Travel information

Moving Around

Public Transportation
An extensive public transportation network covers the whole city of Porto. Tickets, called Andante card, are valid for metro and buses and can be bought at metro stations and major bus stops. You can buy a card with a single ticket (Z2: 1 €) or with 10 + 1 tickets (Z2: 10 €). You need to buy the first Andante card (0.50 €), afterwards you can recharge it with additional tickets. The lowest fare is Z2, which is valid to travel within the city limits. There are also 24 hour travel passes (3.60 €, if Z2). The metro runs from 6:00 am to 01:00 am.
Please note: each Andante card can only be used by one person per trip and must always be validated – whenever a journey is commenced, whenever the means of transport changes and independently of ticket type. As you cannot have more than one type of ticket charged in your Andante, if coming from the Airport we advise the following procedure: buy the ticket at the airport metro station and charge it with a single Z4 ticket (1.50 €). At the arrival station, charge it with additional tickets (now Z2 fare, if your plan is to stay within the city limits). Further details:

How to reach Porto

  • by plane
Getting to Porto is easy and convenient. The airport (Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport) offers convenient flight connections with most European capitals and cities. There are also direct flights to other major cities, such as New York and Rio de Janeiro. Additional connections via Lisbon are facilitated by an air bridge between the cities and a train connection between Lisbon and Porto (2h35 trip).
The airport is about 15 km from the city centre to which it is connected by taxi, metro and bus.
A taxi ride to the conference hotels and city centre should be around 25.00 €. Volumes exceeding 55x36x20cm needing to be carried in the luggage compartment have an extra charge.
By metro you should pick line E (violet). To reach the conference venue area leave at Casa da Música. The station is around 20 minutes walking from the conference venue. To go to the city center get out at Trindade Station (Estação da Trindade). The metro runs from 6:00 am to 01:00 am and you must buy a Z4 ticket (1.50 €) for the run from the airport to the centre. For moving within the city, Z2 tickets are required.
  • by train
There are comfortable trains from Lisbon, Alpha and Intercidades. The train station is Estação de Campanhã, where you can take the metro to the city centre. For information about timetables and prices visit the site of CP (

How to reach Faculdade de Ciências (Conference Venue)

  • by metro
The closest Metro Station is Casa da Música, about 20 minutes walking from the Faculty.
  • by bus
There are several bus stops close to the Faculty. The closest ones are Planetário, Casa das Artes, Jardim Botânico and Gólgota.

VII ALIO/EURO Workshop on Applied Combinatorial Optimization
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