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Santa Justa Elevator (Elevador de Santa Justa)

Rua Aurea and Rua de Santa Justa, Lisbon, Portugal (Baixa)
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As featured in Lisbon on a budget
Ranked #79 of 223 Attractions in Lisbon
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Trams, Architectural Buildings
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This elevator is located inside a gothic tower, which provides quick and easy transport between Lisbon's Baixa and Bairro Alto districts.
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

A great viewpoint to look down over Lisbon especially at night. The day pass (Colinas) for the Bus and Metro and trams is valid here. But there is an extra charge for the very top few metres. It used to have a little Cafe, but alas its gone. Still a great view and the old Elevator is interesting for nostalgia... More

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Athens, Greece
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The Santa Justa Elevator was a great experience. Downside the huge queue and the waiting time. There are two levels where someone can get off and based on your choice is the price of the ticket. Once you get on the top the view is breathtaking. Is a must visit. Unfortunately next day we discovered we could have save some... More

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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The Elevador de Santa Justa is an iron elevator built in the nineteenth century to connect the Baixa district with the higher situated Bairro Alto district. The Gothic looking elevator is one of the most popular attractions in the center of Lisbon. The elevator is part of the metro system, but if you don't have a transportation ticket or pass... More

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39 attraction reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Be prepared to wait. The que moved very slowly. We waited half an hour (8.30pm-9pm) before our turn to ride the elevator up. You can show your 24 hour Carris/metro ticket for free entry to ride the Santa Justa Lift. It is included in the 24 hour ticket (6 euros per person for 24 hour ticket includes unlimited rides on... More

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

It is worth standing in the line for any tourist who comes to Lisbon! Advice- Even if you do not plan using the city transport, it would be a great money saving idea to buy one day transport pass (it costs about 6 Euros), to use it for elevator, funiculars and one tram ride (at least). You will not regret!

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Bellevue, Washington
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52 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I guess that makes this steampunk, which it really is. The elevator carriage is much wider than the average and is lined with wooden benches that are actually quite comfortable. Furnished with old brass handles, it almost feels like a turn-of-the-century den. At the top, you can climb the neo-Gothic spiral staircase to the roof for an amazing view of... More

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

There is a long line downstairs - as someone said, 30 minutes waiting for a 15 seconds elevator ride. But you can also leasurely walk to the upstairs side following some switchback streets and still enjoy the great views. Access to the view platform is only Euro 1,50 once you are already upstairs.

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Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Even if you have a few hours in Lisbon, and want to see at least a part of the city center, use the elevator to go up from the Baixa Pombalina neighborhood to the Carmo, and don't miss the beautiful views from the deck at the roof above the upper elevator stop. If you are afraid of hight, the steps... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great views at the top and much easier than climbing the hills. However, be aware that building/restoration work means it's covered in scaffolding. The queue at 3pm is also quite long. Make sure you get a Lisbon card as €5 for a lift ride is quite steep (if you pardon the pun!)

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Access the heights via an ancient elevator. Safe and enclosed at top for those who are prone to height phobias lol. Had pleasant amble round the town on a day visit from cruise ship Azura, did our own thing rather than ship tour. Lovely city - plenty of eateries and watering holes. Found fab shop to but port and other... More

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