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Lisbon Elevators
Travelling through Lisbon using its popular lifts is a great way of exploring the town. The city has several elevators, which connect the down town with upper town: Elevador Santa Justa, Elevador da Glória, Elevador Bica , Elevador Lavra. Only the Elevador Santa Justa truly reminds a typical elevator, while others are yellow trolleys that overcome steep hills of Lisbon often mistaken with trams. Lifts are used by Portuguese as a means of transport, but recently became also touristic attractions for visitors.
Elevador Santa Justa

Elevador Santa Justa (Elevator Saint Justin) connects the two districts Baixa and Barrio Alto. This neo-Gothic lift is also called Elevador do Carmo. It is the only elevator of Lisbon, which moves vertically. The lower level of the elevator is located between the streets Rua do Ouro and Rua de Santa Justa. Santa Justa Elevador takes its passengers Largo do Carmo where the ruins of Convento do Carmo can be found. Elevator itself is a 32 meters high tower made of iron, decorated with a delicate, but rich ornamentation. Elegant elevator consists of two wooden cabins, each of which can take 25 people. Initially, the elevator was powered by steam, but since 1907 it is fully electrified. At the top of the tower you may enjoy an observation deck with a beautiful view of the city and river.

Elevador Santa Justa: neo-Gothic lift

Elevador Santa Justa: elevator itself is a 32 meters high tower made of iron

Elevador da Bica

Elevador da Bica is the most charming tram - lift in Lisbon, which connects Cais do Sodré and Bairro Alto (Largo Calhariz and Rua de São Paulo). Elevador da Bica was founded by the Portuguese engineer, Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard. Lift was opened on June 28, 1892. Originally powered by a water system, then steam and in 1914 was electrified. Lift can carry 23 people and it overcomes a steep hill with a total distance of 235 meters. In 2002 Elevador da Bica was classified as Monumento Nacional (National Monument). The entrance to the elevator from the Cais do Sodré is decorated with stylish Portuguese azulejos.

Upper stop of Elevador da Bica (at Chiado) is located near the stop of the popular tram number 28. There is also a view point of Santa Catarina nearby, from which you can watch the beautiful sunsets on the Tagus River.

Elevador da Bica: Lift was opened on June 28, 1892

Elevador da Bica: in 2002 Elevador da Bica was classified as Monumento Nacional (National Monument)

Elevador da Glória

Elevador da Glória runs from Praça dos Restauradores to Bairro Alto (Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara) and is open until late evening. Elevator (also called Ascensor da Glória) was opened on 24th October 1885. The lift was constructed by the Portuguese engineer, Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard. Originally carriages were wooden, two-storey, with rows of benches on two levels. Floors were connected by a wooden staircase. Comparing to other lifts, Elevador da Gloria carries the the greatest number of people.

In 2002, it was classified as a National Monument.

Elevador da Glória: Praça dos Restauradores

Elevador Lavra

Elevador the Lavra is the least known, but the oldest elevator in Lisbon city. It was opened in April 1884. Elevador do Lavra connects Largo da Anunciada and Rua Câmara Pestana. Route length is 188 meters and an average slope of over 23%.

Lift is open from Monday to Saturday 07:00 - 21:00, and on Sundays and public holidays from 09:00 to 21:00. Ticket bought on board of elevator costs (Tarifa de Bordo Ascensores) 3.60€ (2 rides).

Elevador Lavra: connects Largo da Anunciada and Rua Câmara Pestana

Elevador Lavra: the oldest elevator in Lisbon city

Elevador Baixa – Castelo

If you travel from Baixa to St. George’s Castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge) you can catch a new lift, which was opened on August 31st, 2013. Entrance from Baixa is located at Rua dos Fanqueiros 170/178 , in front of the exit from the metro station Baixa- Chiado (leading to the renewed Rua da Vitória). You should get off the lift at Rua da Madalena 147/155 and switch to another one in Pingo Doce store. At the top, you may enjoy a quick meal in a new vantage point with a restaurant/cafe. From there you have only short walk to the Castle.

Elevador Baixa - Castelo: at the top, you may enjoy a quick meal in a new vantage point with a restaurant/cafe

Elevador Baixa - Castelo: new lift in Lisbon


Soon Lisbon will be enriched by a new elevator that connects Miradouro Santa Luzia ( Rua Norberto Araújo) with a maze of narrow streets of Alfama . Currently, there are stairs between terraces. The main objective of the new elevator is to facilitate the movement of elderly residents of Alfama . Works are still in progress.
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