Polytechnic of Tomar

Tomar, Portugal

No. Students: 4,000
Funding type: Public
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The School of Technology at Tomar was created in 1979 and the first Establishment Committee took charge in October 1982. Throughout the time, it has been subject to changes and today it is an Basic Unit of the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar and pursues the polytechnic higher education goals. It was initially designed to fill existing gaps at higher-education level in essential areas for the nations development and particularly for the surrounding region. Hence the creation of degrees in technological and scientific areas such as engineering but also of innovative programmes such as conservation and restoration, graphic arts, plastic arts, photography and land management. It is located in the campus of the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar and installed in modern facilities including well-equipped support laboratories, a library, a canteen, bars and halls of residence.


The Polytechnic of Tomar comprises two campuses: the main campus in Tomar and another campus in Abrantes.

Tomar Campus
Which is located in the city of Tomar and houses the School of Technology of Tomar (ESTT) and the Management School of Tomar (ESGT)
Abrantes Campus
Which is located in the city of Abrantes and houses the School of Technology of Abrantes
How to get to the Tomar campus
The Tomar campus is located at approximately 5km from the non-payable motorway A-23 that connects to A-1 (Oporto-Lisbon motorway) and at 15 minute's walk from the city centre.
Access to the city


The International Airport of Lisbon is located in Portela, 7 km Northeast from Lisbon centre. It offers daily flights to major Portuguese cities and overseas. The airport is about 130 km from Tomar. From Lisbon Airport take a taxi (about 10) or a bus (lines 5 and 44, about 1,50) to Estação do Oriente which is located at Parque das Nações to the North of Lisbon. The journey takes about 15 minutes.

Road Network

To access Tomar by car from the airport take the motorway A-1 up to Torres Novas exit and then take motorway A-23 which is toll-free. If you come from Coimbra take the motorway A-1, exit at Condeixa and take N-110 or exit at Torres Novas and take A-23.
There are also daily buses (express buses) from the main cities in the country to Tomar.


The train station is located at five minutes' walk from the city centre. There are direct connections from Lisbon to Tomar (a 1h30m-trip) but not from cities to the North of Tomar such as Coimbra, Aveiro or Porto. If you come from Lisbon take the train at Estação do Oriente in Parque das Nações. If you come from the North you have to exit at Entroncamento station and take the connection train to Tomar.
The train service is run by Comboios de Portugal (CP).

Transport to the campus in TomarYou can access the campus by car, by taxi or by bus or alternatively you can walk. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the campus on foot from the city centre. There is a bus line (a red bus called TUTOMAR) with stops in different parts of the city, which goes to the campus (tickets cost 0,70).
Pass cards or rechargeable cards can be bought at the central bus station in the city centre.

Student life

The Polytechnic Institute of Tomar provides the students with excellent material conditions as well as a close student/teaching staff relationship. Every year special attention is given, both by older students and the Board, to the welcoming of new students and their appropriate integration. Among other initiatives, there are host sessions to facilitate integration of freshmen in the university life. The close student/lecturer relationship, not only facilitates this integration, but also contributes to better learning and success. Every year, the student associations develop activities aiming at integrating students in academic life. IPTs student song fest groups - Tuna Templária, Cavaleiras de Sellium and EstaTuna - are very active and every year welcome new talents.

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