Ciência Viva Centres

Make the most out of train journeys and admission to the 'Ciência Viva' Centres.

The Ciência Viva Centres promote scientific and technological knowledge through hands-on experiments. Its mission is to attract kinds and young people to look at science through a critical eye on the world and society so they can become an active participant in its future. 

 

CP Services: Alfa Pendular | Intercidades | Regional and InterRegional | Oporto urban trains

See the nearest station to the Ciência Viva Centre you want to visit:

Lisbon:

  • Pavilhão do Conhecimento: Oriente Station is about 10 minutes away on foot.
  • Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium: Sete Rios or Entrecampos Station is about 18 minutes away on foot.

Oporto Planetarium: from Oporto Campanhã or the São Bento Station, we recommend the Metro to 'Casa da Música' and then walk all the way to the Planetarium (25 minutes).

Casa da Ciência Planetarium – Braga Ciência Viva Centre: Braga Station.

Guimarães Ciência Viva Centre: Guimarães Station is about 8 minutes away on foot.

Vila do Conde Ciência Viva Centre: Oporto Station (Campanhã and São Bento)

Côa Museum – Ciência Viva Centre: Pocinho Station.

Fábrica – Aveiro Ciência Viva Centre: Aveiro Station is about 20 minutes away on foot.

Exploratório – Coimbra Ciência Viva Centre: the Coimbra Station (cidade) is 16 minutes away on foot. You can also use municipal bus no. 18 (SMTUC).

Constância Ciência Viva Centre: Praia do Ribatejo Station.

Lousal Ciência Viva Centre*: Lousal Station.

Lagos Ciência Viva Centre: Lagos Station is about 7 minutes away on foot.

Tavira Ciência Viva Centre: Tavira Station is about 18 minutes away on foot.

Algarve in Faro Ciência Viva Centre: Faro Station is about 12 minutes away on foot. 

* Only for school groups or scouts with a minimum of 10 people.

Note: On group journeys to the Ciência Viva Centres of Constância and Lousal, it may be necessary to make an additional stop of the Intercidades service in such towns.

Benefits on Intercidades, Regional and InterRegional

  • 30% off individual return journeys

Journeys to the stations nearest to the Ciência Viva Centre you want to visit. The discount is applied at the moment you purchase the return ticket, upon presenting the Ciência Viva Circuit Card and a personal identification document.

On the homeward journey, you must present the transport ticket stamped – at the time of the visit – by the Ciência Viva Centre, or hold an admission ticket with dates after the outward journey and prior to the homeward ticket or on the same days of the tickets.

Customers who, on their homeward journey, do not present proof of visit to the Ciência Viva Centres, the Circuitos Ciência Viva physical or digital card and personal identification document, shall be considered passengers without a ticket and shall be subject to the penalties established by law.

  • The purchase of an outward ticket with 30% discount is allowed, between Faro/Olhão. This discount is only available upon presenting the Circuitos Ciência Viva card + citizen card and the admission ticket to the Algarve/Faro Ciência Viva Centre, valid for the same day as the train journey.

Refunded and reissued only for the period during which the discount is valid, in accordance with the regulations.

  • 20% off group journeys

Discount on group journeys, on the price resulting from the application of the age discount (children, youth, and senior) on return journeys to the station nearest to the Ciência Viva Centre you want to visit.

  • For each 10 participants, the Ciência Viva Centre and CP offer an admission + journey to a teacher or a companion. From 11 participants, the offer of an entrance + journey will be applied to two teachers or companions;
  • Non-refundable. Reissued only for the period during which the discount is valid, in accordance with the regulations.

Benefits on the Lisbon Urban Trains

  • Special €2 return ticket per person, for groups with a minimum of 15 Customers.

Benefits on the Oporto Urban Trains

  • Special €2 return ticket per person, for groups with a minimum of 10 Customers.

These discounts cannot be used together with other discounts or special offers.

Access benefits to the Ciência Viva Centres 

Upon presenting the Intercidades, Regional and InterRegional ticket:

  • 10% off individual customers on the ticket price (not including extra activities or programmes) at the Ciência Viva Centres of Braga, Guimarães, Vila do Conde, Coimbra, Tavira, Lagos, Algarve in Faro, Constância, at Pavilhão do Conhecimento and Oporto Planetarium.
  • 10% off School Groups or Scouts on the ticket price (not including extra activities or programmes) at the Ciência Viva Centres of Braga, Guimarães, Vila do Conde, Coimbra, Tavira, Lagos, Algarve in Faro, Constância, Lousal, at Pavilhão do Conhecimento and Oporto Planetarium.
  • Reception of school groups at the stations by a guide from the Ciência Viva Centres of Lousa, Algarve in Faro and Lagos (only applicable to 1st cycle groups).

Intercidades, Regional and InterRegional

On sale from the CP ticket offices or on board only if the station ticket office is not available. The payment on board can only be made in cash.

Lisbon and Oporto Urban Trains

Must be booked in advance with the group service (see information and booking)

Train journey

  • Intercidades, Regional and InterRegional group service:
    Email: gruposLC-RG@cp.pt  (Business days from 9:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 18:00)
  • Lisbon and Oporto Urban Trains group service (group journeys only):
    Email: gruposcptpt@cp.pt  (Business days from 9:30 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 17:30)

Get ready for a journey that will reveal everything you need to know about the intestines, through an interactive experience for the whole family.

The new temporary exhibition of the Pavilion of Knowledge, inspired by the book by Giulia and Jill Enders “Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ” and produced by the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie de Paris in partnership with the Pavilion of Knowledge and Heureka, will show us in detail the fascinating world of our most underrated organ, as well as its inhabitants (bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms).