» Transportation

How to Reach Porto

  • By Plane
    • Participants in 18th ICFIA conference can arrive at Porto by plane in Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport (IATA: OPO), also known as Aeroporto do Porto or Aeroporto de Pedras Rubras.

      The airport offers convenient flight connections with most European capitals and cities. There are also direct flights to other major cities, such as New York, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, etc. Additional connections via Lisbon are facilitated by an air bridge or by a train connection between the two cities.

      Francisco Sá Carneiro airport is located about 15 km away from the city centre (roughly also the same distance for Conference Venue). The Metro line connects directly the Airport with the city centre, offering a fast and peaceful ride into the heart of the city (z4 - includes the airport, 2,30€). People who will stay in the recommended hotels should get out at the "Casa da Música" station or "Carolina Michaelis" station. For more information, check the Hotel Information page.
      Bus line 601 also connects the airport to the city centre. You may buy the ticket on board.
      This way of transportation is very convenient for people who will stay at the Conference Venue. Between 0:30 and 5:30 AM, you may take the bus line Z3, direction downtown.

      There are also two shuttle services available (Airportshuttle and Goin’Porto), one from the airport directly to the hotels, the other from the airport directly to the downtown.
      Airportshuttle connects the airport to your hotel and vice-versa. The daily service operates from 04:30 AM until 07:30 PM and costs 6,00 € each way, but you should check the price at your travelling time. You may book the service by e-mail or by phone (+351 960426692).
      Goin’Porto connects the airport to the downtown and vice-versa. In case you choose this option, you should get out at Boavista round-about square, very near the recommended hotels (for your information, metro station "Casa da Música" is very close to Boavista round-about square). The daily service operates from 04:45 AM until 01:00 AM and costs 5,00 € one way/9 € return, but you should check the price and the schedule at your travelling time. For booking the service, please visit the website.

      Finally, you may take a taxi, it costs around 20/25 €.

  • By Train
    • Porto has two major train stations, the "São Bento" (Saint Benedict) station, and the "Campanhã" station. Note that no extra train ticket is required to reach São Bento from Campanhã. There are regular connections Porto - Vigo, Porto - Madrid and Porto - Paris. In these 2 last options, you have to change the train. Other non-domestic destinations vary according to demand and season. Domestic trains are very frequent and usually on time. Schedules and prices can be checked in the official Portuguese Trains website. Both stations are directly connected to metro stations.

  • By Car
    • Porto is served by some major highways making the connection to Spain very easy: Porto - Aveiro - Salamanca; Porto - Braga - Tuy, Porto - Vila Real - Bragança/Zamora and Porto - Chaves - Verin.

For further information about how to travel to Porto and in Porto, please click here or here .

» Flying with TAP Airline

TAP Portugal is the leading Portuguese airline, in operation since 1945, and member of the global airline alliance Star Alliance. The company’s network comprises 76 destinations in 34 countries worldwide, operating 2250+ weekly flights in average on a modern fleet of 55 Airbus aircraft, plus 16 aircraft operating in PGA colours, the TAP regional carrier. In the pursuit of its customer focused policy, TAP continuously strives to deliver safe, reliable and upgraded products & services, tailored to meet customers’ expectations. Retaining the Portuguese character of the Company’s brand and quality service as the basic concepts has been the main driver of TAP strategy in most recent years. Recognized and awarded as the World’s Leading Airline to Africa by the World Travel Awards in 2011, TAP was also awarded the WTA World’s Leading Airline to South America in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The company was also honored by UNESCO and by the International Union of Geological Sciences with the IYPE “Planet Earth Award 2010”, in the category of “Most Innovative Sustainable Product”, in recognition for the achievements of the company’s Carbon Offset Program, the first one launched worldwide in partnership with IATA. Voted Best Airline in Europe by the Global Traveler, USA, and Best Portuguese Tourism Company by the specialized magazine Marketeer, in 2011, TAP was also awarded as Best Airline by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine in 2010.

TAP Portugal, as the Official Carrier of the 18th ICFIA, offers a discount to the participants who book their flight and buy their ticket exclusively through TAP Portugal’s website,

Additional information concerning the conditions and the required code to proceed further with your booking can be downloaded here.

» Hotel Information

For your sojourn in Porto, you are asked to choose your own hotel, according to your own personal wishes and preferences. We call the participants attention, however, to book their hotel in Porto as early as possible. The city is a typical target for many visitors during holiday season, so you should make your reservation in advance to avoid last minute no vacancy stress. Participants are asked to book, guarantee and pay their accommodation themselves.

The organization negotiated special prices with the conference hotel. Please follow this link to take advantage of these conditions. Using this booking site you can also find the possibility to make reservation in two other hotels nearby: the Hotel Fénix Porto and the Hotel Tuela Porto are two hotels within walking distance (5 min) from the conference venue.

» Visa Issues

Portugal is a country belonging to the European Union and a member of the Schengen agreement. All third-country nationals subject to visa requirement to enter or transit through the territory of Schengen members are required to have a valid passport, and they are strongly advised to make their application in their home country with enough time before the intended date of travel.

In The Schengen Office, you can obtain information regarding the countries that need a visa to enter a Schengen country. For further information, please contact your nearest Portuguese/Schengen Embassy or Consulate or even your travel agency for details about the exact visa requirements, dates of entrance and exit the country (case something goes wrong), etc. To find the Portuguese embassy or consulate closest to you, please visit Embassy Information - Republic of Portugal.

Shall you need a letter of invitation for the visa application, 18th ICFIA can send it upon request after you have registered.

» Useful Information

  • Weather
    Usually, September in Porto is sunny and warm (12-24 ºC). Please consider that Porto is located by the ocean, and therefore can be windy in the late afternoon or evening.

  • Electricity
    Portuguese standard is the European type 2 pin sockets with 230 volts AC at 50 Hz.

  • Banking
    Banks open from Monday to Friday (usually from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm)

  • Currency
    Since 2002 the EURO (€) is the official currency of Portugal. Money can be changed at the airport, at banks, exchange bureaus, and larger hotels. For a cash advance, credit cards and Maestro-cards can be used at ATM (“Multibanco”) which are available all over the city.

  • Insurance and Liability
    Participants should arrange whatever insurance they consider as necessary. No responsibility can be assumed by the symposium committee for personal accidents, sickness, theft, or property damage suffered by the participants.

  • Health Requirements
    With the exception of vaccination certificates for persons coming from areas where yellow fever is endemic, at the present there are no special health requirements.

Important Dates
Website Opening
January 31st, 2013

Registration and Abstract Submission Opening
March 1st, 2013

Deadline for Abstract Submission
June 7th, 2013

Abstract Acceptance Notification
June 14th, 2013

Deadline for Early Bird Registration
June 28th, 2013
Deadline for Social Programme Registration
September 5th, 2013