Similarly to Lisbon, the most affordable flights to Porto are onboard charter air carriers. It is important to note that charter air carriers do not operate flights to Porto year-round, but rather in the summer only (which is tourist season) and only on select days of the week. Both Air Transat Vacations and Sunwing Vacations provide flights to Porto. Throughout the entire year scheduled air carriers including TAP Portugal, the country’s national carrier, operate flights to Porto. These flights are typically a little more costly than those with a charter air carrier, but they are available mostly every day of the week, offering a little more travelling flexibility.
Porto Airport is the second largest airport in Portugal and located approximately 10 kms northwest of the city center of Porto. Formally known as Francisco Sa Careniero Airport, it recently (December 30, 2011) celebrated the six million passenger mark. This is an exciting feat for both the airport and the city of Porto, as it marks fantastic growth of world travellers.
The airport is connected to the city centre through the Porto Metro. Another transfer option is the AeroBus, which connects the airport with Praca da Liberdade in the city centre and Pousada da Juventude. Taxi hire can also be arranged from the airport, but this can be a very costly option. If you choose to take a taxi, have the driver give you a fare estimate before departing. This will help to ensure you travel the most direct and affordable route to your hotel in Porto. Car hire is yet another transfer option. Inside the airport you will find representatives from leading car hire companies. Driving in Portugal can be enjoyable, but be warned many of the streets are quite narrow and not made for nervous drivers.
Porto Airport has a reputation in Portugal and within Europe for being one of the friendliest airports to travel to and from. In fact, service here is so superlative, that in 2007 it was ranked the number one airport in Europe for service by the Airports Council International. This ranking was based on the results of an airport service quality survey.
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