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There are 8 ways to get from Madrid to Coimbra by bus, night bus, train, night train, car, plane or towncar

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Bus  •  9h 33m

  1. Take the bus from Madrid to Viseu
  2. Take the bus from Viseu to Coimbra RedeExpressos / ...

44€ - 61€

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Night bus  •  6h 25m

  1. Take the night bus from Madrid to Coimbra N795

25€ - 31€

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Train, night train  •  8h 28m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Principe Pio to Salamanca 18909 / ...
  2. Take the night train from Salamanca to Coimbra Trenhotel Surexpreso

41€ - 56€

Train, night train via Chamartin  •  8h 39m

  1. Take the train from Madrid-Chamartin to Salamanca Alv
  2. Take the night train from Salamanca to Coimbra Trenhotel Surexpreso

46€ - 64€

Drive  •  5h 25m

  1. Drive from Madrid to Coimbra 515.3 km

60€ - 90€

Fly to Porto, towncar  •  5h 33m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Porto (OPO) MAD - OPO
  2. Take a town car from Porto Airport to Coimbra

146€ - 234€

Fly to Lisbon, train  •  6h 11m

  1. Fly from Madrid (MAD) to Lisbon (LIS) MAD - LIS
  2. Take the train from Lisboa - Oriente to Coimbra-B

45€ - 106€

Towncar  •  8h 54m

  1. Take a town car from Madrid to Porto Airport
  2. Take a town car from Porto Airport to Coimbra

667€ - 802€

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Coimbra is 808 24 24 24.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Coimbra is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Coimbra is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 808 24 24 24.

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The most affordable way to get from Madrid to Coimbra is to night bus, which costs 25€ - 31€ and takes 6h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Madrid to Coimbra is to drive which costs 60€ - 90€ and takes 5h 25m.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Madrid and arriving at Coimbra. This bus operates Monday and Saturday. The journey takes approximately 6h 25m.

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No, there is no direct train from Madrid to Coimbra. However, there are services departing from Madrid-Principe Pio and arriving at Coimbra via Salamanca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h 28m.

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The distance between Madrid and Coimbra is 401 km. The road distance is 515.3 km.

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The best way to get from Madrid to Coimbra without a car is to bus which takes 9h 33m and costs 40€ - 65€.

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It takes approximately 9h 33m to get from Madrid to Coimbra, including transfers.

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Madrid to Coimbra bus services, operated by FlixBus, depart from Madrid station.

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Madrid to Coimbra train services, operated by Renfe Viajeros, depart from Madrid-Principe Pio station.

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The quickest flight from Madrid Airport to Porto Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Map of how to get from Madrid to Coimbra.
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  • Distance: 400.6 km
  • Duration: 9h 33m

What companies run services between Madrid, Spain and Coimbra, Portugal?

You can take a bus from Madrid to Coimbra via Viseu in around 9h 33m.

Airlines
Iberia
Website
iberia.com
Flights from Madrid to Porto
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
30€ - 230€
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
24€ - 150€
TAP Portugal
Website
flytap.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
28€ - 180€
Air Europa
Website
aireuropa.com
Flights from Madrid to Porto
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
22€ - 75€
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
21€ - 110€
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Madrid to Lisbon
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
26€ - 180€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Madrid to Porto
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
14€ - 100€
Train operators
Renfe Viajeros

Spain's excellent and extensive rail system connects cities across Spain and into neighbouring countries. Renfe's high-speed AVE trains can reach speeds of up to 350km/h, making travel between major cities very efficient. All medium- and long-distance trains require a seat reservation; ticket sales for these trains usually open 30-60 days before travel. Most Renfe trains have two classes: Turista (2nd class) and Preferente (1st class), although some AVE trains offer Turista Plus. There is free WiFi for Preferente passengers and for those with a +Renfe loyalty card.

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Contact Details
Phone
902 320 320
Website
renfe.com
Train from Madrid-Principe Pio to Salamanca
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
17€ - 22€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Train from Madrid-Chamartin to Salamanca
Ave. Duration
1h 41m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
17€ - 22€
Website
Renfe Viajeros
Comboios De Portugal

Comboios de Portugal (CP) is the national railway network of Portugal that spans over 2700km, with trains split into three main types: regional, urban and intercity trains; international and domestic high-speed trains; and international night trains. Portugal's main stations are Santa Apolónia in Lisbon and Campanha in Porto – these connect to trains in Portugal's cities and international destinations. The Alfa Pendular, the fastest train in Portugal, is a popular travel choice, as it can run at a speed of up to 250 km/h. You can book train tickets up to 60 days in advance.

Contact Details
Phone
+351 707 210 220
Website
cp.pt
Night train from Salamanca to Coimbra
Ave. Duration
4h 48m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
24€ - 35€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
24€ - 35€
Train from Lisboa - Oriente to Coimbra-B
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
15€ - 21€
Website
Comboios De Portugal
Urbano
15€ - 21€
Bus operators
ALSA

A Spanish subsidiary of National Express, ALSA provides bus and coach services across Spain and neighbouring countries including Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and Malta. Founded in 1923, ALSA values service and the customer experience. Buses are equipped with communal TV screens showing movies, individual behind-seat screens, ALSA radio, app for books and music, and free WiFi. ALSA services are accessible to people with disabilities, and guide dogs are welcome on all journeys. There are three types of tickets on offer (Frequent Traveller Pass, Share Pass and ALSA Pass), along with discounts for senior citizens, students and children.

Contact Details
Phone
+34 902 42 22 42
Website
alsa.es
Bus from Madrid to Viseu
Ave. Duration
7h 30m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
35€ - 50€
Website
alsa.com
Rede Expressos

Rede Nacional de Expressos is a cheap and convenient way to get around the country. In business since 1995, Portugal’s biggest bus operator services villages and cities across the country. Tickets can be purchased up to 30 days before the date of travel, with discounted fares available via their free RFLEX Card. Most coaches have WiFi and power sockets.

Contact Details
Phone
707 22 33 44
Email
cliente@rne.pt
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Viseu to Coimbra
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
9€ - 12€
Schedules at
rede-expressos.pt
Rodonorte
Phone
+ 351 259 340 710
Email
geral@rodonorte.pt
Website
rodonorte.pt
Bus from Viseu to Coimbra
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
9€ - 11€
Schedules at
rodonorte.pt
Citi Express
Email
info@citiexpress.eu
Website
rede-expressos.pt
Bus from Viseu to Coimbra
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
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Citi Express
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Night bus from Madrid to Coimbra
Ave. Duration
6h 25m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
25€ - 31€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Other operators
VMTransfers
Phone
(+351) 220971653
Email
info@vmtransfers.com
Website
vmtransfers.com
Towncar from Porto Airport to Coimbra
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
120€ - 150€
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VMTransfers
Towncar from Madrid to Porto Airport
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
500€ - 650€
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VMTransfers

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Madrid to Coimbra bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Coimbra station.

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Coimbra is 1h behind Madrid. It is currently 1:42 AM in Madrid and 12:42 AM in Coimbra.

Madrid to Coimbra train services, operated by Comboios De Portugal, arrive at Coimbra station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Madrid to Coimbra is 515 km. It takes approximately 5h 25m to drive from Madrid to Coimbra.

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Air Europa, Ryanair and Iberia offer flights from Madrid Airport to Porto Airport.

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Book your Madrid to Coimbra bus tickets online with FlixBus.

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There are 120+ hotels available in Coimbra. Prices start at 75€ per night.

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