Ascensor da Glória: The Busy Funicular

From Praça dos Restauradores, the funicular climbs up Calçada da Glória towards the Bairro Alto neighbourhood. It’s a fun ride, and in a couple of minutes you’ll be looking at Lisbon’s rooftops from the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara at the top of the hill.

This is probably the busiest funicular in Lisbon, serving local residents, tourists and hipsters, mostly on weekends, on their way to the Bairro Alto bars.

Glória Funicular was established in 1885, a few years after the Lavra Funicular, the first of its kind to open in Lisbon, and a few years before the Bica Funicular.

Elevador da Glória

Elevador da Glória

Initially moved by the water counterbalancing system, the funicular soon became steam powered, and rides at night were lighted by stearin candles. Later, in 1915, it was converted to electrical power.

  • Route: Praça dos Restauradores (Baixa) – São Pedro de Alcântara (Bairro Alto)
  • Timetable: every 10 – 15 minutes (approx.) 7.15am – 11.55pm Monday to Thursday, 7.15am – 0.25am Friday, 8.45am – 0.25am Saturday, 9.15am – 11.55pm Sunday and public holidays
  • Navegante Card and Lisboa Card accepted,