Metro & Transportation
The metro in Porto is a very good way to reach most of the city, however, it can be tricky to use for beginners. It consists of 6 lines, but many of them share the same stops for most of the city, and then separate in order to go to different directions.
If you want to go to a specific further away destination, wait for the right metro for you. In case you just want to move a few stops within the city, most metros will work for you, meaning much less waiting time and less full carriages, except at certain peak times.
In Porto, the Buses are operated by STCP (Sociedade de Transportes Coletivos do Porto) and work just like the Metro. You must have an already charged Andante Blue Card, as there are no automated machines or possibility to charge it within the bus.
If you do not have a rechargeable card or monthly pass, the bus fare paid directly to the driver costs 2,5€, and you must have the correct amount: because of the pandemic, the drivers are not allowed to give back change (subject to change depending on rules).
Just like for any metro ride, use your smartphone if you are not familiar with the place you are heading to! When entering a destination in google maps, it will present you with one or more Bus routes that pass through there, plus any other public or private transportation options, as well as the step by step process of which station or bus stop to head from and all stops in between there and your destination!
Andante Blue Card
There is also a daily ticket, Andante 24, that allows you to make unlimited trips within 24h in the zones chosen. For example, a Z3 ticket is valid for 3 zones in any direction of travel from the first validated zone.
If you have a monthly pass, you just have to choose the zones in which you want to travel and then recharge your pass.
If you have a regular Andante Blue ticket, you must pay attention to the zone where your journey begins (the zone in which you validate your ticket) and the zone where it ends.
Z2 - With a Z2 title you can travel between the zone where you made your validation and the zones attached to that initial zone.
Z3 - With a Z3 title you can travel between the zone where you made your validation, the zones attached to that initial zone and the zones attached to these last zones.
Z4 - With a Z4 title you can travel between the zone where you made your validation, the zones attached to the initial zone, the zones attached to this last one, and so on.
Click here for an interactive Zones map to help you best decide what fare you should take.
Please keep in mind that if you travel to different zones on different days, you can either recharge your Andante card with a different zone every day, or purchase a few different Andante Cards which you charge with different zones. However, use a pen to mark your Andante Card for which zone you charge it with in order to know which one to use! Alternatively, enter them in the recharging machine to see which zones you have charged on the entered card.
For validating correctly, put your Andante ticket near the validation machines: (as shown in picture)
The display will show the following information:
The Andante monthly pass is the Andante Gold Ticket. It is valid for the zones of your choosing, and will allow you to travel to those zones for one month.
The Andante Gold has your name and photo (can only be used by yourself)
Price for (only) the card: 6€
You can purchase it at Andante shops & points of sale: check here
You can travel for a month, anytime you want within the zones you choose.
In order to recharge your Monthly Pass:
This method for recharging your Monthly Ticket is available in every MultiBanco (MB - Portuguese ATM) in Porto. It’s easier, faster and available 24 hours a day. This method also enables customers to recharge their Monthly Pass for the present month and for the following month.
Don’t forget to recharge your Pass every month. The value you pay is always the same. If you recharge your Pass on the first day of the month you will pay the same as you would pay if you recharge it any other day of that month.