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: Intercidades | Regional and InterRegional

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


  • 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.

Intercidades, regional and interregional advantages

30% off individual return journeys* for holders of "CIÊNCIA VIVA CIRCUITS CARD."

  • To the CP station closest to the Ciência Viva Centre to be visited for "CIÊNCIA VIVA CIRCUITS CARD" holders under the following conditions:
    • Presentation of the physical or digital "CIÊNCIA VIVA CIRCUITS CARD" and personal identification document, either when you buy the ticket at a ticket office or on board the trains;
    • On the return journey, the ticket must be stamped by the Centro Ciência Viva that you visited or have the ticket dated on the same day or after the outward ticket and before or on the same day as the return ticket;
    • Failure to present the proof of visit to Ciência Viva Centres (admission ticket or CP ticket certified by Ciência Viva Centre, in the case of free exhibitions) together with the physical or digital "CIÊNCIA VIVA CIRCUITS CARD" and personal identification document, on the return journey, incurs the payment of the difference to the value of the return journey without reduction, being also subject to the penalties provided by law;
    • Discount not cumulative with other discounts or promotions;
    • These tickets can be refunded, and the date and time can be changed.

*Exception: on the journey from Faro to Olhão, CP offers a 30% discount on one-way journeys. The proof of entitlement to the discount is made upon presentation of the CIÊNCIA VIVA CIRCUITS CARD and the Faro/Algarve Ciência Viva Centre admission ticket, valid for the day intended for the train journey.

For the remaining services, groups and age groups, discounts will be applied according to the day and train chosen.

Benefits on access to Ciência Viva Centres

Upon presentation of an Intercidades, Regional and InterRegional ticket:

  • 10% off for individual passengers on the value of the ticket (does not include extra activities or programming) in the Ciência Viva Centres in Braga, Guimarães, Vila do Conde, Coimbra, Tavira, Lagos, Algarve in Faro, Constância, in the Pavilion of Knowledge and Planetarium in Porto.
  • 10% off for School Groups or Scouts on the ticket price (does not include extra activities or programming) in Braga, Guimarães, Vila do Conde, Coimbra, Tavira, Lagos, Algarve in Faro, Constância, Lousal in the Pavilion of Knowledge and Oporto Planetarium.
  • Reception of school groups at the stations by a guide from the Ciência Viva Centre in Lousal, Algarve (Faro) and Lagos (only for 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.

Train journey

  • Intercidades, Regional and InterRegional group service:  ((working days from 9:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 18:00)