For over a hundred years, electric trams have been plying the seven hills of Portugal’s capital, the difficult topography being particularly appropriate for the power of electric traction. Lisbon wouldn’t be the same without its tramcars and in recognition of this, five routes remain almost in a time warp satisfying the needs of tourists and residents alike.
This production starts with a brief history of Carris, the company first set up in 1872 to operate horse-drawn trams.
We then travel aboard one of the 1930’s vintage wooden four wheel tramcars on Route 28, taking us from the outskirts of the capital right through the centre. You will see double and single line sections running through the narrowest of streets and the steepest of hills.
By contrast we then travel route 15 on board a modern Siemens articulated tram dating from 1995. This is the longest of the remaining routes and, running close to the coast, passes many of the popular tourist sites. The 15 also runs past the tram depot at Santo Amaro which also contains the tram museum.
- The Bica Funicular
- Carris Transport Museum.