Public transport with Porto.CARD

With the Porto.CARD you can use most of Porto’s public transport free of charge and unlimited. The only exceptions are the historic trams.

The city of Porto has a well-developed and modern public transport system. This is useful for exploring and discovering the city – Porto is built on several hills with many steep streets and alleyways.

Here you will find important and up-to-date information (2024) on how to use public transport with the Porto.CARD and how to buy tickets.

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Which public transport services are included in the Porto.CARD?

Porto has an extensive public transport network. With the Porto.Card you can use the numerous city buses of the STCP (Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto), various private bus lines and a total of 6 metro lines (A, B, C, D, E, F) unlimited and free of charge.

You can also use the CP suburban trains free of charge to Paredes, Lousado, Vila das Aves and Paramos (Tren CP Porto Urbanos).

DOWNLOAD: network map of the Porto Metro

Porto.CARD – at a glance

✅ Local transport: Bus, Metro free of charge

✅ Metro: airport ↔ city center free of charge

✅ free admission to 7 museums

✅ 50% discount at 14 other attractions

✅ more than 150 discounts in total

✅ Train ride to the beach free of charge

✅ valid for 1,2,3 or 4 days

Online purchase – no extra charge –
➤ more info here

Transfer “Francisco Sá Carneiro” Airport ↔ City Center ✔

Once at the airport, the question often arises: How do I get to my hotel/accommodation in the city?
This is not a problem in Porto. The airport has its own metro link. Line E (Violet) of the Metro do Porto will take you to the city centre in about 30 minutes.

Another way to get from the airport to the city centre is to take one of the 4 STCP bus lines (3M, 601, 602, 604).

Porto.CARD holders can use the metro and buses free of charge and do not have to deal with ticket machines and different tickets and fares.

Airport Porto Metro

The metro takes you quickly from the airport to the city centre – this journey is free for Porto.Card holders. You don’t need to buy an extra ticket. (Image: Rob Dammers, CC 2.0 licence).

Trip to the Atlantic beaches of Matosinhos and Espinho ✔

Many visitors combine a city break in Porto with a trip to the sea. No wonder, with the Atlantic Ocean and long sandy beaches practically around the corner. With the Porto.CARD you can also get to the sea and the beach.

DOWNLOAD:
Current train timetable for the Porto ↔ Espinho route (Aveiro terminus)

By train to the “Praia de Espinho” beach

Espinho and its surroundings offer large and natural beaches. Located just under 20 km south-west of the city centre, it is ideal for a half-day or day trip. There is no metro, but there is a regular train service operated by Portuguese Railways (CP). The train departs from Porto’s central São Bento station, which also has a metro station of the same name.

ADVANTAGE: The train journey with CP from Porto to Espinho is also included in the Porto.CARD and takes about half an hour.

train Porto beach

By train to the beach – it takes about half an hour from São Bento station in Porto (Image: © Yuri Rapoport).

By metro to the city beach of Matosinhos

In Matosinhos, 8 kilometres from the centre of Porto, there is a large Atlantic beach that can be easily reached by metro line A (blue line).

If you just want to enjoy a bit of beach and sea during your city trip to Porto, this is the beach for you. Unlike the beaches near Espinho, it cannot be described as ‘close to nature’ due to the dense development. Nevertheless, it is popular with locals and tourists alike, as it is easily accessible.

beach Porto Matosinhos

You can travel to Matosinhos beach from Porto by metro – the journey is free with the Porto.CARD (Image: © Philippe Guillot)

Current prices for a Porto.CARD including local transport (2024)

How much does the Porto.CARD 2024 cost?

Validity 1 day: €13
Validity 2 days: €20
Validity 3 days: €25
Validity 4 days: €33 (€8.25 per day)

Porto Card

Porto.CARD: a simple ticket for local transport + free/reduced admission to attractions.

Our tip: buy the Porto.CARD online – no extra charge

You can buy the Porto.CARD online without any surcharge & fees  – click here
This saves you time and a lot of stress abroad, as you will not have to deal with or find out how the ticket machines work. Especially after a long flight, there really are better things you could spend your time with…

Advantage: Purchase via English website
The purchase is made via an English website. In our experience, this means that there are fewer misunderstandings when booking. The service, whether by email or telephone, is also in English.

Practical: Metro ride from the airport ↔ city center included
With the Porto.CARD, you can take the metro from the airport to the city center free of charge after your arrival at the airport. You don’t need another ticket!

Which bus, train and metro lines are free of charge with the Porto.CARD?

Current overview (2024)

  • Metro do Porto: Use of all lines free of charge
  • Regional trains of the state railway CP to Paredes, Lousado, Vila das Aves and Paramos: free of charge
  • Buses of the municipal bus company STCP: all lines free of charge

Other private bus lines free of charge:

  • MARÉ, ESPÍRITO SANTO, MAIATRANSPORTES, MGC: all lines free of charge.
  • VALPI BUS: 1, 7, 61, 67, 81, 89, 91, V94
  • ETG – Empresa de Transportes Gondomarense: all lines except line 9
  • A NOGUEIRA DA COSTA: 5, 60
  • A. V. LANDIM: 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004, 1006, 1008, 1100, 1081
  • A.V. PACENSE: 64, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2028, 2029, 2047, 2048, 2050, 2052, 2053, 2055, 2056, 2057, 2058, 2060, 2063, 2064, 2093, 2100, 2119, 2127, 2128, 2129, 2130, 2131, 2132, 2133, 2134, 2135, 2150

When buying a CP Comboios de Portugal tourist ticket to Aveiro, Braga, Guimarães or Marco de Canavezes, you get a 10% discount with the Porto.Card.

The Porto.Card does not include access to the historic tramway!

ATTENTION: You can use the Porto.CARD as often as you like for public transport journeys within the period of validity. However, do not forget to validate the card each time you start your journey or change lines or means of transport.

Bus Porto Card

With the Porto.CARD you can use local public transport, such as the STCP city buses, free of charge and unlimited (photo: © Bob J B).

Tram Porto Card

The Porto.CARD does not include the use of the historic tram (photo: ©Yuri Rapoport)

More information about the Porto.CARD

Frequently asked questions – FAQ 2024

With your Porto.Card you can use the city bus of the STCP (Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto), various private bus lines and the total of 6 lines of the metro unlimited & free of charge.

In addition, you can use the suburban train of the Portuguese railway company CP on the routes to Paredes, Lousado, Vila das Aves and Paramos (Tren CP Porto Urbanos) free of charge.

For more information on the Porto.CARD, please visit our website.

Porto.CARd holders can use the metro (line E) free of charge from the airport to the city center. Another option for transfers are the STCP bus lines 3M, 601, 602 and 604, which are also included with the Porto.CARD.

So after arriving at the airport, you don’t have to deal with the ticket machines and the various tickets and fares, but can set off straight away.

You can find more up-to-date information (2024) about the Porto.Card on our website.

The Porto.CARD is not valid on Porto’s historic trams. The Funicular dos Guindais offers a 25% discount on a single ticket.

For more information on the Porto.CARD, please visit our website.

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