A fun way to get around Lisbon is by riding one of the elétricos (trams). They will not only get you where you’re going, but you’ll also be riding in a bit of history while you do.
The original trams in Lisbon date back to 1873, when they were horse drawn. Electrification of the trams began in the early 1900s. Throughout the 1900s the network of trams operating in Lisbon was greatly expanded until it reached its peak in 1960, when it grew to 76 route kms. over 24 tram lines. Unfortunately the number of trams lines in use has diminished greatly over the past 25 years, and today there are only 5 still in operation today. The trams that are in operation today are a mix of modern-style trams, as well as restored classic trams.
One of the most popular trams for visitors to ride is Tram 28, which runs from Martim Moniz to Campo Ourique (Prazeres). The trams used on this line were first put into service between 1936-1940 and have been restored. This classic tram is a practical way to make your way around the very narrow and winding streets of Lisbon’s historic Alfama, Graça, Mouraria and Bairro Alto neighborhoods. It passes by the Castelo de São Jorge (St. George’s Castle), Portas do Sol (sun gates) panoramic viewpoint, and the Feira da Ladra flea market, which rivals the flea markets in Madrid and Paris. For the tram 28 route map, click here.
Tram 15 is also a popular route, as it runs from Praça da Figueira to Algés (Jardim). It will take you to the Belém Tower, Jerónimos Monastery, Discoveries Monument, the National Coach Museum, the National Archaeology Museum, to name a few. For the tram 15 route map, click here.
Tram tickets can be purchased in kiosks, shops and the subway. For about €4 you can buy a 24 hour ticket, which allows you to hop on and off the tram, and can also be used on other tram lines, buses and the subway.
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