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Porto

Portugal’s second biggest city doesn’t disappoint with locals and views as sweet as the region's Port wine.

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Our most recommended Porto Hop-on Hop-off Tours

  • Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Port Cellar Tour

    1. Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, River Cruise, & Port Cellar Tour

    Explore the picturesque and historic city of Porto at your leisure with a ticket that gives you access to 2 sightseeing bus tours for 2 days. You can hop on and hop off at any stop in the city, taking in attractions such as the Avenida dos Aliados and the neighborhoods of Santa Catarina and Batalha. Located in the north of Portugal, the city of Porto has a rich history that dates to the Roman occupation of Iberia. This is a notable port city, situated on the estuary of the Douro River, where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean. You can also hop off the bus in the city’s oldest district, Ribeira, to enjoy a traditional Portuguese lunch in a quaint café nestled along the city’s medieval walls and discover Porto’s famous wines. Your ticket gives you access to the cellars of Cales Calém, where top quality port wines have been produced since 1859. You can also sample some of the goods, incl...

    It was great, the bus took a while to arrive but other than that, everything was excellent and I was helped through whatsapp when I needed.

  • Porto: 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

    2. Porto: 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Ticket

    Bridges, architecture, port wine, culture and great nightlife: Explore Porto over 2 days, with 1 convenient hop-on, hop-off ticket. Easily reach the historical center of town, and visit popular spots like the Torre dos Clérigos, Fundação Serralves contemporary art foundation and gardens, the Casa da Música and the dining and entertainment options along the Cais de Gaia esplanade. Simply jump on board the Yellow Bus Official Sightseeing Tour buses with your 2-day ticket. The bus ticket includes the Historical Porto Tour and the Porto Castle Tour. Head out to the Foz do Douro or Matosinhos beaches and the Gaia Riverside area, or visit to the Tramcar Museum. Don't forget to taste the famous Port Wine when visiting one of the numerous cellars at Gais Port as well. With this hop-on, hop-off ticket, you'll be able to access the many fascinating destinations of Porto.

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    Both the rides were quite enjoyable, and the layout quite nice of the important things to see. The only issue was that of checking which plug in worked, luckily for me Spanish and Portuguese aren’t too far off but at a certain point I noticed I began to lose attention since well I don’t speak Portuguese but Spanish. Other than that I would advise wearing some sunscreen since I got completely burned since it was a nice perfect sunny day. Overall great ride but fix your sockets on the bus!

  • Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Cruise & Wine Cellar Options

    3. Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Cruise & Wine Cellar Options

    Explore the district of Porto, on your own time. Using a 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket, a river cruise ticket and enjoy a visit to a port wine cellars (optional). Visit the perfect combination of historic landscapes, river Douro and learn the highlights of the port wine tradition. With this incredible price you can visit the cities of Porto, Gaia and Matosinhos via sightseeing buses, taking a heritage sightseeing cruise. Also, learn about the cultural significance of producing port wine from a cellar (optional).  Special Time-tables: One day prior to St. John's Day: from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM St. John's Day: from 2:00 PM Christmas Eve: from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM Christmas Day: from 2:00 PM New Years Eve: from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM New Years Day: from 2:00 PM

    Nice way to get introduced to the city + great wine tasting experience. Also good as a means of transport to tue relatively distant spots.

  • Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram & Funicular Ticket

    4. Porto: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Tram & Funicular Ticket

    Bridges, architecture, port wine, culture and great nightlife: Explore Porto over 2 days with 1 convenient hop-on, hop-off ticket. Reach the historical center of town and visit popular spots like: the Torre dos Clérigos, the Fundação De Serralves contemporary art foundation and gardens, the Casa da Música and the dining and entertainment options along the Cais de Gaia esplanade. All you need to do is board the Yellow Bus Official Sightseeing Tour buses with your 2-day ticket. The bus ticket includes the Historical Porto Tour and the Porto Castle Tour. Head out to the Foz do Douro or Matosinhos beaches and the Gaia Riverside area, or visit to the Tramcar Museum. Don't forget to taste the famous Port wine when visiting one of the numerous cellars at Gais Port as well. With this hop-on, hop-off ticket, you'll be able to access the many impressive and interesting sights of Porto. Enjoy a...

    This is definitely worth getting to see the sites in Porto, we bought this for 40 euros for two days, there is no way you can do it in 1 day, this stops of at several stops, and you can pick up from any stop, there is some really lovely architecture, beaches, zoo, churches, sea life, to name just a few.

  • Porto: 6 Bridge's Cruise

    5. Porto: 6 Bridge's Cruise

    Board the original boats used to transport the Port Wine barrels from the Douro Region to Gaia and Porto. The boats have been adapted with the most modern navigation equipment to transport passengers with maximum comfort. Over 50 minutes, enjoy a journey that stretches from the historic center of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, upstream to Freixo and then downstream toward the mouth of the Douro. Take the opportunity to admire the rich and breathtaking landscape while you learn the history of the 6 bridges that unite Vila Nova de Gaia and Porto. Discover other points of interest in these two cities. 

    Good trip on a sunny day. Several jetty’s to pick up the boats - make sure you wait at the correct one.

  • Porto: Sail the Douro River Private 3-Hour Cruise

    6. Porto: Sail the Douro River Private 3-Hour Cruise

    Experience the pleasure of sailing on the Atlantic sea with fabulous views of Porto on board the "Diva", a fantastic Beneteau First 35s5 boat designed by Jean Berret and the famous Philippe Stark. Discover Porto in a new way with this tour, and the opportunity to become part of the crew by helping to trim the sails and helm the boat. Start your private tour at Marina Porto Atlântico, in Leça da Palmeira. Then, pass Matosinhos beach and cross the Porto seafront to enter the Douro River. Continue up the river until you reach Ribeira, where you will be able to take in the magnificent views of Porto and Gaia. Enjoy soft drinks, beer, and local wine as you admire the scenic views.

    Super friendly skippers. Very nice and clean boat. Great experience. It is important to take a thick jumper and ideally a windproof coat.

Frequently asked questions about Porto

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Planning Your Visit

  • When to go?

    Porto is almost permanently warm and sunny between April and September, and it's usually a good gamble to book at either end of that long tourist season if you want to avoid higher prices. However, if you want to see the city at its most festive (and crowded!) arrive for the Saint John Feast in mid-June.

  • Where to stay?

    The city center is actually quite affordable and booking a hotel there will suit most tourists. For those more interested in Porto's relaxed beaches and cafe culture though, the sophisticated district of Foz is the best area in which to stay.

  • How many days?

    You could cover most of Porto's top attractions in 3 days, however, it's well worth booking a couple extra to tour the Douro river and explore some of the scenic towns just a short trip away.

Good to know

  • Language
    Portuguese
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+00:00)
  • Country Code
    +351
  • Best time to visit
    For pleasant weather and fewer crowds, plan to visit Porto in April or September!

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What people are saying about Porto

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 22,471 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour, our guide Claudia was informative, interesting and amusing. She was always pointing out places or points of interest on our journey right to the end, making sure that we were Covid safe at all times. The hosts at the two wineries were also very informative and passionate about their product. The lunch provided was tasty and well presented with a beautiful view of the vineyards. The boat trip was a charming restful and relaxing interlude. We had a lovely day and would thoroughly recommend this tour to give you a wider appreciation of Porto and Portugal.

The trip was well organised, although I booked 2 tickets and because the minivan was full we weren’t able to sit together. I know that for some people is not a big deal but if you spent almost 5 hours in a car we would prefer to sit together, especially it was my partner’s birthday. The tour guide was excellent, very funny and knowledgeable. Also went beyond my expectations when he asked us for a lunch preference and I don’t like meat or salmon, he made sure that the restaurant prepare something different for me and it was delicious!

A really great early evening experience. The tour of the lodge was informative and most interesting. This was followed by an excellent 50 minutes of fado music with two musicians and two singers. Whilst we listened to the music we drank two port wines, a white and a tawney. I can recommend this wholeheartedly.

It was a very enjoyable visit. The card is excellent because it gives us unlimited access to transportation as well as a discount on visiting tourist places in the city.

I was thinking that would be just some small wine tasting but it ended up being a super cool musical experience, totally recommend!