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Oporto: Using the Metro

November 1, 2009
Metro Porto

Metro vehicle

Metro do Porto”  is a light-rail network that currently provides transport services to 68 stations in the metropolitan area of Oporto. The network is relatively new so it will look small and inappropriate for the city needs but new lines are already planned or being built.

I’ve been asked for help by tourists using the Metro in Oporto since it can be a bit confusing at first. Hope this helps you master it from the arrival.

Getting your first title:

As an example we’ll imagine you are at the Airport and you want to go to Trindade in the center of Oporto.

This is a ticket vending machine:

Oporto Metro Tickets

Metro Ticket Machine

1-      Check the list of destinations to know what kind of title (“título”) you need – in this case z4.

2-      Use this button to change the language to English

3-      Follow the onscreen instructions and this buttons to buy a new “Andante” card with one z4 title in it

4-      Pay your Andante + title (1,95€ in the example).

Note: If the machine you’re using doesn’t accept banknotes try the other one in the same station.

5-      Collect your Andante card

6-      Validate your ticket (*)

Now that you have an Andante card check the indicators above the tracks that indicate the direction of the next vehicle and estimated time to arrival to that station.

(*)You must always validate you andante by “showing” it in front on one of this sensor machines before getting in the vehicle:

Validating machine

Validating machine

You’ll get a green light and an indication in the display of how many titles there are left in your Andante card.

The title you used is valid for 1hour (on the metro, bus and some trains) so you can change line or even to get into a bus during that hour with that very same title but please always re-validate the card in the sensor machines you encounter.

After using your title in the Andante Card you should keep it, it is reusable -it will allow you to change the kind of title or to recharge titles in the same Andante machines. 

Helpful Links: Metro do Porto official site ;       Full Metro Map




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Praça de Gomes Teixeira

October 13, 2009

Continuing the walk from Clerigos Tower: Google Maps

Walking around the Reitoria building you could see from the Clerigos Tower and leaving the “Garden of Cordoaria” towards North you’ll reach the “Gomes Teixeira Square” also known by “Leões” (Lions because of the fountain in the centre).

It is a Square deeply linked to the traditions of the students of Oporto University, it is here where the freshman of all the Houses of the Oporto Academy are to be Baptized – the ceremony after which they increase their rank from a mere uneducated “Beast” to a “Caloiro” – the lowest rank of the university student under the code of Praxe.

In the West part of this square there’s also a group of Cafes with a lot of tradition among students, especially the 100 year old “Piolho”. It is usually full of students having a meal, a drink, training academic music (see Tuna) and even studying; open day and night.

To the north you can see two different churches side by side: Carmelitas on the left and Carmo on the right. Carmelitas is part of a monastery built in the first half of the XVII century combining Classical and Baroco influences. Carmo was built in the second half of the XVIII in Rococo fashion; it has a huge panel of Azulejos on its outside wall painted by Silvestro Silvestri.

Click to see the Azulejos in google maps


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