Car Hire at Porto Airport
This information is correct as of June 2015
Whether you want to feast on the finest custard tarts in Porto, amble through stunning landscaped gardens in Braga or sample Coimbra’s lively nightlife, you can find the best car hire at Porto Airport with Skyscanner. Check out our guide for things to do in Porto.
Where to hire a car at Porto Airport
There are six car hire companies with desks at Porto Airport: National, Hertz, Sixt Rent a Car, Europcar, Avis and Budget. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Porto Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a Galp Petrol Station located just 11 minutes drive from Porto Airport. From the airport, get on to the VR1 road and then take the exit for the A4 towards Porto. Take exit 1, merge onto the A28 then take the N12 exit. The petrol station will be on the right hand side.
Driving around Porto Airport
Porto Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads and is located approximately 11 km or 7 miles north of Porto City Centre. The city is served by five major highways, the A1, which connects Porto to Lisbon, the A29 which connects Porto to Aveiro, the A3 connects Porto to Spain, the A28 connects Porto to Caminha next to the Spanish Border and the A4, which goes east of the city to Braganza and the Spanish Border close to Valladolid. The A43 connects Porto to the neighbouring city of Gondomar and the A41 while the A33 connects the A20 to Oliveira de Azemens. The two highways, the A41 outer ring and the VCI/IC23 or A20, connect all the main locations inside the city.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Porto Airport.
Elegant lanes lace their way past baroque churches, lively local cafes, trendy restaurants and bars. Beautiful architecture like the spectacular cathedral sits among exquisitely landscaped gardens. Fountains sparkle under the Portuguese sun in ornate plazas where students, locals and travellers gather to sample the fabulous food, barter in local markets and watch the world go by.
It takes just 40 minutes to reach Braga from Porto Airport. Head north and get on the N107 then the N13. Merge on to the A41 toll road towards Braga. From the A41 merge on to the A3 toll road and take the exit 8 for Braga. The IP9 towards Brega merges with the A11, another toll road, evenutually turning into the N103.
Portugal’s exciting medieval capital cascades down from its hilltop perch to the Atlantic below. A vibrant, festival, fiesta and student filled city, adverts for talks on every subject under the sun are scrawled on posters that adorn its walls. Live guitar and fado fill the evening air while days can be taken up strolling the cobbled streets, sipping coffee or wine in local cafes or admiring historic architecture. Outside the medieval centre, modern bridges, shopping arcades and fabulous restaurants entice travellers away from the historic heart.
Coimbra is just over an hour’s drive from Porto Airport. Head north and get on to the VR1 towards Porto. Exit on to the A4 towards Porto and take exit on to the A1 towards Lisboa. Take exit 13 towards Coimbra and merge with the A-31. Follow signs to Coimbra.
Home of the best custard tart in the world, Porto is a riot of colour from the tumbledown houses in their rainbow colours to the canary yellow trams that trundle across its streets. Beautiful wooden boats bob in the harbour that is enchantingly illuminated by night. Plazas and outdoor markets make for local gathering places, while wine caves, open air music on warm summer nights, hip clubs and hot bars, cascading, cooling fountains and lush green parks lure travellers from around the world.
It takes just 15 minutes to reach Porto city centre from the airport. Head north and get on to the VR1 towards Porto. Get on to the A4 towards the centre then take exit 1 and merge with the A28. Continue along this road following signs for Porto.
Built before cars existed, Porto does not make driving and parking easy. There is some free on-street parking but it is nigh on impossible to find. The best option is to drive to the Metro Park & Ride at the Estádio do Dragão (near FC Porto stadium) where up to 12 hours parking costs just €0.95*. Some hotels in Porto also offer free parking.
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