Elevador de Santa Justa
Elevador de Santa Justa
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7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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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Neighborhood: Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!
How to get there
  • Baixa/Chiado • 3 min walk
  • Terreiro do Paço • 6 min walk
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WorldTravellerSoon
Canada304 contributions
Apr 2022
The lift is a beautiful metal structure to transport people from the ground level to the top. It is now a tourist attraction.

Every time I saw long queue of people to use the lift. You have to pay a few Euro to use it. However, if you buy a transit day pass (Viva Viagem card), you don't have to pay extra to use it but you still have to line-up.

You can also walk to the top from the other side (not the observation deck as it was closed when we were there). Or you can go to the building next to Muji, use the elevator to to to the top floor and walk as short distance to to top level of the lift.
Written April 29, 2022
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Beth A
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Jun 2022 • Couples
This is an interesting building but the amount of pickpockets and people trying to sell drugs nearby is very off-putting. We went at night the first time as we did not know the area would be like that. We spent two minutes looking at the lift before heading off and were followed by a pickpocket from the lift area down the road for a little while before we noticed him. We quickly sped up and turned onto a more well lit side street and waited by an ice cream shop until he eventually walked out of the area. Be VERY aware of who is around you and where you carry your valuables - the whole vicinity was full of lone men who I assume work together as a network to find targets. We returned in the day time a couple of days later and there were still people trying to sell you drugs etc but it felt a bit safer in daylight. We walked up the hill to the top and took the walkway across – you do not need to pay to go up the lift to get to the top! When we went the upper platform was closed off
Written June 21, 2022
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Adrian D
Edinburgh, UK659 contributions
Apr 2022
We had a long wait in the queue for the lift and in the end it took probably less than a minute to complete the journey. I believe the best thing to do is to get the lift down rather than up as the queues are shorter at the top than the bottom. The lift itself is a very cool structure and it's up to you whether you want to queue to experience it. If you have a Viva Viagem card you can use that instead of paying for a ticket.
Written June 2, 2022
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Andy N
Milton Keynes3 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Before you pay to go up the elevator, check whether you can see anyone on the top viewing platform. If you can’t, it’s not open, meaning you only get to the level that you can access for free using the Carmo entrance on R.do Carmo. We queued for an hour to get there, it wasn’t worth the €11 for us to see the inside of the elevator
Written June 22, 2022
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alistair50828
Glasgow, UK16 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Just don’t do it. This should be for disabled people only. If you are able bodied then you are mugging yourself off, walk up and you can be on the same platform where the lift takes you. We waited over 1 hour (at non-peak time, in March). Lift operator also sells the tickets, when you get to the front, and they don’t work fast!
15-20 persons per lift and a queue hundreds long, approx 10mins before it comes back down, work it out.
2 hours of my life wasted. Don’t make the same mistake!
Better views (much better) from the castle which is actually worth the €10.
Also, the lift is enclosed internally so don’t think you are going to see anything on the way up, either!
Written March 25, 2022
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Lafayet
Bologna, Italy60 contributions
Nov 2019
Taking this lift is not worth it, since the queue is insanely long, the crew operating the lift is way too slow and the ticket is very expensive. There are plenty of other great view points in Lisbon, go there.

PS: in case you absolutely want to enjoy the view over Lisbon from this perspective, be aware that there is no need to take the lift, as the very same platform is accessible from nearby the Carmo church. You can get tickets there for less than the half price, and there is almost nobody queuing.
Written July 9, 2020
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Vladimiramirela
Mississauga, Canada1,872 contributions
Sep 2019
It is a fascinating tower of iron lace, dating from 1902an impressive piece of engineering and art. However, the line-up for the ride up is somewhat disarming as it may take more than one hour on a non-top of the day time. Probably, the best suggestion is to admire its beauty from outside, both from the lower street level and from the top, as it can be easily reach via the streets, in just minutes of walking. The actual elevator ride is less than one minute and it does not justify such a long queue, nor does it worth the ticket fee in my opinion.
Written January 16, 2020
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Ian W
Ipswich, UK85 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Stood for 30 mins at start of day in queue hardly moving then wondered why people leaving. Heard comments about still seeing views but not waiting. Looked on trip adviser for details. If you walk up hill and cross footbridge over street (which costs nothing) then you get practically same experience (but about 10 foot lower than top level) but this saves €5 each way per person. You are only paying for 20 second elevator ride and being able to see view from 10 foot higher so take cheap, time saving option.
Written February 20, 2020
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Sharon H
Las Vegas, NV2,079 contributions
Jun 2019
This historic elevator was created by Eiffel, of Eiffel Tower fame, and you will see the resemblance immediately in the beautiful filigreed ironwork. It is stunning to look at and even more fun to ride. We made a point of arriving just before it opened in the morning (9:00 am). Even that early we had to wait for the second elevator up, so be warned, the lines do get longer as the day progresses. Once we exited the elevator, we climbed the tiny spiral staircase to the platform above, where we had the most incredible views of Rossio Square and the city below reaching toward the sea, as well as the ruins of the old church of Santa Maria do Carmo, founded in 1389 (which can be easily reached by exiting the platform and walking a mere half block). We wandered through the neighborhood for a little while, enjoying the cobbled stone streets, the beautiful trees and flowers, and garden in front of the church ruins, since we had to wait for them to open at 10:00. Be sure to visit these ruins and its museum while you are there—they are amazing!
Written March 24, 2020
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schmidtmg
Switzerland967 contributions
Nov 2021
This is a Lisbon landmark often touted as a must do and must see. If you have the Lisbon transport card for a day (Euro 6.90), and pass by the Elevador and there is no queue, it's worth taking it (as the return fare is Euro 5.20 on its own), But , alas, there will almost always be queues and often very long ones. I would not say it's worth queuing 30 mins to an hour for it...... there are better sights of Lisbon from many points in the Alfama,
Written November 23, 2021
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