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Lisbon Tram 28 Guide - Updated for 2018!
The number 28 Lisbon tram connects Martim Moniz with Campo Ourique, and passes through the popular tourist districts of Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela. For visitors, this is the classic Lisbon tram journey, riding in the quaint yellow tram as it screeches and rattles through the narrow streets of the city.
The number 28 tram as it wizzes through the Sao Bento district
The delightful Remodelado trams date from the 1930s and in any other city they would be housed in a museum, but in Lisbon they are an integral part of the public transport network. These historic trams are still in use, as the 28 route is completely unsuitable for modern trams due to its numerous tight turns and steep gradients.
A ride along the entire 28 tram route provides one of the best tours of the capital and is often a highlight of any holiday to Lisbon. This article will provide an introduction to the number 28 tram, and includes fares, tourist advice and popular tourist attractions along the route.
Quick Tips to get the most from the number 28 tram
• Ride the tram early (or late) in the day, to avoid the crowds.
• Board at Martim Moniz (or Campo Ourique) as there is a better chance of getting a seat.
• Always be wary of pickpockets (please see section later on).
• Get the 24-hour public transport ticket from any metro station.
• Ride the entire route as there is so much to see. (please see later section)
• If standing, hang on very tight as the brakes are very sharp!
(Related aticles - Guide to Alfama - Guide to Baixa - Metro guide)
The Lisbon tram number 28, at Portas do Sol in Alfama
Tram 28 Fares and better options….
A single ticket purchased onboard the tram costs €2.90. A much better option is to purchase the 24-hour public transport ticket, which includes the metro and all tram and bus services. This ticket costs €6.30 but annoyingly can only be purchased from the ticket machines in the metro stations.
Insider Tip: This 24-hour ticket is exceptional value for tourists as it includes the Elevador de Santa Justa, the Elevador da Glória and multiple rides along the E28 route.
Pickpockets and the 28E tram
It is a very sad fact that a whole section must be dedicated to pickpockets who plague the 28 tram route. These pickpockets only target tourists who fail to use common sense or are simply being careless, and are only ever opportunists. Never leave expensive cameras dangling from shoulders (cords can be cut), always place valuables in bags, and wear backpacks or bags on your front. The pickpockets tend to target very crowded trams and people close to the exits. The pickpockets are never Portuguese, but are gangs flown in from eastern Europe and are as equally likely to be men as women.
Departures and Journey Times
The 28 tram is an important part of the public transport network of Lisbon, a fact the reflects on the frequency and operating hour of the service. The trams start early in the day (7am) and continue late at night (11pm), with at least four hourly departures from 7am-10pm, for the latest timetable, please see the Carris website at:
To Campo Ourique - http://www.carris.pt/pt/electrico/28E/ascendente/
To Martim Moniz - http://www.carris.pt/pt/electrico/28E/descendente/
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The trams are routinely delayed by traffic as it passes through the narrow streets of Alfama or even forced to stop due to badly parked cars. At the major tram stops there are digital information boards which provide accurate departure times and these are often much more useful than the printed timetables, due to the possible delays.
Insider Tip: Between 10am and 6pm the trams are usually standing room only and the only way to get a seat is to board at the departure locations (Martim Moniz or Campo Ourique)
You wait for one tram, and then three turn up.....
The Number E28 tram route
The number E28 tram follows a two-directional linear route:
Martim Moniz – Graca – Portas de Sol – Se Cathedral – Rua Conceição (southern Baixa) – Chiado – Sao Bento – Estrela - Campo Ourique
The majority of tourists take the tram from southern Baixa and head up the hill to Portas do Sol, which is the closest stop to the castle. Martim Moniz is in northeastern side of Baixa and is a quieter route to Alfama, but it is also a less desirable place to wait for the tram.
Note: The tram does not stop outside the castle and it is still a steep walk to the entrance.
The number 28 tram rushing through the streets of Lisbon
Tourist attractions along the E28 Tram route
The number 28 tram passes through many of the most interesting districts of Lisbon and this section details the main tourist sights along route.
Estrela - A calm and prosperous district. The tram stops in front of the Basílica da Estrela with its ornate Baroque facade and huge doomed roof. Opposite the Basilica is the pleasant Jardim da Estrela, a popular park among Portuguese families and a great place to relax after a long day of sightseeing.
The tram in front of the Basílica da Estrela
Sao Bento – The setting for the Portuguese parliament building, which is housed in the grand Assembleia da República. This is another underrated and little-visited district of Lisbon that is worthy of a detour from the common tourist areas.
The Assembleia da República in Sao Bento
Praça Luís de Camões – The main plaza of Bairro Alto, a chaotic and hectic plaza where there is always something going on. The narrow streets of Bairro Alto come alive at night with funky bars and trendy hangouts, and at the weekends the socialising spills out onto the streets. The district has imposed a closing time of 2am to try to control the chaos, and this is when most revellers head to Cais do Sodre.
Rua Conceição – The tram stop at the southern side of Baixa, which is close to the pedestrianised street of Rua de Augusta and the Praça do Comércio, Lisbon’s finest plaza.
Se Cathedral – Tram stop outside the ancient Se Cathedral and Saint Anthony Church. Saint Anthony is the patron saint of Lisbon (along with lovers and lost causes) and the Igreja de Santo António was constructed on his birthplace.
Portas do Sol – A very popular and scenic plaza in Alfama, which has a wonderful viewpoint over the district and Tejo Estuary. This is also the location of the Museu de Artes Decorativas and closest stop for the castle.
The Portas do Sol view point in Alfama
Graca – A district that is truly Portuguese, and a great location to experience normal Portuguese daily life. There may not be many actual sights in Graca but is an enjoyable district to explore, with a pleasant high-street of family run shops and noisy cafes.
Martim Moniz – The lesser plaza of Baixa, which is a gathering place for a diverse selection of people and nationalities, some visitors will embrace the diversity while others will think it is shabby and best avoided….
The Remodelado Trams
The little yellow Remodelado trams date from the 1930s and are bursting with traditional charm, from the original dials and levers through to the uncomfortable polished wood benches. These trams are called Remodelado (re-modeled) because they were thankfully upgraded with improved brakes and electrics during the 1990s. Some visitors may think that the brakes are sometimes too good.