From the MOTORWAY A1 Lisbon-Oporto, leave
at EXIT 12 (Km 190) COIMBRA-SUL.
Go to COIMBRA following road EN341.
After 4.5 km, just before the MONDEGO
bridge, turn right to RUA DA GUARDA
INGLESA in the direction of CONDEIXA.
After 1.5 km you will find a roundabout,
called ROSSIO DE SANTA CLARA. In front of
you is the main entrance to PORTUGAL DOS
Then turn right and take the ANTIGA
ESTRADA NACIONAL DE LISBOA (N1) in the
direction of HOSPITAL DOS COVÕES.
After 600m you will find another
roundabout. Turn right up RUA DR. MENDES
Continue up RUA DR. MENDES DOS REMÉDIOS
for about 1 km and you will find on your
right the entrance of the parking lot of
the OBSERVATÓRIO ASTRONÓMICO.
Coimbra is served by two major train
services - ALFA - directly from LISBON (Sta.
Apolónia Station) or OPORTO (Campanhã
Station) - and INTERCIDADES with direct
links to Lisbon, Oporto and Braga. For
more detailed information look at the
Portuguese Railway Services (CP) at http://www.cp.pt/horarios/e_horarios.html.
Coimbra is served by two railway stations:
COIMBRA A in the city centre and COIMBRA
B in the north of the city. ALFA and
INTERCIDADES stop at COIMBRA B. There are
several link services from COIMBRA B to
COIMBRA A (city centre) by train.
If you decide to leave at COIMBRA B you
can only reach OBSERVATÓRIO ASTRONÓMICO
by Taxi (Taxis are available in front of
the station). Otherwise go to COIMBRA A
and take a BUS or a TAXI.
FROM INSIDE COIMBRA
OBSERVATÓRIO ASTRONÓMICO is served by
two Bus lines - number 46 and 14T. Both
lines stop at BEIRA-RIO or at Avenida Emídio
Navarro near the railway Station (COIMBRA
Line 14 T departs from S. Martinho do
Bispo and stops at Beira-Rio. You should
catch the bus at BEIRA-RIO some meters
south from the station (at COIMBRA A,
walk out to the south side and continue
walking next to the river). Once at the
bus, ask the driver for the ALMAS DE
FREIRE stop, near OBSERVATÓRIO ASTRONÓMICO.
Line 46 departs from Av. Afonso Henriques
and stops at MESURA a few minutes walk
from OBSERVATÓRIO ASTRONÓMICO. This
line goes through the CITY CENTRE, close
to the university area, the so-called
ALTA. If you decide to visit the
HISTORICAL AREA, or the COIMBRA
UNIVERSITY you can also catch the bus at
Praça da República or at Av. Alexandre
Bus tickets: you can buy a single ticket
directly from the bus driver or otherwise
you can purchase in advance reduced fare
travelcards (valid for 10 journeys as you
wish) from any SMTUC (Coimbra Bus Company)
counter or kiosk just outside the railway
station or in the city centre. Single
tickets cost about 1.5 EUR whilst a book
of 10 tickets costs about 5 EUR.
4. BY TAXI
Taxis are available in front of the
railway stations (COIMBRA A and B) as
well as in the city centre.
From COIMBRA B / COIMBRA A / City Centre
and OBSERVATÓRIO ASTRONÓMICO the fare
may vary between 3 and 5 EUR.
You can call a RADIO-TAXI service
dialling local number 239 48 40 45.