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Time Zone

Porto's time is in the WET - Western European Time
(GMT/UTC GMT/UTC +1 in summer)

Austrália Camberra +10h
Brazil Brasília -3h
France Paris +1h
Germany Bonn +1h
Holland Amsterdam +1h
Italy Rome +1h
Japan Tokyo +9h
Norway Oslo +1h
South Africa Cape Town +2h
Spain Madrid +1h
Sweden Stockholm +1h
UK London =
USA Chicago -6h
USA Los Angeles -8h
USA New York -5h
USA Washington -5h

Current Time in Porto


Porto features the warm-summer Mediterranean climate. Summers are typically sunny with average temperatures between 15 °C (59 °F) and 25 °C (77 °F) but can rise to as high as 35 °C (95 °F) during occasional heat waves. Winter temperatures typically range between 5 °C (41 °F) during morning and 15 °C (59 °F) in the afternoon but rarely drop below 0 °C (32 °F) at night. The weather is often rainy for long stretches although prolonged sunny periods do occur.



Since 2002 the sole currency of Portugal has been the Euro.
Coins:  1cent, 2cent, 5cent, 10cent, 20cent, 50cent, €1, €2.
Banknotes:  €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500.

More information about the updated exchange rates can be found at the XE Website.


European type 2 pin sockets with 220 volts AC at 50 cycles are used. The phase 380 volt current is normally available in meeting and exhibition rooms.

To use American-type plugs, a 220-volt transformer should be used together with an adapter plug.

Useful Phone numbers

Country Code: +351
International Call Prefix: 00
Porto area prefix:  22

National Emergency Number: 112

Forestry Protection National Number/ Fire Department: 117

Local Fire Department: +351 223 322 787
145, Rua de Rodrigues Sampaio, Porto

CP (Trains of Portugal): 808 208 208

Taxis in Porto:

 Invicta Radio Taxis do Porto  +351 225 076 400
 Radio Taxis Os Unidos+351 225 029 898
Taxis Pinheiro, Lda +351 919 970 672

Police in Porto:

PSP/ Porto Metropolitan Police Command: +351 22 209 2000
Local Police: +351 222 081 833
Municipal Police: +351 226 198 260

GNR - Guarda Nacional Republicana: +351 223 399 600/ 737/ 760 

Hospitals in Porto:
Centro Hospitalar de São João, E.P.E.
Alameda Prof. Hernâni Monteiro, Porto
Tel: +351 225 512 100

Santo Antonio General Hospital
Largo Prof. Abel Salazar, Porto
Tel: +351 222 077 500

CUF Hospital
Estrada da Circunvalação, 14341,4100-180 Porto
Tel: +351 220 039 000

Clínica Lusíadas Gaia
Avenida da Republica, 1294, 4430-192 Vila Nova de Gaia
Tel: +351 800 201 000

Hospital da Arrábida
Praceta Henrique Moreira, 150, 4400-346 Vila Nova de Gaia
Tel: +351 223 776 800

Foz do Douro Health Center
181 Rua do Molhe, Porto
Tel: +351 226 167 510

Bonfim Health Center
244 Rua Barao de Niva Sintra, Porto
Tel: +351 225 898 560

CTT- Post Office:
707 26 26 26

Credit Card Offices:

American Express: 707 50 40 50 /  21 427 82 05  
Mastercard: 800 811 272
Visa: 800 811 107

Health Requirements

With the exception of vaccination certificates for persons coming from areas where yellow fever is endemic, there are no special health requirements.


Passport and Visas

A valid passport (or identity card for European Community nationals) is required. Visas are not necessary for citizens of EU countries, the U.S.A., Canada and the majority of countries.

Please contact your local Portuguese Embassy, Consulate or your Travel Agency for further information.


Portuguese is a Romanic Language with 2010 to 2015 million native speakers, usually listed as the sixth or seventh most spoken language in the world.

Some Useful expressions in Portuguese:


Hello: Olá

Nice to meet you!:  Prazer em conhecer-te! (often shortened to 'Prazer')

Good Morning:  Bom dia

Good evening:  Boa tarde (in the afternoon)/Boa noite (in the evening and at night)

Good night:  Boa noite

Goodbye:  Adeus

See you soon:  Até logo/ Até à vista

Yes:  Sim

No:  Não

That depends:  Isso depende

I don't know:  Eu não sei

I think so:  Creio que sim

Where?:  Onde?

When?:  Quando?

Why?:  Porquê?

Who?:  Quem?

How much/ How many?: Quanto/ Quantos?

Please: Por favor

Thank you: Obrigado (for men)/  Obrigada (for women)

Excuse me: Com licença

I'm sorry: Peço desculpa

May I?:  Posso?

Good Luck!:  Boa sorte!

Enjoy your meal!: Bom apetite!

Train station: Estação dos comboios

Bus station: Central rodoviária

Taxi central: Praça de táxis