Explore Porto at your own pace with a 1- or 2-day ticket to the panoramic, open-top, hop-on, hop-off bus. With 2 routes at your disposal, discover…
What people are saying about Cálem
The two available tours are okay and you can visit all the (known) POI in Porto. Buses will come every 30 minutes and that is also okay. Usually you're spending your holidays when using a service like that. So you're not in a hurry. What I didn't like was the fact that the routes and maps (and the wine tastings) offered at the website are outdated. There are no wine tastings included and the routes are different "now" (I have no idea when they changed it - even ticket information was "suprised"). The map we received at TI was from 2017. So for at least a year no one was able to "adjust" the website. To be honest this might have been the first time a website is outdated and a printed map is more up to date at a service that is mostly booked over the internet. But to get back to the positive side: Tours are interesting and informative. There are enough stops to get to the POIs. Maybe the service time in the evening could be extended. But that's just a sidenote.
We joined both the red and blue tours of the city, which provided us with two very different views of the city. Having used hop on/hop off tours many times, we have found these the best way to experience a new city. With Porto being hilly, this was particularly helpful, some of them could be avoided ! Our plan is to go round the entire route once, and select stop (s) to hop off on the second time around, on both routes we noted places of interest which we subsequently stopped. The buses on both routes run every 1/2 hour, waiting time was acceptable. However, one dissapointment would be that no announcement was made by the driver (s) of an up and coming bus stop. Maps are provided, however, when you are visiting a new destination, I believe this would improve the tour.
We enjoyed the HOHO tour very much. The buses came around on a regular basis. The seating was comfortable. The stops were appropriate and convenient. The drivers were so kind and helpful. The commentary was good. The music between commentary was appropriate and pleasant. We encountered a problem on only one bus where the audio wasn't working, but it didn't detract at all. We just looked around and enjoyed the view.
This was a lovely tour. I knew nothing about the city before my visit. I arrived by bus and metro from Galicia and went straight on the bus. I learnt so much in just one 90min period. Later I went walking around my favourite places and had a great meal. I found the local people so friendly and welcoming. This city has a lot to offer.
As we had no printer and couldn’t print out ticket it was hard for the driver to prove that we had purchased the ticket. He had to email our transactions to the office to have them approve them. It would have been better to have ticket to show in the phone.