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Setting, Transportation and Hotels



  • Local Arrangements: Paula Dias, Gabinete de Comunicação e Imagem (GCI), UFP
  • Design Team: Paulo Matos, Oficina Gráfica, UFP
  • Docents for Festival and Exibits: UFP and RIT students (tba)
  • Book standings: GCI-UFP
  • Hotels: Agência Abreu


For general questions about the conference/festival/exhibits, you can email Rui Torres, Chair (rtorres [at]
For questions about registration and other logistics, you can email Paula Dias and UFP's GCI team (gci [at]


Porto (, also known, in English, as Oporto, is the second-largest city in Portugal. Located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal, Porto was proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (1996). In 2012, 2014 and 2017, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.


A selection of accommodations has been secured at available hotels located around the conference venues:


Porto is easy to reach by land or air.

There are direct and non-direct flights to Porto from anywhere in the world. The airport serving the city (OPO) is the International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro (, located about 11 km north of the city centre. The main Portuguese airline company is TAP Portugal ( which serves numerous destinations. In addition, there are a growing number of international airlines flying to Porto, many of which are low cost companies. The airport has various public transport links and car hire services, including a Metro connection directly to the city center.

BUS from the airport ( - lines 601 and 602 take you from the airport to Cordoaria, located in downtown Porto. On Board Tickets cost 1,90€.

METRO from the airport ( - line E (violet) takes you to Trindade, located in downtown Porto. You will need to buy a Andante charged with a Z4 ticket, which costs around 2€.

You can also choose to go to Porto by TAXI. The approximate rate for a trip from the Airport to the City is 20€.

Porto is is also connected to various European destinations by regular bus services, such as Rede Nacional de Expressos and InterNorte.

You can also travel to Porto by train. CP (, the Portuguese Railway Company, has regular international links. The city of Porto is served by two main stations: Campanhã Station (for international journeys, but also for journeys to Lisbon, Douro and Minho); and S. Bento Station (for urban and regional connections and connections to Galicia).

Within the city limits, public transport services are mainly provided by bus (STCP, and Metro (Metro do Porto,

Note: ANDANTE is the official card that enables you to travel in the "Metro do Porto". It can be also used in the STCP bus/tram lines and on the urban trains of CP Porto. The card is sold all around the city and you can add more fares to it as needed.

Transportation between the Conference site (UFP) and the Festival and Exhibits venues (downtown Porto) can be done in several ways. A map with all venues is available here:

The Conference takes place at University Fernando Pessoa, from early morning to around 6pm. Lunches and coffee breaks will be served at this venue throughout the day.

To travel to the Conference site (UFP) from downtown you can WALK (45 minutes), or use Public transportation (between 20 and 35 minutes).

METRO: Line D - Yellow - towards São João Hospital. You must Exit in Polo Universitário. When you exit the Metro, walk west on R. Delfim Maia, crossing the highway, and UFP will be on your right; or just ask for University Fernando Pessoa or Jardim de Arca D’água.

Line 304 (Aliados – Santa Luzia), EXIT: Arca d'água
Line 600 (Maia- Sá da Bandeira), EXIT: Arca d'água
Line 704 (Boavista – Codiceira), EXIT: Arca d'água
Line 603 (Maia – Marquês), EXIT: U. Fernando Pessoa
Line 803 (Boavista – Rio Tinto), EXIT: U. Fernando Pessoa

The Festival and Exhibits ( will take place after 6h30pm in different venues in downtown Porto. This is also where most hotels are located. The Festival venues and the hotels are located at walking distances.

UFP will offer a bus service that guarantees transportation from the University to downtown Porto, at 6pm, at an additional low rate.

TAXIS are always a good option as well.