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When to go
With a mild Mediterranean climate all year round, it’s hot from June to September, and only marginally chilly in winter (November to February).
PlanesPorto’s airport is 15 kilometres north of the city centre, and served by several low-cost carriers linking up Europe, including EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) and Ryanair (www.ryanair.com). Tap Portugal (www.flytap.com) connects the city with Europe, South America and the USA.
TrainsThe main station is Campanhã on Largo da Estação de Campanhã, visited by various international, national and regional services; check Comboios de Portugal for details (www.cp.pt). São Bento station on Praça Almeida Garrett in the city centre has suburban services to Braga, Guimarães and Marco de Canaveses. From Lisbon, the journey takes two and a half hours; from Coimbra, it’s an hour.
AutomobilesThe city is linked to three motorways: the A1, which leads to Lisbon and the Algarve, the A3, which comes in handy if you’re Galicia-bound, and the A4 to Bragança. The Portuguese are as hot-blooded in the driving seat as their Continental counterparts, and there are lots of one-way systems to test your patience, too.
TaxisIt’s easy to flag cabs in the street, and there are ranks outside the main stations.