How to get to Braga
The best flight destination to get to Braga is Francisco Sá Carneiro airport, in Porto (OPO).
Braga is located in the North of Portugal about 50 km from the city of Porto and 35 to 45 minutes drive to the airport.
There are direct flights from most EU capitals. Low cost companies also operates to OPO (Ryanair, Easyjet, Transavia, Airberlin,…).
The nearest airport to Braga is the Sá Carneiro International Airport (in Porto, OPO),
Vigo Airport (VIG) in Galicia, Spain, is also only roughly one hour drive to Braga. Other options are Lisbon (LIS) airport 400km away (from 3:15 to 4:30 by train or bus) and Santiago de Compostela airport in Galicia (2:30 hours drive away).
Porto airport is an half hour drive to Braga (around 60€ to 75€ by taxi). www.ana-aeroportos.pt If you would like to use less expensive public transportation you may take the efficient underground (lightrail) from the airport terminal to Porto’ Campanha train station and then take train to Braga. The full trip takes tipically 1:45 to 2:30 (you may also stop in the center of Porto, Trindade, and than the bus to Braga). By Car from Francisco Sá Carneiro airport: take IC24, direction A3, Braga, Maia; take highway A3, direction Valença, Braga.
When travelling by car you will find many ways to get at Braga. Traveling from the North you may take the highway from La Coruña or Vigo (Spain) and then from the border the A3 highway in Valença. From East you have the highways A5 and A4 from Bragança and Vila Real or Vilar Formoso, Viseu and Covilha. From South there is the highway A3 to Porto and A1 Porto to Lisbon connecting to Algarve, and to the Spanish border at Badajoz.
Train is a good option to travel to Braga from Porto or Lisbon. Braga train station is 10 to 20 minutes walk to most hotels’ in the center and a direct bus connects to the University campus.
You may find timetable and reserve tickets at www.cp.pt
From the centre of Porto you may take a bus to Braga from the bus station at Porto center near Trindade metro station.
From Lisbon there are also direct or semidirect bus to Braga.
From Vigo and Vigo’ airport there are two buses at noon and around 23:00.
By bus the direct ride takes 45min to/from Braga.