the famous lisbon tram 28

what to do in lisbon as a tourist?  well the majority of the guides will tell you that timeout market is a top draw in terms of food.  taking the trams/elevadors would be another.  at the top of almost every guide we’ve read was to take the 28 tram which services the longest route in lisbon and takes you past a number of tourist attractions.  the tram starts at praca martim moniz (possibly one of the most ethnically diverse areas of the city, look at all the asian stores!) and ends at campo de ourique in prazeres.  the full ride takes about 35-40 minutes and this is the only tram we saw that required a signifcant lineup to board, usually having to wait 1-3 trams and longer if you want a window seat.

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the famous tram 28 of lisbon
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dated but still pretty to look at
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tramlines all over the city
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stationed outside prazeres
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tram 28 driving down the winding roads of the city. these brakes are no joke!

i would recommend those planning to take this tram to:
-buy a day pass/visitor’s card so that you can hop on/off for free, stopping off points like the cathedral (in alfama), praca do comercio (waterfront and next to the museum of design) and  praca luis de camoes (for manteigaria’s amazing eggtarts) which is also close to the streets of bica which is another great neighbourhood to walk around.  any further than that and you’ll find yourself waiting for the tram to get home as it’s terminates in the northwest section of the city away from any subway lines

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an easy way to tour the different neighbourhoods of lisbon

-take it just after rush hour in the morning around 10am or we were told before rush hour around 7am to avoid the crowds.  there are many warnings about pickpockets being active on this route because of how busy the crowds can be so if you go during off peak times then this is less of an issue

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what a weekend lineup looks like. and yes, it went further than the bus stop on the left
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pickpocket warning

-grab a seat on the right side of the bus to catch a view of tagalongs.  sure beats paying 3 euro a trip.

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it looked like we almost ran this guy over but when i looked out the window, i saw him staring back at me
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he’d lean up tight against the side of the tram as we rounded tight areas. even saw him hanging off the back in the really tight areas.

-watch your hands outside the window if you’re taking pictures when moving forward.  the trams get VERY close to walls, other trams, cars and garbage bins.  if you’re taking pictures looking backwards, look forward for a small window of no obstacles otherwise the driver might be picking your head off of the cobblestones


 

-don’t expect a comfortable ride.  the jerkiness of the brakes, wooden benches and lack of padding are circa 1930 with some upgrades being done along the way (ie: the brakes which stop on a dime even going downhill, so grab on tight!).  the interior of these trams are beautiful.

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refurbished wood trim
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leather straps and metal handles
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window notchings
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wooden slats on the floors of the tram

-helpful to take the tram towards the start of your trip to get a lay of the land.  by the time we took it we had already been to all the neighbourhoods so the wow factor wasn’t there.  thankfully it wasn’t jam packed as without any vantage points from the sides or rear of the tram

-stop at praca luis de camoes for a few pasteis de nata at manteigaria fabrica.  yes, that was intentionally repeated.  read why it was our favourite egg tart in lisbon

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manteigara egg tarts. so worth it.
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these were the most burnt tarts we’ve had over two weeks and they were STILL our favourite. i can still taste the sweeet cellulite-like custard oozing through teeth while the little bits of salty, flaky crust stick to my lips. mmmmmmmmmm…

 

manteigaria fábrica de pastéis de nata
rua do loreto 2, portugal

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