The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, normally referred to simply as Porto Airport (OPO), is located in Maia, about 11km from the city of Porto and considered to be one of the best in Europe. The Porto Airport was totally refurbished and extended, which was completed in 2005, this is the second busiest airport in Portugal. In 2014, nearly seven million passengers coming from destinations all over the world, passed through this airport.
The Arrivals hall is on Level 0 (where you'll find various shops and other services, such as car rental, cafés, sale of newspapers and magazines, foreign currency exchange, among others) and the Departures area is on Level 3. At Departures, the Boarding Area comprises 35 gates and there are many shops, restaurants, cafés and other services, such as Internet access points.
This airport has one terminal, where dozens of airlines regularly operate (including low cost companies), such as TAP, Ryanair, Transavia, EasyJet, Iberia and British Airways, connecting Porto to over 60 European and worldwide destinations. The current Passenger Terminal has a capacity to handle between 6 and 12 million passengers.
This airport has information desks in the public areas, where you can obtain information on the airport's facilities, as well as on flights. It offers good connections with other available means of transport, including buses, metro, taxis, transfer services and rent-a-car firms.
The Porto Airport has at your disposal information desks, banks, ATM machines, a pharmacy, places where you can change currency, a post office, restaurants, cafés, public telephones, Wi-Fi Internet access, shops (clothes, wine, books, jewellery, gifts, newspapers, among others) and rent-a-car desks. This airport also provides a Family Airport service. Children have not been forgotten either, as there are four playgrounds in the airport. There is also a lounge and a personalised passenger service (to use executive rooms and meetings rooms, among other possibilities).
People with reduced mobility
For those with special needs, this airport has a personalised My Way service, providing assistance to such passengers. Inside the terminal, the lifts and toilets are also adapted to people with reduced mobility. For passengers needing a wheelchair, it is advisable to inform of your requirements when making your reservation.
There is luggage storage in the public area of the Departures area (Level 3), which is a safe place for you to leave your things, and is open every day from 5 am to 11 pm. However, there are also lockers on Level 0 in the Arrivals area. If there's any problem, this airport has a 'Lost and Found' area on levels 0 and 3.
There are various accommodation options close to the airport, although the widest choice is in the centre of the city, which is only 11 kilometres away. See our list here, which contains the best hotels, hostels, apartments and guesthouses in Porto. It should be mentioned that a large number of hotels in Porto provide transport to and from the airport for their customers.
The parking facilities at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is open 24 hours a day and has a capacity for around 2,000 vehicles. If you wish to leave your car at the airport while you are travelling, the ANA car parks have a variety of parking options.
Travelling from the Airport to the centre of Porto by Metro
Porto Airport is connected to various means of transport, including buses, metro and taxis, among other services. If you want to use the Metro, you should take Line E (Lilac), which connects Estádio do Dragão to the Airport and vice-versa. There are regular journeys practically every 20 minutes, from 6 am to 1 am, and the metro passes right outside the terminal. The journey to the city centre takes close to 30 minutes and costs 1.85€.
Travelling from the Airport to the centre of Porto by Bus
You can also travel to and from the airport by bus, as Porto's bus company (Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto - STCP) makes regular connections to the city centre. The journey costs 1.85€. The journey by GetBus, which runs directly to the city centre bus station and vice-versa, costs 2.50€. The longest bus connection (by the Spanish company AUTNA) is to Vigo and Santiago de Compostela, which are in the North East of Spain. There is also an Airport Shuttle service at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, which connects the airport to the centre of Porto, as well as to Braga and Guimarães and vice-versa. Get Bus also connects Porto to Guimarães and Braga. There is also a low cost transport service (Goin' Porto), which has connections from various parts of the city to the airport (and vice-versa).
Travelling from the Airport to the centre of Porto by Taxi
This service is available 24 hours a day outside the Arrivals area. Whenever you need a taxi, there will surely be one available. However, you can always telephone for a taxi. Taxis transport a maximum of 4 passengers and for luggage larger than 55x35x20 cm, there is an extra charge of 1.60€. This is the most comfortable and fastest way of getting to your destination. The journey to the city centre costs between 20 and 35€ and takes about 25 minutes.
If you prefer to rent a car, you can choose through Discount Rent A Car, where you'll find the best and most competitive prices in the market, which are hard to beat.
For greater comfort and speed, you can opt for a private transfer.
Consult the Porto Airport timetable for the latest flight information: