Train strike 1-6 October

Unfortunately the unions announced a strike that will affect the train traffic in Portugal for the whole week of 1-6 October.

1-3 October: Lists of train services that will run
Intercities and alfapendular (fast trains)
Great Lisbon area
Great Porto area
Regional, Interegional and Coimbra area
4 October: it is expected that 75% of trains will be cancelled. More info's on the next days.
5 October: it is expected that 100% of trains will be cancelled. more info's (only in Portuguese)
6 October: No strike. But it is expected that some trains in the morning will be cancelled or will have important delays.

Note that the strike is not affecting the Rede Expresso buses
The bus service mentioned in the CP announcement, regards CP buses that may sometimes substitute the train service. Being a strike, those are of course not running.

  • From Porto: Porto bus station is not very easy to reach with public transport. So we advice to go first by metro to the Porto Campanhã train station to check whether there is any train to Coimbra within 2 hours - 2.5 hours. If not you take a taxi (the safest and quickest) to the bus terminal (Garagem Atlantico - Estação rodoviaria - Via Alexandre Herculano/Praça Batalha close to the Sao Bento train station). Buses to Coimbra are leaving approximately every 1 h. The trip lasts about 90 mins. For information, time table and prices see the web site of the Rede Nacional de Expressos.
  • From Lisbon: You can go directly to the Sete Rios bus terminal (close to the Sete Rios train station and the Jardim Zoologico subway station. Buses to Coimbra are leaving approximately every 30 min-1 h from the The trip lasts about 150 mins. For information, time table and prices see the web site of the Rede Nacional de Expressos.From the airport you get there by metro (red line up to São Sebastião, and then blue line stop Jardim Zoologico).
    Since it is on the same metro line (red), you can also stop first to the Lisboa Oriente train station (by metro from the airport, stop Oriente - red line) and check if there is any train going to Coimbra within 2 hours - 2.5 hours (in principle there is a big shopping-mall close to the station where you can spend some time, eat something, etc. or visit the Expo area of Lisbon that is close by). If no trains, you can eventually take the metro and go to the Sete Rios bus terminal (close to the Sete Rios train station and the Jardim Zoologico subway station).