Getting there & away
From the main bus station (Avenida Fernão de Magalhães), Rede Expressos (239 827 081) runs at least a dozen buses daily to Lisbon (€10.80, 2½ hours) and to Porto (€10, 1½ hours), and almost as many to Braga (€11.20, 2½ hours) and Faro (€19, six to eight hours). In winter there are frequent services to Seia (€8.70, 1¾ hours), Guarda (€9.20, three hours) and also to other points around the Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela.
Joalto/AVIC (239 820 141; Rua João de Ruão 18; 9am-12.30pm, 2-6.30pm Mon-Fri) has bus service to the Roman ruins at nearby Conimbriga.
The local branch of the Automóvel Club de Portugal (ACP; 239 852 020; Avenida Emídio Navarro 6) is by Coimbra A.
Various car-rental agencies will drop off the rental car at your hotel, including the following:
Alpirent (239 821 999; Rua do Carmo 90)
Avis (239 834 786; Largo das Américas)
Salitur/Europcar (239 820 594; Edifício Tricana, Rua Padre Estevão Cabral)
Fast intercity (IC) trains usually stop only at Coimbra B, though there are quick, free connections to more central Coimbra A (called just ‘Coimbra’ on timetables). There’s no left-luggage office at either station.
Coimbra is linked by at least five daily intercidade (IC) trains to Lisbon (€15, 2¼ hours) and four to Porto (€10.50, 1½ hours). Additional interregional (IR) services take at least 30 minutes longer and cost about €2 less. IR trains also run about four times a day to Luso/Buçaco (€1.50, 30 minutes) and at least hourly to Figueira da Foz (€1.70, 70 minutes).