Porto Airport is the second busiest airport in Portugal. Low-cost flights have raised the profile of a wonderfully atmospheric city that now rivals the better-known Portuguese short break destination of Lisbon. The centre of Porto is just 12km from the airport. Porto is also a useful gateway for holidaymakers heading for the unspoilt beaches of northern Portugal and the west coast of Galicia, in Spain. This is a quite a busy airport with a decent choice of shops, cafés, bars and restaurants.
Recent years have seen economical direct flights with low-cost airlines Ryanair and EasyJet. Porto is an important Portuguese base for Ryanair. Fares are often among the cheapest to Portugal from the UK. Ryanair currently operate routes from Liverpool and London Stansted. EasyJet fly all year round from London Gatwick. Flights are more frequent in the summer.
Reasonably priced flights from regional UK airports are sometimes available from airlines like TAP, Air Berlin, Brussels Airlines, British Airways and Lufthansa. Many of these flights will be indirect. The lowest fares are normally found from London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast.
Francisco Sa Carneiro International Airport
Tel: 351 22 943 24 00
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The airport has its own metro station. Trains depart every 20.30 minutes between 06.00 and 01.30 hrs. Journey time is 20-30 minutes. Tickets cost €1.50.
Bus lines 601, 602 and 604 run to the city centre. Tickets cost €1.50.
Buses also head for Guifoes and Sao Gens.
4 buses daily (2 at weekends) to Vigo, in Spain. Journey time 1h 45m.
Direct flights with Ryanair and EasyJet.
• London Stansted
• London Gatwick