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 only 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 that 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 in the Baixa, 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 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, Jardim da Estrela, and the Estrela district.
Use the Viva Viagem card or buy the ticket on board (more expensive).
The service runs from 5.40am until 9.15pm on weekdays and from 6.45am to 10.30pm on weekends and holidays.