Trams in Lisbon
Lisbon's trams (eléctrico) are operated by Carris along with the city's buses and elevadors. There are five tram routes (#12, #15, #18, #25 & #28) in Lisbon running along 48km of track. The fleet consists of 58 trams, 10 articulated trams (on the #15 route between Algés and the Praça da Figueira), 8 light and 40 traditional trams.
Lisbon's tram routes have declined over the years but for a full Lisbon experience it is vital to ride a tram at least once. The crowded #28 tram is a favorite as it winds from Largo Martim Moniz metro station through the Alfama and Graca. Don't be surprised if you have to get off and walk occasionally if a parked car is blocking the tramlines!
Individual tickets presently cost 1.40 Euros (2009) for a single journey. Pay the driver as you enter the tram or swipe your magnetic strip travel card or Lisboa card. Most trams now have an electronic display showing the next stop and announcements. Tickets can also be bought on the modern articulated tram from onboard ticket machines.
The five Lisbon tram routes are the #12 from Praça da Figueira via Martim Moniz to Alfama; the #15 from Praça da Figueira to Algés (Jardim) via Cais do Sodre and very useful for the sites such as the Torre de Belem, Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and the Museu Nacional dos Coches; #18 from Cais do Sodre to Ajuda; #25 from Rua da Alfândega near Praça do Comércio, via the Estrela Basilica, to the Prazeres cemetery; #28 from Martim Moniz to Prazeres.
Lisbon trams old and modern
A number of historic Lisbon trams no longer in service are displayed at the Carris Museum. There is also a tourist tram running through the historic Alfama district which guarantees a seat and has a commentary of the sights.
Classic Lisbon trams
NOTE: particular care and attention should be taken on the #28 tram and the older #15 tram. Pickpockets are known to operate on both routes, particularly the #28 which is often crowded and is a jerky ride, so standing passengers are concentrating more on their balance than their belongings.