Tram 28 is one of the best ways to explore the old city, Lisbon’s historic heritage and typical neighbourhoods.
The entire route from Martim Moniz to Campo de Ourique / Prazeres takes approximately one hour. While an extremely popular tourist attraction, the tram is also used by locals as their main transport. Expect long queues and, most likely, to stand during the entire ride.
If you want to beat the crowds, you can either go early in the morning or in the evening, or choose less crowded stops to get on board such as Basílica da Estrela (Martim Moniz direction) or Graça (Campo de Ourique – Prazeres direction).
From Martim Moniz, the tram climbs to Graça at the top of a hill, where the Igreja São Vicente de Fora is one of the highlights. Nearby, you can also visit the lively Feira da Ladra (flea market) held every Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
The tram goes through the narrow streets of Alfama, uncovering two breathtaking viewpoints: Miradouro das Portas do Sol and Miradouro de Santa Luzia offer astonishing angles over the red rooftops and the pastel-coloured houses of Alfama. En route to Baixa, catch a glimpse of the Sé, the city’s cathedral combining Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architectural styles.
Tram 28 goes through Rua da Conceição, revealing the Baixa grid, its buildings and streets reconstructed after the great earthquake of 1755. It then climbs the hill towards the Chiado, making a stop opposite the legendary café A Brasileira.
Before its final stop at Cemitério dos Prazeres, the tram goes through the Palácio da Assembleia (Parliament building) and the Basílica da Estrela, where you can get off if you want to visit the church, the opposite garden, known as Jardim da Estrela, and the Estrela district.
The tram’s final stop is Cemitério dos Prazeres, which actually translates to “Cemetery of Pleasures” – a grand and beautiful cemetery, with peaceful avenues and lines of mausoleums, where many Portugal’s eminent personalities are buried. The place also offers very good views of the 25 April Bridge.
Use the Viva Viagem card or buy the ticket on board (more expensive).
- Timetable: every 15 minutes (approx.) 5.40am – 11.10pm Monday to Friday, 5.45am – 10.30pm Saturday, 6.45am – 10.30pm Sunday and public holidays