The tram 28 in Lisbon

Lisbon Tram 28

Lisbon's nostalgic journey through time: Experience tram line 28

Tram number 28 is undoubtedly the most popular tram in Lisbon and is one of the city's most famous tourist attractions. Not only is the route scenic, but it also takes in some of Lisbon's most important attractions. The ride starts in Baixa (Marim Moniz Square). You then head uphill around the Sao Jorge Castle where you can explore the picturesque, narrow streets and streets and enjoy the view of the rooftops of the historic Alfama district and the Tagus River.

Then it goes back downhill past the cathedral into the vibrant city center of the Baixa, before climbing further up the hill to the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts. Then comes the Palacio Sao Bento, which serves as the seat of the Portuguese Parliament, and the Basilica da Estrela, known for its magnificent dome and beautiful gardens. The route ends at the Campo de Ourique area before finally ending at dos Prazeres Cemetery. (Which is also worth a visit)

The journey usually takes between 40 and 50 minutes and depending on the time of year it can be very busy, which can lead to waiting times . But it's definitely worth the drive


Route and stops of the Lisbon tram 28

Route and stops of tram line 28:

  1. Praça Martim Moniz
  2. Rua da Palma
  3. Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Anjos
  4. Rua Maria Andrade
  5. Rua dos Sapadores
  6. Rua da Graça
  7. A Voz do Operário
  8. Calçada de São Vicente
  9. Rua das Escolas Gerais
  10. Largo Portas do Sol
  11. Miradouro de Santa Luzia
  12. Limoeiro
  13. Kathedrale von Lissabon
  14. Rua da Conceição
  15. Largo da Academia Nacional de Belas Artes
  16. Praça Luís de Camões
  17. Largo Calhariz
  18. Rua do Poço dos Negros
  19. Basílica da Estrela
  20. Rua Domingos Sequeira
  21. Rua Saraiva de Carvalho
  22. Igreja do Santo Condestável
  23. Cemitério de Prazeres

Take tram 28 up and down through Lisbon

Lisbon is characterized by its hilly topography, which is particularly challenging for trams. Line 28 winds through the city and overcomes three hills. It starts at Hill 1 around the Sao Jorge Castle, goes down to the lower part of the town of Baixa, to climb the next hill towards Chiado and finally the third Hill 3 to Estrela and Campo de Ourique. The route would be "exhausting" on foot and would require a full day trip.

The topography of Lisbon (schematic), the blue line were embayments of the river that no longer exist today
The topography of Lisbon (schematic), the blue line were embayments of the river that no longer exist today

Tram 28 climbs the following three hills on the map:

  1. Sao Jorge Castle (112m) & Alfama & Mouraria ( historic old town )
  2. Chiado & Bairro Alto & Principe Real
  3. Campo de Ourique

Tips for using tram 28

The trams run Monday to Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and have an average frequency of around four trams per hour. They are particularly in demand between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., which is why there is often no seat and the journey has to be done standing up. For seats, it is recommended to take the tram from the end stations. Tickets can be purchased on board, but are more expensive.

The stops are marked with a sign that says the word "paragem" and usually also shows the line number. To stop the tram, signal with your hand. The tram's destination is on the front. You board the tram through the front door and pay or show your day pass; They leave the tram through the back exit. To stop the tram, press one of the red buttons; a flashing light with the word "parar" appears. During rush hour, early in the morning before 9 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., it is better to avoid the trams due to the high occupancy.

TIP: >>> Always keep an eye on your valuables, as the trams (especially the 28) are a popular target for pickpockets.