Friday, March 20

Porto travel guide


FC Porto
Estádio do Dragão, Porto
Wednesday April 15, kick off 19:45 local time
Champions League quarter final second leg


Tickets
The stadium capacity is 52,002, but the away allocation details are still to be arranged.

Season ticket holders, executive members and One United members can apply for tickets from 8am on Wednesday for five days.

Ballot results will be available from April 3 and tickets will be posted out by special delivery on April 9.

TV
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports 1.

Travel
With the club - £279
On behalf of United, Travelcare Sports is offering a day-trip package for £279 per person, which includes direct flights from Manchester to Porto, leaving on the morning of the game and returning right after the game.

Anyone who buys a place will automatically get a match ticket, but it is not included in the price, nor is insurance. Places are going very fast.

With Champion Sports Tours - £249
They are offering two different trips.

The first is a day-trip package for £249 per person. which includes direct flights from Manchester to Porto, leaving on the morning of the game and returning right after the game.

Anyone who buys a place will automatically get a match ticket, but it is not included in the price, nor is insurance.

The second is a two-day package for £309 per person, leaving Manchester Airport for Porto at about 7am the day before the game and returning right after the game.

It includes coach transfers and one night's accommodation in a a three-star hotel.

Anyone who buys a place on either trip will automatically get a match ticket, but it is not included in the price, nor is insurance.

You can upgrade to a four-star hotel for an extra £10. Five-star hotels are available on request.

Places for both packages are going very fast. Call 0161 282 1966 or email mailto:debbie@mufctravel.comm

With Miss Ellies Travel - £269

They are offering two different trips.

The first is a day-trip package for £269 per person. which includes coach transfers and direct flights from Manchester to Porto, leaving at 07:45 on the morning of the game and returning right after the game at 02:30 in Manchester.

The second is a two-day package for £349 per person, leaving Manchester Airport for Porto on the morning of the day before the game and returning right after the game.

It includes coach transfers and accommodation for one night in a four-star hotel.

Anyone who buys a place on either trip will automatically get a match ticket if they are a member or season-ticket holder, but it is not included in the price, nor is insurance. Places are selling fast.


Travelling independently

This looks like one of the most expensive Euro aways for some time, as airlines put up fares in anticapation of this game and due tothe Easter school holidays. As if that's not bad enough, there are no direct flights between Manchester and Porto.

In short, you'll be lucky to find flights much cheaper than Champion Sports Tours day trip price.

Option A - £310
London to Porto

You can go from either Heathrow or Gatwick on TAP for £310, return travelling April 14 and returning April 16. Many seats have already been sold.

Option B - £169.88

London to Madrid to Porto - three days

April 14
Stansted to Madrid at 08:30 on Ryanair , arrive 12:00
Madrid to Porto at 20:50 on Ryanair, arrive 21:10

April 16
Porto to Madrid at 06:35 on Ryanair, arrive 08:45 (return price £74.39)
Madrid to Stansted at 17:10 on Ryanair, arrive 18:35 (return price £95.49)



This option means you still have to get to Stansted, park your car there (though you should park in Bishops Stortford for free) risk missing connections and get up insanely early for the flight home from Porto.


Option C - £105.35
London to Madrid to Porto - five days

April 14
Stansted to Madrid at 08:30 on Ryanair, arrive 12:00
April 15
Madrid to Porto at 05:50 on Ryanair, arrive 06:10

April 16:
Porto to Madrid at 21:35 on Ryanair, arrive 23:55 (return price £9.36)


April 17
Madrid to Stansted at 06:30 on Ryanair on April, arrive 08:00 (return price £95.99)

This option will save on your wallet, but it will probably mean a lot of time waiting around airport terminals and hotel costs in Madrid.

Option D - £169.94
East Midlands - Faro - Porto - Faro - Stansted

April 14
East Midlands to Faro on easyJet, arrive 11:50, one-way price £37.99
Taxi from Faro Airport to Faro train station, costs e8, takes 10 minutes, or bus costs e2 takes, 30 minutes
Train from Faro to Porto, takes five hours, costs roughly e40 return

April 16
Train from Porto to Faro, takes five hours
Taxi or bus from Faro Train Sation
Faro to London Stansted on Ryanair, arrive 23:20, one-way price £75.95

Even with this option, it still means having to find a way home from Stanstead at 23:20 and that train journey in Portugal will be a killer on the way home.
The alternative is flying home from Faro to Blackpool at 11:15am for £113.98 on Jet2, but that would mean leaving Porto very early on the train.

2 comments:

zenith said...

Expect an allocation of around 2,500 for Porto based on what the scousers were given last season.

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