Long have the people of Porto panted up the steep bank from the Ribeira to the centre of the city. But now a rebuilt Funicular dos Guindais (8am-7pm Mon-Fri, until midnight Sat & Sun) once again shuttles up and down a steep incline from Avenida Gustavo Eiffel opposite Ponte de Dom Luís I to Rua Augusto Rosa, near Batalha and the cathedral. The funicular is part of the Andante scheme.
Porto’s transport agency STCP (Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto; Map p360; information 808 200 166; www.stcp.pt in Portuguese) runs an extensive bus system, with central hubs at Praça da Liberdade (the south end of Avenida dos Aliados), Praça Almeida Garrett (in front of São Bento train station) and Cordoaria. Special all-night lines also run approximately hourly, leaving Aliados on the hour and returning on the half-hour from 1am to 5.30am. City turismos have maps and timetables for day and night routes.
A ticket bought on the bus (one way to anywhere in the STCP system) costs €1.30. But you get steep discounts if you buy multiple tickets in advance from the STCP office or many newsagents and tabacarias (tobacconists). For two/10 trips within Porto city limits you pay €1.55/6.65; those to outlying areas (including Vila Nova de Gaia) cost €2/8.20, and longer trips (including the airport) are €2.30/10.20. Tickets are sold singly or in discounted cadernetas (booklets) of 10. Many key lines accept the Andante card.
Also available is a €2.10 bilhete diário (day pass), valid for unlimited trips within the city on buses and the tram.
Porto’s trams used to be one of its delights. Only three lines remain, but they’re very scenic. The Massarelos stop, on the riverfront near the foot of the Palácio Cristal, is the tram system’s hub. From here, line 1 trundles along the river to near Praça Infante Dom Henrique (Ribeira). Line 1E (appears as a crossed-out ‘1’) heads down the river in the opposite direction, towards Foz Douro. And Line 18 heads uphill to the Igreja do Carmo and Jardim do Cordoaria. Trams run approximately every 30 minutes from 9am to 7pm.
Avoid driving in central Porto if possible. Narrow, one-way streets, construction and heavy traffic can turn 500m into half a morning.
Porto’s much-anticipated metro system is finally a happy reality. The central hub is Trindade station, a few blocks north of the Aliados corridor. Three lines – Linha A (blue, to Matosinhos), B (red, to Vila do Conde and Povoa de Varzim) and Linha C (green, to Maia) – run from Estádio do Dragão via Campanhã train station through the city centre and then on to far-flung northern and western suburbs. Linha D (yellow) runs north to south from Hospital SãoJoão to João de Deus in Vila Nova de Gaia, crossing the upper deck of Ponte Dom Luís I bridge. Key stops include Aliados and São Bento station. And now Linha E (violet) connects via Line B with the airport.
Metro trains run from approximately 6am to 1am daily.
There are taxi ranks throughout the centre, or you can call a radio taxi (225 073 900). Count on paying around €3 to €5 for trips within the centre during the day, with a 20% surcharge at night. There’s an extra charge if you leave the city limits, which includes Vila Nova de Gaia.