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hop on hop off bus in Porto when cruise ship stops?

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hop on hop off bus in Porto when cruise ship stops?

We think we can see much more from a hop on hop off bus than if we take one of the ship's excursions. Has anyone ever done this? We are wondering how far the first bus stop might be from the port and if there are taxis at this port with drivers who speak English. Thank you.

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1. Re: hop on hop off bus in Porto when cruise ship stops?

Which port is your ship arriving at? Most cruise ships do not dock in Porto itself but in the port of Leixões, 2.5 miles out of town and definitely not part of any hop-on, hop-off tour itinerary.

There are taxi stands and city bus stops nearby.

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2. Re: hop on hop off bus in Porto when cruise ship stops?

So this sounds like there are not regular 'ferry'/ship/sea transport options from Oporto to the UK?

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3. Re: hop on hop off bus in Porto when cruise ship stops?

There are no scheduled shipping services between Portugal and the UK, quite right.

The nearest you can get is northern Spain eg Bilbao, Santander or Gijon, several hours drive away.

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4. Re: hop on hop off bus in Porto when cruise ship stops?

thanks very much- that's what I suspected. it just seems so convoluted to get from Oporto to Cardiff, Wales, that I thought water might work! never mind.

thanks for the reply.

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5. Re: hop on hop off bus in Porto when cruise ship stops?

No direct flights from Cardiff to Porto. Try Ryanair from Bristol or Easyjet from Gatwick. Have a good trip!

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6. Re: hop on hop off bus in Porto when cruise ship stops?

thanks very much! appreciate the prompt reply.

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7. Re: hop on hop off bus in Porto when cruise ship stops?

Your welcome, have a great trip!

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8. Re: hop on hop off bus in Porto when cruise ship stops?

Our cruise promises free shuttles into town... Do you recommend a HOHO bus for a brief (4-5 hrs) stop at Porto?

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9. Re: hop on hop off bus in Porto when cruise ship stops?

Our cruise promises free shuttles into town... Do you recommend a HOHO bus for a brief (4-5 hrs) stop at Porto?

Edited: 02 April 2012, 23:03
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10. Re: hop on hop off bus in Porto when cruise ship stops?

We just did the red line hop on hop off bus tour today and thought it was an excellent way to get a good idea of the city. The entire loop took us 2 hours from start to finish. I would recommend it for a short stay such as you have.