Porto Forum Practical Information

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Practical Information

Getting to the Forum venue – Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPCEUP)

The Forum will be hosted at the University of Porto, in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPCEUP).

The address is: Rua Alfredo Allen – 4200-135 Porto – Phone: +351 226 079 700

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When arriving by metro you see the sign of the metro stop “Pólo Universitário” (see below detailed instructrions), the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences is at the other side of the street (right hand side).


Travel by Air

There are direct and non-direct flights to Porto from anywhere in the world. The airport serving the city is the International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro, located about 11 km north of the city centre. The main Portuguese airline company is TAP Portugal which serves numerous destinations. In addition, there are a growing number of international airlines flying to Porto, many of which are low cost companies.

The airport has various public transport links and car hire services.


Travel by Road

Motorways connect Porto to Lisbon (A1), Minho (A3) and Trás-os-Montes (A4), and a major highway connects Porto to Valença (A28).

Porto is also connected to various European destinations by regular bus services. Rede Nacional de Expressos and InterNorte are the main companies. The second has connections to all main European cities, via Paris. There are other road transport companies that offer connections to the north of the country (Bus station on Rua Alfredo Magalhães), to the south (Bus station on Rua Alexandre Herculano), and other destinations (Bus station on Campo 24 de Agosto, at Central Shopping).


Travel by Rail

You can also travel to Porto by train. CP, the Portuguese Railway Company, has regular international links. The city of Porto is served by two main stations: Campanhã Station (for international journeys, but also for journeys to Lisbon, Douro and Minho); and S. Bento Station (for urban and regional connections and connections to Galicia).


Urban Transport

Metro
 The Purple Line (Line E) of Metro do Porto connects the International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro and the Estádio do Dragão Metro Station in about 30 minutes.

Bus
 Three different STCP (Porto Public Transport Company) lines connect the airport and the city centre: line 601 (Cordoaria – Airport), line 602 (Cordoaria – Airport – via Padrão de Moreira) and line 604 (Hospital S. João – Airport – via Crestins). They run between 05.30 and 00.30, about every 25 minutes.

Taxi 
The airport taxi service is another possibility. The average fare from the airport to the city is approximately 25 euros. The price charged is the same regardless of the number of passengers.

Car rental
 Several car hire companies operate at the International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro (Europcar, Avis, Hertz) . To rent a car you can go to the airport’s car rental counter in the Arrivals area or make your reservation in advance.

Find out more about Transportation in the city of Porto


Transport from the Airport to the city centre and to the venue

Metro do Porto, the metro system in Porto will bring you easily from the airport (http://www.porto-airport.com/transportation.html) to the city centre or to the Forum venue.

So, we recommend using the Metro. It is a door to door trip of about 40 minutes. When arriving look for the Metro do Porto.

There is only one-line departing from the airport, going in only one direction. It is hard to miss this.

The journey consists of two parts:

  • From the Airport to Trindade (city centre): you will need Line E (purple/violet line) in the direction of “Estádio do Dragão”
    • Get off at Trindade and change to the yellow D-line in the direction of “Hospital São João” (2 levels down)
  • From Trindade to Pólo Universitário (Forum venue): you will need Line D (yellow line) in the direction of “Hospital São João”:

You can buy your ANDANTE ticket from the ticket machines. For the trip from the Airport to Pólo Universitário, you need a ticket of 4 zones.

Once you have your ticket, it’s important that you validate that ticket before you get on the metro and each time you change to a different metro. For validating correctly, put your ANDANTE ticket near the validation machine. If a green light appears, your validation is correct. If a red light appears, your validation is not correct. Keep your ticket to recharge it for your trip back to the airport.

The easiest way to get around in Porto is by metro. We recommend using the metro, not only for your trip from the airport to the hotel, but also to the city centre. The metro runs from 6 AM to 1 AM. The city is connected by 6 lines.

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Important Metro lines

  • Line E (Estádio do Dragão – Aeroporto)
  • travels to and from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport and Trindade (city centre)
  • Line D (Hospital de S. João – Santo Ovídeo)
  • travels to and from the Trindade (city centre) and the summer school venue FPCEUP/ Ibis-hotel (IPO)


Travel tickets: ANDANTE

As explained in the previous section, the ANDANTE card is the card used for public transport in the Porto Metropolitan Area. ANDANTE tickets can be purchase from vending machines in each metro station. The price varies with the number of zones needed. The price for just the paper card without trips is €0,60.

You must be aware of the zone where your journey begins (where you validate your ticket) and the zone where it ends, in order to choose the right travel ticket. An interactive card can be found here: http://www.linhandante.com/ocasionais-zonas.asp Click you the zone you start your trip and you can read what kind of ticket you will need.

Every time you enter the Metro you have to validate your ANDANTE

You will not be able to use your Z4-ticket from the trip from the airport for travelling to the city. Travelling within Porto is indeed cheaper: you will not need this Z4-ticket during your stay. If you need another ANDANTE ticket, you will have to buy a new rechargeable Z2-ticket for within the city.

For more information: http://www.metrodoporto.pt/en/
Travelling within Porto by bus

STCP’s buses provide a public transport service in the metropolitan area of Porto. The day-time service runs between 05:00 and 00:30 (some lines until 21:00) and night service (lines 1M to 13M) between 01:00 to 05:00. The same ANDANTE ticket is valid for travelling by STCP bus.

For more information or planning a trip: http://www.stcp.pt/en/travel/


Travelling within Porto by taxi

Taxis are available through the city or by phone. This service runs 24 hours a day, all week and its cars usually take 4 passengers.

Price: check the meter for the cost of the trip and pay at the end. The driver has to give you a receipt by law.

Phone number: + 351 225 076 400

More information: http://taxisporto.com/


Other ways of exploring the city

Guindais Funicular – More information: http://www.metrodoporto.pt/PageGen.aspx?WMCM_PaginaId=10035

Tram – More information: http://www.portotramcitytour.pt/

Carristour – Yellow Bus Official Sightseeing Tours – More information: http://www.yellowbustours.com/en/cities/oporto/tours/


Social programme options

  • Tour Douro (all day, lunch included) – 120€
  • Tour Aveiro/Costa Nova and Vista Alegre (all day, lunch included) – 100 €
  • Tour Coimbra/Luso and Buçaco (all day, lunch included) – 100 €
  • Tour Porto (half-day) – 55 €

The House of Events is in charge of organizing the tours. To book your tours go to http://www.the.pt/index.php?lingua=pt

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