A real taste of Lisbon: historical red tramcar tour ‘7 hills’, alternative to fully packed tram 28 & the most picturesque neighborhoods of Lisbon

Although public transport (tram 28) is much cheaper, this historical red tramcar tour allows you to know the most picturesque neighborhoods of Lisbon in a friendly and comfortable way, while listening to the commentary available in several languages or melancholic melody of fado music.

Lisbon red tourist tram 7 hills Praca do Comercio

Praça do Comércio Lisbon

Tickets

Red tram tour, leaving from one of the most beautiful squares in the world: Praça do Comércio where you can buy a ticket. From around € 17 p.p. Child (4-9) around € 10

You will pass the narrow and steep streets of the city’s traditional quarters. You will see chatting people on doorsteps and feel the village atmosphere of Alfama and Mouraria and reveal a sharp contrast to the elegant, noble buildings of Chiado and Lapa. You will certainly fall in love with Lisbon and sooner or later you will come back……

Lisbon historical Red tram tour driver Paulo Dias starting point Praca do Comercio

Red tram driver Paulo Dias

HOP ON HOP OFF

“You can take advantage of the ‘Hop On Hop Off” system. This allows tourists to get off at each stop (20 min.), visit the surrounding area, and then get back on the tram or wait for the next one.

Tickets & prices

The ‘ 7 Colinas‘ (hills) route (about 1 1/2 hour, ) departs every 30 minutes, from 10:00-20:00 (from June-Sept), from 10:20-17:40 (Oct-May). Price € 18, children  (4-10)  € 9, Lisboa card reduction € 13,50.

Lisbon historical red tram tour tourists

“The ‘Carristur’ company has faithfully restored the interior of the trams dating from the thirthies and fourties, preserving their charm and original character.

Lisbon church Mouraria

Little church in Mouraria. More about this old neighborhood, home of fado music…..

In this area there’s my 3 bedroom apartment with 3 bedrooms and a 30 m2 patio (short term rentals)

This ‘ 7 Colinas’ (hills) route goes through the oldest and most traditional districts, giving its passengers a real taste of the city. Mouraria, Alfama, Chiado, Sao Bento and Estrela are just some of the districts that can be seen in the tram.

Lisbon historical red tram tour Alfama near flea market Feira da Ladra

Alfama. This street is close to the legendary Feira da Ladra (‘thieves market’) and the castle of São Jorge (Castle of Saint George)

Lisbon historical Red tram tour Pessoa statue girl

Chiado, Rua Garrett. Famous cafe ‘A Brasileira’ with the statue in bronze of the poet Fernando Pessoa, mobbed by lots of tourists, all day long! And of course you will pass the Bica funicular

Lisbon historical Red tram tour Rua de Sao Paulo Rua Boa Vista stairs

Rua Sao Paulo/Rua da Boa Vista

 

Lisbon Red tram historical tour tourists see other tourists

As a tourist you will see a lot of other tourists waiting for tram 28

TRAM 28 (eletrico) is very popular . The number of tourist has been increased (2015), which means that tram 28 route is mostly fully packed.

Lisbon Red tram tour sightseeing little streets Pastelaria

5 Responses to “A real taste of Lisbon: historical red tramcar tour ‘7 hills’, alternative to fully packed tram 28 & the most picturesque neighborhoods of Lisbon”

  1. […] famous Praça do Comércio  (Commerce Square) near the river Tagus, the starting point for a historical ’Red tramcar tour  (the ‘ 7 Colinas‘ hills)route . The ‘Carristur’ company  has faithfully restored the […]

  2. Today I was taking some shots in a public garden. I pointed my camera to a place were 2 adults and children were playing. 150 feet away. Suddenly a female does shout : ” No pictures of children “. I said nothing. She insisted : ” Are you taking pictures of children !? No pictures of children !!!”. I had actually taken no shots. She was too far away. 2 minutes later she ,the children , and another individual left. I thought the whole episode was over…, but it was not. Suddenly when I was returning home a car stopped near me . It was the woman again !!! ” You must not take pictures of children !! You must delete them from your camera !!”. I did continue walking. The car did follow me for a couple of feet and it did stop again. A woman did jump out of the car and did confront me : ” Delete the pictures from your camera !! You must delete the pictures !!”. I did reply something to her but I realized it was uselless to argue with her. I told her that and did continue walking. A few feet away there were 3 cops waiting for me and a police car. They asked if I were taking pictures. I told them the story and they asked me for the camera. I did show them the camera. They did browse the pictures..,there were no children pictures. Cops told me that , according to the law , I could not take pictures of people in public places , in particular children. Portugal was rocked by a paedo scandal. A few years ago it was discovered that in a state run institution for poor children there were paedophiles. Cops went away and later I read what law says. In portugal it is legal landmarks , streets etc .
    But if the main subject is a child or adult , such person must give his consent.
    No shots in public gardens were children play.., schoolyards.., etc.
    Media can publish such pictures thougt. When there is what might be considered an event journalists can take pictures.
    I do not criticize the police. Cops were nice and I did not feel threatened by them in any way. Problem are not the cops .The problem is the law that does say that an amateur photographer cannot take pictures of people without their consent , even when subjects are in a public area.
    With paedo hysteria grabbing the country do not take pictures of children or you risk getting arrested in the spot

  3. […] music and a fantastic fireworks display at Parque das Nações , ( EXPO 98).  The famous square Praça do Comércio will be filled on the night of December 31st with concerts by Portuguese bands and with the lights […]

  4. where do you buy the tickets for the red tram regards barry.

    “Red tram tour, leaving from one of the most beautiful squares in the world: Praça do Comércio (incl. Lisboa card info) where you can buy a ticket.”

  5. […] and the line was so incredibly long it was unbelievable.  So we made a quick decision and took the Red Tram up instead.  It was kind of a hop on/hop off thing, except we learned you didn’t dare hop […]

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