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Public Transportation in Porto

Mastering the public transportation system in Porto is a crucial aspect of adapting to life there. This article provides a detailed overview of the available local transit options.
|-Public Transportation in Porto

Porto, the second largest city in Portugal, is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture. But what about its public transportation? Porto boasts a comprehensive and efficient public transportation system that includes the Metro do Porto, STCP buses, trams, and even funiculars and ferries. With such a wide array of options, it’s entirely possible for an expat living in Porto to comfortably live without a car, relying solely on public transportation and walking.

Metro do Porto

The Metro do Porto is a light rail network that serves the Greater Porto region. It’s a modern, clean, and efficient system that operates six lines covering a total of 67 stations. The metro is safe to use at all times of the day and night, and it’s not uncommon to see women traveling alone or children using the system to get to school. A single trip costs between €1.20 and €2.00, depending on the number of zones you travel through. The metro also offers a 24-hour ticket for €4.15, which provides unlimited travel within the Porto city zone. The metro system is well-signposted in both Portuguese and English, making it easy for expats and tourists to navigate.

STCP Buses

The Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto (STCP) operates the city’s extensive bus network. The buses run frequently and cover areas of the city that the metro doesn’t reach. The buses are safe and reliable, and they operate from early morning until late at night, with some lines offering a limited night service. The fare system is integrated with the metro, meaning that the same tickets and cards can be used on both services. The Andante card, for example, can be topped up with credit and used on the metro, buses, and even some trains.


Trams are a charming and traditional form of transportation in Porto. The city currently has three heritage tram lines in operation, which are popular with tourists. The trams are not as fast or efficient as the metro or buses, but they offer a unique way to see the city. A single tram ticket costs €3.00, and a day pass costs €10.00. The trams are safe to use, but they can get crowded, especially during the tourist season.

Funiculars and Ferries

Porto is a hilly city, and the funiculars provide a quick and easy way to navigate the steep slopes. The Funicular dos Guindais is the most famous, offering stunning views of the Douro River and the city’s historic Ribeira district. A single trip on the funicular costs €2.50. Porto also has a ferry service that operates across the Douro River, connecting Porto with the city of Vila Nova de Gaia. The ferries are a fun and scenic way to travel, and a single trip costs just €1.50.

Taxis and Ride-Sharing

While not technically public transportation, taxis and ride-sharing services like Uber are widely available in Porto. They offer a convenient and relatively affordable option for getting around, especially if you’re traveling with a group or have a lot of luggage. However, with the comprehensive public transportation system and the city’s compact size, it’s entirely possible to live in Porto without ever needing to use a taxi or ride-sharing service.

In conclusion, Porto’s public transportation system is comprehensive, efficient, and affordable. Whether you’re an expat living in the city or a tourist visiting for a few days, you’ll find it easy to get around without a car.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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