Welcome to Braga, Minho’s capital! A city with undeniable beauty that will easily captivate you! We’re sure you’ll be well received by the Portuguese, who are extremely hospitable, kind and friendly people. Did you know that Portugal is the oldest nation-state in Europe? Get ready for fantastic shopping, great food and an extremely rich history. This will be an unforgettable trip.
Getting to Braga
By plane. The nearest airport is the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in Oporto. The trip to Braga takes about 50 minutes and you can travel to Braga with Get Bus for €8 (the round trip is €14). Get Bus doesn’t make any stops and travels every day, several times a day, between the two cities. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Get Bus counter (you’ll find it at the Braga bus station) and the timetables can be found here.
By train. Braga has a train station with excellent national connections. Outside the station you’ll find bus stops, along with taxis that will take you to any part of the city.
FROM ONE SIDE OF THE CITY TO THE OTHER
Bus. Braga has a quite extensive and well organized bus network that allows you to access any area of the city. Rates vary depending on the area of the city. On the other hand, Yellow Bus has tourist buses (hop ON/hop OFF) valid for 24 hours after the first validation, which travel to the city’s main tourist points, as well as to Bom Jesus.
Taxi. At Avenida Central – next to the Bank of Portugal – and at the Train Station, there are taxis ready to take you anywhere in the city. If you travel with Eco-nómico Táxis, you will have access to free wi-fi during your ride and a cool service, characterized by the friendliness of your driver.
On foot. Most monuments and points of interest are located in the city’s historic center and the best way to see them is on foot. You can explore a significant part of the city without resorting to any kind of transportation.
Uber Uber is available in Braga. You can call your driver by using the app, which makes it easy to travel within the city.
In Portugal, tipping is up to the customer and is not included in the bill. If you want to leave a tip for the service, it’s up to you.
Braga doesn’t have free Wi-Fi, however, almost all establishments have free Wi-Fi that is accessible to everyone. In the historic center, in the Bom Jesus area and at the Municipal Stadium there’s a free and open network (WI-FI BRAGA). You’ll also have Internet access in most museums, restaurants and cafes.
Locals speak Portuguese, but the vast majority of the population can communicate in English. In some restaurants, menus are also available in other languages such as French and English, but this is the exception, not the rule.
In Portugal, the electric current is 220 volts with a round two-pin socket. If in your country of residence the electricity characteristics are different, you’ll need an adapter and/or transformer.
Portugal joined the European Union in 1986 and began using the Euro in 2002. No other currency is accepted in the country, but there are exchange points at the airport and in the center of Braga, and some hotels also offer this service.
Cool Tip: If you use a different currency, calculate conversions with the help of this site.
The weather in Braga, which is located in the northern part of the country, is typically Atlantic temperate and, during the winter, it rains a lot. The city has about 11 hours of sunshine per day during the summer months and relatively high temperatures. During the winter, average temperatures range between -3ºC and 14ºC (27ºF and 57ºF) and in the summer these temperatures can reach 37ºC (98ºF).
Discounts and savings
Some museums are free or have reduced rates on special days and times.
Useful contacts/Telephone numbers
National Emergency Number: +351 112
Police: +351 253 200 420
Airport: +351 229 432 400
Taxi: +351 914 777 622
Tourist Information: +351 253 262 550
Hospital: +351 253 027 000
Ambulances: +351 253 262 222
Farmácia Santos: +351 253 264 216
Farmácia Coelho: +351 253 262 650
Farmácia Peixoto: +351 253 268 701
Farmácia Rodrigues: +351 253 262 021
+351 253 200 430
+351 253 264 077
Portuguese Red Cross: +351 253 208 870