Guimarães is located approximately 350 km from Lisbon (the Portuguese Capital) and about 50 km from the second largest city, Porto.
From Lisbon or Porto, all the participants of the ICL-GNSS conference can reach Guimarães by train or by car.
Getting to Guimarães through the Oporto International Airport (OPO)
The Porto International Airport (Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport) has regular flights to/from the main European Cities. You can find the flight schedule with scheduled departures and arrivals at the Airport Web site.
From the Oporto Airport to Guimarães
The city centre of Guimarães is about 50 km from the Oporto Airport. There are several options to travel from the Airport to Guimarães (options presented in a random order).
Option A - "GetBus" service
GetBus is a bus shuttle service that travels directly between the Oporto Airport and the Guimarães central bus station (located in level zero of Guimarães Shopping, in from of the city hospital, behind the IBIS hotel).
Option B - Car renting
There are several car rental companies at the airport.
Option C - Taxi service
Taxis are available at the OPorto Airport. From the airport to Guimaraes city it should cost at least 70 eur.
Option D - Metro + Train
Step 1 - Take the Metro from the Airport to Porto Campanhã (Porto main train station):
Metro service: https://en.metrodoporto.pt/
a. Line E (purple line) - Subway towards Estadio do Dragão
b. Travel time: around 35 min, 19 stops
c. Cost: 2€ for a one way Z4 ticket. The ticket name is "Andante azul" and can be recharged latter (you can buy the ticket at the
d. Schedule: metro trains every 30 minutes (more information here)
Step 2 - Take a train from Porto Campanhã to Guimarães
Train service: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en
a. Trains: U (urban) or IC (intercity, only one a day) or AP ("Alfa Pendular", only one a day)
b. Travel time: around 1h11
c. Cost: 3,20€ (for Urban train) or 12,90€ (for IC train) or 14,50€ (for AP train)
d. Schedule: trains every hour (more information here)
ICL-GNSS will take place in the CCG - Centro de Computação Gráfica (Computer Graphics Center) auditorium.
CCG is located inside the University of Minho campus. When in town head to the University Campus. When you arrive in the University campus please walk to CCG: building number 14, entirely brown.
All the hotels presented below are within a walking distance to the University campus (max 20 minutes walking).
Guimarães is located in the North-western of Portugal. This city played an important role as the major municipality during the time of the Condado Portucalense, the name given to the feudal lands between the Lima and Ave Rivers under the rule of the Kings of León (Spain).
The historic centre of Guimarães is classified by UNESCO as Cultural Heritage since 2001.
In 2012, Guimarães hosted one of the European Capitals of Culture.
Guimarães was also a European Sports City in 2013 and, for the first time, it was awarded with the "Best European City of Sports 2013" by ACES Europe.
Participants are advised to book a hotel as soon as possible. Other events will take place in town on the same dates which may lead to some difficulties in finding the best place to stay.