Welcome to one of the best airports in Europe. You decided to land on the European best destination town in 2017 and today i’m gonna show you how to go from Oporto to Leiria. Probably you’ve chosen this airport because it was the cheapest and don’t worry, we all choose it for the same reason. There is only one beautiful terminal in the airport and it’s very easy to go to the city center.
You have three options, the metro, the taxi or the bus shuttle. The metro is cheaper, the metro and bus shuttle are also very convenient. If you are not arriving to soon or to late, I don’t see any reason to use the taxi (unless you are with friends and all of you share a taxi).
You need to get out of the airport following the metro sign. In the machines buy a ticket that costs 1,95€. You need to validate the ticket before entering the metro! There is only one direction (Estádio do Dragão) and you only need to get out in “24 de Agosto”. The journey takes aprox. 30 minutes. Then just follow the signs to the bus terminal. It operates from 5:58am till 00:35am and you don’t need to wait long before catching the next one. You can trust Google Maps because they have the correct schedule and route from the airport to the bus terminal, if you prefer to have that information on your Smartphone.
The bus shuttle is operated by Transdev and it offers a direct connection to the bus terminal. It costs 2,70€ and it operates from 10:00am till 18:35.
Unfortunately is not the best option, because the airport is far from the city center and you will pass through a tool. In total you will need to pay a luggage fee, fee to take you to the airport and the tool fee. You will pay an amount that ranges from 12€ till 30€ (at night). If you use an Uber you don’t pay any of that, only the trip. I took an Uber to the airport and the cost was 13€ for 15 minutes and a 16km ride.
Bus to Leiria
Rede Expressos in the only bus company operating in Portugal. You can buy a ticket online or in the bus station. If you buy online you get a 5% discount but it’s not refundable if your flight suffers a delay. This guide will help you buy a bus ticket or see the bus schedule.
On their Website you need to put the departure and destination. Then the day you want to travel. Note that you can only buy or see the bus schedule till one month in advance.
Here it is! The schedule for a normal weekday. Sometimes you need to change buses in Coimbra but that’s no major issue. A trip from Oporto to Leiria takes almost 3 hours. If you want to buy a ticket please choose the time you want.
Put the name, the ID document and the e-mail address as in any normal situation.
You can choose a Youth Ticket (20% discount) if you have an age between 13 and 29 years old.
You can choose a seat on the bus but we normally don’t care about seat numbers, we sit on the seat we want the most. You have the right to have the seat you’ve chosen if you have any problem regarding that.
Just choose a payment processor and confirm if everything is okay. You don’t need to fill the invoice data, because it’s normally used only for the Portuguese tax system.
Final confirmation to check if everything is okay and you will be redirected to the payment processor you’ve chosen. You don’t need to print your ticket. Just show the ticket to your bus driver from your Smartphone or Tablet.
Train to Leiria
We also have a train to Leiria, however it costs more money, it’s not direct, you will take more time arriving to Leiria and you will not arrive to the city center.