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The Glória Funicular

The Glória Funicular (known locally as the Ascensor da Glória) was the second of its kind to operate in the heart of the Portuguese capital. This time-honoured and very popular form of public transport connects downtown Lisbon’s main thoroughfare – the Avenida da Liberdade – with the cobbled, narrow-laned labyrinth of the ancient Bairro Alto district.

The most popular of all Lisbon’s ascensores, it hauls some three million passengers up and down one of the city’s steepest hills every year, offering visitors a thrilling ride in both directions.

The Glória Funicular started serving the city for the very first time on Saturday the 24th of October 1885, just eighteen months after the inauguration of Lisbon’s first funicular, the Ascensor do Lavra.

Running every day, the Glória Funicular was originally built by Companhia Ascensores and has been the property of Lisbon’s public transport operator Carris since the 15th of December 1926.

Besides these three funiculars, for which the locals have great affection, Lisbon is also home to the world’s most original and attractive elevator tower, the Elevador de Santa Justa, which connects the city’s downtown Baixa district with the Bairro Alto.

This filigree-style metal construction was inaugurated in 1902 and provides a unique form of public transportation for locals and visitors alike in two solid wooden cabins, rising to over a thirty-metre (ninety-eight foot) height and offering head-spinning city vistas from the viewing platform at the top.

Read what others share about their experience

  • o f
    o f
    4 months ago
    Seeing the tram was super cool on a quiet day. The tram is too cute and compact, lol. The one...
  • Mateusz Dwornikowski
    2 months ago
    Embark on a journey back in time with this old-school tram that takes you uphill, treating you to...
  • Charlie Hofmann
    2 months ago
    One of the greatest spot of Lisbon. I would advise any person to climb the hill by walk as this is...
  • Antonieta
    4 months ago
    A really nice place to witness one of the most genuine and authentic (in the sense that it remains...
  • Totti
    4 months ago
    I recommend taking this tram because it is steep. The scenery is also very beautiful!

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