GETTING TO COIMBRA
Asking yourself how to get to Coimbra? Usually, Erasmus students use one of these three different ways:
- Airplane to Lisbonand train or bus from Lisbon to Coimbra– if you want to come by train you can go by Metro from the airport to “Oriente” or by taking a taxi to “Gare do Oriente”. To come by bus you can also use the metro to get to “Sete Rios” and get the bus there. To check the schedules of the trains go to http://www.cp.pt; of the bus to http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx.
- Airplane to Portoand train or bus from Porto to Coimbra– to come to Coimbra by train you must go by Metro to “Campanhã” and get the train to Coimbra from there. To come by Bus go to “Campo 24 de Agosto” and look for the Bus Station. To check the schedules of the trains go to http://www.cp.pt; of the bus to http://www.rede-expressos.pt/default.aspx.
- Sharing a car with other Erasmus people– it is a commonly used way to get to Coimbra, especially by Spanish people. To do it, our best advice is to create a profile in Blablacar (link) and look for a ride or to create your own. If you want, later on, you can share the link of your travel in the Erasmus Group of ESN Coimbra to be easier to find someone to share the expenses with you.
MOVING AROUND COIMBRA
The city has a bus network, SMTUC, which ensures the arrival at any point of the city. It works, roughly, from 6:00 to 00:00, with short and regular periods. There is a students’ monthly pass which costs €22/month.
Coimbra is a small town and it’s easy to walk through, despite its successive hills. In only one hour, you can cross almost the whole town on foot, from one end to the other. Due to its topography, Coimbra is not an easy city to circle by bike.
Taxis are the most expensive public transportation in the city but they are a good alternative in the hours when buses don’t operate. Moreover, if the price is divided by four people this is always a good option.
Taxi Coimbra: +351 239 499 090
MOVING AROUND PORTUGAL
The easiest way to move around Portugal is, of course, by car. Since it can be hard bringing a car here, the second most popular way of getting around is by train. Portuguese trains are good and, as a student, you may have a discount if you show your University Card. For further information see www.cp.pt (English version available). Travelling around Portugal by bus is also possible and cheaper than by train. In most cases, you can also get a student discount (you always need to ask for it and to show the student card). Blablacar (carsharing) (link) is also a more and more common way to travel around the country.