Tram 28

Tram 28, Lisbon: Address, Tram 28 Reviews: 4/5

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Vintage trams take passengers on a scenic trip from the city center at sea level up through the narrow maze of streets towards St. George Castle.
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The area
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
  • Rossio • 2 min walk
  • Baixa/Chiado • 5 min walk
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AndyP1998
Wakefield, UK828 contributions
Couples
All travel literature suggests this tram is always packed. We found the opposite. Ok some trams were packed. However often the tram behind was almost empty and you never seemed to wait long for one. The ride itself is both nostalgic and extensive of the city centre. One crucial tip for tourists. Make sure you buy a 24 hour unlimited travel on any bus, tram or subway ticket for 6.90 euros from any metro station otherwise a single trip is 3 Euros. This ticket will also allow you to catch the vintage tram 12 as well as the modern tram to Belem
Written November 28, 2021
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DebbieDarrenW
Weston super Mare, UK383 contributions
Couples
A mad tram ride through the city, wondering if the tram will role backwards when it stops on the hills! Let’s not beat around the bush the tram gets full. If you get on on the tram half way through its journey you are standing. However here’s a couple of tips.
1) Get a metro day ticket, available from the metro stations as that will cover you for all public transport.
2) If you just want to ride the tram to see the city and your stood, stay on the tram until its final destination. You have to get off but then join the queue to get on the next one, the queue will be fairly small…
3) Ride the tram at night. There’s hardly anyone on it.
4) If you just want to ride a vintage tram and aren’t bothered take the number 25 or 12.
Overall a fun, touristy thing to do but be warned it does get crowded and hold on to your belongings as pickpockets do operate.
Written March 12, 2022
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Adrian D
Edinburgh, UK621 contributions
Tram 28 was on our list of things to do in Lisbon and we managed to do it on the last night of our holiday. We'd tried to do it earlier in the trip however the queues for the tram were so long, even at the recommended starting point of Martim Moniz, that we decided try again when it was quieter. We got on the tram at about 6.30 in the evening when the queues were much shorter and even managed to get seats. I think it was my first time on an older style tram and I really enjoyed the experience. It provided a different perspective on the sights of Lisbon which was refreshing. I'd definitely recommend going early in the morning or early in the evening when the things are quieter. The tram is also prone to pickpockets particularly near to the exits so keep your wits about you and your bags and valuables in front of you. If you have one of the Viva Viagem cards for use on public transport you can also use it on the tram. I'd recommend a trip on Tram 28.
Written April 11, 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom6,620 contributions
This was a fun memory from our time in Lisbon. The #28 is a vintage 1930s Remodelado tram and rattles and winds its way through the narrow streets of Lisbon up through the Alfama area. I loved the charm of the original features - wooden floors, wood panelled interior and the old-style sash windows. It's a hairy ride in parts and there were times when the houses were so close, we literally could’ve lent out and taken the washing off the balconies.
Many of the stops are near historical sights or lookouts. We got off at the Miradouro das Portas do Sol, checked out the panoramic views over the city to the water, then had a look at the Santa Luzia church with its beautiful blue and white tiled walls. From here we walked uphill a short (but steep) way to the Castle.
TIPS:
We got on at Praca Martim Moniz which worked really well. This is where the tram starts and it’s probably the only chance you’ll have of getting a seat. We were there very early and we’d bought a pass the day before but we weren't alone and others had the same idea so there was still a queue - it was relatively short though and the trams came regularly. Even if you miss out the first time like we did, the next one will be along in about 10 mins. Alternately the 12E tram runs a similar route and usually has shorter lines.
TICKET:
A one way ticket is €3 which makes the 24 travel pass very good value at €6.40 (+€0.50 for the card). The only thing about the pass is that you need to be buy it at a metro station first and you can’t get it at the tram. It worked very well for us because we had bought the pass the the day before for our trip to Belem. The next morning, we were still within the 24 hour period, so we could use it for the #28 tram trip too. Couldn't have been easier.
Written February 6, 2021
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CWT
154991321 contributions
When in Lisbon, you should take a ride on the old style trams. We boarded Tram 28 at the start in Martim Moniz. We were there at noon and waited an hour to get on. We rode all the way to the end (45 min) where you have to get off and pay again to ride it back (another 45 min)

We rode both Tram 28 and Tram 12 and if you just want to ride the tram and are not as concerned with the route, I strongly recommend Tram 12 for the following reasons:

1) at the start, Tram 12 goes up narrower, steeper streets and it's more exciting
2) no wait to get on
3) 20 min roundtrip
4) half the cost since it's a loop so you pay once and end up back where you started
Written March 31, 2022
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO664 contributions
The famous 28 tram. To catch this one at the optimum location is at its starting point on the east side of Martim Moniz square near the south. A very cool experience to ride this, winding through the very narrow streets in the oldest neighborhoods of Lisbon and at some times slowing to a crawl to see if the car parked precariously on the side of the road has allowed enough room to pass (hint: if it hasn’t, it’s most likely to get bumped or lose a mirror from the tram—ya know since it’s on a track and can’t avoid that). If you’re looking for these big amazing sweeping views of Lisbon, that is not what you get here as you are mostly passing between buildings. This ride is more about the experience than it is the views during the ride. The full ride takes you as far west as Campo Ourique where you have to get off the tram and then get back on after a little bit of a wait. Most tourists only ride the Alfama/Baixa-Chiado portion but that is definitely the better part of the route. Take note that while this is a major tourist attraction it is still a form of transportation for the locals so respect that as much as you can and don’t be that jerk tourist who doesn’t give up their seat with a great view to an elderly local just trying to get to the market or an appointment. We’ve used the trams as general transportation several times in our months in Lisbon so have seen them empty and ridiculously full. Some days you might get a seat at the window on a barely used tram and watch the city go by with a very cool view while some days you may end up standing in the middle amongst a packed tram and be able to see not much of anything at all. That’s just the nature of it. They will pack you in like sardines if there are enough riders. Hopefully you’ll get the former as that’s when the tram is the most fun. Good luck on that one.
Written March 10, 2022
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ayalasibanda
Greater London, UK325 contributions
Family
It's often bursting with passengers, but once on, it's definately worth it. We did the whole trip and it was great to see it all, the bits we'd already walked, the bits the trip inspired us to return and walk.. definately recommend
Written May 28, 2022
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Simon
Singapore, Singapore161 contributions
If you like to experience crowded public transport where you are pushed into the armpit of your fellow passenger then you will LOVE the 28 tram!

Pointlessly travel from point A to B without being able to see anything of any interest out of the window as you trundle through this beautiful city smooshed up against someone who might file charges against you if this was anywhere else in public.

Strategize how you will get a seat by looking at the people and trying to work out who is likely next to get up. Roll past people on the street taking pictures of you while you take pictures of them, then post a fictional version of your ride on social media to make all your friends at home envious as they scroll through social media while they're crammed into public transport, smooshed into the armpits of a stranger who probably wishes they were enjoying a vacation like you are!
Written October 3, 2021
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Springer114
Herefordshire, UK538 contributions
Couples
We tried the tram on a drizzly day just to experience it. We waited a long time to find one that wasn’t full to the brim . They are very small inside and people stand very close together so very COVID unfriendly. We go on and assumed that it would go on a circuit off the city . We got about half way around with limited views and then the tram stoped as it was the end off the line . No explanation where we could get another to complete our circuit and just a little disappointing. Lovely to take a picture off though..
Written December 5, 2021
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,035 contributions
Many European cities have such old historic trams, but Lisbon's are the most picturesque.
Best lines for tourist sightseeing are trams 28 and 12, covering the old Alfama district and Chiado and Barrio Alto on the opposite hill. Tram ride is so exciting and beautiful, but be prepared they're mostly packed with people. Entrance is exclusively on the front door.
Buy the 6,50 Euros transport card which covers all means of transportation for 24 hours from validation (NOT limited by the calendar day), otherwise a single ride will cost you 3 Euros which is quite expensive.
Written July 5, 2022
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