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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

Health Requirements

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



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