One of the best pleasures of being in Lisbon is to ride in the trolley cars and the elevators. You can ride in a old wooden trolley car from the beginning of the twentieth century, climbing hills and travelling along the narrow and steep streets. A real experience you can´t miss.
Apart of the trolley cars, there are four elevators in the city. The were built in the last of the nineteenth century by Louis Mesnier. An elevator is basically a trolley car that climbs a section of street with a fairly steep slope.
The most famous line of the trolleys is number 28. But there is a big problem. The 28 is always crowded and there are long queues in the stops in order to ride on it but my advice is to catch any number of this wooden trolley and take a ride to whatever place they go, no matter where it is, just enjoy the ride.
ESSENTIAL: Buy the card “Sete colinas” o “VIVA VIAGEM” that will allow you to ride in all the public transport of the city: bus, metro, trolley cars and even the elevators. It costs around 6,15€/day plus the price of the card that is 0,50€. HERE you have more information about the prices.
If you take any trolley or elevator without having this card, it will cost you 3,50 or 4,50€ each ride, so it cost almost the same that the daily card.
VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!! There are a lot of pickpockets in the old woodn trolleys. For everything else, Lisbon is a real safe city.
There are four elevators in the city:
(36) Santa Justa elevator: This elevator is a vertical elevator and connects the Baixa with the Bairro alto. Take a look of Convento do Carmo when you go out from the top.
(38) Gloria Elevator: It climbs a slope from the Liberdade Avenue to Sao Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint.
(37) Elevador de Bica: It climbs the slope Rua da Bica do Duarte Belo, close to the Luis de Camoes Square.
(39) Elevador do Lavra: This is the oldest elevator. Built in 1884 and it climbs the slope “Calzada de Lavra”.
The views from the top of the Santa Justa elevator are great! You can see the Baixa, the Castle, the Comercio, Figueira and Rossio Squares.