If you do one tram ride in Lisbon, choose line 28. This is the most-recommended tram route through the most popular touristic sites of Lisbon, from Martim Moniz to Campo Ourique. Tram 28 passes through Graça, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela.
The classic pre-war trams have been preserved and these still run on four of the five tram lines in the city.
What to see on the Tram 28 route
Here’s a full guide to the main stops en route.
The Lisbon Connection says this about Martim Moniz Square (Praça Martim Moniz): “Square Martim Moniz, located in the most multicultural area in Lisbon is nowadays a place where you can enjoy a light (also vega) meal in the sun: a meeting of cultures that will host delicacies from the four corners of the world, in the weekends there’s a market selling biological products, shops, music and shows.”
Spotted by Locals describes it as “the most multi-cultural square in town”.
Igreja dos Anjos
The first big sight after leaving Martim Moniz is Igreja dos Anjos. Originally known as The Igreja Paroquial da Nossa Senhora dos Anjos, this 1568 parish church was demolished in 1908 and moved, to make way for a new road. Its baroque interior remains and is an impressive sight.
Graça is one of Lisbon’s oldest districts, situated on top of the highest hill. This is how Time Travel Turtle describes Graça: “It’s the kind of area where the locals sit on the street to drink their coffee, store owners stand in doorways to talk with the passers-by, and you have to constantly dodge dogs and shopping trolleys as you walk along.”
Next comes Alfama, where you get a real sense of everything you expect in Lisbon - steep, narrow, cobblestone streets. Lonely Planet says, “With narrow lanes of residential houses and grocery stores, it has a distinct village atmosphere; you can quickly feel like an intruder if you take a wrong turn into someone’s backyard.”
Originally, Alfama was situated outside of the city walls and was associated with poverty and squalor, where only the poor and disadvantaged resided.
Lisbon’s liveliest neighbourhood. It was completely rebuilt by the Marquis of Pombal after the earthquake that destroyed part of the city in the eighteenth century. The district has large classical avenues flanked by houses covered in tiles, in typical Lisbon style. Baixa is packed with stores and restaurants and is always busy during the day.
Homehunting.pt says, “São Bento is the center of political life in Portugal, concentrated in its dominating landmark, the Assembleia da República. The main thoroughfare Rua de São Bento connects the Palácio de São Bento with Largo do Rato and is a primary link to the Santos, Estrela and Amoreiras districts.”
The actual seat of government in Portugal, the Assembly of the Republic, is in Estrela parish, which was created in 2012 with the merging of other parishes. The most eye-catching landmark here is the Basilica de Estrela. The spacious pink and black marble interior contains an elaborate Empire-style tomb of Queen Maria I, and an impressive Christmas manger composed of more than 500 figures. You will also enjoy a relaxing walk in Estrela Garden.
Campo de Ourique
Ourique is popular for its food-lovers’ market, where you can sample all kinds of Portuguese delicacies.
Tram 28 map
Click here for an interactive route map using Google Maps.
Tram 28 tickets and tips
- You can buy a 24hr ticket for Carris (buses and trams) and Metro (underground) for €6.30. This is better than paying as you go, because you want to be able to hop on and off trams as you go around the city.
- Alternatively, buy a Lisbon card for €19, which you can get at the airport. This gives you free Carris travel as well as free entry to many other things, or discounts on entry and in some shops. See the full details here.
- There are always queues at tramp stops, so the earlier in the day you travel, the better.
- Be prepared to stand, as seats are limited, and they aren’t very comfortable for the twists and turns of the windy streets and the ups and downs.