Tourist’s guide to taking Tram number 28 – the yellow Lisbon guide

Tram 28 (Lisbon) is both a tourist attraction, public transport and an attraction. For locals, this is the usual way of moving around the city, but tourists use old, yellow cars for sightseeing. The tram route passes through many famous places in the capital, namely through the entire historical center of Lisbon.

Tram number 28 - yellow Lisbon guide

Tram 28 in Lisbon – general information

In the tram number 28

The route has existed for more than a century, during which time it has not changed much. Wooden wagons are installed in the cars to inform the driver about the stop, just pull the rope in the cabin. The tram follows such narrow streets that passengers can reach out and touch the walls of the houses.

Today, the restored trailers built at the beginning of the last century follow the route. Their appearance is maximally preserved.

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Interesting to know! In the past, the tram had to be often stopped, and passengers waited for the housewives to close the shutters, which prevented them from passing through.

What can be seen along the tram route

Route 28 of the tram in Lisbon on the map.

28 tram route in Lisbon
1. Mouraria quarter
Mouraria quarter

Route 28 for Lisbon starts from Martin Monisch Square and follows the Mouraria quarter. This is an old Moorish quarter with narrow streets and small doll-like houses. In taverns perform fado.

2. Quarter of Alfama

The oldest metropolitan quarter, it was with him that the history of Lisbon began. The fortress was built by the Romans, and the Arabs reconstructed. Today, poor fisherman families live in the once luxurious area.

Quarter of Alfama

Interesting fact! The name of the area is translated as “hot spring”. During the Middle Ages, a warm spring beat from the wall, the inhabitants of Lisbon used water.

3. Temple of Santa Engracia

The church was established 300 years ago and today it delights with the amazingly snow-white color of the walls. The church is called St. Engrasia – the martyr of Braga.

Temple of Santa Engracia

It is interesting! The construction of the temple was carried out for 284 years.

4. Castle of St. George
Castle of St. George

The castle is one of the main attractions of the capital. It is located on a hill, so it will be clearly visible from the window 28 of the tram. The building in different eras was a castle, a theater, a place of detention for prisoners, an arsenal. In the XV century, the castle celebrated the triumphant return of Vasco da Gama from the legendary journey to India.

In 1755 the castle was completely destroyed. Reconstruction was carried out until the end of the last century. The exterior of the building is preserved and complemented by a large number of greenery and magnificent peacocks.

5. Se Cathedral

The name of the oldest cathedral is an abbreviation, which means – the residence of the bishop. Similar temples were built in all major cities of the country.

Se Cathedral

The main object of veneration of the shrine is the relics of St. Vincent. There is a legend according to which in the 12th century a boat driven by crows appeared on the Tagus River. In the boat was the body of Vincent, tortured to death by the Arabs. When the boat landed, the birds arranged a nest on the roof of the cathedral. That is why the symbols of the cathedral are raft and crows. If you decide to take a ride on tram 28, you will certainly see this temple.

6. The Baixa quarter

This part of the city is made in the style of Pombalino. Augustus Street is a Portuguese analogue of the French Champs Elysees.

Quarter Baixa

The emergence of a new architectural style is associated with the tragic events in Lisbon, namely with the devastating earthquake in 1755. The disaster in just 3 minutes destroyed the city and claimed the lives of almost all residents. The restoration of Lisbon was carried out by the Marquis of Pombal. After the earthquake, the Marquis acted very decisively. First of all, he ordered to close the city and put up armed guards in order to neutralize the panic. Surviving residents were engaged in extinguishing fires, removing rubble and fighting gangs of looters.

The Marquis took a risky move, thanks to which he protected the city from possible dire consequences – epidemics. Immediately after the disaster, all the dead were drowned in the sea.

7. Area of ​​Commerce

In the square there is a statue of the monarch Jose I on a horse. Locals call the statue – the Black Horse, however, today the horse, made of bronze, has acquired a greenish tint – even a stone will not stand before time.

Commerce Area

In 1908, the penultimate Portuguese monarch, Carlos I, was killed on the square. During the assassination attempt, the king died immediately, his son Luis Filipe was injured, from whom he soon died. Prince Manuel II was the least injured – a bullet hit his hand. It was he who in the future began to rule Portugal. The attackers – representatives of the Republican Party – were shot dead on the spot, but their followers several years later managed to overthrow the monarchy.

In 1974, there was a bloodless revolution.

8. Elevator Santa Zhusta

The design connects two parts of the capital – the upper and lower. The construction follows from Golden Street to Karmu Square. Lifting height – 32 meters.

Elevator Santa Zhusta

The elevator is the work of the architect from France, Raoul Messenier du Ponsaro. Some historians believe that he borrowed the technical idea of ​​the elevator from the famous fellow countryman who gave the world the Eiffel Tower – Gustave Eiffel. The elevator lift is made in a sophisticated neo-Gothic style and is decorated with an openwork pattern.

9. Quarter of Chiado
Chiado Quarter

This is the most sophisticated area of ​​the Portuguese capital. The name in translation means – creak. Probably, the locals called this part of Lisbon just like that, because here you could constantly hear the creak of the wheels of the carriages that crossed the steep slopes. In the century before last, here came those who wanted to hang out and creative personalities who wanted to become famous.

On a note! Today in Chiado there are the best restaurants and bars of the capital.

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10. Basilica of Estrela
Basilica da Estrela (Basílica da Estrela)

This is the last tram stop. Construction began in the 18th century and, according to legend, is associated with a vow made by Queen Mary I. Turning to higher powers, she promised to build a temple after the birth of her son.

Soon after this vow, the queen gave birth to an heir, and the construction of the basilica began. Unfortunately, the child died of smallpox, and his mother lost her mind before the construction was completed. The basilica was built for a long 11 years.

Fare and timetable

Tram schedule 28, Lisbon

The fare on all trams in Lisbon is the same:

  • 1.25 euros on the card;
  • 2.85 euros if you purchase a ticket from the driver.

If you plan to travel a lot around Lisbon, the best option is to buy a ticket that is valid for one day. You get the right to travel in any city transport.

Tourists are advised to purchase a green card Viva Viage and replenish it. There are several ways to charge a card:

  • by the number of trips;
  • money – such a system is called Zapping, you have to pay up to 15 euros.

Cards are sold in:

  • subway ticket offices;
  • special machines;
  • bookstores;
  • stalls.

Note! If you replenished a card using the Zapping system, it pays for travel in any city transport. For payment, at the entrance to the tram, the card is applied to the circle on the yellow device. After that, the green light comes on, and information on the remaining funds appears on the screen.

Green card Viva Viage

If you fuel the map with trips, remember that each is valid only for an hour. This means that for 60 minutes you can transfer to any public transport, each time applying a card to the device. Money is debited only once per hour.


It is important! For children under 4 years old travel is free, children older pay for the trip, as adults.

Schedule of the tram 28:

  • Monday to Friday – from 5-40 to 21-15;
  • on Saturday – from 5-45 to 22-30;
  • on Sundays and holidays – from 6-45 to 22-30.

The road from the start to the final stop takes 40-60 minutes.

Useful Tips

Tram number 28 with passengers, Lisbon
  1. To get the maximum experience and a lot of positive emotions, it is better to come to the final stop early in the morning. In this case, it will be possible to occupy convenient places in the trailer.
  2. During your trip, keep an eye on personal belongings and pockets, unfortunately, cases of theft are not uncommon.

A sightseeing tram ride is a popular attraction among tourists. Tram 28 (Lisbon) runs through the entire historic center. During the ride you can enjoy the views without leaving the trailer.

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