Great transport networkLAND
Located just 15 km from the city centre, half an hour by metro and 15 minutes by car, Porto Airport is the international entryway to Portugal and a European hub, serving more than 9.4 million passengers a year flying to 81 airports in 72 different cities in 22 countries. Indirectly, benefiting from the air bridge with Porto, Porto is connected with 118 airports placed in 106 cities in 39 different countries, covering four continents. It has also been awarded as the Best in Europe 2016 (5-15M passengers per year) by Airports Council International. Over the last 10 years, it has been consecutively in the Top 3 of the best airports in Europe.
With an average of approximately 2.5/3 hours flight distance from European capitals, lots of flights a week to European cities and frequent direct connections to major world business centres, Porto Airport features one terminal building.
Public transport in Porto is reliable and good value for money, featuring an extended and diverse network of metro and tram system, various funiculars and urban buses. Porto’s metro network has six independent lines, with 81 stations, that cover a total railroad extension of 67 km. It has won the Light Rail Award 2008 and the Veronica Rudge Green in Urban Design 2013 since it has stations projected by Pritzker prize winner Souto Moura. Furthermore, Porto’s metro system is eco-friendly, saving 55 tons of CO2 per year. In terms of innovation, Porto has a state-of-the-art contactless metro ticketing system.
Porto’s fleet of buses cover 74 lines, with more than 500 vehicles, expecting to add 35 new electrical vehicles in 2018. This is the largest network of buses with wi-fi in the world, providing moving hotspots around the city.
Portugal among the EU best transport infrastructure
Port of Leixões is one of the largest ports on the Iberian Peninsula and on the Atlantic Coast. It handles more than 18 million tons of cargo per year, representing 20% of Portuguese international trade. The new cruise terminal was shortlisted ‘Best Port of the Year’ in the 2015 Seatrade Cruise Awards. Portugal has completed 100% of its TEN-T Core Road Network and the quality of the road infrastructure is rated among the best in the European Union, covering over 40 motorways. Portugal is also highly rated regarding the quality of its airports, ports and railway infrastructures.