Braga Travel Guide

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Braga travel information

Liverpool have been drawn against FC Braga of Portugal in the round of 16 in the Europa League after beating Sparta Prague in the last round. Liverpool head out to Portugal to play the first leg of the tie on March 10th, and if you’re planning on going out to watch the match, here is a guide on how to get there.

As Braga only has a small airport, there are no direct flights, so instead you have to fly to Porto first and make your way to Braga from there. The bad news is that there are no direct flights from Liverpool to Porto, however you can catch connecting flights in Geneva or Madrid, or if you want to fly from London then Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick all fly directly.

We’ve looked online and created the following list of flights from the above mentioned London airports, and the flights from Liverpool, Madrid and Geneva, so you don’t have to:

Liverpool to Madrid
Date Depart Arrive Flight number Provider
8/3 1325 1655 EZY7101 EasyJet
9/3 1325 1655 EZY7101 EasyJet
10/3 1325 1655 EZY7101 EasyJet
Return
11/3 1730 1900 EZY7102 EasyJet
11/3 2050 2220 EZY7104 EasyJet

Liverpool to Geneva
Date Depart Arrive Flight number Provider
8/3 0700 0950 EZY7279 EasyJet
8/3 1635 1925 EZY7289 EasyJet
9/3 1635 1925 EZY7289 EasyJet
Return
11/3 1520 1615 EZY7284 EasyJet
11/3 1910 2005 EZY7286 EasyJet
11/3 2120 2215 EZY7290 EasyJet

Madrid to Porto
Date Depart Arrive Flight number Provider
8/3 0915 0930 FR5434 Ryanair
8/3 1100 1110 TP703 TAP
8/3 1430 1445 FR5414 Ryanair
8/3 1840 1855 FR5484 Ryanair
8/3 1955 2005 TP707 TAP
9/3 0915 0930 FR5482 Ryanair
9/3 1440 1455 FR5414 Ryanair
9/3 1840 1855 FR5484 Ryanair
10/3 0915 0930 FR5482 Ryanair
10/3 1100 1110 TP703 TAP
10/3 1430 1445 FR5414 Ryanair
10/3 1840 1855 FR5484 Ryanair
Return
11/3 0630 0840 FR5483 Ryanair
11/3 1145 1355 FR5413 Ryanair
11/3 1555 1805 FR5485 Ryanair

If it is easier to fly from the London airports, then here are the direct flights from Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted:

Gatwick to Porto
Date Depart Arrive Flight number Provider
8/3 1155 1415 EZY5311 EasyJet
8/3 0640 0900 TP 383 TAP
9/3 1155 1415 EZY5311 EasyJet
9/3 1415 1635 FR1015 Ryanair
9/3 2030 2245 TP355 TAP
Return
11/3 0955 1210 TP334 TAP
11/3 1130 1350 FR1016 Ryanair
11/3 1445 1655 EZY5312 EasyJet

Heathrow to Porto
Date Depart Arrive Flight number Provider
8/3 0640 0900 TP383 TAP
9/3 0640 0900 TP 383 TAP
9/3 0640 0900 TP 383 TAP
Return
11/3 1935 2205 TP382 TAP

Gatwick to Porto
Date Depart Arrive Flight number Provider
8/3 1155 1415 EZY5311 EasyJet
8/3 0640 0900 TP 383 TAP
9/3 1155 1415 EZY5311 EasyJet
9/3 1415 1635 FR1015 Ryanair
9/3 2030 2245 TP355 TAP
Return
11/3 0955 1210 TP334 TAP
11/3 1130 1350 FR1016 Ryanair
11/3 1445 1655 EZY5312 EasyJet

After you land in Porto, if you want to head into the city centre then there are buses and trains directly from the airport. If you’re getting on the bus, then the 56 and 87 buses will take you to the centre of Porto, or if you’re travelling through the night, the 76 goes down the same route. The bus should take about half an hour and costs €1.20.

There is also a shuttle bus service called Aerobus which runs every half hour between Porto and the airport, but tickets cost €4. If you want to get the train; then use Line E. The train takes 25 minutes and costs €1.35

Getting from Porto to Braga & the ground

The easiest way to get to Braga from Porto is to either get a train or a taxi. Trains take about 45 minutes, and run at 25 and 45 minutes past each hour from São Bento station. A taxi will cost about €50, but if you split it between a few of you then it won’t work out to be too expensive.

Av. Central is the main street in Braga, and is probably the best place to get a drink before and after the game, but last train back to Porto after the match leaves just before 23.30.

FC Braga have issued security information stating alcohol or sharp objects are not permitted in the stadium. Fans are allowed to take banners and flags, however if they are on a pole then the pole should be no more than one metre in length. Stewards and Police might ask to check banners for anything concealed or wrapped up inside them, but will not confiscate banners from Liverpool fans.
Travelling supporters will be asked to stay behind in the stadium for a while after the match has finished, but the delay is not expected to be long

Shuttle buses have been organised to take fans from the town square to the stadium and back, at a cost of €1.10

Other information

If you need to contact the British Embassy in Portugal for anything; you can contact them on:

(+351) 21 392 4000
The weather in Braga will be sunny between Wednesday 9th and Friday 11th, with maximum temperatures of 15°C.

On the day of the match, watch out for people selling drugs outside the ground and in the town centre, as some may also attempt to steal from you, so make sure your valuable items such as passports, phones and wallets are kept in your front pockets or in a safe place in your jacket or bag.

Below is a guide to how many Euros you get for your GBP, so you can keep an eye on what you are spending:

£5 = €5.8
£10 = €11.67
£20 = €23.27
£50 = €58.16

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