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Layover In Porto, Portugal

| February 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Stuck on a Porto layover at the Oporto Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) in Portugal? The airport is the main hub of TAP airlines and is located roughly 6 miles from Porto’s city center, which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on a long layover. If you’re trying to figure out if you can leave the airport during your Porto layover, click here for useful tips.

Layover in Porto, PortugalIf you’re stuck at the airport during your layover, you can find many activities and services to keep you occupied. The airport hosts coffee shops, cafés, restaurants and bars on all floors. In addition, there is regular and duty-free shopping, including Portuguese gift stores.

Cash machines can be found through the airport. A full service bank, operated by the Banco Totta e Açores, offers currency exchange, and there is also a CTT post office, Internet access, and a lost property service. There is also a baby changing facility.

The airport has various lounges on levels 1 and 2, where you can find business facilities located on levels including Airport Lounge 1, Airport Lounge 2 and the Navigator Lounge for use by TAP-Air Portugal passengers.

An airport information desk can be found in the main atrium and provides information advice on airport facilities and travel information around Porto.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are no hotels at the airport, however, there are many nearby. For a list of Porto hotels at varying prices, click here.

If you’re planning on leaving the airport and exploring Porto on a long layover, there’s a few forms of transportation to choose from including metered taxis, Lightrail, Bus Lines, Resende Buses, and Buses Vigo. For more information including fares, locations and timing, click here. There are also a number of rental car options, listed here.

LayoverGuide.com’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Porto Layover:

River Douro Cruises
A cruise is a great way to check out Portugal from the Douro River. From Régua to Porto, there are many cruises to choose from, of varying times from a few hours to several days long. For a couple providers, click here and here.

Clérigos Church and Tower
One of the most recognizable and significant monuments in Porto, the Clérigos Church and Tower was built in 1732 and is one of the first baroque churches in Portugal with an elliptical layout. Climb the tower the 225 steps to the top for a great view of the city.

Rua de Santa Catarina
For Porto’s best shopping and strolling, check out the Rua de Santa Catarina. On this street you a great collection of shops and building in the Art Nouveau architectural style. Check out the Café Magestic and drink a “cimbalino”, Porto’s traditional coffee.

The Casa do Infante
The birthplace of Prince Henry in 1394, the Casa do Infante is now a historical center and archaeological museum. Inside you can find mosaic pavements, and an exhibition on the history of Porto.

None of these interest you for your Porto layover? Click here for many more options!

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