How to get around in Coimbra: info, costs and advice

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Coimbra is the third largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon and Porto, with a population of about 100 thousand inhabitants. The public transport of the city, in the face of the needs of citizens and tourists, are well developed: the bus system is efficient and, above all, very punctual. On a tourism level, the advice is always to move on foot, as the city streets are small and characteristic. But in case you need to get to the top attractions, buses are useful and cheap!

Given these premises, here is one guide on how to get around in Coimbra: info, costs and advice!



Index

  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to the center of Coimbra
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Despite being a very important city of Portugal, Coimbra is characterized by a very intimate historic center that can be visited on foot: for a first approach to the city, we recommend a guided walking tour, ideal for settling in and identifying the main landmarks, especially if you have little time available!

In the case of attractions located at the top of the hill, rely on the bus network, very organized and efficient. For those who decide to mainly use this means of transport, it is advisable to purchase a day ticket, valid on the entire network. On the other hand, there are no city cards with transport + attractions dedicated to tourists.

Coimbra is a city that it is often chosen as a day trip from Lisbon or Porto. If this is also the case for you, we advise against renting a car! You can in fact move by public transport that connects the two cities or visit it with a guided tour from Lisbon or Porto, with transport included! Often the visit of Coimbra is combined with that of another nearby city, such as Fatima, so you can enjoy more visits in a single day!



  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot, by bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car
  • City cards and season tickets recommended: bus day ticket (from € 3,50)

How to get from the airport to the center of Coimbra

Coimbra does not have an airport, therefore it is necessary to arrive in the two closest airports, which are those of Porto and Lisbon. From the latter depart a greater number of buses and trains useful to reach Coimbra.

From Porto's "Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport" to the center

  • Distance from the center: 130 km / travel time: 1 h 30 min;
  • By train: metro line E to "Campanhã" station (€ 2,00) + express train to Coimbra / ticket cost: between € 13,40 and € 22,10
  • By taxi: average cost € 130,00 / travel time: 1 h 30 min
  • By bus: average cost € 12,50 / lines of the company Rede Expressos

From Lisbon "Humberto Delgado Airport" to the center

  • Distance from the center: 170 km / travel time: 2 h;
  • By train: Alfa Pendular line / ticket cost: € 22,80; intercity line / ticket cost: € 19,20
  • By taxi: average cost € 165,00 / travel time: 2 h
  • By bus: average cost € 12,00 / lines of the company Rede Expressos

How to get around on foot

Visiting Coimbra on foot is the most recommended way. The town is not very large, and the main attractions can be reached with a walk. For a first approach to the city, we recommend a guided walking tour, ideal for settling in and identifying the main landmarks, especially if you have little time available!
Although it is pleasant to walk the streets of Coimbra on foot, it is necessary to know that it is a hill town, for this reason the path can be difficult for those who are not well trained. The old town and the University, for example, are right on the top of a rather high hill!

For others itineraries on foot and by public transport, download our Smart Guide for visiting Coimbra for free.



Con i mezzi pubblici

If you don't like walking, you can use public transport. The bus is the cheapest way and there are several companies that make their vehicles available that operate under the name SMTUC - Transportes Urbanos de Coimbra. Alternatively, you can call a taxi, which can take you directly to the attractions you wish to visit.


Bus

Gli bus they come by very often during the day and are appreciated for their punctuality. There are two city stations: station B, used for long-distance routes (including those to / from Porto and Lisbon) and station A, mainly for city buses.

Several bus lines provide for a circular route, rather than a departure and arrival terminus, so you must pay close attention to the numbering and the route taken. The ticket lasts one hour from the moment of validation.


  • Downloadable map: bus-coimbra
  • according to the line, generally from 5:00 to 24:00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: € 1,00
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket € 3,50

Taxi

To move around the city it is also possible to use the taxi service; in particular, in Coimbra two companies operate, the Taxis Americo and the Taxis Antral Coimbra.

  • 24 hours on 24
  • Ticket / single ride cost: starting rate € 3,55; one-time € 0,94

By car

For the visit of the city of Coimbra the machine is absolutely not useful, as the center is very small and intimate, and can be explored on foot or, in some cases, by bus. If you want to visit the city as a day trip from Lisbon, go there we do not recommend car rental. You can opt for public transport connecting the two cities or take part in day tours from Lisbon, with transport included, making the whole organization easier!

Stops and parking

For those who are in Coimbra by car, perhaps because they are making a tour of the whole of Portugal, they can leave their car in one of the numerous car parks surrounding the city center and which can also be booked through online platforms at an average cost of € 6,00 per day.

Most of the rest areas are on average 5 or 6 minutes on foot from the center. If it is free, it is also possible park for free inside the Parking of the Convent of San Francesco (Get directions).


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