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.

When to visit Coimbra

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


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 45h 10m.


Comboios de Portugal is the most popular train carrier serving Coimbra, followed by Renfe. The train journey from Coimbra to Vigo takes 2h 22m and costs around $13 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Lisbon, expect to pay about $25 for a 2h 58m 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.


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 Europcar and Klass Wagen, among others, in Lisbon.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Coimbra, including Bus, Gipsyy and FlixBus. From Vigo, the bus ride to Coimbra takes 209 km and will cost you around $13. From Lisbon, the ticket costs about $22 for a journey of 217 km. The most popular bus station is Coimbra Coimbra (IC), located 0.9 km from the city centre of Coimbra. Coimbra Bus Station is also a commonly used station, and is 1.7 km from the city centre.

Airports near Coimbra

Airlines serving Coimbra

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
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Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
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Brussels Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Where to stay in Coimbra

Average rates range from around $157 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $167 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

Vila Gale Coimbra
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
Tivoli Coimbra
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
Hotel Coimbra Affiliated by Meliá
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
ibis Coimbra Centro
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
Pensão Santa Cruz
Good (7.2, Good reviews)
Almedina Coimbra Hotel
Good (7.1, Good reviews)

Hiring a car in Coimbra

Expect to pay $2.95 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 $35.33 and $47.11. The most frequently booked car type in Coimbra is Economy (Renault Clio or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Volkswagen up! or similar) is, on average, 86% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.