Today, we are going to tell you all you need to know about Porto metro system before you arrive in town.
When compared to other
cities, the Porto metro system has a quite simple design.
Even so, if you are not familiar with it, may
present its challenges.
Here you may find a brief explanation of the metro mapping and how to use this public transport, so useful for those visiting the city of Porto.
Line E – Aeroporto/Trindade
Let’s start by Line E,
the entrance line if you arrive in the city by its airport.
The journey by metro
the Porto city centre takes only 40 minutes. The ticket costs €2,60 (andante
card + ticket Z4).
Those coming to Grande Hotel do Porto, no longer have a direct line. From 2019 forward, the line ends at Trindade station. To exist in the station closer to the hotel – Bolhão – you need to change to another metro. Our advice is that you make the exchange at Casa da Música, where you can wait for the next metro on the same platform. If you choose to go to the end stop and make the exchange at Trindade, you will need to swap platforms and look for the one indicating Campanhã/ Estádio do Dragão/ Fânzeres.
Line A – Senhor de Matosinhos/Estádio do Dragão
This line starts at Senhor de Matosinhos and goes to Estádio do Dragão. From Senhora da Hora station until Estádio do Dragão the trail is shared with lines B, C and F. This is the line to take if you want to go to Matosinhos beachfront or try one of the many fish and seafood restaurants in Matosinhos área.
Line B – Póvoa de Varzim/Estádio do Dragão
This line joins Póvoa de Varzim to Porto. Like the previous line, it shares the trail from Senhora da Hora station to Estádio do Dragão, with lines A, C and F. If you wish to visit Póvoa de Varzim or Vila do Conde or go shopping at Vila do Conde Fashion Outlet, this is the line to catch.
Line C – Ismai/Campanhã
This line makes the connection between Maia and Porto. The first station is ISMAI and it ends in Campanhã. From Senhora da Hora station until Campanhã, the trail is the same as lines A, B and F. If you need to go to Maia University center or the zoo, this is the line to wait for.
Line D – Hospital São João/Santo Ovídio
This line connects Hospital de São João to Santo Ovídio in Vila Nova de Gaia. It crosses the remaining lines only at Trindade station. You will need to catch this line if you want to go to São Bento station – the metro station closer to Ribeira area – but also if you need to go to the University center or São João Hospital. In reverse, it will take you to Vila Nova de Gaia, across the upper deck of D. Luis bridge, where you may visit the Morro garden or Serra do Pilar Monastery or if you just want to go shopping at El Corte Inglés department store.
Line F – Senhora da Hora/Fânzeres
Circulates between Senhora da Hora and Fânzeres (Gondomar). Up until Estádio do Dragão, it shares the trail with lines A, B and C. If you need to travel between Senhora da Hora and Trindade stations, you may catch any line except line D.
You may download a map from Metro do Porto with the main places to visit in Porto and their respective stations HERE:
How to use it
The metro has several
ticket options. After you buy the “Andante”, the physical card where the trips
are charged, you may choose to charge it trip by trip, buy a 10 trip pack, buy
the Andante 24 that allows you to travel for 24 hours in the chosen areas or
buy the Andante Tour for 1 or 3 days, for a single price available for the
entire Andante circuit.
The Andante ticket includes the metro but also STCP buses that circulate within the Porto city and the Guindais funicular that connects the Batalha area to Ribeira.
If you don’t need to
leave the city centre, you will need tickets only for zone Z2. If you will use
to metro to arrive or depart from the airport, then you will need zone Z4. The
zones work in a ring system that is explained on the metro stations.
Last but not least, do
not forget to validate your Andante in each journey!