Tram No. 28 has become a true symbol of Lisbon. Even before I visited it, I had heard about the famous Lisbon tram, a tram you need to ride on and take photos of…
It is curious how some monuments and things turn into city symbols, and how, because of excessive marketing, an authentic experience turns into an exhausting one thanks to mass tourism.
This is also the case with Lisbon Tram No. 28.
The small yellow trams operating on this route are very charming and date from the late 1920s. The ride would be quite enjoyable if only there weren’t lines of tourists waiting at each stop. You should get on the tram at the terminus, to make sure you are one of around 30 people which is the actual capacity of the tram. As you are already guessing, all tourists take the ride all the way, starting from the first and until the last stop.
If you are lucky enough and manage to get inside, you are definitely going to enjoy the ride. This tram takes you through historic picturesque city quarters, and you can see and take picture of every building covered in tiles as you pass by thanks to the tram speed and large open windows.
In this video, you can see a part of the tour from Chiado neighborhood to Castelo Sao Jorge. Vintage filter fits perfectly into historic Lisbon, and I believe that this song provides the ultimate Lisbon experience.