Lisbon's World-Famous Tram 28
In fact this humble, yellow-coloured tramway (but it has since been painted with other colours as well) that actually belong to an older epoch has become somewhat of an institution in this highly touristic city and no tourist to Lisbon should leave the city without taking a ride in it.
So even if you are the type who goes about everywhere in a taxi, make sure you leave your chic outfit in your hotel room, put on a pair of jeans to deter pickpockets from targeting you and be prepared to rub shoulders with the humble folks in this very ordinary tram if you want to return home with that authentic Lisbon experience!
In fact you can't really say you've "been there done that" in Lisbon without being able to talk about your experience in taking a ride in this tram! Try though to sit or stand just behind the conductor as otherwise you won't have a good view of the city.
At times it's as if you are riding a funicular train, so steep are some roads along the way and it can also be very bumpy at times! According to a conductor Tram No. 28 has been running for well over 80 years now (I read later that it was actually inaugurated in 1914, making it 100 years old in 2014).
The icing on the cake is that it stops at so many places of interest to tourists along its 40-minute route (there are 34 stops altogether) that you can make use of it as a hop-on hop-off bus.
The downside though is that you have to be wary of your wallet all the time as it is also a favourite haunt of pickpockets. The starting point of Tram 28 is in Praça Martim Moniz on one end and Campo de Ourique on the other.
But before you take the tram ride you might want to buy a day ticket for unlimited travel costing only 6 euros. After all it costs 2.85 euros (yes, the fare is clearly stated in front of the conductor's seat) for a single tram ride! Which is ridiculously expensive for a relatively cheap city such as Lisbon. But I heard from someone that if you could produce your green "viva viagem" credit-sized card (see Odds and Ends section) then you need only pay 1.40 euros. The best is still to buy a day ticket for unlimited travel when you set out in the morning as you are likely to get on and off the tram a number of times during the day.
By the way don't panic if you are at a tramway stop and you do not see number 28 but 28E instead. You can be sure you're at the right stop. This is just to differenciate it from bus numbers as E stands for Eléctrico, which is the Portuguese word for a tram. It is useful to know also that the first tram of the day starts at 6am and that most trams continue to run until 11 at night.
You will be able to get full details of the itinerary of this famous Tram 28 from this site.
One of the few popular places not covered by Tram 28 is Belém. To go there you have to take Tram 15 from Commerce Square.
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