The best independent guide to Lisbon
The best independent guide to Lisbon
The number 24 tram route in Lisbon connects the Praça Luis Camões plaza with Campolide, to the north of the city.
The 24 tram route passes through the nightlife district of Bairro Alto, the affluent district of Príncipe Real, and terminates in the residential area of Campolide.
The E24 tram is the best method to travel and explore the Príncipe Real district, as the tram line runs through the centre of the district. There is not much to see at Campolide, but it is only a short walk to the Parque Eduardo VII with it’s viewpoint at the top of the hill. The other real notable attraction is the Arco Triunfal das Amoreiras, a decorative arch of Lisbon’s aqueduct, which the tram passes beneath.
Trundling along the E24 route are the classical Remodelado trams, with their polished wooden seats, traditional brass dials and cheery yellow paintwork. The E24 is the quietest tram route which uses the Remodelado trams, and is a great choice if you want to ride a traditional tram but do not want the queues or hassle of the much more famous E28 tram.
The E24 as it passes through Príncipe Real
Insight: The number 24 tram route is identified as the E24 with the preceding “E” meaning Elétrico (the Portuguese for tram).
The E24 follows a north-south route from the Praça Luis Camões in the Barrio Alto district to Campolide in the north.
For visitors the main areas of interest and within the south half of the route, unless you wish to visit the Parque Eduardo VII. An interactive map of the E24 route is shown below:
Sights along the route: 1) Praça Luis Camões 2) Igreja de São Roque 3) Glória funicular 4) São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint 5) Jardim do Príncipe Real 6) Natural History museum 7) Igreja de São Mamede 8) Mãe d'Água das Amoreiras historic reservoir 9) Arco Triunfal das Amoreiras 10) Parque Eduardo VII viewpoint
The Jardim das Amoreiras and the arches of the Aqueduct
A single ticket purchased from the driver costs €3.00. The high-ticket price is to encourage passengers to use a pre-paid Zapping ticket, which makes the journey €1.60, or to purchase the 24-hour public transport pass, costing €6.40. The 24-hour and Zapping tickets are purchased from any metro station.
Insider Tip: This 24-hour ticket is exceptional value for visitors, as it includes the Elevador de Santa Justa (€5.30), the Elevador da Glória (€3.80) and all of the tram routes (€3.00 each single).
Príncipe Real is a peaceful and characterful district, and one of the most affluent areas of Lisbon. It doesn’t have the number of standout sights as other areas, but there are handsome streets, independent shops and a pretty park (the Jardim do Príncipe Real) at its centre. Surprisingly few tourists explore the area, considering its closeness to the hecticness of Bairro Alto and Baixa.
Visiting Príncipe Real is made easy with the E24 tram as it cuts through the centre of the district. Our advice is to ride the tram up the hill from Praça Luis Camões to Rua Escola Politécnica (the stop after the Natural History Museum) and wander back.
The number 28 tram is the famous tram route, which crosses much of the historic centre of Lisbon. The 28 is a wonderful tram route and experience, if it wasn’t for the hordes of tourist who try to ride it. Often it is standing room only, there are long queues to board, and there are skilful pickets to ruin your day.
The number 24 route is not as long or scenic as the 28, but it is a much more enjoyable experience during the peak season (which seems to be year-round now in Lisbon!).
Our advice is to purchase a 24-hour ticket and ride the E24 tram up to Campolide. Then return and stop off at the Jardim do Príncipe Real, admire the view at the São Pedro de Alcântara viewpoint and then ride the Glória funicular downhill into Baixa.
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