For many tourists coming to Porto for the first time, the metro may seem strange. It doesn't run mostly underground, doesn't have any turnstiles before entering, and in many situations, we don't need it to explore the city's main attractions.
However, for those who need to use the metro to get to the city centre from the airport or planning to go to parts of the city far away from their accommodation, we would like to explain some aspects of it. This will make your further exploration of the city go smoothly and avoid fines.
As mentioned, there are no turnstiles to prevent you from entering the metro, but that doesn't mean it's free. Often, you will see ticket inspectors at the stops who will carefully check your tickets once you enter the metro. That's why it's a good idea to purchase a card from a machine beforehand. You can load as many rides as you want onto the card, and it can be reloaded several times, but each card can only be used by one person. If you travel as a couple with one card, even if you valid it twice, you can still get a penalty. Buy a card for each of you ????
Also, don't forget to validate your card at the little yellow machines on the platforms because if it's not validated, it's like you don't have it with you. If you change subways, you must re-validate your card. However, this is not too worrying because there is only one station where you can change - Trindade.
How is that possible? After all, there are as many as six metro lines! The lines only cross at one station, as five of them follow the same route, in an east-west direction, branching only at the ends to connect Porto to the airport or to neighbouring municipalities such as Matosinhos or Gondomar. The line that intersects with them in Trindade is the yellow D line, which goes to Vila Nova de Gaia.
We hope this article has helped you avoid unpleasantness. If you have any more questions, we'll be happy to answer them. You know where to find us - under the green umbrella!
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