Transportation in Coimbra

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Coimbra is the third city in Portugal, after Lisbon and Porto, having a population of 101,069. That’s why you can imagine that transportation in Coimbra is very well developed. Actually, the city is easily accessible by all modern means of transport, like buses, trolley buses, metro, trains or taxis. Personally, I recommend you to walk along the streets of Coimbra, because they are narrow and cobbled. I assure you that you will not be bored or tired. Tell me, what can be more beautiful than discovering a new place by strolling up and down the streets. But if you are not a great fan of sports or just of walking, I will present you the main means of transport in Coimbra:

By bus

Taking the bus is the cheapest public transportation in Coimbra. There are a lot of companies that assure the transportation by bus, but the most important of them is Rede Expressos. Buses are very frequent throughout the day and the Portuguese services are appreciated for their punctuality. Also, the city has an extensive bus network, the SMTUC (Coimbra Municipality Urban Transport Services) and the Coimbra trolleybus system, the only system of this way in Portugal. There are two bus stations in Coimbra, Station B, addressed to the long destinations, which is situated on the main line between Porto and Lisbon, and Station A, for the internal destinations. This one is located on Avenida Fernao de Magalhaes, very close from the historical city center.

By train

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The train is another solution for the transportation in Coimbra. It is cheap and comfortable and it is the best way to get to Porto and Lisbon. There are three train stations in Coimbra: Coimbra B, which is a little bit far from the center of the city, Coimbra A, the main station, situated in the center of the city, and Coimbra Parque, a station less important than the other two. It is situated in the south. Another thing you should know about Coimbra is that a light-rail metro system, Metro Mondego, is currently being built here.

By other means

If you don’t want to choose any of the ideas that I presented above you have always other options, like the personal car or a rented one, the bike or the taxis. Taxis are a good way to get to several zones of the city or around the city, but they are not the best way to go much further. The taxis will wait for you outside the major public areas, such as the airport, train stations, bus stations or hotels.

As you can see, transportation in Coimbra is not a problem. You have a lot of means that will lead you wherever you want to or need to. It’s up to you to decide what suits you best! If you want to find out more information about this subject you can access www.cm-coimbra.pt

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