Lisbon Tram

Lisbon Tram

The Lisbon tram is something very special

The Lisbon tram or Portuguese Carros eléctricos de Lisboa or Eléctricos de Lisboa has existed since 1873.

The transport company Companhia Carris de Ferro de Lisboa, for short, Carris, operates the tram of the Portuguese capital. The company has been owned by the city since the Revolution of 1974, and also operates a large part of the urban bus network, the Elevator Elevador de Santa Justa and three cable cars.
It was first opened as a horse tram and has been operated electrically since 1901. The tram, which is equipped with tracks with a track width of 900 millimeters, is particularly popular with tourists due to its partial historical car park and the delightful route with steep sections and narrow curves through the narrow streets of Lisbon’s old town. After the decommissioning of twelve lines in the 1990s, there are still five lines with a total length of 48 kilometers. The network is still 25 kilometers long.

The current lines are:

Tip: The E28 is one of the best tours of Lisbon but there is only standing room between 10am-6pm. The best way to get a seat is to board the tram at either of the departure locations at Martim Moniz or Campo Ourique.


Ascensor do LauraIn order to open up the steeper parts of the town, the construction of three cable cars began. These lines, Lavra (picture on the left sice), Glória and Bica, went into operation in the years 1884, 1885 and 1892 and are still running today. The two older lanes were operated by the Companhia dos Ascensores Mecânicos, the Bica cableway of the Nova Companhia dos Ascensores Mecânicos de Lisboa, abbreviated NCAML. Both operators merged in 1897 under the name of the younger company.

Cable Trams

For longer distances, the cable car was unsuitable, here the cable car offered an alternative. It is used to connect several vehicles to a steel cable running continuously in a sewer under the surface. The NCAML, which already operated the Bica cable car, applied for and received the requisite concessions and from 1890 initially set up two routes.

Link list:

Lisbon Tram Guide

Lisbon Tram on Wikipedia


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