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Aveiro - how to get there by train or bus and how to get around


PLEASE CHECK AT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES FOR THE TIMES ON THE EXACT DATE YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL.
LONG DISTANCE TRAIN SERVICE IS CURRENTLY REDUCED FROM WHAT IS STATED BELOW
LONG DISTANCE BUS (COACH) TICKETS MAY BE AVAILABLE ONLY 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE

I have no easy means to check or update so please confirm through sources given below.

Aveiro (pop.78,000, urban area 120,000) is a city of Northern Portugal. It is not in the Algarve - I was visiting! It stands about 75km (47 miles) south of the major city of Porto. It is just over 260km (160 miles) north of Lisbon. It is about 85km from PORTO airport. Aveiro city centre map showing railway and bus stations here.

From Porto Airport to Aveiro portometrologolinha_braga.gif

There are no direct buses between Porto Airport and Aveiro.

By metro and train it is frequent, straightforward and inexpensive. Take the METRO DO PORTO from the Airport to Campanhã station. You will need to change trains at Trindad station, which is now the end of the airport line. Trains are currently running about every 30 minutes every day. The first train from the airport is at 0557, the last train at 0042 every day. That will take about 35 minutes and costs €2.60 - a Z4 (four zone) ticket. More details at the METRO DO PORTO website. By the way, don't throw away your 'ANDANTE' ticket if you are coming back to Porto. It is rechargeable. You can use it until it wears out and saves you €0.60 on each subsequent ticket of the same type. Tickets are sold at the Airport tourist office, but if it's not open you will need some coins for the ticket machines. [The service to the Airport from Trindad starts at 0616 every day with last train at 0044 every night.]

At Campanhã walk from the Metro station round to the main railway station of CP, Portuguese Railways. That takes only a a minute and there are no steps.

From there, local electric trains of the Porto Urbanos network run to Aveiro about once every hour every day with extra, faster, trains in weekday rush hours. Map to the right. The normal journey takes about 1 hour and will cost €3.50 plus the 50 cent cost of the rechargeable SIGA ticket card. There are simple to use ticket machines in the hall; there were long lines at the ticket office all times I was there. The machines take notes as well as coins. NB these 'SIGA' tickets are NOT VALID on Alfa Pendular or Intercity trains. Urbanos trains are (mostly) bright yellow!  If you do use one of the Alfa Pendular or Intercity fast trains the trip to Aveiro will cost you 8 - 10 Euros more to save about 25 minutes.

First train from Porto Campanhã to Aveiro is at 0445 on weekdays, 0550 daily. The last trains are at 2250 and 2350 daily, then a later train at 0100. These almost all start from Porto São Bento (city centre) station about 10 minutes earlier. Be sure to check timetables at the Portugal Railways Official website. Trains from Aveiro to Porto run daily from 0427 to 2320 , then at 2352 except on Saturdays. Trains run about once each hour for most of the day with extra trains during weekday rush hours.

If you plan to spend some time in Porto before moving on, most of the trains to Aveiro start at the city centre São Bento station. This historic building is in the heart of the city (it has a Metro station also) and is worth a visit in its own right!

The national long distance bus (coach) network Rede-Expressos has no direct service between Porto and Aveiro. There are no direct buses I know of.

From Lisbon Airport and City to Aveiro by train  cplogo

If you are not planning to spend time in Lisbon, you will need to get from the Airport to LISBOA ORIENTE station. This is very simple using the Lisbon metro (subway) from the airport station. Trains run to Oriente station every few minutes from 0630 until 0100 every night. The journey takes about 5 minutes. There is also city bus 744 to Oriente. City bus details at http://www.carris.pt/
 
If you are planning to spend time in Lisbon, most trains to Aveiro start from the city centre SANTA APOLÓNIA station. Check timetables and buy tickets at www.cp.pt

One way 'normal' tourist (2nd) class fare is €27.70 on Alfa Pendular trains, €21.00 on others. Discounts are available for advance booking - see below.

There is a mix of fast Alfa Pendular and Intercity trains about once each hour on weekdays, slightly less frequent at weekends. The first train from Lisbon Oriente station is at 0709 and the last train is at 2209 hrs daily. The journey takes about 2 hours 5 minutes on the Alfa Pendular trains, 2hrs 25 minutes on the Intercity trains

All but two of the trains start from the city centre Santa Apolónia station nine minutes before calling at Oriente. These other two call at Lisbon Entrecampos station, before Oriente, on their way up from the south. Train times are subject to change around major public holidays, for example Easter, Christmas and New Year. Check official timetables carefully when making your reservations.

Reservations for train trips in Portugal can only be made up to a MAXIMUM of 60 days in advance. You can reserve on line at www.cp.pt and print your own ticket. A big discount is available on many trains for tickets purchased more than 8 days in advance. DO NOT use RailEurope etc as they cannot issue the required seat reservation for which you will pay extra.

Lisbon - Aveiro by bus (coach) 

You will need to make your way from the airport to the SETE RIOS bus terminal. This is about 3 miles/5km from the airport and is linked to it by the underground metro line. Take any train to the end of the line at São Sebastião then change to the Blue Line for a two stop ride to Jardim Zoológico station, which is adjacent to Sete Rios. Trains run every few minutes from 0630 daily. The journey will take around 25 minutes and cost €2.

There is also a direct bus, Aerobus 2, from the airport to Sete Rios but running only once each hour from 0800 to 1900hrs. Consult the Aerobus website for details. For your bus options from elsewhere in the city check the city bus website at http://www.carris.pt/

Consult the long distance bus website www.rede-expressos.pt for Lisbon - Aveiro times and tickets, remember it's LISBOA SETE RIOS on the timetable search. One-way fare is currently €17.00 and the journey takes about 3hrs 15 minutes. There are about 6 journeys every day, from 0745 to 1930. Rede Expressos website also covers journeys to Aveiro from many towns and cities through Portugal.

Arriving in Aveiro by train or coach (long distance bus)

The railway and bus stations in Aveiro are on the eastern edge of the city, about 1km from the centre. There is a taxi rank outside, to the left as you exit the station. Numerous city buses stop outside the railway station across the road from the taxi rank.

Aveiro regional and long distance bus station at Rua de Artur Almeida Eça on the east side of the railway station. A tunnel under the railway tracks connects this facility with stops for city buses - see below. Many regional and local buses also stop near the city centre.

The tourist office is located at Rua João Mendonça, 8 which is beside the canal, in the city centre. Map here.

Getting around in Aveiro

Aveiro is a walkable city, and mostly flat. If you need local buses around the city and immediate suburbs, consult the city bus company website at www.aveirobus.pt this is however only available in Portuguese. Timetables can be downloaded and there is a diagram of routes. Timetables for most routes are irregular in nature, some are infrequent and very little service is provided on most routes at weekends and also public holidays. Cash fare is €2,10 for one journey. A pre paid ten journey ticket reduces the fare considerably. Various monthly passes are also available. Details are on the website.

Aveiro is flat and bike hire is readily available. Buga Aveiro Rent-a-Bike has its main shop outside the Mercado Manuel Firmino in the centre, with bike stations in various locations.

Further afield from Aveiro - local trains, regional buses and ferry

Aveiro is well connected to the north and south by the railway. There is also the narrow gauge line inland, to Oliveira de Azaméis, part of the Linha da Vouga. This is a proper railway, not a heritage or tourist line. It is a pleasant ride into wooded countryside and is operated as part of the national railway system. Timetables here - link to CP railway website.

The website www.aveirobus.pt also has a link for the buses to outlying suburbs - click 'Rede Interurbana'. You will be redirected to the website of the Transdev bus company which is only in Portuguese and not easy to use. These and other Transdev regional buses leave from the main bus station at Rua de Artur Almeida Eça, next to the railway station and thus a little way from the centre. Some do make other stops in town.

Aveiro is not quite on the coast. In summer a ferry runs out to the main beaches, details are also on the Aveirobus website.

Football Stadium in Aveiro

The stadium of SC Beira Mar Aveiro is the Estádio Mário Duarte, Rua do Sport Clube Beira-Mar, 3810-193 Aveiro. Capacity is 12,000. This is to the south of the city centre, but not far. The club is currently playing in the regional third tier of Portuguese football, where attendances are numbered in hundreds. The club website is no longer operational.

The large stadium built outside the town for the Euro 2004 championships is no longer in use. It remains the only stadium I have ever been to, anywhere, which was impossible to get to except by car! One could not even walk there.

Comments and updates

If you have any comments or updates for this page, I will be pleased to receive them by email. For more about Aveiro as a city, please see this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aveiro

I take no responsibility for any inconvenience caused as a result of later changes to times etc. This page is for general guidance only and you must check details before making commitments and decisions!

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