Carrying bags, whether it’s a suitcase or a backpack, is one of the hardest parts of travelling. Trust me, I know! Even a small day bag can be difficult to lug around, especially in somewhere as hilly as Porto. And you definitely don’t want to try pulling a wheeled suitcase over those cobbled streets.
There are a number of luggage storage options in Porto, from train station lockers to shops, cafés, hostels, and other businesses that offer luggage storage on their premises. These options are located throughout Porto City Centre, as well as on the outskirts and at the airport so, regardless of your plans, you should be able to find something that meets your needs.
So if you arrive before your Airbnb is ready or you’re checking out and don’t want to carry suitcases around all day, consider using a luggage storage service. I personally find the apps listed below very helpful as they allow you to store your bags and suitcases at shops, museums, and cafes, and they have locations all over Porto.
Luggage Storage Apps
Below you’ll find a comparison of the many different luggage storage apps, including Luggage Hero who are offering Portugalist readers 2 hours free when they use the code PORTUGALIST.
|3 Hours||24 Hours||3 Days||Insurance||Promo Code|
|Luggage Hero||€ 6.59||€ 8||€ 18||€ 2,500||PORTUGALIST (2 Hours Free)|
|Bounce||€5||€5||€15||$10k||PORTUGALIST5 (5% off)|
|NannyBag||€ 6||€ 6||€ 14||€ 1,500||PORTUGAL5 (5% off)|
|Stasher||€ 6||€ 6||€ 16||£1,000|
|Radical Storage||€ 5||€ 10||€ 15||€ 500|
Best for a few hours: LuggageHero offers pricing per hour while most of the others charge per day, so if you just want to drop your bags for a few hours, this is probably the best option
Which has the most locations: That prize probably goes to Nannybag or Bounce. Luggit is also worth a mention as they will come to you anywhere in Porto, so they’re technically everywhere. This option could be quite useful if you need luggage storage somewhere outside of the city centre
Best for long-term storage: Some of the apps have a timelimit (NannyBag is 30 days, for example), but most apps, like Stasher and Radical Storage, don’t seem to have any limit. It’s worth comparing the costs, though. Luggit seemed to have a time limit of around 63 days, or a little over two months, but seemed to work out cheaper than most of the other apps
Most flexible option: Luggit brings your luggage to you when you’re ready. If you don’t have a fixed sightseeing plan for your time in Porto, this allows you to be more flexible
Best for big items (like surfboards): Luggit is probably the best option for large items
Where Should I Leave My Luggage
- If you’re waiting to check into an Airbnb: Try and find a luggage storage option near your Airbnb. That way you can drop your stuff off and come back later without having to carry it too far. Alternatively, pick somewhere in the city centre as you’ll be passing through here a lot throughout the day.
- If you’re heading to the airport, bus, or train station later that day: If you’re getting public transport to Porto airport, look for a luggage storage place that’s near a metro station. Spot Luggage Storage (available on Stasher) is a good option as it’s opposite Trinidade Metro Station
- If you’re visiting Porto on a day trip: If you’re visiting Porto on a quick day trip, have a think about where you’ll be leaving from. If it’s one of the train stations (e.g. São Bento or Campanhã) or the bus station then think about a place that’s close by.
- If you’re visiting Porto on a layover: If you’re just flying into Porto for a few hours, there are luggage storage lockers at Porto Airport.
- If you’re arriving or leaving at an unusual time: Try and find somewhere that’s open 24 hours per day (Nannybag has a filter for this)
- If you need to do your laundry: Laundry & Lockers offers both luggage storage and laundry. They also offer wifi
- If you need to print a document (like a boarding pass): Spot Luggage Storage (available on Stasher), located opposite Trindade metro station, offers this
- If you need to catch up on some work: There are plenty of great cafés in Porto, but you could also consider Spot Luggage Storage (available on Stasher) with offers co-working and luggage storage.
A Deeper Look at the Apps
Luggage Hero is a popular luggage storage service that allows you to find shops, restaurants, and cafés where you can leave your bag for a few hours, days, or even weeks.
While there are plenty of other companies that offer a similar service (such as NannyBag or Radical Storage, for example), Luggage Hero has some of the highest insurance cover of any of the services. It also allows you to book by the hour, which is perfect if you only need to use it while you check in or out of a hotel.
Nannybag is a website that allows you to find local shops, cafés, and other businesses that allow you to store your bags on their premises. This Airbnb-type approach to baggage storage means that you can find storage options all over Porto, rather than just in the train station or at the airport.
Storage costs €6 per day for the first bag, and an additional €6 per day for every day after that. There are no weight or size restrictions, and your bag is insured for up to €1500.
Stasher is another luggage storage search engine that allows you to find locals shops and businesses where you can store your bags for a few hours, a day, or even longer.
Storage costs €6 per bag for the first 24 hours and €5 for every day after that. There are no restrictions on the size or weight of the bag, and your possessions are insured for up to €750.
With Luggit, there’s no need to lug anything: a Luggit driver will come to you and collect your bag. Simply use the app to select where you want your bag, suitcases, or surfboards collected from and where you want it returned to (it can even be a different location in Porto).
- Store your luggage for as long as you like.
- You can also store large items like bicycles and surfboards.
- Use the code PORTUGALIST to get 10% off.
Radical Storage (formerly BagBnB) is another website that allows you to find places where you can store your bags and suitcases. Storing a bag costs €5 per day, regardless of the size or weight and you can even store a bicycle bag. Bags are insured for up to €500, which is a lot less than other similar services, so don’t leave anything too expensive inside.
Bounce is yet another website and app that connects you with shops, cafés, and museums where you can store your luggage for a fee. Bounce offers a high level of insurance cover ($10,000) so it’s ideal for those with very expensive items.
- €5.00 per 24 hours per bag (€5 per bag and then €1.65 for the insurance, which isn’t automatically included)
- You can also get packages (e.g. those all-important Amazon orders) delivered to a pickup location. The costs vary, depending on the size of the package, but are typically around €5
At Porto Airport
There are both lockers (1st floor) and a baggage deposit area (3rd floor) at Porto Airport.
The lockers are priced per 4h period, while the baggage storage area is priced per day. The best option depends on how long you need the luggage storage for and the size and weight of the bags. Heavy items as well as bulky items such as bicycles and surfboards are better suited to the baggage deposit area.
You can see prices for both on Porto Airport’s website.
Note: Sometimes both the lockers and baggage deposit area have been unavailable. If this happens to you, take a look at some of the other options mentioned here.
At the train station
There are luggage storage facilities at both São Bento and Campanhã.
- São Bento, in downtown Porto, has small, medium, and large coin-operated lockers
- Campanhã, on the outskirts of Porto, has small, medium, and large coin-operated lockers as well
At the metro
City Lockers also has luggage storage lockers in:
- Trindade Metro station
- Bolhão Metro station
- Aliados Metro station
- 24 de Agosto Metro station
You can store your bag for up to seven days as standard, but you’ll need to get in touch if you want to store your bags for any longer than that.
Spot Luggage & Lounge (available on Stasher) is also opposite Trinidade Metro Station, and has other facilities like food, wifi, and co-working.