General Information about Porto
Before travelling to Porto it's normal to have some last minute doubts. Here we'll try to respond to some of these questions.
Praça da Liberdade
Rua Santa Catarina in Porto
Vila Nova de Gaia
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Porto facts & figures
Porto has over 230.000 inhabitants and its metropolitan area has over 1.7 million citizens. It is the second-city in Portugal, after Lisbon.
The official currency used in Porto is the Euro, like in the rest of Portugal.
Current local time
The timezone is GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). This means that it is the same time as London, it is 5 hours ahead of New York and 11 hours behind Sydney.
Electricity, plugs and sockets
The power sockets in Porto and the rest of Portugal are type F, with two round prongs. The standard voltage is 230V.
Most stores in Porto open from Monday to Friday: 9:30 am – 1 pm and from 3 pm – 7 pm. The city’s shopping centres and souvenirs are usually open until later.
Just as in the rest of Europe, if you are an EU citizen and would like free healthcare in Porto you will need the European Health Insurance Card. If you are from the UK you can apply by clicking on this link.
Helpful telephone numbers
- Emergency number: 112
- Porto area code: 2
- Portugal area code: 351
- Phone information: 118