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Oporto Travel Guide

Getting Around Oporto

Train Oporto - Guimaraes: Local trains are run by state operator CP ( www.cp.pt/) and provide a fast and confortable service to towns like Aveiro, Guimaraes and Braga. This route goes south along the coast, connecting Porto in less than 30 minutes with the popular (blue flag) beaches in Gaia (Granja, Miramar, Francelos, Aguda) and Espinho. Intercity and Alfa Pendular trains connect Oporto to Lisbon and other major cities, leaving from Oporto Campanha Station.

Tram: Oporto was the first town in the Iberian Peninsula to have a tram network, back in the 19th century. The tram, once the best way to travel in the city, was (almost) completely replaced by the bus in the 70's and 80's. However the municipality is setting new tracks in the centre, hoping to have the old trams back soon.

Metro: The Oporto Metro is an light subway system, the Metro of Oporto, from which the first 4 lines, the yellow, red, green and blue lines, are completed. It was developed in 2004 (for the Euro 2004 games), the metro is still under construction. It has 5 lines, that run across the centre of Oporto, and ofwn to some suburban areas, also they cross the city to the neighbouring cities of Matosinhos and Maia.

Tickets must be purchased beforehand. They can be sold at the machines in the station, The ticket is printed in a card called "Andante", and you can purchase how many "travels" you want, if you plan on using it again, you can re-charged the card, normally (the card itself costs around 0.50). You can also buy daily passes, which is also convenient and can be re-charged. If you plan on living in Oporto, or staying for more than 2 weeks, it is recommended you get the "Andante Gold". The card costs 5, and will allow unlimited travel, without time limit.

Taxi: Taxis are available by all place and are not very expensive. Be sure to check the fares on the display screen before you pay.

Bus: The town of Oporto has many lines and buses which runs with extensive network, which are modern and comfortable. However, they are not very recommendable, and the bus drivers tend to go on strike from time to time, which can leave you waiting for a bus up to an hour!. The tickets can be purchased onboard, for 1.50.

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