There are few cities in the world than can boast about their trams like Lisbon. These antique trolleys wind their way through the older sections of Lisbon such as the Alfama. They cost just 1.40Euros to ride which is rather cheap for such an amazing ride. A trip will take you by the ancient cathedral and along the some of the lovely boulevards. Once on top of the hills that dominate the eastern edge of the city, you will of spectacular views of Lisbon and it's harbour. Most famous of Lisbon's tram rides is Tram 28 which takes you from the Baixa district to the Alfama. Usually this ride is packed with tourists but the trams run frequently. Be patient and an emptier one might come by soon or later. The interior of the trams are cramped so do not bring a lot of luggage or other equipment.
Instead of exploring the city by tour bus, another great option is to simply ride Tram 28. Wending its way through Lisbon’s “Old Town” neighborhoods of Graça, Alfama, Baixa, Chiado, and Bairro Alto, this historic tramway has been in operation since 1901. The trip is bumpy and loud but it affords an authentic glimpse of the city as it passes by many of Lisbon’s most famous and interesting sites.
Tram 28 is special.
Crossing most of the old town, you may enter it at Chiado and it takes you westbound to Sta Catarina (sightseeing), S. Bento (Parliament and PM residence), and Estrela (Church); eastbound to Praca do Comercio (descend at R. Vitor Cordon), the Cathedral, Santa Luzia (sightseeing, and best place to start Alfama visit), the castle of S. Jorge (exit at Lg. Portas do Sol), S. Vicente (church, national pantheon, and flea market two times a week), and Graca (church).
Beware of pickpockets
This is the tourist tram for a reason. Board the tram for a small fee, and sit back to enjoy as it meanders through some of the most beautiful areas of Lisbon. If you plan to explore much of the city, I recommend buying an all-day metro pass. Not only will it allow you to make your way to several destinations throughout the day, but stop as many times as you'd like along the picturesque No. 28 ride.
Trams operate throughout the city but the most famous is Tram 28 a tourist favourite which will take you through Alfama. Be wary of pickpockets as it can be very crowded but don't let that put you off the enjoyable ride down the tight hilly streets.
To get to some of the main attractions of Lisbon you may have to catch a tram or you may catch one you want to go just for the experience. The point is: don’t by the tickets on board, because you will certainly pay at least the double for it.
Use the rechargeable cards “Lisboa Viva”, zapping ones (you can choose the one you want in the metro machines and the money you want to charge it with). This card will allow you to get on buses, metro and trams. With the card a trip on a tram will cost you 1.25€ with that card (I think) instead of 2.85€ - price on board.
From Lisbon to Almada
You can go (all costs in euro):
1) by bus - http://www.carris.pt/en/bus/753/ascendente/
cost = 2,85 + 2,85(round), (if you buy the ticket on board) or 1,95 + 1,95 if you have Zapping card (cost 0,5 returnable in metro stations and kiosks);
2) boat and tram - from Cais do Sodré, get the boat to Cacilhas (boat 1,05 each way - kiosk or Zapping), and tram (0,85 each way, or 0,75 with Zapping)
boat - http://www.transtejo.pt/pt/horarios_tarifarios/tarifario_bilhetes.html
tram - http://www.mts.pt/rede.php
3) train (and tram)- From Lisbon, you can get the train in "Areeiro", "Jardim Zoológico" or "Campo Pequeno" to PRAGAL (3,00 each way)
train - http://www.fertagus.pt/artigo.aspx?cntx=FlzXkqibdVtokUFCPxT%2FCThXIHY2uc7w74CkoMWwR6INVop9azydWJwr1M3GCNYP
the tram is the same from 2)
4) taxi, of course, but that will be expensiver - no less that 15 euros.
Note that if you decide to go by bus or taxi, avoid the rush hours (mon-friday from 16.00 to 20.00 - Lisbon to Almada), 07.00 to 10.00 Almada to Lisbon. On weekends it will depend on the weather, but with a sunny day all the people will be on the road to the beach (Lisbon direction to Almada).
Hope it helps
Do not miss ride with tram No28 the most famous tram line in Lisbon.
Tram 28 is the vintage yellow tram that goes through all over the city center, crossing many touristic attractions.
The tram is a hop-on, hop-off service and there are more than 30 stops you can choose from.
Because Tram 28 is reasonably cheap and very popular, a lot of people ride it. So it’s better if you can wait for a time when there are fewer people on board, so you can truly relax and enjoy city.
Symbol of Lisbon are trams. There are a several lines which are very popular by tourist:
TRAM 28 They said Riding 28 tram just for the experience is a must in Lisbon. This is crowded tram and be very careful because pickpockets. It will take on a 45 minute ride from the striking Basilica da Estrela to the St George Castle overlooking the Tagus River.
TRAM 15 is the best way to reach Belem from the center. (from Comercio Square to Jeronimos Monastery)
Many of these trams, or eléctricos were converted to touristic sightseeing tours or replaced by the new trams... however some still operating... they're yellow and not red! The one on the picture is for tours.
These trams are slower and if the weather is good they circulate with the windows open. Due to this it's possible to admire some of the streets, squares and monuments of Lisbon being seated.
Besides beeing the cheapest way to get around in Lisbon, the Eléctrico is the best way, if you're not in a hurry.
It avoids the big and uninteresting avenues, and crosses the pituresque traditional neighbourhoods, in a slow pace.
A must see.
This is one of those most-do-things whilst in Lisbon like so many major tourist destinations have (like riding on open-top buses etc). Tram (or "Eléctrico" in Portuguese) Line 28 is one of only three traditional tram lines that still operate in Lisbon. These trams, which until the late-1980's ran all through-out Lisbon, were manufactured between 1936 and 1947. Tram 28 winds its way through the "Old Town" of Lisbon beginning in Graça then down to Alfama and to Baixa then up through Chiado to Bairro Alto and then down to Campo Ourique, taking you by many of Lisbon's most famous and interesting sites including monuments, churches and gardens. The trip is hilly, noisy and hectic but it affords many beautiful glimpses of the city. And, although the tram can sometimes be overrun with tourists, you will definitely get a flavour of the locals, as many "Lisboetas" commute daily on these historical trams. Tickets cost €1.45 per journey and can be purchased on-board at a vending machine (note that these machines do not accept notes, and are sometime even out of change, so make sure you have the correct change!)
The extensive bus and electrico (tram) network is run by Carris. I took a tram (No.15) to Belem from Cais do Sodre metro station. There are many ticket outlets, but you can also buy the ticket from the driver or machines on board (the latest only available in some trams). There are many ticket outlets, but you can also buy the ticket from the driver or machines on board (the latest only available in some trams). The best way to pay for city transport is buying a rechargeable card 7 Colinas (Viva Viagem) card. It is valid for metro, trams (electrico) and most buses. If you are going to move around heavily on a specific day (more than five trips), an economic choice can be the all-day pass which costs €4 (valid until 1AM) and is also valid on city buses and tram lines.
To use the Metro you have to get first a rechargable card: Viva Viagem, it costs € 0.50 plus € 0.85 for each ride (small discount if you buy more).
This card has different possible modes: Metro or Metro, Bus and Tram, or Suburban Trains....
You have to be carefull, you can switch modes only when the card is emty or new.
If you are going to move around heavily it is best to get a one day pass or multi day pass which costs €4 (valid until 1AM). The all-day pass is also valid on city buses and tram lines.
You can buy it at vending machines.
A lot has been written about Tram 28, its best picked up in the centre of Lisbon towards the water-front.
I got on the tram on a wet Sunday with a lot of other tourists looking for some where out of the rain, when the tram got to its terminus stop and everyone had to get off, the other tourist asked how they got back into town, they were told to go to a stop and wait for a tram to take them back the way they had come.
I walked around the block and quickly realised that I was at the top of the city centre, probably less than 1/2 mile from where I had picked the tram up earlier.
Tip: Get off tram 28 at its last stop and walk around the block and head south into the city centre.
One day ticket (24h) Fare € 3,70 + €0.50 for the paper ticket which you can keep and load up as needed. Ticket covers trams, underground, lifts, busses.
Tip: Sometimes the tram/bus/train Auto-swipe register would flash red instead of green, don't worry as long as you keep your initial receipt on you there will be no problem!