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COVILHÃ (pop.37,000, urban area 55,000) is a city of Northeastern Portugal. It is not in the Algarve - I was visiting! The city is about 175 miles / 278 km by road from Lisbon and 132 miles /212 km from Porto.
If you are planning to spend time in Lisbon, all trains to
Covilhã start from the city centre SANTA APOLÓNIA station. Check
all details and buy your intercity tickets at www.cp.pt
From Lisbon Santa Apolónia there are three direct Intercity trains each day. Departures at 0815, 1315 and 1915. One way ticket without discount €17,85 second class, €25,25 1st class. Return journeys to Lisbon leave Covilhã at 0753, 1453 and 1853.
These also stop at Lisbon Oriente (much closer to the airport) 9
minutes after leaving Santa Apolónia. Journey time Lisbon Santa
Apolónia <> Covilhã about 3hrs 27
minutes. Reservation is required. You can buy a ticket at the last
minute, but if the train is full you will have to wait until the
There are also two or three connections daily using regional
trains, sometimes changing en route at Entroncamento. These trains
take one or even two hours longer than the Intercity trains, but
are cheaper. Allow plenty of time to purchase a ticket as the
ticket machines for regional trains at some stations are no longer
in service. You may have to wait in line at the staffed ticket
office. Tickets for regional trains can now be purchased on line.
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.
You will most of the time 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.
The direct Aerobus service between the airport and Sete Rios is no longer operating.
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 - Covilhã times, remember it's LISBOA on the timetable search. One-way fare is currently €16,50 and the journey takes about 3 hrs 25 minutes. There are currently eight journeys each way daily. Extra journeys operate in both directions on Friday and Sunday evenings during University terms. Two journeys each day also stop at Lisbon Oriente bus station, which is much closer to the airport.
Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days in advance.
Discounted tickets may be available for early bookings.
There is no direct route by train. Travel by IC train from Porto
Campanhã to Entroncamento and change there. Shortest journey time
is 5 hours 18 minutes, other journeys around 6 hours. That does
compare badly with the coach (bus) services which take a more
One way 2nd class ticket around €28,00 by most trains but prices
vary according to which train(s) you use. Details and ticket
purchase at www.cp.pt
There is a metro connection between Porto Airport and Campanhã
station, takes about 35 minutes and costs €2,75. Service runs
daily from 0606 weekdays, 0557 weekends and holidays until 0042
every day, with trains currently about every 15 minutes weekdays
between about 0700 - 2000, at other times there are two or three
trains an hour. You may need to change trains. If required, do so
at LAPA station. Your next train will be from the same platform,
no steps etc.
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. 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.
These leave from Porto Campanhã Bus Station, next to the railway
station. Journey time is 3hrs to 3hrs 30 minutes. There are
currently about eight direct journeys every day, plus a couple
more with a change en route.
One way ticket standard price is €17,50 with cheaper tickets available for advance purchase.Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Rede Expressos website www.rede-expressos.pt
The Campanhã Bus Station is a short distance outside Porto city
centre, next to the Campanhã railway station and metro station and
is served by numerous city bus routes. It is about 35 minute
The old city and some of the University campus is on top of a
tall hill. The railway and bus stations are 1.5km away down in
valley below. It is a VERY steep hill.
The Bus Station in Covilha is signposted and marked on timetables and maps as the Central de Camionagem. It is located in the 'Alameda de Europa' down below the old city and University. It is about 500 metres from the railway station.
Map link https://rede-expressos.pt/en/points-of-sales select Covilhã from the list.
Once you are up in the old city it is walkable. You cannot drive
around there anyway! The city and suburbs have a network of six
weekday bus routes operated under the banner 'Transportes Urbanos
de Covilhã. Website timetable information is only in Portuguese. These local buses
stop outside the main bus station (C.
DE CAMIONAGEM) and also go up to the old city on the
hill which is steeply uphill from the modern town.
Buses do not stop at the railway station. The nearest stops are
about 300 metres away at the 'Tribunal' on Avenida 25 de Abril.
The main routes run about every 30 - 60 minutes on weekdays until
about 2000hrs. There are no longer any maps or timetables that can
be downloaded. The website has an interactive map from which you
select origin, destination and date of travel.
There is a zonal fare system with cash fares of either €1,30 and
€1,45 according to distance. Various weekly, monthly and
multi-ride tickets are available offering discounts of up to 50%
on those fares.
The stadium of SC Covilhã (the Complexo Desportivo de Covilhã) is
within walking distance of the city centre. Only one bus route
passes by and not at times convenient for most matches. SC Covilhã
currently play in the Second Division of the Portuguese League in
front of 400 - 500 fans.
If you have any comments or updates for this page, I will be
pleased to receive them by email.
For more about Covilhã as a city, please see this article in
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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