE

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 To make the booking, do these following steps:

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By plane

Sá Carneiro Airport, (IATA: OPO), Pedras Rubras, Maia (+351) 229 432 400, [2]. Also known as Aeroporto do Porto or Aeroporto de Pedras Rubras this is the third busiest airport in the country and is about 15 km from the city centre. Just outside of the airport is the AeroBus which for €4 - 2005 - takes you to Praça da Liberdade (city center) or will drop you off at the Pousada da Juventude. A similar taxi trip will cost €20. The Metro line connects the Airport to the city centre, offering a fast and peaceful ride into the heart of the city, for €2,20 + €0.50 for the rechargeable ticket. You can buy 24 hours pass for Metro and busses for €6.00 (z4 - includes the airport). At night, between 1.30 and 6.00, there is no regular connection, so using a taxi or spending a night at the airport is the only possibility.

Porto Metro [5] is an incredibly advanced, state of the art light rail / subway system. Developed in 2001 (for the Porto2001 - European Capital of Culture), the metro is still under construction. It has 5 lines, that run across the center of Porto, and down to some suburban areas. It is quick, and probably the most efficient way to get around Porto. Some major areas of the city, however, are not that well served by the metro, although new lines are planned and should start being built soon.

Tickets must be purchased beforehand. They can be sold at the machines in the station (note: if there are no tickets in the machine that day, take the metro to the next station and buy it there!). The ticket is printed in a card called "Andante", and you can purchase as many rides (or travels) you want, in the zone you are staying in (Porto and surrounding are Z2. Matosinhos Z3. Airport Z4). One travel will take you anywhere your zone, and you can travel as many times as you want within one hour. If you plan on using it again, Do Not throw away the card! The card can be re-charged (the card itself costs around €0.50). You can also buy daily passes, which is more convenient.

If you plan on living in Porto, or staying for more than three weeks, it is recommended you get the "Andante Gold". The card costs €5, and will allow unlimited travel, without time limit. However, the zoning system is a lot different in the "Gold" version then in the "Blue version". There around around 11 zones in Andante Gold (C1, C2, S11, etc.) The centre is C1. When you buy the card, you must purchase another zone (C1 is automatically included). The Andante Gold can be used in all metro lines, the funicular and all buses . When you are buying the Andante Gold, you must have a picture of yourself (your passport photo will do. They can amplify the image from the passport to the card in seconds).

An important note: your andante must be validated before you enter the metro, bus or funicular. There are no barriers to stop you at the metro, but the Metro police enter the cars and check your Andante to make sure you have validated it, and are travelling within your zones.

Prefer to be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel?

Top Travel would be pleased to organize your safe and comfortable arrival in a Private Transfer Service to transport you from Francisco Sá Carneiro (Porto) to Oporto city centre . This Private Service is provided in a Mercedes Benz car, guided by a knowledgeable driver fluent in English and other languages. Your driver will be waiting at the airport displaying an A4 board, prepared to assist you transporting your luggage to the car.

Price information:

  • Car service from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (Porto) to the hotels in Porto | 35€ per car (3 pax / 3 medium luggage)
  • Minivan service from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (Porto) to the hotels in Porto | 60€ per car (7 pax / 7 medium luggage + 5 small luggage)
  • Minibus 9 seaters service from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (Porto) to the hotels in Porto | 90€ per car (8 pax / 12 medium luggage)

Contact Paulo Mucha at
Rua da Mainça, 257 – 4465-676 – Leça do Balio
Telefone/Fax: 00351 225025816

Carolina Mucha: +351 917 253 333
Paulo Mucha: +351 914 979 790

E-mail: Contribuinte: 506 261 484
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TAP flies from most European airports but tends to be more expensive.

By train

The city is served by two major train stations, the "São Bento" (Saint Benedict) station, and the "Campanhã" station. Trains from and to Madrid and Paris are regular, other non-domestic destinations vary according to demand and time of year. Domestic trains are very frequent and usually on time. Be careful on the train from Madrid. On at least one route, the computer systems will say you need to change trains at Guillarei in northern Spain. However, Guillarei has stopped trains through Portugal since 2004. Instead, you will need to transfer to a station named Tui which is a few miles from Guillarei. The computer system hasn't been updated even though this change occurred in 2004 for some reason. You can go into Guillarei but you will need to take a taxi (cost €5) to Tui to connect. Sao Bento station is right in the city center.

By car

The city is served by five major highways: A1, which connects Porto to Lisbon, A29 which connects Porto to Aveiro, A3 connects Porto to Braga, A28 connects Porto to Viana do Castelo and the northern Portuguese border, and A4, which goes eastwards from the city towards Vila Real. The IC29 connects Porto to the neighboring city of Gondomar. The city is also served by 2 ring highways, the A41 (still incomplete) which is the outer ring, and VCI/IC23 or A20 which connects all the main places inside the city. The A20/VCI, A28, A29 and A41 are all free highways at the moment, but there are plans to install tolls in the the latter three, sometime in the future. Generally speaking, the traffic is usually chaotic and very intense, especially during rush hours.

Here is a map from the airport to the conference site. You may be able to find a place to park within a few blocks. Good luck!

By bus

There are many companies providing direct bus trips from major European countries and also for most of the northern cities of the country. Try Rodonorte [3] for timetables. Visit also Porto Bus Service [4], Renex, Rede Expresso...

By boat

There is a cargo and recreational harbor called Leixões in the neighboring city of Matosinhos. Modest-sized cruise ships can dock just outside a drawbridge to the inner harbor. Beneath the south approach to the bridge is a station for the light rail system (see "By Metro" below) that goes to Oporto.

There is also a very small recreational harbor in the river Douro. As far as a major method of getting to the city, however, sea transport is not really feasible. However, you can use tour boats based along the river (especially in Oporto) to go up the Douro River, one of the most scenic short trips you'll ever make.

To UFP by Metro

Detailed information about Porto's Metro system can be found at

Getting from your hotel to the conference is an easy, inexpensive ride on the Metro (and a short walk)
Take Line D – Yellow towards Hospital São João/Trindade/Sto. Ovídio (the direction is Hospital São João)
and get off at the Station – Estação Pólo Universitário

The short walk from the Metro stop to the University (Directions can also be found at )

You can also get to the university by bus.

304 (Aliados – Santa Luzia) to bus stop: arca d`água

600 (Maia- Sá da Bandeira) to bus stop: arca d`água

704 (Boavista – Codiceira) to bus stop: arca d`água

603 (Maia – Marquês) to bus stop: U. Fernando Pessoa

803 (Boavista – Rio Tinto) to bus stop: U. Fernando Pessoa