Basic Info

The city of Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and is a busy industrial and commercial centre. The city itself has a population of 237 591 inhabitants (2011), but the Porto metropolitan area has approx. 1.3 million inhabitants.

Summer Time (UTC+1h) starts and ends on the last Sundays of March and October.

Portuguese is the official language spoken in Porto.
English is, however, spoken by most of the population and service providers, not to mention the fact people who work in tourism speak English fluently.
Spanish can be understood and spoken.
There are lots of people who are able to communicate in French as well.


  • Banks: Monday to Friday – 08h30/15h00
  • Street commerce: : Monday to Friday – 09:00 or 10:00/19:00.Some shops open on Saturday all day
  • Shopping Centres: Daily – 10:00/24:00
  • Restaurants: Lunch – 12:00/15:00, Dinner 19:00/22:00
  • Pharmacies: Monday to Friday – 09:00/19:00> 09:00/13:00 Saturday. Rotas for 24 hour pharmacy service displayed at all pharmacies.

Porto is supplied with tap water perfectly safe to drink.

Market Values as of 08th December 2014 (prices may vary in function of the type of establishment, so the prices presented are purely indicative).

McDonald’s Big Mac: € 3.00
20 Marlboros: € 4.50
Local transport ticket (1 journey): € 1.20
1L petrol: € 1.25

Parking is paid parking in the city centre.

Not included in final price. Tips are optional. If you’re satisfied with the service, tip 5% to 10%. After a snack at a bar or café, some shrapnel is enough.
You may tip hotel staff members (1-2 euro), restaurants (10%), taxi drivers (round up the bill or tip 10% as well).

Electricity in Portugal is 230V, 50 Hz AC. Plug sockets comply with European standards (two round-pin sockets).
Plug converters can be easily purchased from any specialized shop.


The currency of Portugal is the Euro (€).
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the airport arrivals hall (open 5am to 1am), banks (Monday to Friday, from 8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ), exchange offices and machines.

Credit cards: American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted, even outside cities, while petrol stations usually take credit cards and cash.
There is a national network of cash machines (ATMs) identified by the symbol MB (Multibanco), from which you can withdraw cash 24 hours a day, with instructions available in English if required. You can only take out a maximum of €200 (two times per day).

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