Lisbon’s Funiculars – Gloria, Bica and Lavra

Three funicular railways – Gloria, Bica and Lavra – are fitted in convenient spots in Lisbon, taking you up to spectacular miradouros, orbelvederes. All are operated by Carris, the city transport undertaking.

Glória Funicular

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The Gloria funicular was opened in 1885 and in February 2002 it was classified as a national monument. Located on the west side of the Avenida da Liberdade, in Restauradores square, just round the corner from the tourist office in Palácio Foz, the Gloria funicular connects Lisbon’s downtown with the Bairro Alto.

It takes you right up to the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, a wonderful look-out point with a shady statue-lined terrace and plenty of photo opportunities. Excellent views of the city and castle are to be had from the gardens.

Just across the road at Rua de S. Pedro de Alcântara, lies the Solar de Lisboa, a Port Wine Institute, where a vast range of port-wines may be tasted and purchased.

The ride in the Gloria funicular is short, but atmospheric.
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Bica Funicular

Bica Funicular

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The Bica funicular climbs the Rua da Bica for 245 metres from the Rua S. Paulo, near Santos, to the Calhariz district(Calçada do Combro/Rua do Loreto).

The lower station of this funicular is almost hidden behind a façade on the Rua de S. Paulo with the inscriptionAscensor da Bica. It was constructed by Raoul Mesnier de Ponsard and opened to the public in 1892.In 2002 it was designated a National Monument.

It’s the most traditional one, especially in June, during the Santo António festivities were people dance in the streets,listen to Fado, eat grilled sardines and drink.

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Lavra Funicular

Lavra Funicular

Inaugurated in 1884, the Lavra funicular was the first transportation of this typed to defy the gravity laws and to provide one of Lisbon’s most steep areas, linking the Largo da Anunciada and the Travessa do Forno do Torel. It runs from the eastern side of the Avenida da Liberdade, near Restauradores Square, at a 25% gradient for 180 metres.

The Lavra funicular has the capacity for 22 people seating and 20 standing, and the journey takes about 2 minutes.

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Rossio Station, Lisbon

Rossio train and metro station (Estação do Rossio) is located in Lisbon city centre, between Rossio and Restauradores squares. This train station is incredibly unique, formerly known as Central Station (Estação Central) and that designation still appears in its façade. The Rossio station was designed by the architect José Luís Monteiro, between 1886 and 1887.

Rossio Railway Station

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The beautiful Neo-Manueline façade dominates the Northwest side of the square and is a Romantic recreation of the exuberant Manueline style, typical of early 16th century Portugal. The eight doors match the nine palatial windows and the incredibly decorated clock tower located on the top of the facade.

Rossio station is a curiosity in that the platforms are some 30 metres above the main entrance. The platforms are connected by ramps to the façade level and is covered by a cast-iron structure executed by a Belgium firm.

The station was closed to rail services from 22 October 2004 until 12 February 2008 due to tunnel renewal work.

Services from Rossio Station are all suburban trains to the tourist sights of Sintra via Queluz and Rossio’s metro station (green line).

Right on the leftside of the Rossio Station, close to the Restauradores square, you find Largo Duque do Cadaval. It is a bit hidden behind the recently-renovated Rossio station, and full of sunny open-air cafes.

This beautiful station is a must see if you visit Lisbon, and if you want to visit Sintra, the famous town just outside Lisbon. Sintra is an inexhaustible attraction. The perfect symbiosis between nature and its built heritage led to its classification by UNESCO as World Heritage, at the category of Cultural Landscape, in 1995. Sintra has been adored over the years by artists and writers from all over the world and the passion for the town reached its peak in the 19th century, in the heart of the romantic era.

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Lisbon Tram 28

The most unique way to explore Lisbon is by its yellow traditional trams. This method of public transport in Portugal has become one of the most appealing attractions in the city. The tram 28, considered a national treasure, takes you on a tour by a selection of old Lisbon’s sights, past historic buildings and traditional housing. Inaugurated in 1914, between Largo Camões and Estrela, the tram 28 route has been successively extended over the years.

Lisbon Tram

View from our Apartment in Lisbon 230 – Chiado

In fact, Tram 28 covers the most picturesque route in Lisbon. It runs from Largo Martim Moniz to Prazeres, via the Alfama, Baixa, Chiado, São Bento and Estrela.

Leaving Martim Moniz, the tram 28 continues through a labyrinth of narrow streets. Discover Mouraria and Alfama and while you are there, go and see the Miradouro da Graça which boasts fantastic views of the city. Continuing the route along Tram 28 will take you to the Royal Pantheon, São Vincente de Fora Church, one of the most imposing and notable religious monuments in the city, and the famous Feira da Ladra. It is held from Tuesday to Saturday and is one of the most popular in Lisbon. The Tram continues its route to Largo Portas do SolMiradouro de Santa Luzia with its traditional mosaic and the Sé Cathedral.

28 continues is route to Chiado quarter and Largo Luis de Camões until S. Bento. Running up Lisbon’s hills, the tram 28 arrives to Estrela. Facing the gardens is the Basílica da Estrela, in late baroque and neo-classical style. Taking the streets Domingos Sequeira and Saraiva de Carvalho the tram finally arrives at Campo de Ourique right next to the final resting place of the famous, the Cemitério dos Prazeres (Prazeres Cemetery).

There are many choices amongst the 35 stops of tram 28 for places to get off and discover the Lisbon’s heritage.

Bike Rentals in Lisbon

bike ride is an excellent orientation to Lisbon and its sites, as seen from vantage points shared by few others, either Portuguese or foreign.

Bike Rentals in Lisbon

Explore Lisbon historical and scenic path along waterfront to the Discoveries Monument and Tower of Belém, then visit the 16th Century Jerónimos Monastery and nearby don’t forget to try the delicious Pastéis de Belém (custard tarts)!

Discover the places in Lisbon near the Tagus River – Doca, Alcantara and the fish vegetable and fish market of Riveira. Visit Parque das Nações, Old Expo 98 and ride a bike to discover the gardens, the Vasco da Gama tower and the Oceanarium.

Ride a bike trough Lisbon historic centre and visit the Castle, Alfama and the Mourish quarter.

Some bike excursions are pre-organized and it is also possible to organize some “à la carte”;
We do have a partner for Bike Tours in Lisbon!

Find out why biking is the best way to see Lisbon:
More relaxing than walking, have fun while exercising!
Enjoy the independence a bicycle gives;
Always optional quiet streets & roads and some new bike lanes;
Road or Off-Road go at your pace – stop when & where you want!
It is Affordable and Convenient.

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Carris Network Map – Bus, Trams and Elevator Lines in Lisbon

Lisbon has a very complete public transport network!
Besides the Lisbon subway there are buses, trams and elevators that will fulfill all your needs.

Download the bus, tram and elevator network map.
This Lisbon map is organized by colours. Bus, tram and elevator lines have the same colour as the zone they serve.

The regular daytime service of passenger transport is composed of 93 lines for urban and suburban routes on Metropolitan Area of Lisbon and it is ensured by a fleet of 245 different types of vehicles, such as bus, tram and elevators.

Nine buses that operate every night and two other buses working on Friday, Saturday and holiday’s eve nights.
See the following link for more information about the daytime network and nigh bus network maps.

If you need more information about the Metro, check our previous post about Lisbon Subway Network Map.

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Lisbon Airport – Transport to the city centre


Lisbon International Airport is only 7 km from the city centre. In the airport, there are several professional transport services available:

  • Taxis are lined up outside the terminals 24 hours a day. They are a fast and comfortable way to get to the city.
  • Aerobus and Aeroshuttle are available from 7.00 to 23.00. Connects Lisbon’s city centre to the airport terminals and vice-versa. Every 20/30 minutes a bus arrives at any one of the stops. Tickets may be purchased on the bus!
    Download the following PDF to see the routes and stops.
  • Car rental agencies have counters located in the atrium of the arrivals hall.
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  • Several Buses also stop right outside the arrivals terminal. Listed below are the bus route numbers with the respective names of their ‘end of the line’ terminals. The airport stop is located mid-journey for these routes.
    N.º 5 – Estação do Oriente / Aeroporto / Areeiro
    N.º 22 – Portela / Aeroporto / Marquês de Pombal
    N.º 44 – Moscavide / Aeroporto / Cais do Sodré
    N.º 45 – Prior Velho / Aeroporto / Cais do Sodré
    N.º 83 – Portela / Aeroporto / Amoreiras
    The bus company website is
  • Subway transport is available since July 2013, when the new Airport Metro Station opened.
    Probably this is one of the best options to get to Lisbon Historic Centre and surrounding areas! You pay around 2€ per person (rechearble card included) and the journey takes about 35 minutes. Find more about Lisbon Subway Network in our previous post!

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Lisbon Subway Network Map


Lisbon has a very complete public transport network: subway, bus, tram and boat.
If you are visiting Lisbon Historic Center, the Lisbon Subway is a good and fast option to get there from the Lisbon AirportOriente Train Station or Santa Apolónia Train Station.

Once you arrive to the Lisbon Historic Center, most of the touristic spots are walking distance reachable.
But remember, there is a reason for Lisbon being known as the city of the seven hills.

Prices and Tickets
During your visit, a non-frequent ticket should be enough.

You pay 0,50€ for the card (rechargeable!) and 1,40€ for a single ticket. The ticket is a combined Carris/Metro ticket (you can use it in the bus, tram or subway). After validation, you can use the subway, Carris Buses, or Carris Trams for 60 minutes).

However, if you think you will use the metro more often you can purchase a 24h ticket for 6€ and use all the Subway/Carris network.

A third option is the “Zapping”: you charge your card with a specific amount and use it according to your needs.
You can charge the card with 5€, 10€ or 15€.

Working Hours

  • Opens at 06h30 (the first train leaves from the terminal station of each line).
  • Closes at 01h00 (this means that the last train leaves from the termination station of each line at this time).
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