- The history of this historic tram
- On route tram 28 through
- the Alfama district
- the Sao Bento district
- Boarding point and stops of tram 28
Before we give you information about the route and where you can buy your tickets for the yellow tram of Lisbon, first a bit of history.
The yellow the icon of Lisbon
The yellow tram 28 is one of the famous icons of Lisbon and goes on its route through the popular tourist areas of Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela. Beautiful neighborhoods with steep, narrow streets and sharp curves.
This historic tram is rightfully listed in the top 10 sights of Lisbon!
On August 14, 1890, the first cable car went to Lisbon. A track gauge of 900 millimeters was chosen for this. With trams, except for Lisbon, this track gauge only occurs in Linz.
The first electric tram line was put into operation on August 31, 1901. The length of the net was 145 kilometers at the peak and there were 419 motor cars and 100 trailers. In the following years, the metro and bus increasingly took over the transport function of the trams and large parts of the tram network were closed.
Due to tourism, the importance of this historic tram increased again. Closure of the entire network was therefore no longer an issue. In addition, the trams often run through such narrow streets, where buses cannot even come.
Route tram 28 Lisbon
The route (red line) starts from Praça Martim Moniz. This square is located east of the Baixa. Then the route goes clockwise to the end of Campo Ourique.
Assuming you start at the first boarding point of tram 28 on the Praca Martim Moniz, you will pass the following sights. Some of the sights below are also mentioned on our tourist map. These are marked with the corresponding number on the card.
On the route through the Alfama district
You are currently in the Graca neighborhood. Just got in or you pass Igreja Anjos. Parish Church of Our Lady of the Angels. This church may not even stand out from the outside, but inside it is richly decorated with beautiful sculptures and old paintings. It has seven altars of gilt carvings.
You descend through all kinds of streets towards the Alfama district and there on the left is Mosteiro De Sao Vicente De Fora (2) waiting for you. The Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora is located at one of the highest points in Alfama. It has an impeccable whitewashed exterior and tall towers.
The tram then twists through the narrow streets of Alfama and at Miradouro de Santa Luzia you get a beautiful view of Alfama and the Tagus. Perhaps a nice point to get out and explore the Alfama district. Walk a bit back to Monseiro de Sao Vicente and the nearby thieves market (4) and National Pantheon Santa Engracia (1). The main sights of Lisbon are all in the Alfama district.
With a Lisbon Card you have free access to the historic tram 28 of Lisbon
Before tram 28 leaves Alfama, you will pass Sé de Lisboa (7) (Igreja de Santa Maria Maior). Founded in the 12th century, the Cathedral of Sé, also known as the Lisbon Cathedral, is the oldest church in Lisbon. It contains details of Romanesque and Gothic architecture styles, making it look like a beautiful castle.
On route through the neighborhood of Sao Bento
Tram 28 continues its route through the center (Baixa) before it plunges into the Bairra Alto district. If you step out of this, you almost drove a round. If you walk northwards through the shopping street, you will arrive at Figueira Square again.
In the straight streets of Bairra Alto, tram 28 makes a sharp corner for a small square with some cafes and terraces. On one of the chairs is a statue of the most famous Portuguese writers; Fernando Pessoa.
After that you will soon see a large stately building with tall pillars on your right. This former monastery from the 16th century is now the seat of the Portuguese government and a magnificent example of architecture.
Use our route map as a handy tool for following the route.
If you would like to stretch your legs for a while, you can go a few stops further in the Jardim de Estrela. A beautifully landscaped park.
This is also a nice place to catch tram 25E back to the Baixa. You can also catch this tram all the way at the end of the route.
Boarding point and stops
Tram 28 connects Martim Moniz with Campo Ourique. The boarding point is on Praça Martim Moniz. From the center of Lisbon, Figueira Square, it is less than a 5 minute walk in a northeasterly direction.
The route goes through the popular tourist areas of Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela. Tram 28 runs on this route through the most picturesque and narrow streets of Lisbon.
Most visitors start from Martim Moniz. You can also board halfway, but then you will probably have to stand.
Tram 28 can also be used free of charge with the Lisbon Card
There are lots of sights along the route. A place at the window is therefore highly desirable. Standing becomes a bit tricky because the limited height of the windows means that you probably have a street view mostly.
Below you will find all stops where tram 28 passes. From around six o’clock the tram starts its round until one past ten.
|R. Maria Andrade|
|R. Maria Fonte|
|R. Angelina Vidal|
|Cç. S. Vicente|
|R. Escolas Gerais|
|Lg. Portas Sol|
|Miradouro Sta. Luzia|
|Lg. Academia Nacional Belas Artes|
|R. Vitor Cordon / R. Serpa Pinto|
|Pç. Luis Camões|
|R. Poiais S. Bento|
|R. S. Bento / Cç. Estrela|
|Cç. Estrela / R. Borges Carneiro|
|Cç. Estrela / R. Dr. Teófilo Braga|
|Estrela – R. Domingos Sequeira|
|R. Domingos Sequeira|
|R. Saraiva Carvalho|
|Igreja Sto. Condestável|
|Campo Ourique (Prazeres)|
There are several ways to take a tram ride through Lisbon. If you only want to take the yellow tram 28 it is best to start at the boarding point at Martim Moniz and buy your ticket directly from the tram driver. If you want to visit several sights in Lisbon and use the tram 28, you better buy the Lisbon card. In addition to free public transport, this also gives access to 26 other sights in Lisbon. Another great option is to take the Historic Hills Tram Tour as it is the longest tram route in Lisbon! It passes through lots of Lisbon’s top districts, including Baixa, Graça, Alfama, and Estrela. You can hop on and hop off on this tram and discover Lisbon in an easy way.