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Porto is the perfect coastal city for a few days of exploring before hiring a campervan and travelling down the North coast of Portugal. The architecture all around the city is incredible, and its historic neighbourhoods are diverse and colourful, making Porto a great place to stroll around and soak up all the sights. Take a port wine-tasting tour, explore Douro valley, and end the day sitting at one of the many bars lining the streets. If Portugal is on your travel list, there’s no better place to start your campervan road trip in Porto.
You’ll find the roadsurfer station to the north of Porto in Modivas. Modivas Centro metro station is well connected with the airport and the central train station in Porto, making it an easy destination when you arrive in Porto. We recommend using our taxi partner to get a 10% discount if you are travelling from the airport. Find our station address and the contact number for our taxi partner below.
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Getting to the station
From Porto Airport (OPO): From the airport, we’d recommend a 10-minute taxi or Uber to the roadsurfer station. Alternatively, you can take the metro to “Modivas Centro”. From here, it’s a 20-minute walk to the roadsurfer station.
From Campanhã Station: From the station, take a taxi or Uber to “Estadio do Dragão” station. Change to the metro to “Modivas Centro”. From here, it’s a 20-minute walk to the roadsurfer station.
Our tip: Book your taxi in advance with our partner Fábio Pinheiro and save 10% compared to the normal price (Contact Fábio: +351 917 534 712 | firstname.lastname@example.org). For the ride from the roadsurfer station back to the airport, we have negotiated a fixed price of €20 for you if you book in advance.
Unfortunately, there is no onsite parking at our station. We suggest arriving via public transport or taxi.
Free 2nd driver included
Rebook or cancel with the Flex option up to 48 hours before departure
Free camping equipment and kitchen utensils included
Pick up your campervan rental in Porto, the perfect place to start your road trip exploring endless beaches, charming seaside towns, lush hills, and the Romanesque architecture of Northern Portugal. Here are some tips to help you find everything you need, from where to fill up your water tanks to food shopping so that you are all prepared for your adventure ahead.
When you hire a campervan in Porto you can be on the road right away, trusting that your roadsurfer home on wheels is fully stocked. Your campervan comes with an awning, camping table and two chairs to enjoy the space outside of your vehicle. The kitchen box allows you to save money on eating out: you’ve got all the pots, pans, and utensils to cook up your own meals. There’s even a corkscrew and bottle opener, and a cafetière plus mugs for your morning coffee or tea, although you’ll want to bring dish towels, sponges, and eco-friendly dish soap. When you rent a small motorhome from Porto you will need to bring your own bedding, or you can hire what you need from the station. Full details of what’s included and our suggestions on what to bring along to your Porto campervan holiday can be found in the equipment list.
The best months to hire a campervan in Porto are April to September when the weather is good and the summer crowds haven’t yet arrived. On June 23rd, the Portuguese celebrate the festival of São João (Saint John): Think fireworks, paper lanterns floating into the sky, and staying up to watch the sunrise. In Autumn, the trees of the Douro valley turn bright in their Autumn colours while at the wineries, the grape harvest is in full swing. The winter months are colder and wetter than the rest of the year (and Portugal), but prices are low, and the weather makes cafes and wine bars seem all the more cosy. Unless you visit in July and August, there’s always the chance of rain. Pack a raincoat rather than an umbrella as they can often be no match for the Atlantic wind!
The most convenient place to fill up with fresh water at the start of your trip from our Porto rental station and empty your grey water at the end is to do so at your campsite. However, if you don’t have the option to do this at your camping site, your other option is to go to the ASA, or caravan service area, in Santo Tirso, just 30 minutes from the roadsurfer station.
When you hire campervan in Porto, you’ll need to return your van with a full tank of diesel and fill up the AdBlue. You can do both at the nearby BP petrol station:
Please note: The AdBlue service station information provided is for guidance only and is provided without warranty of any kind; customers are advised to check the information for accuracy on their own responsibility, as roadsurfer assumes no liability for the accuracy or timeliness of the information.
You might be wondering where to park to explore the city when you pick up your campervan rental in Porto. The best option is to find out which metro station close to your campsite has parking. Porto has an excellent public transport service with the metro, buses, and trams, so there’s no need to deal with the stress of navigating the many one-way streets and small parking spaces.
However, if you would like to drive into the city, here are a couple of campervan-friendly options (you may need to arrive early in the day to get a space):
Motorways in Portugal are toll roads. They are either equipped with booths to pay on-site or are electronic toll roads:
There are also free roads, marked with “EN” but the travelling time might double if you choose them.
When you rent a campervan in Porto, you’ll need to buy some food if you would like to cook on your road trip! Here is a list of useful shops to make the start of your trip as easy as possible.
If you need food and drink before hitting the road, try the food court in Vila do Conde Porto fashion outlet.
You’ll find some wonderful places to camp in the surrounding countryside outside of Porto. Camp overnight on a peaceful eco-farm offering yoga and hiking trails, or make a wild organic tea farm your home. Check out roadsurfer spots for our recommendations.