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Guimarães (pop.55,000, urban area 112,000) is a city of Northern Portugal - it is not in the Algarve. I was visiting. It stands about 54km (34 miles) north-west of the major city of Porto.
It is therefore about the same distance from PORTO airport. Lisbon and its airport are some 365km (250 miles) to the south.
GETBUS operates a direct service between Porto Airport and Guimarães, costing €8 each way or €14 return. There are 7 or 8 buses every day. The journey takes 50 minutes and is the quickest way. Tickets can be bought on line or from the bus driver. At Guimarães tickets are also sold at the Mondinense ticket office in the bus station.
Metro and train
By metro and train it is frequent, straightforward and
inexpensive. Take the METRO DO PORTO Line E from the Airport to
Campanhã station. You may need to change trains, which I recommend
you do at Lapa station
where this is done on the same platform, no need for steps,
tunnels etc. Trains are currently running about every 15 minutes
on weekdays between about 0700 and 2000, less frequently at other
times, but at least three trains every hour until early evening,
then two trains each hour. The first train from the airport is at
0606 on weekdays, 0557 at weekends and public holidays. The last
train is at 0042 every day. That will take about 35 minutes and
costs €2.60 - a Z4 (four zone) ticket. More details at the METRO
DO PORTO website. By the way, don't throw away
your 'ANDANTE' ticket if you are coming back to Porto. It is
rechargeable. You can use it until it wears out and saves you
€0.60 on each subsequent ticket of the same type. Tickets are sold
at the Airport tourist office, but if it's not open you will need
some coins for the ticket machines. The service to the Airport
from Trindad starts at 0558 on weekdays, 0622 at weekends and on
public holidays, with the last train at 0044 every night.
At Campanhã walk round from the Metro station to the main railway station of CP, Portuguese Railways. That takes only a minute.
From there, local electric trains of the Porto Urbanos network run to Guimarães about once every TWO hours, with extra trains on weekday rush hours. The journey takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes and will cost €3.25. There are simple to use ticket machines in the hall; there were long lines at the ticket office all three times I was there. The machines take notes as well as coins. Special note - all CP Porto Urbanos train tickets are now issued on a rechargeable card called SIGA. This costs 50 cents. Do not throw it away as it can be used for second and subsequent ticket purchases on the Porto Urbanos network. NB these tickets are NOT VALID on Intercity trains. Urbanos trains are (mostly) bright yellow!
First train from Campanhã is at 0625 on weekdays, 0730 daily and
the last train is at 2325 daily. These start from Porto São Bento
five minutes earlier. Be sure to check timetables at the
Portugal Railways Official website
First train from Guimarães to Porto is at 0553 on weekdays,
0653 at weekends and holidays, with the last trains at 2148 and
2247 daily. Trains run about every 2 hours with extra trains
during weekday rush hours.
If you plan to spend some time in Porto before moving on, the trains to Guimarães start at the city centre SÃO BENTO station. This historic building is in the heart of the city (it has a Metro station also) and is worth a visit in its own right!
By bus from Porto city centreRede - Expressos has about eight buses each way daily between Porto Campo 24 de Agosto bus station and Guimarães - website for times and tickets here. Journey time about one hour. You can get to the bus station on the metro, alighting at Campo 24 de Agosto station, which is two minutes walk from the bus station. The journey from the airport is about 30 minutes and is mostly above ground.
TRANSDEV has a local bus
service between Porto (Régulo de Magauanha bus station) and
Guimarães with seven buses each way on weekdays, but no weekend or
If you are not planning to spend time in Lisbon, you will need to
get from the Airport to LISBOA ORIENTE station. This is now very
simple using the underground metro trains (subway). Trains run to
Oriente station every few minutes from 0630 until 0100 every
night. The journey takes about 5 minutes. There is also city bus
744 to Oriente station, details on Lisbon city bus website
If you are planning to spend time in Lisbon, most trains to the
north start from the city centre SANTA APÓLONIA station. Check
timetables and buy tickets at www.cp.pt
There is currently only one train every day direct from Lisbon to Guimarães. In the morning there is a daily Intercity train leaving Lisbon Santa Apolónia at 1130hrs arriving in Guimarães at 1549hrs. The return trip leaves Guimarães at 1641 daily, arriving in Lisbon at 2100hrs. One way tourist (2nd) class fare is €26,75 on those trains, less if booked in advance. Advance reservation is highly recommended.
You can create more journey options (about another eight trains) by taking one of the frequent trains between Lisbon and Porto (Campanhã) and changing to / from the local 'Urbanos' service there. Train times are subject to change around major public holidays, for example Easter, Christmas and New Year. Check official timetables carefully when making your reservations.
Reservations for train trips in Portugal can only be made up to a MAXIMUM of 60 days in advance. You can reserve on line at www.cp.pt and print your own ticket. A big discount is available on many trains for tickets purchased more than 8 days in advance. DO NOT use RailEurope etc as they cannot issue the required seat reservation for which you will pay extra.
For most departures, you will need to make your way from the airport to the SETE RIOS bus terminal. This is about 3 miles/5km from the airport and is linked to it by the newly-opened metro line. Take any train to the end of the line at Sao Sebastião then change to the Blue Line for a two stop ride to Jardim Zoológico station which is adjacent to Sete Rios. Trains run every few minutes from 0630 daily, the journey will take around 25 minutes and cost €2.
The direct Aerobus service between the Airport and Sete Rios is no longer operating.
For your bus options from elsewhere in the city check the city
bus website at http://www.carris.pt/
Consult the Portuguese long distance bus website www.rede-expressos.pt
for Lisbon - Guimarães times and tickets; remember it's LISBOA in
the timetable search. One-way fare standard fare is currently
€23.00 and the journey takes about 4hrs 45 minutes. There are
currently two direct journeys most days. Otherwise, a change is
needed in Porto, as shown in the timetable. Extra journeys (some
direct) run on Fridays and Sundays in both directions during
University terms. There are also a few departures from Lisboa
ORIENTE bus terminal, which is next to the railway station and
much closer to the airport. Check both sets of times.
Rede Expressos also covers journeys to Guimarães from many towns
and cities through Portugal.
The railway station in Guimarães is on the southern edge of the
city centre, about six or seven minutes uphill walk. (Downhilll on
the way back of course!) Taxis are outside as are several local
buses. It's at Av. Dom João IV, Map.
The bus station in Guimarães is a little closer to the city
centre, at the Jardim da Alameda Mariano Felgueiras. Look for
Central de Camionagem on the map. It is close to McDonalds, the
Hotel IBIS and a large shopping centre.
The tourist office is located in the historic city centre at Largo Cónego José Maria Gomes, 4800 - 419 Guimarães.
Guimarães is a walkable city, if a bit hilly! The historic centre
is traffic-free. If you need local buses around the city and
immediate suburbs, consult the city bus website ;
these buses operate under the name Guimabus. The website is only
Click the tab 'Descarragar Horários Diurno' for day time buses.
Descarrager Horários Noturno will show the times of the buses
after about 2000hrs / 8pm.
There are two circular routes (numbers 003 and 004) around the
centre, university campuses and railway station operated by
electric buses, running every 20 -30 minutes on weekdays from 0700
to 2030 on weekdays, every 40 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays and
There is a zonal fare system with tickets for single journeys
starting at €1,05. A pre paid ten journey ticket reduces the cost
by around 10%.
There is no system map I can find, but there are various
interactive maps (click Planeador de Viagens) to help you find a
stop and plan a journey.
The good bus service is because there is a large University
campus (Universidade do Minho) located there. There is a large
outdoor market on Fridays, behind the castle, well worth a visit.
There is a téléferico (cable car) from the city to Penha, a hill resort some 1300 feet/400 metres above town and a mile (1.6km) distant. Well worth a ride (€7,50 up and back down for adults and children aged 12 and over; €3.50 for children aged 6 to 11, free for very young children) for the views if it's a clear day. As of 3rd November I cannot find information about days and times of operation. Until October, the cable car is running daily between 1000hrs to 1815hrs. Good walking and general recreation areas. Website with some details here but only in Portuguese.
Guimarães is at the end of the railway line, so the train does
not give any options apart from getting back to Porto or Lisbon.
Several bus companies operate from Guimarães bus station to a variety of nearby destinations. I recommend that if you are intending to roam the area or make an onward journey by bus, you visit the bus terminal as soon as possible after your arrival. Each bus company has its own office, so you may need to make several enquiries, which is why I didn't.
Buses are reasonably frequent on weekdays, but very few run on Saturdays and there are almost none on Sundays or Holidays. Most interurban buses finish around 8pm. Please bear these things in mind before making your plans too firm.
Bus companies operating from the terminal include:
TransDev - buses to Braga, Viana do Castelo, Vizela, Póvoa de Varzim and Famalicao
- buses to Braga jointly with other companies - see below.
Guimarães < > Braga
The current timetable for weekday
fast buses (Bus Plus 5) between Guimarães and Braga can be viewed
and downloaded here. These do not
run during July, August and September. Times for slower buses that
run all year here.
In addition to these buses, the Rede Expressos long distance company operates several non stop journey every day but these are more expensive. These are not part of the joint operation and the other tickets are not valid. Rede Expressos tickets can be purchased from their website. Journey time 25 minutes.
The stadium of SC Vítoria Guimarães is within easy walking distance of the city centre, you will be pleased to know. It's on the northern edge of town in "Parque Central".
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For more about Guimarães as a city, please see this article in Wikipedia.
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