16th International Photodynamic Association World Congress

Venue, Accommodation & Travel


Once the medieval capital of Portugal, and its first capital, from 1131 to 1255, Coimbra has been the site of the country’s greatest university for the past seven centuries. Established in 1290, it is one of the most ancient universities in continuous operation in the world, and the conference location chosen for the IPA 16th World Congress.
The University of Coimbra has ca. 25.000 students and remains a world leading university that offers education and research at all study levels and in nearly all study fields. Its historical buildings were classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2013: "Coimbra offers an outstanding example of an integrated university city with a specific urban typology as well as its own ceremonial and cultural traditions that have been kept alive through the ages." The University of Coimbra is expected to receive half a million visitors in 2017.

The conference will take place at the main auditorium of the University of Coimbra, located between the Chemistry and the Physics departments, across the st reet from the Faculty of Medicine and 50 meters from the main historical sites of Coimbra. The participants will be immersed in the vibrant and traditional academic life of the University of Coimbra. There are many small restaurants and cafeterias in the area mostly serving the university community at very reasonable prices.

Travel to Coimbra from…

Lisbon airport

Porto airport

First go from the airport to the train station by metro

Viva card + 1 ride = ±3 €

Andante card + 1 ride = ±3 €

By train

Name of the Train station

Oriente train station

Campanhã train station

How long to get to the train station (roughly) after I land?

1 hour

2 hours

How much for the train ticket to Coimbra?

19,20€ / 32,80€

depending on the train type and 2nd or 1st class tickets.


10,40€ / 21,70€

depending on the train type and 2nd or 1st class tickets.


Where can I buy my train ticket online?


! You cannot enter the train without a ticket

How long is the ride to Coimbra?

1:30 /2:00

depending on the train type

1:00 /1:30

depending on the train type

Where do I get out?

Coimbra B

! There is no Coimbra A

How do I go to my hotel from Coimbra B?

Taxi: 5€ to 10€

By car

Highway - Distance

A1 – 200km

A1 – 120km


Coimbra Sul

Coimbra Norte

Toll charge




! Do not enter the "Via Verde" lane

you cannot use this lane unless you have a Via Verde Transponder

Travel in Portugal

Portugal is a top touristic destination in the world. Visitors easily find local people who can speak English, French or Spanish, and note their warm hospitality. Portugal is a safe country, but you should keep an eye on your personal belongings and avoid walking alone at night in less known parts of the towns.
Portugal has a lot to offer to visitors. Plan your trip ahead of time to allow sufficient time to travel to Porto, Lisbon or the Algarve. June is the best time to visit, with an average temperature of 21 °C (17-26 °C), sunny weather and not too many tourists (yet).

Accommodation in Coimbra

Popular sites for hotel search identify nearly 100 properties with rooms available at a walking distance from the city center. The prices range from 30 to 140 € per person per night. Twenty examples are presented below without any guarantee that the price will not change. Earlier booking is strongly recommended both because Coimbra receives many visitors and because an extra touristic flux is expected in 2017 associated with the centennial of the Apparitions of Fatima. Although distances between the hotels and the conference site are short, as shown below, it is important to say that the University of Coimbra is located at the top of a steep hill. Distances shown in red mean that a significant portion of the walk rises steeply up to the University.
Book early to avoid disappointment.

Distance Name/Stars Prices
2.0 km Quinta das Lágrimas ★★★★
Double: 155€
1.6 km Hotel Tryp Coimbra ★★★★ Single:60€ Special deal
Double: 70€ Promocode: IPA2017
1.1 km Hotel Vila Galé Coimbra ★★★★ Single:85€
Double: 85€
1.0 km Hotel Tivoli ★★★★ Single:65€ Special deal
Double: 75€ Promocode: IPA2017
1.4 km Hotel Dona Inês ★★★ Single:55€ Special deal
Double:65€ Promocode: IPA2017
0.4km Hotel Astória ★★★ Single:60€
1.9km Hotel D. Luís ★★★ Single:52€ Special deal
Double:72€ Promocode: IPA2017
0.5km Hotel Oslo Coimbra ★★★ Single:90€
1.0 km Hotel Bragança ★★★ Single:40€
0.7 km Hotel Almedina Coimbra,Centro ★★★ Single:45€
0.3 km Hotel Ibis Coimbra Centro ★★ Single:44€
0.2 km Hotel Botânico ★★ Single:40€
0.4 km Hotel Vitória ★★ Single:45€
0.3 km Hotel Jardim ★★ Single:40€
1.0 km Hotel Residencial Alentejana,★★ Single:40€
0.4 km Ah33 Studios Single:70€
0.7 km The Luggage,Hostel and Suite Single:18€
0.2 km Serenata Hostel Single:39€
0.9 km NS Hostel and Suites Double:28€
1.0 km HI – Coimbra Youth Hostel Double:40€

Accommodation nearby

If you are driving and looking for a different experience, you may wish to consider staying at the beach or in the countryside in the region of Coimbra.
Figueira da Foz is the closest seaside town, 50 km (35 min). Curia and Luso are spa resorts 30 min from Coimbra.
In the countryside less than 30 min from Coimbra, you will find charming rural hotels and farmhouses as well as stylish rental villas, with private swimming pools.