The station was opened on October 25, 1974. On that date, the North-South Line was extended from its former terminus, Slinge, towards Zalmplaat station. The Poortugaal and Zalmplaat station share the same design though mirrored. As a less busy station it is only equipped with one escalotor located at the platform with the most upward motions, which as this is an above ground station, is the platform towards the centre on the south side.
Right outside the station, passengers can get on RET-operated bus lines 79 and 602.