For one of the oldest cities in Europe, Porto is remarkably forward-looking.


Street art and contemporary architecture typify Porto as much as Gothic-baroque churches and fortified wine, while laidback locals and waterfront bars make for one very welcoming city. Throw in outdoor adventures in Peneda-Gerês National Park, and Portugal’s second city is a fantastic all-round destination.

Flying to Porto

Cultured, historic Porto spans the north and south banks of the river Douro. Both sides of the city are linked by the Maria Pia bridge, which was designed by Gustav Eiffel – yes, that Eiffel. On the north bank you’ll find restaurants, the winding cobbled streets of the Medieval old town and Porto’s museums and galleries. On the other side of the river, taste local port in cellars and port houses dating back to the 1700s. Porto airport (OPO), also known as Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, also serves the north of Portugal, including Braga, so a flight from London City Airport to Porto makes a convenient way to explore the region, travelling straight from the heart of London.

Flying from London City Airport to Porto: Q&A

There a few questions about flights from London City Airport to Porto that we get asked fairly often, so we've rounded up answers to key practical queries. Take a look at our FAQ section below to find out more about your trip.

How long is the flight from London to Porto?

The flight from London to Porto takes around 2 hours and 15 minutes. Travel from the centre of London to London City Airport doesn’t add much time either, with a direct DLR journey from Bank station taking just 20 minutes. On arrival in Porto, the Metro will take you into the centre of Porto in around 30 minutes.

How many flights a week are there from London City Airport to Porto?

There are six flights a week to Porto from London City Airport, with one departure each day except Saturday. Every flight leaves LCY in the afternoon, giving you time to finish up any meetings before lunch in time to head off. For a city break, choose the Friday flight and you’ll be in the centre of Porto in time for a drink and dinner. Our LCY–Porto timetable is updated regularly; have a look, or search for prices and availability with our booking portal.

What airlines fly most frequently between London City Airport and Porto?

Flying directly to Porto from London means you'll be flying with TAP Air Portugal, which offers economy and business class tickets. You may find other options available, but these won't be direct. Check when booking to see which airline you’ll be flying with.

Practical information about flying from London to Porto

You do need a valid passport to fly from London to Porto, so make sure you bring your passport, along with your travel insurance, hotel details and any other important travel documents. You’ll also need to remember to pack any liquids in your hold luggage, or decant them into transparent 100ml bottles if you’re only taking cabin baggage.

What to expect in Porto

Porto is Portugal’s second city, a mixture of old Portuguese traditions ,and modern business and culture. Porto is small enough to explore on foot, but cycling is also popular here, and you can rent a bike and cycle out to the beaches on the west coast in under an hour. The late-afternoon and evening café culture is what sets Porto apart, and whether you choose to tour the port cellars or enjoy local petiscos (local Portugueses tapas dishes) at rustic tascas (tavernas), there are very few cities in Europe that enjoy such a blend of cool sophistication and old-world charm.