How to get to IWBF 2020
Getting to Porto
Arriving by Airplane
Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) is 11km/6.8mi away from downtown Porto and connects the city to major hubs across Europe and beyond. This should be the main option for coming from outside Portugal. There are several options to reach the city centre from the airport, including light-rail connections (Metro Line E), bus, taxis, Uber, or rental cars (see 'Moving around Porto'). Alternatively, you can arrive at Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) , in Lisbon, approximately 300km/186.4mi from Porto, and travel to Porto by train (see 'Arriving by Train'), taxi, coach bus, or a rental car.
Arriving by Train
By Train, you should arrive at the Campanhã station (the main station in Porto), or the São Bento station (closer to downtown). Check out the CP . There are direct daily trains connecting Porto to Lisbon and several other Portuguese cities, as well as Galicia (northwest Spain). Through Coimbra and Lisbon, you can also arrive by train from other Spanish and European cities. At both Campanhã and São Bento you can find light-rail (Metro) and bus (STCP) connections to other parts of the city (see 'Moving around Porto').
Arriving by Bus
Moving around Porto
Metro do Porto (light-rail/underground) *: This is the fastest and most convenient way to move around Porto using public transportation. The six lines cover all most frequent touristic destinations across the city, including most of the city of Porto, the centre of the city of Vila Nova de Gaia (south of the river), and part of the neighbouring northern cities of Maia, Matosinhos, and Póvoa do Varzim. Line E (purple) connects the Airport with the central hub at Trindade (downtown). Lines A (blue), B (red), C (green), and F (orange) connect the Campanhã train station with Trindade.
STCP (bus) *: For more specific destinations, you can use the wide network of bus lines provided by STCP, covering almost entirely the Porto metropolitan area.
Other options: Uber services and taxis circulate 24/7 throughout the entire city. Taxis are available at taxi ranks or by phone (e.g. +351 22 507 6400 or +351 22 507 3900). With either option a single trip from the city to the Airport should cost around €20 (less than that for trips inside the city). Alternatively, you can book an airport shuttle (100rumos ) or rent a car at companies like Europcar or Avis, present at the airport and at the Campanhã train station.
* Both Metro do Porto and STCP (as well as several other public transportation companies in Porto) use the Andante rechargeable traveller card. The combined cost of a personal Andante traveller card and a one-way ticket should not exceed 3 euros for most travels within the city. With one single travel you can ride any number of metro or bus lines until the ticket time limit is reached. Remember to check the zones before selecting a ticket type, and to validate the ticket each time you enter a different vehicle.
The venue: Hotel da Música
Hotel da Música is located at Mercado do Bom Sucesso, Largo Ferreira Lapa, 21-183, 4150-323 Porto (41°09'20.5"N 8°37'46.7"W). Independently of where you are staying, using Google Maps to plan your trip there is the best option. Hotel da Música is very close to the Casa da Música hall, Boavista Avenue, and Praça de Mouzinho de Albuquerque.
You can arrive using Metro do Porto (see 'Moving around Porto') at the Casa da Música station through Lines A (blue), B (red), C (green), E (purple), or F (orange) and then follow this short path .
Near the hotel, you will also find STCP (bus) stations BCM1, BCM2, BCM3, BCM4, BCM5, BVBR1, BVBR2, BVCT1, BS1, BS2, BS4, BS5, BS6, BS7, BS8, BS9, and BVCM3 (you can search here using these station codes for timetables). These are served by several frequent bus lines from all over the city.