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Coimbra (pop. 101,000, urban area 148,000) is a city of
Central Portugal - it is not in the Algarve. It
stands about 206km (125 miles) north of Lisbon and about 125km (76
miles) from Porto.
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 on weekdays between
about 0700 and 2000, less frequently at other times, but at least
three trains every hour until early evening, then two trains each
hour. The first train from the airport is at 0606 on weekdays,
0557 at weekends and public holidays. The last train is at 0042
every day. 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 0044 every night.
At Campanhã walk round from the Metro station to the main railway station of CP, Portuguese Railways. That takes only a minute.
Please note that reservations for train trips in Portugal can only be made up to a MAXIMUM of 60 days in advance. You can reserve on line and print your own ticket at www.cp.pt and DO NOT use RailEurope etc as they cannot issue the required seat reservation for which you will pay extra. A big discount is available on many trains for tickets purchased more than 8 days in advance.
From Porto Campanhã, fast trains run about once every hour to
Coimbra-B station. The journey is about an hour by these trains.
Seat reservations are compulsory and open 60 days before travel.
You can buy a 'last minute' ticket if there are spare seats on the
next train. Otherwise you will have to wait for the first train on
which seats are available. One-way second class fare is €13,75 or
€17.60 depending on which train you catch. On all trains it
is necessary to change at Coimbra-B for the city centre Coimbra
station. If you buy your ticket at the station, make sure you book
to COIMBRA or you will pay extra for the final short leg of the
The first fast train is at 0532 daily. The last fast train is at
1937 daily or 2032 except on Saturdays and holidays. Be sure to
check timetables at the Portugal Railways Official website especially if travelling on or
around public holidays. A slow regional
train (reservation not available) leaves Porto Campanhã except
Sundays at 0100 arriving at Coimbra B at 0259.
There is also an option to travel to Aveiro on the 'urban' trains then by regional train to Coimbra. This will take about 2 hours, but will cost only around €9 with trains about every 2 hours until 2015hrs daily.
Information below about the different
railway stations in Coimbra.
You will need to make your way from the airport to the bus
station at Campanhã. This is outside the city centre, by the
railway and metro station of the same name. That is the quickest
and cheapest way. Metro trains run about every 30 minutes every
day from around 0600 until 0042 every day. The journey takes about
35 minutes and costs €2,75. Consult www.stcp.pt for local bus options.
Consult the long distance bus website www.rede-expressos.pt for Porto - Coimbra times and tickets. One-way standard fare is currently €12,50; discounted tickets are often available for advance booking. The journey takes about 1hr 25 minutes. There are journeys about once every hour, every day, from 0715 to 2030 and a night journey at 0045 . Rede Expressos also has service to Coimbra from many towns and cities through Portugal. Seats can be reserved up to 30 days prior to travel.
If you are not planning to spend time in Lisbon, you will need to get from the Airport to LISBOA ORIENTE station. Obviously, taxis 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 price €2,65. 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 the
north start from the city centre SANTA APOLÓNIA station, but two
trains go from Lisbon ENTRECAMPOS instead. Check timetables at www.cp.pt.
Please see below information about the two different railway stations in Coimbra.
From Lisbon, fast trains run about once every hour on weekdays
to Coimbra-B station. They are a little less frequent at weekends
and holidays. The journey is about 1 hour 35 minutes by the
fastest trains, 2 hours by the others. Seat reservations are
compulsory and open 60 days before travel. Reserve on-line at www.cp.pt but you can buy a 'last minute'
ticket if there are spare seats on the next train. Otherwise you
will have to wait for the next train on which seats are available.
One-way second class fare by fast train is €20,00 or €24,10
depending on which train you catch. If booking on line more than
eight days in advance a discount on the normal fare is on offer,
but not for all trains.
If you buy your ticket to/from Coimbra on line, it includes the
connecting local trains between Coimbra-B and Coimbra (city)
First train (from Santa Apolónia) is at 0630 weekdays, 0700 daily. The last train is at 2200hrs daily - these trains stop at Lisbon Oriente 9 minutes later. The last trains from Lisbon with a connection at Coimbra - B for the city centre leave at 1930hrs daily, 2000hrs Sundays.
Be sure to check timetables at the Portugal Railways Official website especially if travelling on or around major public holidays.
Reservations for train trips in Portugal can only be made up to a MAXIMUM of 60 days in advance. You can reserve on line and print your own ticket at www.cp.pt and DO NOT use RailEurope etc as they cannot issue the required seat reservation for which you will pay extra. A big discount is available on many trains for tickets purchased more than 8 days in advance.
You will need to make your way from the airport to the LISBON
ORIENTE bus terminal. This is about 2.5km from the airport and is
linked to it by the underground metro line. Take any train from
the airport to Oriente. Trains run every few minutes from 0630
daily, the journey will take around 6 minutes and cost €2.
For your bus options from elsewhere in the city check the city bus website at http://www.carris.pt/
The other bus station in Lisbon, at Sete Rios, is more convenient
from most of the city centre. The metro station Jardim Zoológico
is next to it. Numerous city buses go there also.
Consult the Portuguese long distance bus website www.rede-expressos.pt
for Lisbon - Coimbra times; remember that Lisbon is LISBOA in
Portuguese. One-way standard fare is currently €15,00 discounted
tickets are often available for advance booking. The journey takes
about 2hrs 30 minutes. There are journeys about once every hour,
every day. Rede Expressos also has service to Coimbra from many
towns and cities through Portugal. Seats can be reserved up to 30
days prior to travel.
There are two railway stations in Coimbra!
COIMBRA - B is the main station where all the trains from Lisbon and Porto stop. It is however about 2km (1 ¼ miles) from the city centre, hotels and University. There is a local train service into the city centre Coimbra station connecting with main line trains. Taxis and local buses can be taken at Coimbra - B. Bus information at www.smtuc.pt but only in Portuguese.
COIMBRA is the city centre station. Local trains connect with all the main line trains at Coimbra - B. Long distance tickets bought on line are valid, at no extra cost, for the connecting trains between Coimbra-B and Coimbra (city) stations.
If you wish to travel to or from COIMBRA (ie the city centre)
make sure you get a ticket to COIMBRA and not Coimbra - B. Not all
the connecting trains between Coimbra - B and Coimbra show up in
the printed timetable, but they are there!
At Coimbra (city) station it is about 5 minutes walk to the main
hotel district. Bus 103 will take you up to the University on top
of the hill.
And just to confuse matters, the local buses and local people
refer to Coimbra - B as 'Estação Velha' (Old station) and Coimbra
as 'Estação Nova' (New station).
The bus station in Coimbra is a little closer to the city centre
than Coimbra B. It's still a good 10 - 15 minutes walk into
the city along the Avenida Fernão Magalhães. Outside to the left
is a taxi rank, outside to the right is the stop for city buses
towards the University and City Centre.
Bus Fares updated 4th January 2023
Coimbra is a walkable city, but rather hilly! The old city and
University are on top of the very tall and steep hill where the
castle once stood. Streets are for the most part cobbled with
steep steps and most are traffic free. If you need local buses
around the city and immediate suburbs, consult the timetables at
the bus company website and the map at http://www.smtuc.pt/rede-de-transportes/
- these buses operate under the name SMTUC - Transportes
Urbanos de Coimbra. The network of routes and numbering system is
quite hard to understand at first. Many of them run as circular
routes rather than end-to-end. City centre bus stops have
'countdown' clocks to tell you how long it is before the next bus.
Single journey bus tickets on the city network cost €1,70 cash
paid on board.
A one-day ticket for the whole network is €3.70. Various
discounted pre-pay multi-journey tickets and other passes are
available from the ticket shop outlets. Passes and multi ride
tickets are issued on a rechargeable ticket card costing an extra
On weekdays, the main bus routes run every 10 or 15 minutes until
around 2100, after which only a few routes operate every 30 - 45
minutes at best, until around 2300. At weekends and on public
holidays, buses are less frequent.
Unfortunately, the downloadable timetables are not very user
friendly. They show only the times that the bus leaves the
starting point of the route. That's all very well when they run
every 12 - 15 minutes on a weekday, but in the evening or on a
Sunday when they may be only every 45 minutes it is not helpful.
Detailed times for all stops on each route can be found at http://www.smtuc.pt/horario/
click Pesquisa de Horários select SMTUC, line (route), direction
and the 'typical' day i.e weekdays, Saturdays or Sundays. If
Saturday and / or Sunday service is not available nothing will be
Coimbra has the last operational electric trolleybuses in
Portugal. There are two routes (numbers 4 and 103) linking the
Coimbra (city centre) station with the University and
neighbouring suburbs. Enthusiasts note the trolleybuses do not run
in August. Diesel buses substitute while maintenance work is under
way. However, on my last visit only a few journeys were by
trolleybus. Some bus routes are now operated by battery powered
There are two tourist offices in the city, one close to the
Coimbra city centre station and another in the University
Luggage storage - are
small lockers at the main Coimbra-B railway station but there none
at the other station or the bus station. Previous information
offers this : CASA MEDIEVAL- Coimbra Welcome Center, located
in "Rua do Sargento Mor, Casa Medieval nº4" and it's near the
historical centre of the city. Price examples : morning/afternoon
(10am to 2pm/ 2pm to 6pm) it's 5€, full day it's 8€.
It was reported to me that " the Serenta Hostel, next to the
Cathedral and University, will store luggage at €4 per person per
day (open 24/7) and Hotel Oslo, near the Coimbra-A train station
says they will store luggage for free even if not booking a room
(hard to believe but that's what they emailed me)."
To get to Miranda do Corvo, Lousa and Serpins, the dedicated
Metro Mondego bus service starts from outside the Coimbra (city)
railway station. This operates at irregular intervals but fairly
frequently to Miranda do Corvo and Lousa, about every once every
hour beyond there to Serpins. Service is about once every two
hours at weekends and holidays. Complete timetable information is
available at https://www.metromondego.pt/pt/viajar
- it is only in Portuguese.
From Coimbra's two stations there are frequent local trains to
Figueira de Foz, Aveiro and Entroncamento, serving various suburbs
on the way. You can
also get trains inland to Guarda and Vilar Formosa. Train
service to Guarda is suspended until at least February 2023 with
replacement buses operating throughout. This is to allow upgrades
to the line. Local train timetables can be downloaded at https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/train-times
The combined International trains 'Sud - Express' and 'Lusitano
Tren Hotel' to and from Valladolid, Salamanca, San Sebastian,
Hendaye and Madrid were suspended in March 2020 and will never
resume. That was the ONLY way by train across the border. There
are no connections in this region between Portuguese and Spanish
domestic rail services.
The Transdev bus company operates routes from Coimbra bus station to a variety of nearby destinations. Transdev website no longer has downloadable timetables. You must always search for bus times for the day you wish travel. At the time of my visit no timetables were on display in public areas, nor was there any indication of which bus left from which stop. Many buses also stop outside the Coimbra city centre railway station.
Buses to outlying areas are reasonably frequent on weekdays, but very few run on Saturdays and almost none on Sundays or Holidays. Most interurban buses finish around 8pm. Please bear these things in mind before making your plans too firm. For these buses you obtain your ticket from the bus driver in the usual way.
The stadium of Académica Coimbra (Estádio Municipal de
Coimbra) is about 2km south-east of the city centre and is served
by several of the local SMTC bus routes. There is a very large
shopping mall and cinema underneath it! Académica were
relegated to the Third Division of Portuguese football at the end
of last season.
Access to the important Roman archaeological site and museum at
Conimbriga (about 9 miles or 14km from Coimbra) is pretty easy by
bus. The location is about 1 mile (1.6km) from the centre of the
small town of Condeixa-A-Nova. Buses between Coimbra and
Condeixa-a-Nvoa are operated by Transdev Portugal.
I could not check the bus information on 4th January. Something
wrong with the Transdev website!
Some of the buses from Coimbra to Condexia-a-Nova run through to Conimbriga, currently at 0930 and 1230 on weekdays only, 1230 on Sundays. Return journeys to Coimbra - weekdays at 1325 and 1755, Sundays and Holidays only at 1355, therefore you cannot get there and back by bus on a Sunday. There are currently no buses on Saturdays. Fare Coimbra - Conimbriga is €2,60. The bus journey takes 45 minutes.
The complete bus service to Condeixa (they do not have route
numbers) runs about every 30 minutes on weekdays, less often at
weekends and holidays. For the timetable go to www.transdev.pt
- the site is only in Portuguese but enter 'Origem' as Coimbra and
'Destino' as Condeixa and you will get the times for the day you
select. There are no longer any full timetables for
download. Buses start from Coimbra's main bus station, but also
stop outside the 'city' railway station at the stop by the river.
The ride is quite pleasant in itself as the road climbs and winds
up into the wooded hills.
The official website for Conimbriga is www.conimbriga.pt and there
are various items in Wikipedia and elsewhere. If you are
interested in antiquity, it's well worth a day of your time.
If you have any comments or updates for this page, I will be pleased to receive them by email. For more about Coimbra as a city, please see this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coimbra
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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