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



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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 Line E from the Airport to Campanhã station. You may need to change trains, which I recommend you do at Lapa station where this is done on the same platform, no need for steps, tunnels etc. Trains are currently running about every 15 minutes daily between about 0700 and 2000, about every 30 minutes at other times. The first train from the airport is at 0606 on weekdays, 0558 on Saturdays and at 0557 on Sundays and public holidays That will take about 35 minutes and costs €2.75 - 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 0558 on weekdays, 0622 at weekends and on public holidays, with the last train at 0037 every night. The first direct trains from Campanhã station to the airport are at 0707 on weekdays, 0706 on Saturdays and 0703 on Sundays and Holidays. The last train from Campanhã  is at 0031 every night. If no direct train is shown, take any WESTBOUND train and change at Lapa station.

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 €3.80 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 10 - 12 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, 2350 and 0100 daily. Many 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 Campanhã run daily from 0431 to 2325, with a later train at 2359 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

You can now pay for metro journeys in Lisbon using contactless payment. Each journey including transfer to another line if needed will cost €1,80.

If you are not planning to spend time in Lisbon, you will need to get from the Airport to LISBOA ORIENTE station. Obviously, taxis, uber etc are available. However, 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. Ticket by cash is €2,30 including 50 cents for the rechargeable ticket card.

There is also city bus 744 to Oriente, however large luggage is not permitted. City bus details at

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

One way 'normal' tourist (2nd) class fare is €29,50 on Alfa Pendular trains, €22,50 on others. Discounts are available for advance booking - see below. SEAT RESERVATION IS COMPULSORY.

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 0639 and the last train is at 2209 hrs daily. The journey takes about 2 hours on the Alfa Pendular trains, 2hrs 20 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 plans.

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 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 probably 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 €1,80 contactless, €2.30 cash.

For your bus options from elsewhere in the city check the city bus website at

Consult the long distance bus website for Lisbon - Aveiro times and tickets, remember it's LISBOA SETE RIOS on the timetable search. One-way standard fare is currently €17.00 (discounted tickets are very often available) and the journey takes about 3hrs 15 minutes. There are currently about nine journeys from Lisbon Sete Rios every day, from 0745 to 1930. There are also two direct journeys each day between Lisbon Oriente bus station and Aveiro, plus others with changes en route. Lisbon Oriente is much nearer the airport than Sete Rios. Rede Expressos also has routes 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 is 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 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. Weekend and holiday service is limited. Cash fare is €2,00 for one journey. A pre paid ten journey ticket reduces the fare considerably. Various monthly passes are also available. There is a 1 day tourist pass for all buses and ferries at €10, two days for €18. Details are on the website. Aveiro is flat and bike hire is readily available

Further afield from Aveiro - local trains, regional buses and ferry to the beaches at Costa Nova etc

Aveiro is well connected to the north and south by the railway. Cheap and frequent local trains runs between Aveiro and Porto via Ovar and Espinho. Timetable here - link to CP railway website. There is also the narrow gauge line inland, to Águeda and Sernada do Vouga, 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. Timetable here - link to CP railway website. The Aveiro - Vouga station is next to the main station.

Aveiro is not quite on the coast. Buses run daily at irregular intervals to the Costa Nova beaches. Service operated by Busway. Website is click download schedule. It is route 36, also in July and August route 35. The notes at the bottom mostly don't apply to route 36.

A - Anual = runs all year round. C - 1st September until 30th June  D - 1st July to 31st August  DU - Dias Úties = weekdays (Mondays to Fridays) only E - 1st June to 30th September  EA - except August  FE - Weekdays during school holidays only  PE - schooldays only

Busway also operate frequent buses out to Praia da Barra in July and August, Busway route 35. They also run the buses to Oliveira de Azaméis via Albgeraria-a-Velha; to Vale de Cambra; Figueira da Foz via Vagos and Mira; to Praia da Mira and to Catanhede via Palhaça.

Football Stadium in Aveiro

The stadium of SC Beira Mar Aveiro is the Estádio Municipal de Aveiro – Mário Duarte the large stadium built for the Euro 2004 championships. It is to the 7.5km / 5 miles to the east of the town centre and very difficult to get to by bus. The club will be playing season 2024 - 2025 in the regional fourth tier of Portuguese football, where attendances are numbered in hundreds. The club website, only in Portuguese, is

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