Bicycle

Bike and electronic bikes are available to rent from By Bike.

Bus

Coimbra’s bus service is run by SMTUC. Tickets can be bought on board, at the SMTUC office by the Elevador, at official kiosks, and at some tabacarias (tobacconists-slash-newsagents). A single ticket costs €1.60. There are also multiuse tickets (three/five/10 trips €2.20/3.15/5.80; day ticket €3.50).

Useful routes include:

27, 28 and 29 From Coimbra-B train station to Praça da República via the main bus station.

103 From Coimbra A station up to the university.

Electric buses on the Linha Azul (blue line) run a circular route through the historic centre from Largo da Portagem.

Car

If you come by car, be prepared for snarled traffic and limited parking. There are car parks at the Mercado Municipal Dom Pedro V and, over the river, on Praça das Cortes de Coimbra near the Ponte de Santa Clara. Nearer the university, street parking is available around Praça da República.

You can hire cars from Hertz.

Elevador do Mercado

The Elevador – an elevator and funicular connected by a walkway – takes you from the market up to the university district. It'll save you a steep uphill climb. Use city bus tickets.