Coimbra travel guide

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You're Going to Love Coimbra

With a population of 106.582, Coimbra is the largest city in Coimbra, Portugal by the number of inhabitants. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Coimbra to see all of its attractions.

When to visit Coimbra

Coimbra in February
Estimated hotel price
$136
1 night at 3-star hotel
Coimbra in February
Estimated hotel price
$136
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Coimbra in August, when the average temperature is 22 °C, and the highest can go up to 29 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 5 °C, with an average temperature of 9 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in December, when precipitation is around 127 mm. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Coimbra, with an average rainfall of 13 mm.

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How to Get to Coimbra

Plane

Although Coimbra doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Porto Airport (OPO), which is located 117 km from Coimbra. The shortest flight to Coimbra from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 35h 10m.

Train

Comboios de Portugal is the most popular train carrier serving Coimbra, followed by Renfe. The train journey from Coimbra to Lisbon takes 2h 58m and costs around $26 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Faro, expect to pay about $39 for a 7h 08m trip. Located 2.1 km from the city centre, Coimbra B is the busiest station in Coimbra. Another popular train station is Coimbra Central Station, located 0.5 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Coimbra is to pick up a car hire from Lisbon, which is about 177 km from Coimbra. You’ll find branches of Klass Wagen and Record Go, among others, in Lisbon.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Coimbra, including Bus, rede expressos and FlixBus. The most popular bus station is Coimbra Bus Station, located 1.7 km from the city centre of Coimbra. Coimbra Coimbra (IC) is also a commonly used station, and is 0.9 km from the city centre.

Plane

Although Coimbra doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Porto Airport (OPO), which is located 117 km from Coimbra. The shortest flight to Coimbra from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 35h 10m.

Train

Comboios de Portugal is the most popular train carrier serving Coimbra, followed by Renfe. The train journey from Coimbra to Lisbon takes 2h 58m and costs around $26 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Faro, expect to pay about $39 for a 7h 08m trip. Located 2.1 km from the city centre, Coimbra B is the busiest station in Coimbra. Another popular train station is Coimbra Central Station, located 0.5 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Coimbra is to pick up a car hire from Lisbon, which is about 177 km from Coimbra. You’ll find branches of Klass Wagen and Record Go, among others, in Lisbon.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Coimbra, including Bus, rede expressos and FlixBus. The most popular bus station is Coimbra Bus Station, located 1.7 km from the city centre of Coimbra. Coimbra Coimbra (IC) is also a commonly used station, and is 0.9 km from the city centre.

Airports near Coimbra

Airlines serving Coimbra

Lufthansa
Good (4,703 reviews)
KLM
Good (832 reviews)
SWISS
Good (961 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,678 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,550 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,230 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (482 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,612 reviews)
Air France
Good (984 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,112 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,980 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,404 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (6,073 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (228 reviews)
Finnair
Good (840 reviews)
LOT
Good (686 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (932 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (791 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,179 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (839 reviews)
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Where to stay in Coimbra

Average rates range from around $175 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $246 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include ibis Coimbra Centro and Internacional.

Where to stay in popular areas of Coimbra

Most booked hotels in Coimbra

NH Coimbra Dona Inês
4 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$163+
Vila Gale Coimbra
4 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$206+
Tivoli Coimbra Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
$152+
ibis Coimbra Centro
2 stars
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
$121+
Stay Hotel Coimbra Centro
4 stars
Good (6.9, Good reviews)
$113+

Hiring a car in Coimbra

Expect to pay $2.99 per litre in Coimbra (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $35.84 and $47.79. Compact (Ford Puma or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Coimbra, while also 84% cheaper than other types, on average.

Expect to pay $2.99 per litre in Coimbra (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $35.84 and $47.79. Compact (Ford Puma or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Coimbra, while also 84% cheaper than other types, on average.