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 | Porto urban trains

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 benefits

5% off* group travel

  • Discount on return tickets for groups who wish to visit one of the Ciência Viva Centres, over and above the age discount (child or youngster).

20% off* return tickets for the adults accompanying the groups.

* Not applicable in the following cases:

  • trips on Friday or Thursday if it is the day before a public holiday;
  • From 1 June to 30 September on Algarve Line intercidades services;
  • In periods of high demand, on request.

Discounts will be applied according to the day and train chosen for other services, groups and age groups.

Lisbon Urban Trains

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

Porto 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.

30% off individual return trips* for "CIÊNCIA VIVA CIRCUITS CARD" holders
- To the CP station closest to the Ciência Viva Centre to be visited, for "CIÊNCIA VIVA CIRCUITS CARD" holders, under the following conditions:
o 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 to the ticket inspector on board the trains;
o On the return journey, the ticket must be stamped by the Ciência Viva Centre 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;
o Failure to present the proof of visit to Ciência Viva Centres (entrance ticket or CP ticket CP 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 trip, incurs the payment of the difference to the value of the return trip without reduction, also subject to the penalties provided by law;
o Discount cannot be used with other discounts or promotions;
o These tickets can be refunded and the dates and times can be changed.
*Exception: on the journey from Faro to Olhão, CP grants 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 admission ticket to the Faro/Algarve Ciência Viva Centre valid for the day of the train journey.

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

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:  ((working days from 9:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 18:00)
  • Lisbon and Oporto Urban Trains group service (group journeys only):
    -Lisbon:  (working days from 9:30 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 17:30)
    -Oporto:  (working days from 9:30 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 17:30)