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Public transport

Bragança has a network of public minibuses (called STUB) http://www.stub.com.pt/, however, most students go to School on foot, as most of them live nearby. If you live far from the School, you can buy a season ticket in the Town Hall Public Transport Department or buy a single ticket from the bus driver. Anyway, most of the people walk inside the town, as in Bragança everything is nearby.

If you want to go for a trip you can go by bus or rent a car. There is no train station in Bragança, but you can catch a train from Porto to Coimbra, Lisbon, Faro or some other city. Portuguese trains are fast and very comfortable, but they are a little more expensive than buses. If you want to check the timetable and prices, go to www.cp.pt/cp/displayPage.do?vgnextoid=87cbd5abe2a74010VgnVCM1000007b01a8c0RCRD&lang=en

In case you decide to go by bus, you can check the timetables and prices here: www.rede-expressos.pt, http://www.rodonorte.pt

For example, a bus ticket from Bragança to Porto costs 12 € and a bus will take about 3-3,5 hours to get there. A ticket from Bragança to Lisbon costs 18,5 € and a bus will take about 7 hours to get there. A ticket from Bragança to Faro costs 27 € and a bus will take about 12,5 hours to get there.

If you want to rent a car, you can go to www.budgetportugal.com or contact Vítor or Abílio so they could help you with it.

Health and insurance

In general, students are covered by a social security system by family or personal right. Before leaving home, international students must have the European Health card which will allow free treatment in heath-care centres. Private health-centres will charge for services. As with Portuguese citizens a tax will be charged for health cares. The general emergency phone number in Portugal is 112. For urgent medical attention contact: Hospital Distrital de Bragança, call 273 310 800.

Post office

The central Post Office (“Correios”) is located in the centre of the city. It is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 17:30 and Sundays from 9:00 to 12:30. The phone number is 273 310 941. If you want to send a letter or a package abroad, you can check the prices here www2.ctt.pt/feapl/jsp/calculadora/public/calcprodutoList.jsf

Some useful phone numbers

First Aid – 112
Police – 273 303 400
Fire Brigade – 117 or 273 300 210
Ambulance Service - 122
Hospital – 273 310 800
Taxis Service – 273 322 138
Post Office – 273 331 022

Weather conditions

If you come to Bragança in winter you should take with you warm clothes. You might need a thick coat, gloves, a hat and a scarf. The average temperature in January is about 6 ºC, but you may find yourself surprised by quite negative temperatures, especially at night. However, Portugal is one of the sunniest countries in the Europe, so you may be agreeably surprised by the warm sunshine and you may even get a tan in March. In April/May it gets hot, so you will need to change your wardrobe for light clothes and sunglasses. If you want to check the weather forecast, go to braganca.tempopt.com

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