Evostar 2016

The Leading European Event on Bio-Inspired Computation.

Porto, Portugal, 30 March - 1 April 2016

How To Get To Porto:

Most people attending EvoStar 2016 will probably either fly to Porto, or travel to Lisbon and travel the 300 km or the 2.5 to 3 hour train journey northwards to Porto.


Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport is located on the north outskirts of Porto, about 11 kilometers from the center of the city. It is serviced by some 20 airline companies which operate both business class and low cost flights. Airlines that fly into Porto include
  • TAP Portugal
  • Iberia
  • Lufthansa
  • Alitalia
  • British Airways
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Czech Airlines
  • Swiss
  • Ryanair
  • EasyJet
  • Vueling
  • Air Transat
  • Transavia
  • Luxair

Cities with direct and connecting flights to Porto are listed at http://www.ana.pt/en-US/Aeroportos/porto/Porto/Departures/DestinationsAndAirlines/Pages/DestinationsAndAirlines.aspx The airport transfer means are highly reliable, Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport being accessible by both public means of transport (buses and metros) and private means (rented cars and taxis).

Getting from the Airport

The Metro Line E (the Violet line) leaves from the airport every 20-30 minutes from 0600-0100 and the journey to the city centre takes about 25 minutes.

See http://metrodoporto.pt for more information including a metro map.

The Metro station is next to the airport, and you can buy tickets from a machine or the ticket office. A single ticket costs €2.45 and there are also options for a 24 hour or 72 hour card for unlimited trips valid on the Porto transport network. This is done on a re- chargable Andante ticket (keep your ticket to recharge for other journeys). Payment can be made in cash (notes/coins) and credit/debit cards.

REMEMBER TO VALIDATE YOUR TICKET in the yellow machines before starting your journey, to avoid a hefty fine!

City buses into town - depending on where you are staying, these bus lines may be useful.

Lisbon-Porto BY TRAIN

Rail travel from Lisbon to Porto is the suggested travel mode as the prices of buses and hire car/road tolls is about the same as the train, and the journey is scenic and relaxed. Two types of train are available: the Intercity (Intercidades) and the Alfa Pendular, which is 30 minutes faster with more comfortable seats and free WIFI. Trains leave regularly throughout the day and Information on timetables and prices are at www.CP.pt

Current indicative prices for first and second class tickets in each direction are : Alfa Pendular is €42.40/€30.30 and the Intercidades costs €35.90/€24.30

Both types of train leave from the Lisboa Santa Apolonia and Oriente stations.

The arrival station in Porto is at Campanhã station, to the east of the centre, but you can either take the metro or with your Lisboa-Porto ticket, you are allowed to transfer to a suburban train free of charge for the five minute journey to São Bento station in the city centre. Taxis are also available as well as local buses.


Porto is literally surrounded by motorways, meaning the city enjoys excellent road connections with the entire Portugal. Thus, for instance, A1 links Porto to Lisbon, A4 provides the connection to Trás-os-Montes, whereas A3 reaches all the way to Minho. Braga, Aveiro, Viana do Castelo are also connected by motorways to Porto, so, depending on the chosen destination, you must opt for either A29 or A28 in order to get to where they want to reach. Either by bus or by car (private vehicle or rented car), Porto can be reached from virtually all corners of the country. Estradas de Portugal offers complete information on the motorway and national road networks of Portugal, which is why foreigners who want to get to Porto are referred to their official website.


Getting to Porto by bus is yet another inspired alternative for people who travel from abroad and for nationals alike. Bus trips have their inner advantages, and they can be taken into account by people who, for one reason or another, rule out flights and train trips, eventually opting for this manner of transport.

The Lisbon headquartered Rede Nacional de Expressos links Porto to virtually the entire Portugal. One of the most frequented routes is the one between Porto and Lisbon. Thus, the company operates 9 trips a day between the capital and Porto, which is fairly reassuring for all tourists (business and pleasure tourists alike) who need to get from one destination to another in a relatively short time.

For complete and updated information on the bus trips, arrivals and departures, network of lines, as well as ticket prices and the like, see Rede Nacional de Expressos.

Important dates:

Submission Deadline: 1 November 2015
EXTENDED DEADLINE: 11 November 2015
(site remains open for final changes until 15 Nov)
Notification: 4 January 2016
Camera-ready: 18 January 2016
Mandatory registration per paper: 15 February
Student bursary deadline: 20 February
Early registration discount: 25 February 2016
Registration deadline: 24 March
EvoStar dates: 30 March - 1 April 2016