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Hard-working funiculars

Lisbon City Center - Downtown Area

The city still supports century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars that lurch up and down the narrow streets. Just watching them trundle along is joy, while the metal tracks cut into winding cobbled streets is exemplary of Lisbon’s nostalgic character.

There are 3 funiculars in the city built at the end of the 19th century to help defeating the obstacle produced by the city’s hills. Fully electrified at beginning of the 20th century, initially they were powered by water counterweights or steam engines. The oldest is Lavra funicular but the most popular is Glória funicular, connecting Restauradores square with São Pedro de Alcântara hilltop view and Bairro Alto district.

Here are the schedules of the 3 funiculars:

  • Lavra and Bica funicular: from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Glória funicular: from 7 a.m. to 00 a.m.
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