Gloria Funicular (Elevador da Gloria), Lisbon

Gloria Funicular (Elevador da Gloria), Lisbon

Try not to imagine this as a tourist attraction, but as a marvelous feat of engineering! Inaugurated in 1885 and recognized as a national historic site in 2002, this famous Lisbon tram features antiquated, partially wooden streetcars that connect the Praça (Square) dos Restauradores at its downhill starting point to Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara at its terminal point, a few steps away from the eponymous 'miraduro' (lookout point).

The steep incline is about 900 feet or less (270 meters), so a tram ride lasts roughly 2-3 minutes, while a walk down along the track takes anywhere from 5 to 8 minutes, depending on age and/or physical endurance. Either way, by climbing or descending the Calçada da Glória, you will pass one of the best displays of neighborhood graffiti in all Lisbon, mostly on the right (in the uphill direction), since the area is officially dedicated to legal street art.

In the end, this is a fun form of public transportation, especially for those who have not experienced similar funicular trams. Good photo opportunities from the top, and a good way to start exploring the Bairro Alto in a descending way.

Operation Hours:
Mon-Thu: 7am–11:55pm, Fri: 7am–12:25am, Sat: 8:30am–12:20am, Sun/Holidays: 9am–11:55pm
One-way ticket: €3.8 (or €1.35 with Viva Viagem card); free with a metro pass

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Sight Name: Gloria Funicular (Elevador da Gloria)
Sight Location: Lisbon, Portugal (See walking tours in Lisbon)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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