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University of Minho, Portugal


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Location - Guimarães - Portugal



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Distances from main cities in Portugal and Spain




La Coruña (Spain)


Faro (Algarve)

Madrid (Spain)

50 km / 30 miles

180 km / 110 miles

240 km / 150 miles

375 km / 235 miles

635 km / 395 miles

650 km / 405 miles  


The City

Guimarães is known as one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Portugal. It is also well know as the birthplace of Portugal because the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, was born in this city. On the 13th December 2001, UNESCO inscribed the city of Guimarães on the list of World Heritage. The university campus is situated only 15 minutes walk away from the city centre of Guimarães.


How to get to Guimarães

The city of Guimarães is supplied with highway connections to other cities and a railway station.        

By Plane

If you want to arrive at Guimarães by plane you will have to land at Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (Oporto Airport) and then take a car, taxi or train. For information on schedules see the Portuguese Air Transporter Company web site.

By Car

When travelling by car you will find many ways to get to Guimarães. From the North you have the Highway from Braga and Viana do Castelo and also from Corunna (Spain). From the East you have the Highway from Bragança and Vila Real. From the South you have the Highway which connects Lisbon and Porto and from the border with Spain at Vilar Formoso.  

By Train

By train you have two choices: from the North (Spain and Viana do Castelo) or from Lisbon with international connections from Spain. Go to the Portuguese Railways Company web site for further information.

By Coach

Most of the big cities are inter-connected by coach. From Porto to Guimarães, it takes about 1 hour and costs 5.20 euros. Note: From the airport, you need to first go to the city centre of Porto to take a coach. The coach station of Guimarães is located in the other side of the city centre of Guimarães. On foot, it takes 30 minutes to the university campus. Probably it is better to take a taxi from the coach station to the campus. See the timetable and destinations on Rede Nacional de Expressos.




Last update: 13-Fev-2009