Lisbon trams and Funiculars

Lisbon’s funicular, or Lisbon Trams, no longer have the functional purpose of moving between the steep hills of the city. Now they are much more a tourist attraction that no one wants to miss.

Those who stand out in the city are, Elevador da Glória, Bica and Lavra. These iconic yellow trams were designed by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsar, the same engineer who later designs the Elevador de Santa Justa.

Follow the most interesting routes of Lisbon’s most famous and old electric.

Glória Tram or Glória Funicular

Also known as Elevador da Glória, it was inaugurated on October 24, in 1885. It connects Praça dos Restauradores and Bairro Alto (Mirador de São Pedro de Alcântara), through Calçada da Glória.

The second elevator built in Lisbon is one of the best known, also, for the amazing view, it offers on your arrival. Do not miss it! It is, therefore, one of the main tourist attractions in the city, its history, its culture, and its privileged location.

It used, originally, rack and cable balanced by water balance like a system of traction, happening, later, to be moved by steam. In 1915, the second elevator implanted in the city of the 7 hills, was electrified. The cars used were two stories, with benches arranged longitudinally. Currently, the two cabins have only one floor but maintain their longitudinal benches. In 2002, it was classified as a National Monument.
Route: Praça Restauradores – S. Pedro de Alcântara
(Source: Carris)

Bica Tram or Bica Funicular

While in Bica, you can see the combination of tradition with the current movement, with trendy restaurants and bars.

The iconic tram is, of course, the attraction that makes this area so trendy and a tourist attraction point that no one wants to miss.

Inaugurated on June 28, 1892, it connects between Rua de São Paulo and Largo do Calhariz, through Rua da Bica de Duarte Belo. It originally used steam engines as a traction system. In 1914, the one that is considered the elevator with the most picturesque script was electrified. In 2002, it was classified as a National Monument.

Route: Rua S. Paulo – Largo Calhariz
(Source: Carris)

Elevador do Lavra

The oldest electric tram in the city of Lisbon, it was inaugurated on April 19, 1884.

It connects Largo da Anunciada (perpendicular to Avenida da Liberdade) and Rua Câmara Pestana, through the Calçada do Lavra. It used, originally, rack and cable balanced by water balance like a system of traction, happening, later, to be moved by steam. In 1915, the elevator that on the day of its inauguration worked 16 consecutive hours, was electrified. In 2002, it was classified as a National Monument.

Route: Largo Anunciada – Câmara Pestana Street
(Source: Carris)

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