Cristo Rei (Christ the King) is a Catholic monument and shrine located in the city of Almada, across the river Tejo, overlooking the Portuguese capital.
Inspired by Rio de Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue, the 110m-high Cristo Rei was erected in 1959.
The views from the statue are stunning, with Lisbon spreading before you. In good weather conditions, you can see as far as the Pena Palace in Sintra, some 20km away.
Visiting the statue should be a relatively simple process, yet it’s not very easy to know exactly how to get there. To reach Cristo Rei across from Lisbon by public transport, you have 2 options:
Ferry + Bus
Using your Viva Viagem card, go to Cais do Sodré by metro and take the 10 minute ferry to Cacilhas (if in doubt, ask staff at the ferry terminal to make sure you enter the correct waiting area).
On arrival to Cacilhas ferry terminal, take bus #101. The stop is out of the ferry terminal to the left. The bus leaves every half an hour. Pay to the driver for a return trip, and get off when the bus reaches its final stop, with the statue less than 200 metres away.
Cost: €2.40 ferry + €2 bus return
Bus + Walk
Using your Viva Viagem card, take bus #753 from Marquês de Pombal direction Centro Sul. The bus leaves every 5 and 25 minutes past the hour, outside rush hour. It crosses the bridge between Lisbon and Almada, so you can enjoy the views.
The journey takes 10-15 minutes. Get off at the last stop, Portagem, which means Toll, as this is where you pay to enter Lisbon by car. Then, use the overpass to get to the other side of the road, walk along the street till you find a café, turn left and go straight up the hill till you reach the statue. The walk takes about 15 minutes.
Cost: €2.90 return
Taxi / Tour
A taxi will take you to the statue of Christ for about €15-20 one way. The waiting time is not included, so it will be more expensive.
There are guided tours that include a visit to the statue of Christ, some even take you to cross the bridge over the river Tejo on a tuk tuk.
Best time to visit
As with most tourist attractions, it’s best to go early during peak season (July-August), even though queues usually move fast. The best time to visit Cristo Rei depends on what you’re priorities are.
- Morning: best for avoiding the crowds and the heat of the day.
- Afternoon: best for photographing, but it can get very hot during the summer.
Things to know
- Cristo Rei is open daily. Opening times: 9.30am–6pm (21 Sep to 30 Jun), 9.30am–6.45pm (1-14 Jul and 1-20 Sep), 9.30am–7.30pm (15 Jul to 31 Aug). On 25 December opens at 2.30pm; on 1 January opens at 10am.
- Views are stunning even from the terrace at the base (and they are free). To go to the top, you have to pay €5 to take a lift (cash only).
- The lift takes you about three quarters of the way up, and it is a very confined space. Then, there is a very narrow staircase of about 60 steps leading up to the viewing platform.
- There’s a little chapel and a gift shop next to where the lift drops you.
- At the base of the statue, there is also a café. Toilets are located next to it, not inside the monument.
- There’s a free car park.
- There are two recommended seafood restaurants near the Cacilhas ferry terminal to the right: the Farol and Ponto Final.