Google maps (see detailed locations)

Lisbon or Oporto International Airport have regular plane trips for every European and Main World Capital. Porto is slightly closer, but you may have more options to Lisbon.

Taxis or Underground Lisbon/Oporto:
The Porto and Lisbon airports are served by Taxis stations and both airports have underground connections to the city center, train station and bus terminal. From Lisbon airport to the train station is just 10/15 min and then the travel to Coimbra is not more than 2 hours (Alfa 1h:20min and Intercidades 1h:50min). From Porto airport to the train station is 45 min and then the travel to Coimbra is around 1 hour. (Although you also need to allow for walking time, buying tickets, etc.).

  • Underground (Metro) in Lisbon: Metro red line from Airport to Oriente Railway Station (taxi is also a good choice to go from airport to Oriente); and also from the Airport to Bus Terminal Station of Sete Rios ( red line until S. Sebastião and then blueline until Sete Rios)
  • Underground (Metro) in Porto: line E -purple which runs straight from the Airport to Campanhã Railway Station  (this is by far the cheapest and quickest way to get to the city and to the railway station). Garagem Atlântico Bus Terminal Station is a difficult 7 or 8 minutes walk up a very steep hill from the nearest train and metro stations at Sao Bento ( Line D – Yellow). Alternatively you can use Bolhão metro station and walk along Santa Catarina Street, (8 min, to the bus terminal.)

By Train to Coimbra:
The most comfortable way to get to Coimbra is probably by train. There are plenty of daily connections departing from Lisbon and Porto (every hour Porto-Coimbra-B and Lisbon-Coimbra-B and in the morning and afternoon half hour Lisbon-Coimbra-B). You can check the timetables and buy through internet at CP´s website. If you booked five days in advance the prices are lower.  There are two kind of trains Alfa faster and more comfortable and Intercidades.

By bus to Coimbra:
You may also choose bus service to travel to Coimbra depending on your flight schedule. Sometimes especially at night, you may find bus service with less waiting time. The travel time is 2h 20m from Lisbon and 1h 25m from Porto.

Arriving in Coimbra:
The Campus II of the University of Coimbra (Pólo II) – where the Department of Civil Engineering is located – is on the right bank of Mondego river, as shown in this Google Map. You should hire a Taxi to “Departamento de Engenharia Civil – Pólo II”. The price should be between 5 and 6  Euros.

Public Transports in Coimbra:
Coimbra has several public buses to travel around and reach department. You can check the bus schedule through their website. But it is advisable to use the app Moovit, which is a more convenient way to find bus schedules within the city. Travel cost is EUR 1.6 per travel. But you may buy one bus card for 10 travels from any SMTUC office during the office hours costing EUR 5.80. The office closest to IBIS hotel is here

By Car

It is under 2 hours drive from Lisbon airport to Coimbra or around 1.5 hours from Porto (depending on traffic).  The motorways have electronic tolls so ensure the hire car is fitted with the e-toll device.  There is on-road parking around the university, some hotels have car parking.

More information at Reaching UC


Numerous convenient hotels of different category as well as low-budget hostels can be found in the city center and in the vicinity of the department. Note that most hotels are in the city centre, the department is about 3 km from the city so a 40 minute or so walk, or a taxi or bus ride.


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