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:


  • Pavilhão do Conhecimento: Oriente station is about a 10-minute walk away.
  • Lisbon planetarium: Belém station is about a 20-minute walk away.

Oporto planetarium: from Oporto Campanhã o São Bento stations we recommend the Metro to Casa da Música and then walk (25 minutes).

Guimarães Ciência Viva centre: Guimarães station is about 10 minutes away.

Coimbra Ciência Viva centre: Coimbra(cidade) station is about 15 minutes away on foot or you can catch the municipal bus number 18 (SMTUC).

Constância Ciência Viva centre*: Praia do Ribatejo station

Lousal Ciência Viva centre**: Lousal station

Lagos Ciência Viva centre: Lagos station is 5 to 10 minutes away on foot.

Tavira Ciência Viva centre: Tavira station is about 20 minutes away on foot.

Aveiro Ciência Viva centre: Aveiro station is about 20 minutes away on foot.

Algarve Ciência Viva centre: Faro station is about 10 minutes away on foot. 

*Only for individual clients/families (5 maximum), holders of Ciência Viva Circuit Card who have booked the visit in advance with the centre. The Constância centre has a 5-seat van for the visit agreed in advance by the visitors and the centre.

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

Benefits on Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, Regional and InterRegional

30% off return journeys on Intercidades, Regional or InterRegional train tickets to the station nearest the Ciência Viva centre between three days before and three days after the visit. The discount is attributed to the return ticket if you show your Ciência Viva circuit card, citizen's card and outward ticket duly stamped by the Ciência Viva centre or a valid Ciência Viva admission ticket.

  • You can also get 30% off a single ticket between Faro/Olhão, for the circuit involving the Faro Ciência Viva centre, defined in advance. Discount available if you show your Ciência Viva card + citizen card and admission to the Faro Ciência Viva centre, valid for the same day as the train journey.
  • Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or special offers.
  • These tickets cannot be refunded and can only be altered for the period the discount is valid, according to the regulations.

Benefits on Oporto Urban Trains

  • Special €2 return ticket per person, for groups of 10 to 100 Customers.
  • Special offer shall only apply to scheduled urban trains – except some trains at rush hours, running on working days (contact the group service for further details).
  • An adult travels for free for every 10 other passengers.

Access benefits to the Ciência Viva centres 

Upon presentation of your  Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, Regional or InterRegional ticket:

  • 15% off the admission ticket (not including extra activities or programme) at the Guimarães, Coimbra, Tavira, Aveiro Ciência Viva centres, Pavilhão do Conhecimento and Oporto planetarium.
  • Reception of school groups at the stations by a guide from the Lousal, Lagos and Faro Ciência Viva centres.

Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, Regional and InterRegional

Available from CP ticket offices or on board the train if you cannot buy a ticket at the station where you got on. All ticket payments on board the train must be made in cash.

Oporto urban trains

Must be booked in advance with the groups service (see information and bookings)

Train journey

  • Alfa Pendular, Intercidades, Regional and InterRegional groups service:
    Email:  (Business days  from 9:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 18:00)
  • Oporto urban trains group service (group travel only):
    Email:  (Business days 9:30 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 17h30)