Although Porto has a fairly extensive metro system, there’s nothing better than hopping in an air-conditioned taxi and whizzing off to your destination. If you want to fit in as much as you can during your time in the city, or if you simply want to travel in comfort, taking a Porto taxi is your best option. Taxis can be easily spotted all around the city and charge you using a taximeter based on distance, not a set-price.
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Porto Taxi prices
Porto taxi prices are regulated by the Portuguese government, so you can always expect to pay the same fees no matter what taxi you use. Porto taxi drivers use a taximeter to calculate the fare based on the distance you’ve travelled. During the nighttime hours of 21:00 and 06:00, on the weekends and during major holidays, there is a price increase of 20%.
Base fare day – €2.50
Price per km day – €0.50
Base fare night – €3
Price per km night – €0.60
It’s important to note that there may also be extra charges for things such as large luggage (€1.60), keeping your driver waiting for an hour (€14.80) and booking over the phone (€0.80).
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How to get a Taxi in Porto
As Porto is a major city in Portugal, there are taxis everywhere. You can easily spot them as they are either a light beige or black with a green roof. All taxis in Porto have a ‘TAXI’ sign on top. You can tell if a taxi is free and ready to accept a customer if the sign on top is lit up green. You can easily take a Porto taxi by raising your arm and hailing one from the street, walking to a taxi stand or calling a radio taxi company.
If you prefer to take your taxi from a taxi stand, known as “praça de táxis” in Portuguese, you can find them outside the major hotels, the airport, train stations, popular tourist attractions and along Aliados Avenue.
If the weather is bad or you’re travelling late at night and want to get back to your hotel safely, you can also call a radio taxi company. They will pick you up at the exact location you specify, so you can wait for your Porto taxi inside. One of the top taxi companies in Porto is Raditaxis: +351 225 073 900.
Booking your Porto Transfer in Advance
There’s nothing more relaxing than knowing your transport is taken care of, so you can concentrate on enjoying your vacation. Eliminating the need to navigate public transportation or wait around in the hot Portuguese sun are just two of the many reasons for booking your Porto transfer in advance is a great idea. For unbeatable rates, reliable pickup times and English-speaking drivers, book your Porto taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups.
Porto Taxi Tips
- Make sure that the taximeter is zeroed to the base fare of €2.50 before you begin your journey.
- Most Porto taxi drivers only speak broken English, so be sure to write down your destination address to avoid any confusion.
- You can bring and store your baby seat, stroller or wheelchair for free in all Porto taxis.
- Even if you store your luggage on the seat next to you, you will still have to pay the surcharge of €1.60.
- If you think your driver is taking a longer route, be sure to check your location on GoogleMaps.
- By law, your driver must supply you with a receipt when asked for one.
- There’s a cost increase of 20% when travelling at night.
Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Porto
Although you can bring and store your wheelchair free of charge, standard Porto taxis aren’t wheelchair accessible. If you need to stay in your chair throughout your journey, you can contact one of the local taxi companies and request an “adapted vehicle”. There are also some tour companies in Porto that may offer this service upon request.
Porto Taxi Complaints and Safety
Although Portuguese taxis are monitored and have to show their taxi photo ID in the cab at all times, you may run into some problems during your journey. Whether your driver is rude, you feel you have been scammed or you believe you’re being overcharged, be sure to ask for your receipt and note down the driver’s name, taxi number and ID number. You can then report serious problems to the Porto Tourist Police by calling +351 22 209 2006 or visiting the station at R. Clube dos Fenianos 19.