(this page is regularly updated so please check again before
you leave for Portugal)
Coimbra (pronounced “QUEEN-bra”) lies in the middle
of Portugal, about half way between Lisbon and Porto. Coimbra
was the first capital of Portugal and its university is one of
the oldest in Europe, dating from 1290.
TIME AND PLACE
The conference will take place at the University of Coimbra,
in the Department of Mathematics in Praça Dom Dinis, located
on the hill above the old town. A virtual tour of the university
is available here.
The accommodation recommendations made at this website are all
within walking distance or a short bus trip.
The conference will run from approximately 0900 on Monday 20 March
until 1800 on Wednesday 23 March. The specially invited keynote
speakers will open and close the conferences.
As many people are expected to arrive on Sunday 20 March, some
informal arrangements have been made for optional social gatherings
during Sunday evening. Suggestions for good local restaurants
and bars made by the local organisers will be left in all the
recommended hotels listed at this website and are posted on the
social events web pages.
HOW TO REACH COIMBRA
If travelling from outside the Iberian peninsula, you will probably
fly to Lisbon or Oporto, from where there are good train connections
to Coimbra. Flight costs can be reasonable if booked in advance,
but they can become expensive near Easter. For a listing of flights
servicing Portugal and Oporto, check the Portuguese
airports authority for arrival and departure timetables,
or alternatively you can search an online travel booking service.
A special agreement has been made in order to offer a discount
to the participants who make their flight booking
and buy their ticket exclusively through TAP
Air Portugal’s website.
Rail travel from both Lisbon and Oporto is regular and fast, especially
if you take the Alfa Pendular (“pendolino”) or InterCity
railways gives timetables and fare information for
the Lisboa - Porto line on which Coimbra is located. The Dutch
railway website provides a very comprehensive timetable
from other European cities to Coimbra.
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FROM LISBON AIRPORT
Take a taxi from the arrivals area to the Oriente railway station
(about 10 minutes and should cost 5-8 euros). Both the airport
and Oriente station lie to the north east of the town centre.
Go to the upper ticketing level at the station and find the ticket
kiosk for the Lisboa-Porto line (look for the "Alfa"
and "Intercidades" signs)
Buy a ticket, preferably for an Alfa Pendular or InterCity train
(these require reservations). The cost is between 25 and 30 euros
for a return journey.
Trains depart Lisbon Oriente station for Coimbra approximately
every hour, with a journey duration of around two hours. On Sunday,
20 March trains depart Lisbon Oriente from 08:04 to 21:04 with
journeys returning to Lisbon on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th
March at similar frequencies and times (check timetables at Portuguese
Get off the train when you arrive at Coimbra B (the main railway
station). You can take another train for Coimbra A station on
the same ticket from where all the hotels are within walking distance.
However, if you are staying at the student accommodation, then
it is best to get off at Coimbra B station and take a taxi to
the residencia (approximately 4 euros). Please note that InterCity
trains do not stop at Coimbra A station, so you must get off at
TRAVELLING BY TRAIN FROM PORTO
From the airport which lies to the north of the town, take a
taxi to the main railway station of Porto Campanha (this should
cost 20-25 euros).
Trains depart station hourly with a journey time of one and a
quarter hours for Alfa Pendular and InterCity trains, and approximately
two hours for regional trains. Rail fares cost between 15-22 euros.
Get off at Coimbra B. If you are staying at the student accommodation,
take a taxi to the residencia (approximately 4 euros). If staying
at the hotels, then use the same ticket to take another train
to Coimbra A station, where the hotels are nearby. Please note
that InterCity trains do not stop at Coimbra A station, so you
must get off at Coimbra B.
ARRIVING LATE IN LISBON?
In case your flight or train arrives too late to travel to Coimbra
on the same day, and you require overnight accommodation in Lisbon,
it is best to aim for a hotel near the Gare do Oriente (Oriente
railway station) which is only 10 minutes away by taxi. This impressive
and concrete construction was designed by Spanish architect
Santiago Calatrava. Opposite the Oriente station is the Vasco
da Gama Shopping Centre, Oceanarium and Virtual Reality Pavilion
which have been built on the former Expo'98 site now called the
Parque das Nacoes. The two nearest hotels are Hotel
Tryp Oriente and Hotel
Tivoli Tejo. Both cost approximately 90-100 EUR for
a single room, and do not offer special rates during the Easter
period. An online hotel search for hotels near Lisbon airport
may provide something less expensive.
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Invitation letters for applying for a visa to Portugal for authors
PAPERS will be issued by the Local Organizing Committee at the
Informatics Engineering, University of Coimbra. In case you need
such a letter,
write an email to ICANNGA05
Organizers, with subject: ICANNGA05 Travel Visa Application and include
1. Complete name, including title,
and affiliation 2. Address, where the letter should
be send to (possibly incl. a fax number) 3. Nationality of applicant, passport
no., date and place of issuance of the
passport 4. Title of the paper, its authors
and the paper-id
If some of this information is missing, we can not provide a supporting
so please take care to provide complete information.