TRAVEL INFO

 

AIRPORTS


The international airports of Porto (Sá Carneiro) and Lisbon (Portela) are the closest airports to Coimbra.
Porto - Coimbra = 100 km (62 miles)
Lisbon - Coimbra = 200 km (124 miles)


TRAINS
Portugal’s trains are clean and safe (CP Portugal).  There are fast trains such as Alfa Pendular or Intercidades and regional trains that are slower. First class seats often include availability of meals for a fee. If you are a senior, be sure to ask for the half price senior discount. The trains stop at Coimbra B station.
Coimbra B station is the central station of Coimbra, where you can catch fast trains, such as those coming from Lisbon and Oporto. There is also Coimbra A station, but it is only used to catch connecting trains from the city center to Coimbra B station and from Coimbra B to the city center.
For more information on trains and schedules, see:
https://www.cp.pt/passengers


HOW TO GET TO COIMBRA FROM PORTO AIRPORT:  
Option 1 - TRAIN:
Campanhã Train Station is the best way to get to Coimbra. You can take the subway or a taxi or Uber from the airport to Campanhã Train Station. This takes about 30 minutes. Then the train ride is about an hour and a half to Coimbra B Station. Here you can take a taxi or a bus to go to the congress venue or hotel.
Option 2 - PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION:
a)    Coimbra Airport Shuttle: https://www.airportshuttle.pt/
b)    Car rental services


HOW TO GET TO COIMBRA FROM LISBON AIRPORT: 
Option 1 - TRAIN:
The Oriente Station is the best way to get to Coimbra. You can take the subway or a taxi or Uber from the airport to Oriente Station. This is about a 15 minute ride. Then the train ride is about a two-hour ride to Coimbra B Station. Here you can take a taxi or a bus to go to the congress venue or hotel.
Option 2 – PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION:
a)    Coimbra Airport Shuttle: https://www.airportshuttle.pt/
b)    Car rental services

 


GETTING AROUND COIMBRA


URBAN TRANSPORTATION NETWORK


BUSES


Coimbra has a good urban transportation network (run by SMTUC), with day tickets for tourists. You can get information at the Tourist Office in Largo da Portagem. You can find your bus stop or route at http://www.smtuc.pt/geral/index_itinerarios.php simply by entering your intended origin and destination. Tickets are sold at official SMTUC kiosks throughout the city, for example in Avenida Sá da Bandeira (Praça da República), Largo da Portagem, and Santa Cruz (Municipal Market D. Pedro V).
•    S.M.T.U.C.
Phone:  +351 239 801 100
Fax: +351 239 440 348
Freephone service: 800 203 280
smtuc@webside.pt
http://www.smtuc.pt/geral/index_itinerarios.php


TAXIS
Politáxis de Coimbra - Phone: +351 239 499 090
There is a minimum taxi fare and the final price varies depending on the route and the distance traveled. This amount is calculated by an electronic taximeter, easily visible to the client. Some taxis accept credit card payment.

 

Other similar services:

- Uber - https://www.uber.com/global/en/cities/coimbra/

- Bolt - https://bolt.eu/pt-pt/cities/coimbra

 

SIGHTSEEING ON FOOT
You can visit the top tourist attractions in the historical center of Coimbra on foot: the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha, the Santa Cruz Church, the Almedina Arch, and the lively downtown streets, full of traditional shops. You can walk down the Rua da Sofia, a street classified as UNESCO World Heritage, with its beautiful churches.
From downtown to uptown and the University of Coimbra, the streets are very sloped, but the stunning view over the Mondego river and the visit to the Sé Velha and the former Paço das Escolas are worthwhile. We recommend you to visit the Old Library and the Machado de Castro Museum. The parks and gardens on the river banks are also lovely to walk along.


SIGHTSEEING IN PORTO OR LISBON
We will be posting recommended trips and sightseeing in the days before or after the conference. When planning your trip, allow extra days to visit our ancient, beautiful country.



OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

 

CURRENCY
The official currency in Portugal is the Euro (€). You can exchange money at the banks, which are open from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and at exchange offices and ATMs, available only for sale of foreign currency. The most widely accepted credit cards in Portugal are Visa, Visa Electon, American Express, Diners Club, Europay/MasterCard, JCB and Maestro.


OFFICIAL TIME
The official time in mainland Portugal and Madeira corresponds to the Universal Coordinated Time (UCT). From 1 a.m. on the last Sunday of March to 1 a.m. on the last Sunday of the following October, summer time (UCT +1) is applied.


TELEPHONE CALLS
If you are calling from abroad to Portugal, please add the international code 00 and the country code 351. If you are calling from Portugal to other countries, please dial 00, the country and the city codes, followed by the phone number. You can find the codes of the various countries in public phone booths.


USEFUL CONTACTS
The national emergency number, 112, is available free of charge 24/7, anywhere in the country.

HOSPITALS
Coimbra University Hospital Center
•    Coimbra University Hospital (ER open 24/7)
Praceta Professor Mota Pinto - Coimbra
Phone: +351 239 400 400
•    Hospital dos Covões (ER open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Rua 5 de Outubro, São Martinho do Bispo
Phone: +351 239 800 100
•    Coimbra Pediatric Hospital (ER open 24/7)
Avenida Afonso Romão - Coimbra
Phone: +351 239 488 700


POLICE
•    Polícia de Segurança Pública (PSP)
Rua Elísio De Moura, nº 155
Phone: +351 239 797 640
•    Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR)
Coimbra
Phone: +351 239 794 300


PHARMACIES
Pharmacies are usually open from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (some of them close at lunchtime, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. When open at night, pharmacies display an illuminated green cross outside.
Pharmacies open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:
•    Pharmacy Fórum de Coimbra (shopping center) 
Phone: +351 239 800 610
•    Pharmacy Olivais
Phone: +351 239 484 872

 

POST OFFICES
Post offices are open from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. (some close at lunchtime, between 12:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.).


WEATHER
In May, the weather in Coimbra is usually mild/warm. You can check the weather at
https://www.ipma.pt/pt/otempo/prev.10dias/


VOLTAGE
In Portugal, the standard voltage is 220 volts, with two-pin plugs.


ENTRY INTO PORTUGAL
You will need a valid passport. You may need a visa. Please check with your country appropriate services (e.g. embassy for visa application). More information can be found in:
https://www.sef.pt/pt/Pages/homepage.aspx?requestUrl=https://www.sef.pt/portal/V10/PT/aspx/apoiocliente/detalheApoio.aspx


TOURISM
You can find more information about our lovely city of Coimbra at:
http://www.turismodecoimbra.pt/
https://www.visitportugal.com/pt-pt


ACCOMMODATION
Information on hotels will soon be provided by the organization.

 

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