One of the most popular tours in Porto is the 6 Bridges Cruise. In this post I describe the tour, including the terms and conditions of the companies providing this service and answer the big question: is it worth to take the 6 Bridges Cruise?

 

What is the 6 Bridges Cruise:

It is a 50min boat trip, starting either at Ribeira’s quay (in Porto), or in Vila Nova de Gaia’s quay (depending on the company you choose), and it shows the six (gorgeous!) bridges of Porto.

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It starts at D. Luís bridge, designed by Théophile Seyrig – no, this is NOT Eiffel’s bridge!

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Afterwards, you’ll see Infante Dom Henrique’s bridge, launched in 2003.

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Then D. Maria Pia’s bridge – designed by Théophile Seyrig and Gustave Eiffel. In 1991, the bridge was superseded by São João’s bridge, built some meters away, as you can see in the picture.

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Behind São João’s bridge, looking very tiny on this picture, is Freixo’s bridge, launched in 1995.

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It’s time to go peek my favorite bridge of Porto, the Arrábida Bridge. What a superb piece of engineering!

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During the 6 bridges cruise, you can admire the wonderful views of both Porto and Afurada (which does not appear in this picture!).



Companies running the 6 bridges Cruise:

There are several companies running the 6 Bridges Cruise, so I made a short list of the most well known and its conditions:

 

Rota do Douro

Price: 12,5€
Includes: Visit to Offley’s Port wine cellar + 1 glass of Port wine at Porto Cruz
Speaker in several languages (PT, EN, FR)

Schedules: Each 30min, from 10am to 6pm
Boarding: Vila Nova de Gaia
Contact: +351 223 759 042

 

Manos do Douro

Price: 12,5€
Includes: 1 glass of Port wine at Quinta do Noval + 1 glass of Port wine Porto Cruz + 1 glass of Port wine at Quevedo
Schedules: Each 30min, from 10am to 6.30pm
Boarding: Vila Nova de Gaia
Contact: +351 223 756 723 | +351 918 926 198

 

Douro Azul

Price: 10€
It does not include extra services & products
Schedules: Each 30min, from 10am to 6.30pm
Audio guide available on demand in more than 16 languages
Boarding: Vila Nova de Gaia
Contact: +351 223 402 500

 

Douro Acima

Price: 12,5€
Includes: 1 glass of Port wine Porto Cruz + 1 glass of Port wine at Quevedo
Schedules: Each 30min, from 10am to 6.30pm
Audio guide available on demand in more than 16 languages
Boarding: Cais da Ribeira
Contact: +351 222 006 418

 

The big question: is it worth it to take the 6 bridges Cruise?

My answer is … it depends 🙂 In terms of information, you will not get to know more than if you read the first paragraph of the Wikipedia’s page of each of the bridges. In that sense, the 6 bridges cruises is very poor.

However, it may be a good option if you are in between tours or have some free time before dinner. It can also be a fun program from elder tourists or young families.

Moreover, the views from the middle of the Douro river are absolutely fabulous 🙂