Using local transport with the Porto.Card
The Porto.Card allows you to use large parts of the local transport system in Porto free of charge and without restriction.
You will find important and up-to-date information (2023) about using the Porto.Card and buying the ticket here.
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 16 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 at no extra charge – more info here
Transfer “Francisco Sá Carneiro” Airport ↔ City Center included
Once you arrive at the airport, one question comes up quickly: How do I get to my hotel/accommodation in the city? No problem in Porto. The airport has its own metro station. With line E of the Metro do Porto, you can reach the city center in about 30 minutes.
An alternative way to get from the airport to the city center is to take one of the 4 bus lines of the STCP (3M, 601, 602, 604). On the left you will find a route map including the bus stops.
The Porto.Card holders travel free of charge on the metro and the bus and do not have to deal with ticket machines and different tickets and fares.
Trip to the Atlantic beaches of Matosinhos and Espinho – included
Visitors often combine their city trip to Porto with a seaside excursion. No wonder, after all, the Atlantic Ocean and long sandy beaches are almost around the corner. With the Porto.Card it is also possible to get to the sea and the beach.
By train to the “Praia de Espinho” beach
Espinho and its surroundings offer large and natural beaches. The place is located about 20 km southwest of the city centre and is suitable for a half-day or day trip. There is no metro connection. But there is a regular train connection of the Portuguese railway company CP. Departure is from the centrally located São Bento railway station in Porto, which also has a metro station of the same name. The train ride with the CP from Porto to Espinho is also included in the Porto.Card and takes about half an hour.
Taking the metro to the city beach of Matosinhos
In Matosinhos, 8 kilometers from Porto city center, there is a large Atlantic beach that is easily accessible by metro line A (blue line).
If you just want to experience the beach and the sea for a short while during your city trip to Porto, this beach is well suited for that. In contrast to the beaches near Espinho, it cannot be called “natural” because of its building density. Nevertheless, it is popular with both locals and tourists due to its easy accessibility.
Our tip: Buy the Porto.Card online at no extra charge – current prices 2023
Here you can buy the Porto.Card online in advance of your trip without any extra charge & fees. Using local transport is easy with the Porto.Card. It not only saves money, but above all time and stress. No queuing at the ticket machine, no reading the fare regulations to find the right ticket. Especially after a long flight, there are better things to do …
Current prices for a Porto.Card including local public transport (2023):
Validity period of 1 day: 13 euros
Validity period of 2 days: 20 euros
Validity period of 3 days: 25 euros
Validity period of 4 days: 33 euros (8.25 Euros per day)
Practical: After your arrival at the airport, you can use the Porto.Card to travel to the city center for free on the metro. No additional ticket is required.
Advantage: The purchase is made via an English website. In our experience, this means fewer misunderstandings. The service, whether by e-mail or telephone, is of course also in English.
With the Porto.Card, which bus, train and metro lines are FREE of charge? – current overview (2023)
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!
Latest info on the Corona crisis
Which museum or sight is open? What is the local situation due to the Corona crisis?
Good and up-to-date information on this is provided by the official tourist information office in Porto. It is available online (also live chat) and by phone to answer your questions.
Frequently asked questions – FAQ 2023
Which public transport services are included with the Porto.CARD?
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.
Is it possible to use the Porto.CARD for the transfer from the airport to the city center?
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 information about the Porto.Card on our website.