Travel Information

The Organizing Team is committed to making your travel and stay as smooth and trouble-free as possible. We will be uploading onto this section a short welcome guide with very handy, practical information that should help you get around and make the most of your stay with us.

Since the outbreak of the new Coronavirus, the Portuguese Government has been taking the necessary public health measures to guarantee the population’s well-being and safety. The evolution of the pandemic is being monitored and adequate measures have been taken to prevent its spread. Before travelling, visitors should confirm the procedures and restrictions in place in the country of origin and destination, from airline companies and border services.

In the meantime, please refer here for more information.
(Information updated on February 3 2021)

About Porto, the host city

Since 1996, the Historic Center of Porto is listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Porto was elected three times as the Best European Destination, through the European Best Destinations initiative (the last of which in 2017, after 2012 and 2014). This year, the city was also voted the most interesting city in Europe to visit by the prestigious travel platform Culture Trip.

You can find relevant information about the city of Porto in the following websites:

Visit Porto
Visit Porto & The North
Introducing Porto

  • Or by downloading the Appy Tourist app. Developed by the Portuguese Association for Consumer’s Right (DECO), this app allows you to enjoy your vacation or business travel to Porto without overlooking your consumer’s rights. Download is free.

How to get to the venue

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From Porto Airport:

Porto’s Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, the second largest international airport in Portugal, was distinguished by Airports Council International as the best airport in Europe in 2018, in the category of 5 to 15 million passengers.

Check here what airlines offer flights from/to Porto.

The airport is located approximately 7 miles / 11 kilometers away from the meeting venue and is served by several modes of public transportation.

Taxi and Uber: The easiest and fastest way to get to from the airport to the meeting venue and /or your hotel is by taxi or Uber. These are transport services that are permanently available to travelers at the airport arrivals entrance/exit. Both offer you the possibility to schedule the trip in advance or immediately after your plane lands.
Average fare (Taxi one way): € 25,00
Average fare (Uber one way): € 12,00

Metro: Another possibility to consider, which is cheaper than the taxi (single ticket: € 2,00), is the metro. The Airport is served by a single line (Line E - purple) that runs every 20 to 30 minutes and will take you to the historic city centre (end of line: Trindade station) in the same amount of time. If you wish to go directly to the meeting venue, you will have to get off a few stations before, i.e., at Francos, and then walk up to 15 minutes to reach the Crowne Plaza Hotel. See the map. Detailed information about these and other travel options at the Porto Airport may be found here.

From Campanhã Train Station (for international visitors flying to Lisbon)

Porto is approximately 300 kms /205 miles away from Lisbon. If you are flying to Lisbon International Airport (Humberto Delgado airport) and planning to get to Porto by train (Alfa Pendular or Intercidades) you should buy a ticket at Lisbon’s Gare do Oriente Station to Vila Nova de Gaia-Devesas Station, where you’ll need to get off. Once more, the taxi or Uber is rather convenient, since the conference venue is only 12 kms or 7,5 miles away from Vila Nova de Gaia-Devesas Station and the price is likely to be around € 25/31,20.

Detailed information about trains, timetables, journey times and ticket fares may be found here.

By car

If you are travelling by car, the GPS coordinates to Crown Plaza Porto are N 41°09.623’ W 8°38.440’. There are several car rental services available in Porto and also at the airport area.