You’re heading to Porto or somewhere nearby and you’re wondering how you get from the airport to your destination.
An airport transfer is definitely one of the easiest ways to get there. It’s much less hassle than hiring a car or taking public transport. It also means that you’ll get to your accommodation a lot quicker, which means you will have more time to make the most of your time here in Porto.
Airport transfer companies
Lots and lots of companies offer airport transfers in Porto, including local companies and comparison websites. See the comparison table below to see which company offers the cheapest rates.
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Journey is from Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport Airport to Pestana Vintage Porto, which is in Porto City Centre. Prices accurate at the time of writing (March 2019).
Airport transfers with young children
If you’re travelling with babies or young children, a big concern is whether or not the car will have a baby or child seat. The following companies have an option to request a child car seat.
- Welcome Pickups: Select child or baby seat during the booking process (free).
- Kwiktaxi.com: Available for a fee
- Suntransfers.com: Available for a fee (~€7)
Alternatively, if you expect to need a child car seat a lot during your trip to Porto, you could either bring the child seat with you or rent one from a specialist rental company like upababy.pt (delivers to Porto Airport).
Minibus or large vehicles
Are you travelling as part of a big group? If you don’t want to book separate cars, you could book an airport transfer in a minivan.
- Welcome Pickups – Minivan option when booking a group of up to 12 people.
- Suntransfers.com – Minicoach option when booking a group of up to 16 people.
Luxury airport transfers
Visiting Porto for a high-profile business meeting or a special occasion? Book a luxury airport transfer in a Mercedes-Benz and turn up to your hotel or meeting in style.
- Blacklane.com – Has a fleet of options that includes Mercedez-Benz, Audi, or BMW cars.
- Mydriver.com – Offers chauffeur-driven luxury vehicles such as an Audi A8 or BMW 7 Series.
Long distance airport transfers
Going further than Porto? Many people who fly into Porto continue onto other parts of Northern Porto like Braga or Guimarães or even down to Lisbon or the Algarve.
That’s not a problem. Most of the transfer websites allow you to book to anywhere within mainland Portugal and even into Spain.
Alternatives to taking an airport transfer
Airport Transfer VS taxi
Taxis in Porto are affordable but, generally, an airport transfer is usually more affordable.
Uber and taxi apps like Kapten and Bolt, on the other hand, are often slightly cheaper than an airport transfer. They’re not quite as convenient as an airport transfer as you do have to find the Uber driver (which isn’t always easy), but they could save you a couple of Euros if you’re on a budget.
Airport transfer VS public transport
The purple line on Porto’s metro system connects Porto City Centre with Porto Airport. Most people will take the metro to Trindade, which takes around 28 minutes, before either connecting to another line or walking the rest of the distance to their hotel (Trindade is on the edge of the core city centre).
Airport transfer VS airport bus
Get Bus offers an airport bus service that connects Porto Airport with Porto City Centre, as well as nearby cities like Braga and Guimarães. The service is cheap and slightly faster than the metro but, as it only runs every hour or so, it isn’t quite as frequent as the metro service. It’s very useful if you’re planning on going to Braga or Guimarães, however.
Airport Transfer VS shuttle
Airport shuttles cost around €9 per person and generally take longer than public transport, which makes them a kind of unhappy medium option. If you’re travelling as a couple or family, it makes more sense to book a taxi (or Uber) or an airport transfer.
Airport Transfer VS hire car
If you’re only planning to visit Porto City Centre, it’s not worth renting a car. The city is very compact, and parking is often difficult. When it comes to Portuguese cities, it’s usually best to avoid driving if possible.
Hiring a car only really makes sense if you’re planning on exploring around Porto, particularly destinations that are not accessible by train or public transport.