Coimbra is located at the centre of Portugal by the river Mondego. Having a rich cultural and historical patrimony, the city has been called the ‘city of students’ due to the relevant role of the University of Coimbra.
The University is located in three key campuses in Coimbra, named Polo I, Polo II (engineering departments) and Polo III (health campus). The Department of Mathematics is located at Polo I, in the heart of the town's historical site.
Dating back from 1290, the University of Coimbra is one of the oldest in Europe and the oldest in Portugal. It now comprises eight faculties. The University of Coimbra has been inscribed by UNESCO in the World Heritage List.
To travel to Coimbra you should fly either to Lisboa or to Porto and then take a train or a bus. The International Airports of Lisbon and Porto have regular scheduled flights to and from all main European destinations as well as major world cities.
You can get to Coimbra by train from the main stations of "Lisboa-Santa Apolónia" and "Lisboa-Oriente" (you can arrive there from the airport by bus, metro or taxi). The trip from Lisbon to "Coimbra-B" station takes under 2 hours if you take the "Alfa Pendular" or the "Intercidades" train.
The trains leave "Porto-Campanhã" station (you can get there from the airport by bus, taxi or metro - use the direct violet metro line from the Sá Carneiro Airport). The trip from Porto to "Coimbra-B" station takes under 1 hour if you take the "Alfa Pendular" or the "Intercidades" train.
You can check the timetables of Portuguese trains at http://www.cp.pt/.
You can also get to Coimbra by Bus.
Detailed information can be found at http://www.rede-expressos.pt.
Portugal has a good network of motorways/freeways. You can rent a car at the airport or at any train station as well as in all major cities.
By car, from the north (Porto)
Recommended exit from A1: Take exit 13 to merge onto E801/IP3 toward Viseu/Coimbra Norte. Follow IC2 toward Coimbra/Lisboa and take the exit toward Coimbra Centro/Coimbra Este.
By car, from the south (Lisbon)
Recommended exit from A1: Take exit 12 for N341 toward Coimbra Sul/Taveiro/Alfarelos. Follow IC2 to Coimbra heading to IP3/Porto/Coimbra Norte/Viseu.
Most hotels are at a walking distance from the conference venue.
The main campus of the University of Coimbra is also served by other buses that do not go through the main campus itself, but stop at "Arcos do Jardim" which is 2 minutes away (walking) to the Department of Mathematics (timetables are available at http://www.smtuc.pt/):
Line 5: Pedrulha - Estádio
Line 11, Line 11C: Arnado - Bairro Norton de Matos
Line 24: Arnado - Quinta da Nora
Line 24T: Bairro Norton de Matos - Palácio da Justiça
Line 103: Estação Nova – Santo António dos Olivais
GPS coordinates: 40°12'28.30"N 8°25'22.53"W