Travel & Visa


By bus from Porto airport

GETBUS operates a direct service between Porto Airport and Guimarães, costing €8 each way or €14 return. There are seven or eight buses each way depending on which day of the week. The journey takes 50 minutes. Tickets can be bought on line or from the bus driver. At Guimarães tickets are also sold at the Mondinense ticket office in the bus station.

By Metro and train from Porto airport

Take the METRO DO PORTO Line E from the Airport to Campanhã station. Trains run about every 20 minutes for most of the day on weekdays, every 30 minutes at other times including weekends and holidays, from around 6am until just after midnight. That will take about 33 minutes and costs €2.55 – a Z4 (four zone) ticket. More details are available at the METRO DO PORTO website.

At Campanhã walk round from the Metro station to the main railway station of CP, Portuguese Railways. This will take only a couple of minutes.

From there, local electric trains of the Porto Urbanos network run to Guimarães about once every TWO hours, with extra trains on weekday rush hours. The journey takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes and will cost €3.15. Trains from Guimaraes to Porto start at 0548 on weekdays, 0648 at weekends and holidays, with the last train at 2248 daily.

Check timetables at the Portugal Railways Official website.


To enter Portugal, you may need a Passport and/or a Visa, depending on the country you live in. Citizens from the European Community don’t need a Visa for entering Portugal. Portugal is also a signatory to the 1995 Schengen Agreement.  It is the delegate’s responsibility to investigate the visa requirement for Portugal and to apply for a visa if necessary.

Delegates who require an entry visa must consider sufficient time for the application procedure and should contact the nearest Portugese Embassy or Consulate as early as possible to determine the appropriate timing of their visa application.  Please note that it can take up to 8 weeks to process a visa application and early application is recommended

If you need to apply for a visa, please register for the meeting, pay your registration fee in full and request a visa letter from  Please note the Portuguese Embassy will only accept a visa letter if it states that the delegate has registered for the congress and has paid their registration fee in full. The delegate will also need to request a letter from their respective hotel confirming the address where they will be staying during the conference days.

The conference organizers, or its agents, cannot accept any responsibility for visa applications. Where a delegate is unable to attend because of failure to obtain a visa on time, the normal cancellation policy for registration fee will apply.