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    Lifts

    by solopes Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    Santa Justa - Lisbon - Portugal (Jordan's pic)
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    There are four elevators operating in Lisbon :

    Santa Justa is the best known, a vertical elevator built upon Eiffell's plans, and linking the street with its name to Chiado. Is a touristy "must see" and useful to use.

    Operating time 7 AM to 9 PM in winter,7 AM (9 Am on Sunday and holidays) to 11 PM in summer

    Glória is a special tram linking Restauradores to Bairro Alto, also very useful to tourists.

    Operating time 7 AM (8 AM on Sunday) to 12 PM (4.30 AM on Friday and Saturday)

    Lavra is also a special tram, linking Largo da Anunciada to R. Câmara Pestana, "out of the beaten path".

    Bica is technically identical, but linking a high place to a higher one, in the steepest hill of Lisbon. It starts in Bica, near Chiado, and goes up to S. Paulo.

    Operating time 7 AM (9 AM on Sunday and holidays) to 9 PM

    Since August 2013 there is a 5th elevator in Lisbon. This one is FREE (so far) and links Rua dos Fanqueiros (building number 170-178) to the castle. Interesting solution, that I didn't try... yet!

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    The "Bica" funicular

    by hokomoko Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Funicular Bica Lisbon / Portugal

    The second funicular is "Bica" in Lisbon and the departure is from a basement of a building in commercial district if you have a carefull eye you can find this place.Otherwise impossible to ride this avesome transport unit.

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    Elevador de Santa Justa

    by bonio Updated Mar 28, 2011
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    The quick way to get up to the Carmo church and surrounding area. Worth the trip just to ride on this unusual mode of transport. Good views over the city from the top as you'd expect!
    Day tickets on the transport system are valid here.

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    Elevador St. Justa

    by pieter_jan_v Written Nov 17, 2009
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    The Elevador St. Justa is a public transportation elevator. There are two cabins capable to transport 20 people each from the Santa Justa Street 45 upwards to the Carmo Square at Bairro Alto. Unlike the two other funiculars type elevadores, the St. Justa is a real vertical travelling means of transportation.

    On top of the elevator there is a lookoff terrace that can be reached by two helicoidal staircases.

    Since February 2, 2002, at its 100 year anniversary the elevator became a National Monument.

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    Elevador de Lavra

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Nov 15, 2009
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    At April 19, 1884 the Elevador de Lavra started. The mix of tram and elevator travels along a narrow and steep (almost 30 degrees of inclination at one point) track to take its passengers to an altitude of 188 meters.
    The Elevador became a National Monument in 2002, but the service was stopped at February 17, 2009 because of a dangerous situation along the route.

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    Elevador da Glória

    by pieter_jan_v Written Nov 15, 2009
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    At October 24, 1885 the Elevador da Glória started. The mix of tram and elevator travels along a narrow and steep track from Baixa (Praça dos Restauradores) to Bairro Alto (Jardim / Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara).

    Operating hours:
    Mo-Fr: 7AM - Midnight
    Sa: 7AM - 4.30AM
    Su: 8AM - Midnight

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    ASCENSOR DA GLORIA

    by LoriPori Written Jun 27, 2009

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    Next to Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara is the ASCENSOR DA GLORIA or the "GLORIA ELEVATOR". The "GLORIA" is the busiest funicular in Lisbon and takes passengers up and down the hill between the center of the city, from Restauradores Square up to Bairro Alto.
    The track is 265 metres long and has an average grade of 18%

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    Buy a day ticket........

    by leics Updated Jun 20, 2009

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    Elevador de Bica
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    ..........and use it to the full! Go up (or down) the elevadores, ride tram 28 from terminus to terminus. Brilliant fun.

    You can buy a day ticket from Metro stations, and use it for trams, buses, Metro and elevadores. For 3.50 (May 2009) it's a real bargain.

    You can just pay the elevadore 'driver', but that will work out more expensive of course.

    I really enjoyed the elevadores.......I hadn't realised that they ran through 'ordinary' streets with pedestrians and children and dogs and doorways. And I did see some near-misses!

    An absolute 'must-do' for Lisbon, although not really accessible for those with mobility difficulties.

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    Funiculars and the Elevator of Santa Justa

    by a2lopes Updated Mar 19, 2009

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    Lisbon’s steeply sloping terrain has always been a serious problem for the transport of people and goods between the high and the low-lying areas. The advent of mechanical traction brought the possibility of a solution. It was at this time that the funiculars and lifts began to appear, the first functioning on sloping terrain, the second operating vertically.

    In this regard Lisbon started (from the end of the 19th century) to provide the city with a series of funiculars working up and down the slopes. The first was officially opened in 1884 in the Calçada do Lavra. This was followed by the funiculars on the Calçada da Glória and Bica and they are still working today.

    On April 1896 the engineer Mesnier de Ponsard obtained a concession for the construction and running of a lift which would be built vertically from the Santa Justa steps to form a connection with the Largo do Carmo, using a passageway at the top along the road of the same name. Construction began in 1900 and was finished in July 1902 when entered public service; originally powered by steam, it was converted to electrical operation in 1907. In February 2002, along with the funiculars of Lavra, Glória and Bica, also owned by Carris, it was classified as a national monument.

    Lavra and Bica operate from 7am to 9pm, and Glória from 7am to midnight which extends to 4:30am in weekends). Santa Justa Elevator works from 7am to 9pm.

    Beware of pickpockets as they know that this will be full of potential targets.

    And what we have on top of any funicular or elevator? Of course a fantastic view of the city which is always rewarding.
    Enjoy

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    Elevador da Bica

    by woodstockties Updated Jan 9, 2008

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    Elevador da Bica

    Elevador da Bica is a funicular in neighbourhood Chiado that brings you up from Rua de São Paulo to Largo Calhariz - Rua do Loreto.
    As you might see on the picture it's a very steep way, so to keep you from exhaustion it's a comfortable way to go the upper part of Chiado.

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    Elevador de Santa Justa

    by woodstockties Written Jan 7, 2008

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    the elevator seen from Miradouro de Gra��a
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    Because Lisbon is build on several hills there are some elvators to make it easier to get up the hills. Elevador de Santa Justa is an elevator that brings you from Baixa (Rua de Santa Justa) to Bairro Alto (Largo do Carmo).

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    Elevadour do Santa Justa

    by alucas Written Dec 30, 2007

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    Originally known as the Elevadour do Carmo, this unusual structure was one of three lifts built to transport people and goods between the high and low areas of the city. The other two were Chiado and Biblioteca. Construction started in July 1900 after several years of negotiations, and the lift opened in 1902. In 1973 the concession to operate the lift was transferred to the Carris public transport network.

    The tower contains two lifts, enclosed in elegant gothic wrought iron. At the top there is a two-level viewing platform – the upper level has a café with views all over central Lisbon – and there is a covered walkway linking the tower to Largo do Carmo.

    We used our 7 Colinas card to go up to the viewing platform - I believe the cost is normally around the same as a single bus ticket.

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    Elevadores

    by antistar Written Aug 22, 2005

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    Bairro Alto Elevador, Lisbon

    Like the trams, the funiculars of Lisbon are a must see in themselves. These sloping trams will drag you up the steepest of Lisbon's embankments to some of its higher districts, like Bairro Alto. They are slow, often cramped, and with long queues even in the evening, but you will probably want to take them rather than getting one of the boring buses. The one pictured here is the elevador to Bairro Alto.

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    Elevadores

    by Mahieu Written Mar 9, 2005

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    There are 4 elevadores (funiculars) in Lisbon taking you from a lower district to a higher one and back. You should definitely experience it, they are great! There's no real timetable, the driver leaves once there are enough people or if he waited long enough. You can use them for free if you have the Lisboa card (see general tip). If not, they cost 1,10 euro one way

    1/ Elevador da Bica: from Largo do Calhariz to Rua de São Paulo. It's the one in the picture. To me, it's the most beautiful one.

    2/ Elevador da Gloria: from S. Pedro de Alcântara to Restauradores. It takes you to the miradouro de Alcantara.

    3/ Elevador da Lavra: from Rua Câmara Pestana to Largo da Anunciada. Just a few streets away, there's a beautiful viewing spot which looks over Bairro Alto and Baixa.

    4/ Elevador da Santa Justa: Rua do Ouro. At the moment, this elevator just goes up and down, but the passage to the Bairro Alto is closed. Still worth going up for the nice view over the Castle and the Tagus. This one is more expensive, about 2 euro.

    Remember, if you came from the airport via the Aerobus, you can use the elevadores and trams for free during that same day.

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    Funicular

    by freya_heaven Updated May 27, 2004

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    Funicular

    Lisbon has 3 of these Funiculars, they are wonderful as Lisbon has some very steep hills!

    We took this one near the end of our day to try to get to Lisbon Castle, we were directed on to this funicular by an old lady whom I had asked directions from, only to find we had gone up the wrong hill!

    Had great views of the castle though from up there (~_~)

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