Looking at a long layover in Porto, Portugal and want to take the chance to Visit Porto while on layover? Here’s a few tips on how to do it and what to see.
I´m João (John) your private guide at Porto Sidecar Tours and this are a few tips to Visit Porto while on Layover:
1. Download OPO airport App
Porto’s airport has an App that allows you to better manage your time on layover by giving you access to important information.
You can check your boarding gate, estimated time of departure, location of restaurants and shops, even check the weather in the city and find some exclusive airport deals and discounts.
OPO airport’s app is called ANA Portuguese Airports and you can find it in the App Store and Google Play.
2. Store your baggage
OPO airport has a service that allows you to store your baggage if you want to visit Porto without having to carry it around.
It’s located on the 3th floor of the airport. It allows you to store several bags and even big items like a bicycles or a surf board.
Prices per 24 hours range from 3€ to 8€ if you have more than 30kg of baggage.
To use the service you can go to the information desk or call +351 229 432 400
2. Transport to the city
Porto and specially the historical centre is about 10 miles from Porto’s airport, but there are 4 main ways you can use to get into the city.
Outside the Arrivals you have taxis, in Portugal they are black and green.
You also have several ride-hailing apps like Uber and a portuguese company called Bolt that you also can find on App Store or Google Play.
There is also a Metro line that goes into the city´s Trindade station. You can find the metro station on the ground floor of the airport. You can check the prices and schedules here. https://en.metrodoporto.pt/
Car Rentals can also be found on Level Zero of the airport terminal like: Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.
Last and the best, our Tailored Visit Porto on Layover Tour!
3. What to see in Porto
The historical centre with it’s famous old neighborhoods like Ribeira, Vitória and Clérigos. Following the cobblestone streets up the hill, discovering amazing views and details.
Monuments and iconic buildings like Clérigos Tower, Carmo church or Lello bookstore.
Amazing views of the city from viewpoints like Virtudes viewpoint, Vitória viewpoint or Serra do Pilar in Gaia, the city across the river Douro.
And Port Wine Companies in Gaia, where you can have a tasting and learn about the history behind the 4 century old wine making tradition.
4. Our Visit Porto on Layover Tour
To visit Porto while on layover and not worry about time or missing on the most iconic places and best views of the city, talk to John, your private guide.
John, your private guide, will pick you up directly at the airport and drop you off at the end of this amazing experience.
Depending on the time you have available, John will tailor your tour to make sure you don´t miss the highlights of Porto.
From the airport we’ll make our way to the ocean, following the beach and the river all the way into the historical centre of Porto.
There, we’ll discover Porto through the cobblestone streets of the old neighborhoods, stop at the most iconic landmarks and monuments and enjoy the best viewpoints of Porto.
From Foz, to Ribeira, Vitória and Clérigos, we’ll learn about Porto’s history and take lots of photos in the many stops we make along the way.
With more time available, we can even go for a private Port wine tasting or enjoy some tradicional portuguese food, for instance.
If you want to Visit Porto on Layover and you have 4 hours or more available, talk to John, your private guide, because he can tailor a unforgettable experience for you.
Don´t forget to include extra time for security checks and inquire at the airport if they are needed for your specific flight and destination.
We will also remind you of this when planning your tour.
To find out more about our Tours, talk to João (John) or learn how we Offset the Carbon Emissions of your tour with us, follow the highlighted links.
Welcome to Portugal and we’ll see you in Porto!