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Car return to Coimbra or Porto?

We are renting a car in Lisbon next June and were planning on returning it in Porto. Our last stop before Porto is Coimbra. We are renting a VRBO in Coimbra and parking looks to be an issue, so I was thinking of returning the car in Coimbra and taking the train to Porto instead. What would you recommend? Is it easy to return a car in Coimbra? Is there a particular location that is easier than another? Or is it easier to find a place to just park and leave the car for a couple days until we head to Porto? I appreciate any suggestions you may have!

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Lindsay - If you did your rental car through Europcar company, the agency is located in the main Football Stadium in the city of Coimbra. It has 3 locations for drop off rentals in the city. If you choose to park your rental, then here is a link to help you find parking around town. You can reserve it online. (On the page it will says "where you are going", just type Coimbra Portugal and links to parking space locations around the city will come up)

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I picked up a car in Coimbrã after taking the train from Porto a few years ago. I’ve, since then, driven through Porto.
The driving is much easier in the Coimbrã area and a taxi to or from the train station to the rental agency is easy and not expensive.
I always recommend Auto Europe. They are a consolidator and usually Europcar is the least expensive car of the options. I’ve used them a number of times and have always been pleased.
Return the car in Coimbrã and enjoy the easy and inexpensive train ride to Porto. Book your train tickets a few weeks ahead and they are extremely inexpensive. You can likely take the train cheaper than driving.