Following are directions to get from the ship to central Porto. From the quay at Leixoes Port, cross the River Douro to the Mercado metro station, a 10-minute walk across the only bridge you will see from the ship. Purchase a ticket for €2.90 to take you to the city center and back. Be sure to validate your ticket by waving it in front of the yellow machine that reads Validar (validation is electronic). Uniformed English-speaking metro officers were friendly and helpful with the ticket purchase during my visit. From Mercado station, travel in the direction of Estadio do Dragao and exit at Trindade to explore the city center and old city. The journey is about 20 minutes each way, excluding the 10-minute walk.
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