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International Applicants

How to reach Coimbra



Portugal makes part of the network of the major international airlines, so it is easy to find frequent and regular connections from all parts of the world. The airports nearer to Coimbra are located in Lisboa (190 km away) and in Porto (120 km away).

From Lisboa (Portela) International Airport

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By train: you will need to take the metro or to catch a taxi to Lisboa Oriente railway station; the journey should take approximately 10 minutes. Trains to Coimbra run every hour and you should expect the journey to take approximately 2 hours.

There are two railway stations in Coimbra: Coimbra A– Estação Nova, “The New Station” and Coimbra-B – Estação Velha, “The Old Station”. All trains stop at Coimbra B. Once there, you should take a shuttle to Coimbra-A (your train ticket already includes this short trip). That will be the best choice, if you’re staying downtown looking for your accommodation or if you intent to come directly to the International Relations Unit. 

In order to get to the International Relations Unit, you should take bus number 103 (bus stop near Coimbra A Station). This bus will stop right at the University, near the Faculty of Medicine. When you step out, walk to Largo D. Dinis (large roundabout with a statue in the middle) and go to Casa da Lusofonia - International Student Lounge.

If you prefer to take a taxi, you should ask the driver to go to the University, Largo D. Dinis, taking the way of Rua de Aveiro (Aveiro Street).

CP - Train schedules

By express bus: you will need to catch a taxi to “Sete Rios” Bus Station; the journey should take approximately 10 minutes. Express buses to Coimbra run every hour and you should expect the journey to take approximately 2 hours and a half.

Check the website of the Express Buses Network to check the timetable and prices.

From Porto (Francisco Sá Carneiro) International Airport

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By train: from Porto airport you will need to travel to Gare da Campanhã (the main train station in Porto). It is recommended that you travel to this station by taxi or underground metro. You will find taxis readily available at the front of the airport and the underground station as well. You should expect the journey to take approximately 30 minutes. Several trains run from Porto to Coimbra daily. You should expect the journey to take one hour and a half.

There are two railway stations in Coimbra: Coimbra A– Estação Nova, “The New Station” and Coimbra-B – Estação Velha, “The Old Station”. All trains stop at Coimbra B. Once there, you should take a shuttle to Coimbra-A (your train ticket already includes this short trip). That will be the best choice, if you’re staying downtown looking for your accommodation or if you intent to come directly to the International Relations Unit. 

In order to get to the International Relations Unit, you should take bus number 103 (bus stop near Coimbra A Station). This bus will stop right at the University, near the Faculty of Medicine. When you step out, walk to Largo D. Dinis (large roundabout with a statue in the middle) and go to Casa da Lusofonia - International Student Lounge.

If you prefer to take a taxi, you should ask the driver to go to the University, Largo D. Dinis, taking the way of Rua de Aveiro (Aveiro Street).

CP - Train schedules

By express bus: you will need to travel by metro (line E) until the “24 de Agosto” Stop (30 minutes). From there, walk to the Bus Station “Terminal Rodoviário", Street: “Campo 24 de Agosto, n.º 125” (2 minutes). Express buses to Coimbra run every hour and you should expect the journey to take approximately one hour and a half.

Check the website of the Express Buses Network to check the timetable and prices.