TRANSPORTS IN PORTO
Getting around Porto can be a little daunting at first, especially if you're not familiar with the public transportation system. However, once you get the hang of it, you will see that it's a convenient and cost-effective way travel and explore the city.
Metro: The metro is the easiest and fastest way to get around Porto. It covers most of the city and its suburbs, and the stations are usually signposted in English. Right now, there are six metro lines in total (two more are being constructed), and they operate daily from 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM. You can buy tickets at the ticket machines at the stations or use the Andante card, which is a rechargeable card that can be used on all modes of public transportation in Porto.
Bus: The bus network in Porto is extensive and covers areas that the metro doesn't reach. However, the bus system can be a little more complicated than the metro. There are many different bus routes, and some of them have limited schedules, so it's important to plan ahead. You can also use the Andante card on the bus system, or you can by a ticket inside the bus. You can find bus timetables and route maps at the bus stops or on the STCP website.
Andante Blue Card
The Andante Blue Card is a rechargeable smart card that can be used on all modes of public transportation in Porto. The card can be topped up with "credit's", which is deducted each time you use it for a journey. The Andante Blue Card can also be used for single journeys or for multiple journeys within a specific time frame, depending on the type of ticket you purchase.
Andante Monthly Card
The Andante Monthly Card allows you to travel on all public transportation in Porto for an entire month. This is a good option for Erasmus students who will be in Porto for an extended period of time and will be using public transportation frequently. With this card, you can make an unlimited number of journeys within the designated zones, depending on the pass you choose.
It's important to note that the Andante Monthly Card is valid for a calendar month, so it's best to purchase it at the beginning of the month to get the most value out of it.
HOW TO VALIDATE THE ANDANTE CARD
- Before entering the metro car, make sure you have an Andante Blue Card with credit loaded on it, or your Andante Monthly Card valid for that month;
- Approach the metro card readers, in the station, and hold your Andante Card over the sensor (black circle mark) until it reads;
- After passing the card through the sensor it can show green light with an acoustic sound will confirm the operation, indicating the balance on your card and more information, or a red light followed by a message on the display indicates that a problem has occurred;
- All Andante Cards must be validated every time you get on board, and at any change of metro car;
- Also, you should remember to carry your Andante Card with you at all times and be prepared to show it to the ticket inspector if asked;