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.
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 (~_~)
one of the furniculars in the city, this one goes between Baixa and Bairro Alto (High Quarter, the hill on the west side.)
You can catch it on the west side of Restauradores .
It's cheap, fast, but I don't find it necessary to get up to Bairro Alto. The hill isn't that steep or long, and if you find it that this hill is, take the street route through Chiado that is much less of a grade.
Lisbon has three working street funiculars: the Lavra funicular (at Almada), the Gloria funicular (between Restauradores and Bairro Alto) and the Bica funicular (between Rua da Bica and Calhariz). The only one that I found useful is the Gloria funicular - which takes you right into the heart of the nightlife in the Bairro Alto. I don't remember the price, but it could have been (february 2004) 1.50 euros.
Elevadores are a very good way to climb those many hills that Lisbon have. When you are walking hours around the beautiful Lisbon, you can get a little tired, so ... if you are ... you can take the beautiful yellow elevadores. You have this ones:
Elevador de Bica: from Sao Paulo near Cais do Sodre to Bairro Alto
Elevador da Gloria: from Praza dos Restauradores to Bairro Alto.
Elevador de Santa Justa: from Rua do Ouro to Largo do Carmo (now is close) you can go up but not get out ... is it?? because they are working there.
The most wonderfuls views from Elevador Santa Justa
Lisbon has several funicular railways that creep up its steep hills and deposit passengers several hundred feet above where they started. This one is the Elevador da Glória. If you don't have an all-day transit ticket, the elevador costs one euro (pay the driver). The ride is short, but atmospheric. The one I recommend most, because very few tourists use it, is on the opposite side of the Av. da Liberdade from Bairro Alto. The Elevador da Glória is just down the block from a tourist information office, so it's pretty crowded.
Public transportation. This is one of the most famous tracks you can take at Barrio da Bica, the Elevador da Bica. It is a pity that recently everything is covered with graffiti, even this tram. It is a common 'disease' in Lisbon and area, even the monuments or beautiful azulejo's are not safe for these vandalists who are destroying the beauty of the city
Elevador the Glória brings you from Praça dos Restauradores up to Rua São Pedro de Alcântara in the Bairro Alto. It's an old cabletram that's been build in 1885.
Lisbon is not flat! To assist getting up some steep hills are some lifts.
The Elevador de Santa Justa is a century old, and in form is very similar to the Eiffel tower (or Blackpool tower!)
This funicular allows to go from rua da Boavista to rua Loreto (near Baixa).
The car passes along the sidewalks and brushes past the pedestrians.
Ticket : 1.10 euro
As Lisbon has got lot's of hills they use cable cars (called 'Elvadores') to climb up. These car's are very old but are a great help to get up...
here a pic of one of them.