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After traveling with Yellow Bus Madeira we were delighted to be able to travel with Yellow Bus Tours Porto Portugal. The Yellow Buses are a great way to get to understand the layout of a city and to determine what places you want to see as well as learning interesting facts along the way. It is also great fun looking down at some of the sights and at other times being at the same height, it does give you a great perspective on a city, and of course, great photo opportunities.
The Porto Vintage Tour for 1 day includes the Historical Porto Tour and Porto Castles Tour. The combination of both tours gave us a good feel for Porto City and what Porto has to offer the traveler. Porto has a lot to offer the visitor.
- 1 Yellow Bus Tours Porto Portugal
- 2 Historical Porto Tour – Orange Route
- 2.1 #1 Stop Praca da Liberdade
- 2.2 #2 Stop Cathedral of Porto
- 2.3 #3 Stop Praca Batalha
- 2.4 #4 Stop Carmo Church
- 2.5 # 5 Ribeira/River Cruise/Palacio Bolsa
- 2.6 #6 and #7 Gaia Quay and its surrounds
- 2.7 #8 Porto Viewpoint
- 2.8 #9 Lg dos Aviadores
- 2.9 #10 El Corte Ingles
- 2.10 #11 Gaia City Hall
- 2.11 #12 Jardim do Morro
- 2.12 #13 Praca Batalha
- 2.13 #14 Cordoaria/Clergios
- 3 Porto Castles Tour
- 4 Porto Castles Tour – Purple Route
- 4.1 Stops #1 – Stops #4 Praca da Liberdade, Cathedral, Praca Batalha and Carmo Church
- 4.2 Stops #5 Rosa Mota Pavillion
- 4.3 Stops #6 Casa de Musica/Rotunda da Boavista
- 4.4 Stop #7 Boavista Hotels
- 4.5 Stop #8 Fundacao de Serralves
- 4.6 Stop # 9 Castelo de Queijo/Sea Life Porto
- 4.7 Stop #10 Anemona
- 4.8 Stop 11 #Tourism Office/Cruises Terminal
- 4.9 Stop 12 # Matosinhos Beaches
- 4.10 Stop #13 and Stop #14 Anemona and Castelo do Queijo are the same as Stops #9 and #10.
- 4.11 Stop #15 Passeio Alegre
- 4.12 Stop #16 Fluvial
- 4.13 Stop #17 Tramcar Museum
- 4.14 Stop #18 Cordoaria/Clerigos
- 5 General Information on Yellow Bus Tour Porto and Yellow Bus Timetables
- 5.1 Porto Vintage Tour
- 5.2 Yellow City Cruises Porto
- 5.3 Porto Premium 3 in 1
- 5.4 Douro Valley & Wine Tour
- 5.5 Braga & Guimaraes Tour
- 5.6 To Travel Too Tip
- 5.7 Other Yellow Bus Tours in Portugal Cities:
- 5.8 Yellow Bus Tours Port Contact Information:
- 5.9 Porto Hotels
- 5.10 Porto Restaurants
Yellow Bus Tours Porto Portugal
Yellow Bus Porto Map Historical Tour
Historical Porto Tour – Orange Route
#1 Stop Praca da Liberdade
We boarded the bus at Placa de Liberdade also known as Freedom Square. At the bottom of the square is the iconic Palacio das Cardosas which is now the Intercontinental Hotel Porto. The bronze equestrian statue in the middle of the square is of King Peter IV who holds the constitution of Porto.
To Travel Too Tip
Before joining the bus we recommend that you pay a visit to the McDonald’s Restaurant on the square. You may not be a fan of McDonald’s but this is the most beautiful McDonald’s Restaurant in the world. The restaurant itself is a national monument with stunning stained glass windows and chandeliers.
#2 Stop Cathedral of Porto
Porto has some steep hills and one of them is the hill leading up to the 12th-century Cathedral. Another good reason to use the Yellow Bus Tour Porto. There are some stunning views from the Cathedral, so it is well worth the visit. It is the oldest neighborhood in Porto and it is where King John 1 was married in 1387.
#3 Stop Praca Batalha
Praca Batalha is the next stop along the Orange Route. Batalha is Portuguese for ‘battle’, well named due to a 10th century battle between the Moors and the residents of Porto who lost the battle and which eventually led to the destruction of the city. Today it is pedestrianized and has a range of cafes, restaurants, monuments and hotels to enjoy.
Porto’s most famous shopping street Rua Santa Catarina is over a mile long and it is always busy with locals and tourists alike. Pay a visit to one of the world’s top 10 most beautiful restaurants at #112 – Cafe Majestic.
Quite close to Rua Santa Catarina is Bolhao Central Market, due to close in 2017 for renovations. A great local buzz, stop off at #shop 9 Bolhao Wine House for some wine, cheese, olive oils and sardines.
The impressive City Hall appears to our right at the top of the Avenida dos Aliados, the building dates back to early 20th century. Check out the 70m high tower and the Carillon clock as you pass by.
#4 Stop Carmo Church
It is worth stopping at the Carmo Church. When you first glance to your right you see only 1 church but if you look closely it is actually 2 churches side by side separated by the smallest narrowest house in Porto, actually probably Portugal with a width of only 1 meter. The Carmo Church is on the right and the Carmelitas Church is on the left. The churches were constructed at different times and the house was constructed so that there was no communication between the monks of the Carmo Church and the nuns from the Carmelitas. There is also a regulation that no two churches should share the same wall, even though it is of the same religion.
# 5 Ribeira/River Cruise/Palacio Bolsa
The Ribeira area of Porto was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It is one of the best areas in Porto for restaurants and bars with views over the Douro River. This is where you can pick up one of the tourist boats for the cruises up the river.
Prince Henry the Navigator was born in the Ribeira district in 1394.
If you want to visit Palacio Bolsa – the stunning Stock Exchange of Porto this is where you will need to get off. The Stock Exchange has 20kg of gold in decorations inside the 19th century neo classical palace.
The St Francis Church of Porto is located beside the Stock Exchange, it is also an impressive building and worth a visit.
#6 and #7 Gaia Quay and its surrounds
The Gaia Quay is located to the south of Porto on the other side of the river. You can visit the famous port wine cellars, this is where the port wine is aged and stored as it is cooler on this side of the river. As well, there was a 1% tax levied to bring wine to the north side.
There are some cafes and bars along the waterfront.
There is a small chairlift that takes you from Dom Luis I Bridge to the Porto Wine Cellars.
#8 Porto Viewpoint
One of the best views over Porto is from the Yeatman Hotel which was awarded one of the best wine hotels in 2015. The hotel belongs to the Taylor Cellars which are located just across the street.
#9 Lg dos Aviadores
This is the stop for the 10-minute walk to the Pocas Junior Port Wine Cellar where you can taste their famous Tawny Ports and wines.
#10 El Corte Ingles
Still on the other side of the Douro River, we passed by the large department store El Corte Ingles, the largest department store group in Europe and is ranking 4th in the world.
#11 Gaia City Hall
The Art Nouveau old family residence built in 1920. It is now the House of Culture and has areas dedicated to musical performances and exhibitions.
#12 Jardim do Morro
The cable car arrives at Jardim do Morro from where you have stunning views over Porto and the Gaia area.
#13 Praca Batalha
The sightseeing bus winds its way back pass the Praca Batalha.
Close to the Clerigos Tower is the Cordoaraia Garden. The Garden is full of 100-year-old plantains set amidst modern and old sculptures.
For all of you who are fans of the Harry Potter London Wizard books and movies by J.K. Rowling Lello Bookshop is located just a few steps from the point. It is here that it is believed that J K Rowling got her inspiration for the 9 3/4 train platform. The books were delivered to the bookshop through the front door on a trolley and into a hole in the wall inside. The staircase in the series has been modeled on the staircase in the book shop and the gowns worn by the students are similar to the gowns worn by the students of Porto University.
The Clerigos Church and Tower are also in this location. The Bell Tower is one of Porto’s icons and can be seen from most parts of the city. You can climb 230 steps to the top for some of the best views.
Porto Castles Tour
Yellow Bus Porto Map Porto Castle Tours
Porto Castles Tour – Purple Route
Stops #1 – Stops #4 Praca da Liberdade, Cathedral, Praca Batalha and Carmo Church
The same information is provided for Stops #1 – #4 as the Historical Porto route.
Stops #5 Rosa Mota Pavillion
A large round Pavillion that is now used for sporting and musical events that was opened in 1954 and holds 5, 400 people.
Stops #6 Casa de Musica/Rotunda da Boavista
Casa de Musica (House of Music) houses the Fundacao Casa de Musica and 3 orchestras. It was first opened to the public on the 14th April 2005.
The Rotunda da Boavista is also known as the Praça de Mouzinho de Albuquerque. The statue is of Joaquim Augusto Mouzinho de Albuquerque and is dedicated to the heroes of the Peninsular War during 1808 – 1814.
The longest street in Porto – Boavista Avenue – runs off from this square and ends at the ocean.
Stop #7 Boavista Hotels
Boavista Avenue runs for 5km and it has some incredible homes and hotels that line each side of the Avenue. Some of the architecture dates back to XVIII and XIX century with parks and statues of contemporary art along the avenue, it reminds us of our visit to Merida in Mexico where one of the longest avenues there had stunning architecture and century old mansions.
Stop #8 Fundacao de Serralves
The Fundacao de Serralves is a cultural institution that includes an Art Museum, a Park and a Villa just off Boavista Avenue. It is one of the most important institutions in Portugal.
Stop # 9 Castelo de Queijo/Sea Life Porto
As the bus continues on its route we passed by Castelo de Queijo – sounds quite strange – Castle of Cheese. Apparently, it was built on a rock that resembled a piece of cheese.
The biggest aquarium in Porto is the Sea Life Porto. Here you have a chance to see turtles, sharks, clown fish and seahorses just to name a few.
Stop #10 Anemona
Anemona is a sculpture designed for Porto and the beach suburb of Matosinhos by Janet Echelman.
Stop 11 #Tourism Office/Cruises Terminal
As the name of the stop suggests if you get off here you can visit the Tourism Office and the Cruise Terminal.
Stop 12 # Matosinhos Beaches
Our favorite stop not only for the beach but for the famous Fish Restaurants of Matosinhos. Walk 2 streets back from the beach and enjoy some of the best fish in Porto. Our favorite restaurant here was Casa Serrao at Rua Herois de Franca #521. We had some of the best-grilled sardines and fish here whilst enjoying a chilled Vino Verde.
To Travel Too Tip
If you take the Historical Porto Tour in the morning you can then use this stop to have lunch and catch the Yellow Bus back to the center if you only have 1 day in Porto.
Stop #13 and Stop #14 Anemona and Castelo do Queijo are the same as Stops #9 and #10.
Stop #15 Passeio Alegre
The garden built at the end of the 19th Century is located in the suburb of Foz and is a great spot to get off and enjoy the old buildings, fountains and gardens.
Stop #16 Fluvial
Fluvial is Porto’s sports and recreation center.
Stop #17 Tramcar Museum
The Tramcar Museum is an old electricity station in Porto showcasing the history of the trams in Porto.
Stop #18 Cordoaria/Clerigos
Same details as the Historical Porto Tour.
General Information on Yellow Bus Tour Porto and Yellow Bus Timetables
Porto Vintage Tour
The Porto Vintage Tour includes the Historial Porto Tour and the Porto Castles Tour.
One Day Pass:
Adults: Euros 15.00
Children: 4 – 10 years Euros 7.50
Groups: Euros 13.50
Includes Espaco Porto Cruz and Quinta da Boeira. Entrance and free port tasting.
Two Day Pass:
Adults: Euros 17.00
Children: Euros 8.50
Groups: Euros 15.30
Includes Caves Pocas Junior and Quinta da Boeira. Entrance and free port wine tasting.
Historical Porto Tour Schedule – Yellow Bus Porto Timetable
October June – 09.30 to 17.30 (every 30 minutes)
July – September – 09.20 to 18.00 (every 20 minutes)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Porto Castles Tour Schedule
October June – 09.20 to 17.20 (every 40 minutes)
July – September – 09.00 to 17.30 (every 30 minutes)
Duration: 2 hours
Yellow City Cruises Porto
Porto Vintage 2 Days Tour + Caves Calem Wine Cellars + River Cruise
Adults: Euros 28.00
Children: Euros 14.00
Calem Wine Cellars Departure Point:
Cais de Gaia
All year round 10.00 to 18.00
Porto River Cruise: Six Bridges Cruise Departure Point:
April to September 10.30 to 18.30 (every 3o minutes)
October to March 10.30 to 16.30 (every 60 minutes)
Porto Premium 3 in 1
Porto Vintage 2 Days Tours + Tramcar + Funicular (not included is Visits to Pocas Junior Wine Cellar and Quinta da Boeira)
Adults: Euros 26.00
Children: Euros 13.00
Porto Tram City Tour:
Departure Point Line 1 – Infante or Passeio Alegre
Line 18 – Carmo or Massarelos
Line 22 – Carmo or Batalha/Guindais
For the latest routes and times: Porto Tram Map and Porto Tram City Tour leaflet
Departure Point – Batalha high point or Ribeira (low point)
November to April – 08.00 to 22.00
May, July, September, October
Sunday to Wednesday – 08.00 to 22.00
Thursday to Saturday – 08.00 – 24.00
August: 08.00 to 24.00
Douro Valley & Wine Tour
Wine tour and 2 Days Porto Vintage Tour (not included visits to Pocas Junior Wine Cellar and Quinta da Boeira).
- Douro Valley World Heritage Humanity
- Quinta do Seixo Visit and Port Wine Tasting
- 50-minute cruise
- 2 day Porto Vintage tours
With lunch on wine tour:
Adults: Euros 82.00
Children: Euros 45.00
Groups: Euros: 73.50
Without lunch on wine tour:
Adults: Euros 70.00
Children: Euros 35.00
Groups: Euros 63.00
Yellow Bus Kiosk Praca da Liberdade
Departure 09.00 October to June – Saturday
July – September – Wednesday and Saturday 09.00
9 hours 30 minutes
Braga & Guimaraes Tour
Includes 2 day Porto Vintage Tours, live commentary, guide suggestions on both cities and free time
Not included visits to Pocas Junior Wine Cellar and Quinta da Boeira
Adults: Euros 60.00
Children: Euros 30.00
Groups: Euros 54.00
9.30 from Praca de Liberdade
To Travel Too Tip
Don’t forget to collect your Yellow Bus Porto Discount Book with discounts available for:
- food and drink outlets
- leisure and culture establishments
- port and wine stores
- sports and adventures
Other Yellow Bus Tours in Portugal Cities:
- Yellow Bus Lisboa
- Yellow Bus Coimbra
- Yellow Bus Braga
- Yellow Bus Funchal
- Yellow Bus Guimaraes
Yellow Bus Tours Port Contact Information:
Telephone: +351 967 659 257
Porto has a range of accommodation to suit all budgets.
For 5 star luxury right in the heart of Porto is the Intercontinental Hotel.
Tripadvisor has a range of hotels with traveler reviews, check out their top 10 recommendations.
There are so many restaurants, cafes and bars in Porto check out Tripadvisor’s top recommendations.
For your sightseeing Porto adventures, we highly recommend the Porto Hop on Hop off Yellow Bus Tours. We thank Yellow Bus Tours for our complimentary tickets for the Porto Vintage Tour.
We have been given 2 complimentary tickets from Yellow Bus Tours in exchange for our reviews. All opinions in this review remain our own and we were in no way influenced by the company.
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