Lisbon’s elevator and funiculars are one of the city’s landmarks, no doubt: elegant and with spectacular features and designs, they have been in use since the 19th century, taking passengers up and down the many hills of this beautiful city.
Elevador de Santa Justa
This elevator is the jewel of public transportation in Lisbon, a city with an incredible amount of charm. It was first inaugurated in 1902 and created by French architect Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard. A spectacular iron structure with a NeoGothic look and one of Lisbon’s landmarks.
Elegant and classy it still maintains the charm of the old days with its wooden cabins and accents in shiny brass. This is an elevator as we understand it and it takes passengers up 30 meters from Baixa, to the Largo de Carmo. Don’t miss the spectacular views!
Ascensor da Glória – The Glória Funicular
Inaugurated in 1885, it is still in full use and takes passengers from the Restauradores square to the heart of Bairro Alto. It was first ‘fueled’ with a water engine, then worked with steam and finally in 1915 electricity took place.
Ascensor da Bica – The Bica Funicular
Inaugurated 1892, it covers a picturesque area between the Calçada do Combro and the Rua de São Paulo. By day nice and quiet… by night it is one of the hotspots of Lisbon nightlife.
Ascensor do Lavra – The Lavra Funicular
The oldest in town, and the first one built on a street in the world, it was inaugurated in 1884 with the incredible amount of 3,000 passengers being transported on that same day after a 16 hour shift.