Elevador da Glória
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Elevador da Glória

Right next to the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara is the Glória Funicular or Elevador da Glória in Portuguese. It has been ferrying people up the steep hill to the Bairro Alto from Calçada da Glória just off the Praça dos Restauradores ever since 24th of October 1885. Originally powered by water displacement, then by steam before being electrified in 1915. Popular with visitors and locals alike the Elevador da Glória is the fun way to accend to the Bairro Alto day and night.


Glória Funicular
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Experience the charm of Lisbon's historic Elevador da Glória, a beloved attraction offering panoramic views and convenient access to the city's hilly neighbourhoods. This iconic funicular, inaugurated in 1885, connects the bustling Baixa district to the picturesque Bairro Alto. As you ascend, enjoy stunning vistas of Lisbon's colourful streets and scenic rooftops. Step off at the top to explore Bairro Alto's vibrant atmosphere, characterised by trendy shops, quaint cafes, and lively bars. Don't miss the opportunity to capture breathtaking photos of the cityscape from the observation decks near the upper station. Whether you're a tourist seeking adventure or a local out for a leisurely ride, the Elevador da Glória promises an unforgettable experience steeped in history and beauty.

The Glória Funicular, Lisbon's second funicular, commenced operations on October 24th, 1885. Spanning 275 meters (900ft), it ascends a steep incline along Calçada da Glória, linking Praça dos Restauradores to Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara at the top. Despite not being the lengthiest route, the Elevador da Glória boasts unparalleled popularity, frequented by tourists and locals alike. Operating every twelve minutes, its schedule caters to commuters and sightseers, with weekday services starting at 07:15, Saturdays at 08:45, and Sundays at 09:15. The final rides depart at 23:55 on weekdays and Sundays, and 00:25 on Saturdays, ensuring convenient access throughout the day and evening for all travellers exploring Lisbon's captivating sights and vibrant neighbourhoods..

As part of Lisbon's attempts to discourage destructive graffiti part of the route is a sponsored street art gallery. Seven panels were installed in 2008 as a challenge to street artists to exhibit their talents legally. Sadly Lisbon's funiculars continue to be easy targets for graffiti taggers.


Funiculars first appeared in Lisbon in the late nineteenth century with the opening of the Ascensor do Lavra in 1884. The Glória Funicular opened a year later. As with all Lisbon's funiculars, it was designed by the Portuguese engineer Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard. Initially, the city's funiculars were powered by a water counterbalancing system and then steam-powered soon after. They finally became electrified in 1915. Their brown livery changed to yellow in 1926 after Carris acquired operating rights to all Lisbon's transportation.

Visitor Information

Weekdays: 07h15 – 23h55, Saturdays: 08h45 – 00h25, Sundays: 09h15 – 23h55
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Glória Funicular