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Porto v Leicester City travel advice

Travel advice for Leicester City fans travelling to Portugal for the Porto v Leicester City match on Wednesday 7 December 2016.

Date: Wednesday 7 December 2016
Venue: Estádio do Dragão, Porto
Kick off time: 7:45pm (local time)

As well as this advice, check out our travel advice for Portugal.

Passports and visas

  • you don’t need a visa to travel to Portugal, but your passport should be valid for the period of your stay
  • remember to bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) but also take out travel insurance; even if you’re only going for one night, it could save you a lot of money if you get into difficulties
  • you must show some form of identification if asked by the police or judicial authorities; in most cases, it should be sufficient to carry a photocopy of the data page of your passport, but you can be asked to produce the original document
  • if you lose your passport, the British Consulate in Lisbon can issue an emergency travel document, subject to background checks and confirmation of ID; this is only valid for travel back to the United Kingdom and currently costs €115 (approx £100); travel from Porto to Lisbon to get an emergency travel document takes at least 4 hours so remember to factor this in to your travel arrangements

Getting to the stadium

  • the nearest airport to the stadium is Porto
  • if you’re arriving at another airport, there are trains and buses to Porto; the main railway station in Porto is Campanhã and the bus station is at Praça de Batalha; domestic flights to Porto from Lisbon and Faro are operated by TAP Air Portugal and Ryanair

  • you can reach the city centre from the airport by underground (Metro); to get into the city, take the purple line to Trindade, then the yellow line to Aliados or São Bento; or stay on the purple line to Bolhão or Campo 24 de Agosto

  • the stadium has a Metro station (Estádio do Dragão); four lines (green, red, purple and blue) terminate at the stadium; you can buy ticket cards from vending machines in the entrance hall; add as many fares to the card as you think you may need, or just add as you go along; swipe the card before getting on the train to validate your journey; buy one card per person; see Porto Metro’s website for more information
  • for information generally on Porto’s public transport system, see Porto’s tourism website
  • taxis are beige-coloured or black and green; they’re available at the airport and at taxi ranks around the city; you can flag down taxis in Portugal
  • if you’re hiring a car, you should carry your passport, valid UK driving licence and rental contract; the police can fine you on-the-spot if you don’t have these documents
  • there are tolls on Portuguese motorways; you can get a heavy fine if you don’t pay toll fees so remember to carry enough cash with you; don’t use the green lanes (VV - Via Verde) at toll pay points; these are for motorists who subscribe to the automatic pay system; some roads in the north of Portugal and in the Algarve have unmanned tolls (SCUTs); check what arrangements the car hire company has to enable you to use these
  • no drinking and driving and no drugs; it’s illegal; the traffic accident rate is very high; traffic police carry out random spot checks and will test for both alcohol and drugs; the speed limit on Portuguese motorways is 120km/h; don´t get caught speeding on one of the radar cameras

At the match

  • Leicester City fans will be seated in the upper tier at the north end of the East Stand of the stadium (Areas 47, 49 and 50); entry will be by Gates 19 and 20; entry for disabled fans will be by Gate 22
  • access to the stadium can be slow - there will be ticket checks and searches carried out by stewards and/or police on entry to the stadium; to avoid last minute queues get to the stadium in good time - doors will open at 6:15pm
  • no alcohol, sharp objects (including umbrellas), air horns or loudspeakers, fireworks or flares, bottles or cans, drums or video cameras in the stadium
  • the authorities have the right to breathalyse supporters on entry to the stadium and anyone they consider too drunk may be refused entry
  • children under the age of 3 will not be admitted to the stadium
  • visiting supporters will be kept behind for around 20 minutes after the match to allow the home fans to disperse

Tips

  • as in any other city beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers at airports, railway stations, around the town centre and when using public transport; only carry what you need and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposit box or split it up and carry it in different places
  • if you intend to use the Metro, remember to buy a ticket card on entry, swipe it before you get on the train and keep it so you can top it up
  • it’s illegal to urinate in public; find a public toilet or walk in to one of the many cafés or fast-food restaurants
  • Portuguese beer is stronger than the beer at home so make allowance for this
  • there’s no time difference between the UK and Portugal

Contact the British Embassy in Lisbon

British Embassy Lisbon
Rua de São Bernardo, 33
1249-082
Lisbon

Telephone: +351 21 392 4000 (also for out of hours emergencies)
Office hours: Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

For more information please visit British Embassy Lisbon website.

Facebook: Brits in Portugal

Emergency services numbers

112

Further information