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

Page checked and updated 18th October 2017.

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Guimarães (pop.55,000, urban area 112,000) is a city of Northern Portugal - it is not in the Algarve. I was visiting. It stands about 54km (34 miles) north-west of the major city of Porto.

It is therefore about the same distance from PORTO airport. Lisbon and its airport are some 365km (250 miles) to the south.

From Porto Airport to Guimarãesportometrologolinha_Guimarães cp
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Direct bus

GETBUS operates a direct service between Porto Airport and Guimarães, costing €8 each way or €14 return. There are seven or eight buses each way depending on which day of the week. The journey takes 50 minutes. Tickets can be bought on line or from the bus driver. At Guimarães tickets are also sold at the Mondinense ticket office in the bus station.

Metro and train

By metro and train it is straightforward and inexpensive. Take the METRO DO PORTO Line E from the Airport to Campanhã station. Trains run about every 20 minutes for most of the day on weekdays, every 30 minutes at other times including weekends and holidays, from around 6am until just after midnight. That will take about 33 minutes and costs €2.55 - 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.

At Campanhã walk round from the Metro station to the main railway station of CP, Portuguese Railways. That takes only a couple of minutes.

From there, local electric trains of the Porto Urbanos network run to Guimarães about once every TWO hours, with extra trains on weekday rush hours. The journey takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes and will cost €3.15. There are simple to use ticket machines in the hall; there were long lines at the ticket office all three times I was there. The machines take notes as well as coins. NB these tickets are NOT VALID on Intercity trains. Urbanos trains are (mostly) bright yellow!  Guimarães

First train from Porto São Bento is at 0620 on weekdays, 0720 at weekends and holidays and the last train is at 2320 daily. These stop at Porto Campanhã five minutes later.  Be sure to check timetables at the Portugal Railways Official website

Trains from Guimarães to Porto start at 0548 on weekdays, 0648 at weekends and holidays, with the last train at 2248 daily.

If you plan to spend some time in Porto before moving on, the trains to Guimarães 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!

By bus from Porto city centre

The bus fare is nearly double the train fare.

The Arriva 'Rápida' bus service (route 500) also runs between Porto and Guimarães, making the trip in about 50 minutes. Buses run every 1 - 2 hours on weekdays, less frequently at weekends.  Thre is no service on 1st Janaury, Easter Sunday and 25th December. Timetable here. The Porto terminal for Arriva is in Rua Régulo Magauanha close to the Trindad metro station.

TRANSDEV also has a local bus service between Porto (Campo 24 de Agosto) and Guimarães with six buses on weekdays, three on Saturdays and two on Sundays and holidays.

From Lisbon Airport and City to Guimarães 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 now very simple using the underground metro trains (subway). 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 route 744 to Oriente.

There is also city bus 744 to Oriente station details on Lisbon city bus website

If you are planning to spend time in Lisbon, most trains to the north start from the city centre SANTA APÓLONIA station. Check timetables and buy tickets at www.cp.pt

There are currently only two trains every day direct from Lisbon to Guimarães. In the morning there is an Alfa Pendular fast train leaving Lisbon Santa Apolónia at 0800hrs arriving in Guimarães at 1153hrs. The return trip leaves at 1655hrs, arriving in Lisbon (Santa Apolónia) at 2040hrs. These trains run daily. One way ticket €32,80 full price, reduced to around €20 for advance bookings.

An afternoon Inter City train starts from Santa Apolonia station at 1730, stops at Oriente at 1739 and arriving in Guimarães at 2138.  The return trip leaves Guimarães at 0743 arriving in Lisbon Santa Apolónia at 12 noon. One way tourist (2nd) class fare is €25.80 on that train, less if booked in advance. Advance reservation is highly recommended.

You can create more journey options (another eight trains) by taking one of the frequent trains from Lisbon to Porto (Campanhã) and changing to the local 'Urbanos' service there. Tickets cannot be purchased on line for the Porto - Guimarães portion of the trip.

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 - Guimarães by bus (coach) redeexplogo

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 newly-opened metro line. Take any train to the end of the line at Sao 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 €1,90.

There is also a direct special bus, Aerobus 2, running every 40 minutes. 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 Portuguese long distance bus website www.rede-expressos.pt for Lisbon - Guimarães times;remember it's LISBOA in the timetable search. One-way fare is currently €18.50 and the journey takes about 4hrs 30 minutes. There are three direct journeys every day and three more with a change in Porto. Rede Expressos also covers journeys to Guimarães from many towns and cities through Portugal. Seats can be reserved up to 30 days prior to travel.

Arriving in Guimarães

The railway station in Guimarães is on the south-western edge of the city centre, about six or seven minutes downhill walk. (Uphill on the way back of course!) Taxis are outside as are local buses. It's at Alameda Drº Mariano Felgueiras, close to the large shopping centre Guimarães Shopping and the Hotel IBIS. Map.

The bus station in Guimarães is a little closer to the city centre, but a fairly stiff uphill walk. It isn't well signposted (look for Central de Camionagem) but It is close to McDonalds, the Hotel IBIS and a large Continente supermarket.

The tourist office is located in the historic city centre at Largo Cónego José Maria Gomes, 4800 - 419 Guimarães.

Getting around in Guimarães

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Guimarães is a walkable city, if a bit hilly! The historic centre is traffic-free. If you need local buses around the city and immediate suburbs, consult the city bus website ; these buses operate under the name TUG - Transportes Urbanos de Guimarães. Unusually for Portuguese cities I have visited, these buses not only operate at fixed intervals (eg every 15, 30 or 60 minutes) but some routes also run until 11pm or midnight, including weekends! This is because there is a large University campus (Universidade do Minho) located there. There is a large outdoor market on Fridays, behind the castle.

Further afield from Guimarães

Guimarães is at the end of the railway line, so the train does not give any options apart from getting back to Porto or Lisbon.

Several bus companies operate from Guimarães bus station to a variety of nearby destinations.  I recommend that if you are intending to roam the area or make an onward journey by bus, you visit the bus terminal as soon as possible after your arrival. Each bus company has its own office, so you may need to make several enquiries, which is why I didn't.

Buses are reasonably frequent on weekdays, but very few run on Saturdays and there are almost none on Sundays or Holidays. Most interurban buses finish around 8pm. Please bear these things in mind before making your plans too firm.

There is a plan of the large bus terminal here, showing which stops are used by which buses. External link.

Bus companies operating from the terminal include:

Rodonorte - buses to Braga, Barcelos and Montalegre

TransDev - buses to Braga, Viana do Castelo, Póvoa de Varzim and Famalicao

Arriva - Braga, Brito, Famaliçao, Fafe, Póvoa de Varzim and Santa Luzia.

EBA - Braga jointly with other companies - see below.

Transcovizela - Vizela and the local area - no website

Guimarães < > Braga

Buses to Braga are a joint operation between TransDev, Arriva and EBA. Buses run about every hour on weekdays until 8pm, but less frequently on Saturdays and only about every 90 minutes on Sundays and holidays. These run through Caldas Taipas, a well-known spa resort, and Morreira. The timetable is on-line here in Portuguese only - look for Bus Plus 03.

There is also a fast bus once each hour on weekdays via the motorway, timetable here look for Bus Plus 05. This bus does not operate for most of July and August.

There are also international links to Spain available through some of those above.

There is a téléferico (cable car) from the city to Penha, a hill resort some 1300 feet/400 metres above town and a mile distant. Well worth a ride (€3.60 up and back) for the views if it's a clear day. Good walking and general recreation areas. It runs daily all year, except being closed for maintenance on the last Monday of every month. Opening times vary according to season.  Website with all the details here but only in Portuguese.

Football Stadium in Guimarães

The stadium of SC Vítoria Guimarães is within easy walking distance of the city centre, you will be pleased to know. It's on the northern edge of town in "Parque Central".

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