Ponte Vasco da Gama
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(Ponte) Vasco da Gama Bridge

The Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal, is an architectural marvel and a must-see attraction for visitors to the northern part of the city. Spanning the majestic Tagus River, this bridge is one of the longest in Europe, stretching over 17 kilometres (11 mi). The bridge was inaugurated in 1998 as part of Lisbon's Expo 98 celebrations, which marked the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama's historic voyage of discovery.

This modern feat of engineering serves as a vital transportation link, connecting the northern and southern districts of Lisbon, and offering stunning panoramic views of the city and the river. As you traverse the bridge, you'll be mesmerised by the vastness of the Tagus and the surrounding landscapes.

The Vasco da Gama Bridge is not just a roadway; it's an experience in itself. Its sleek design and impressive scale make it a popular spot for photography and sightseeing. Additionally, its proximity to the Parque das Nações district means you can explore nearby attractions, such as the Lisbon Oceanarium, Pavilhão Atlântico, and other leisure options. Visit the Vasco da Gama Bridge for an unforgettable blend of history, engineering, and breathtaking views.


Ponte Vasco da Gama
It spans the Tejo river at the northen end of Parque das Nações and provides essential access from Lisbon to southern Portugal and beyond. Since openning it has done much to reduce congestion in the centre of Lisbon and vastly sped up journey times. The bridge carries six road lanes and has a life expectancy of 120 years. There are many road sections that can be accessed from the bridge including the north access roads, the north viaduct, the expo viaduct, the main bridge, central viaduct the south viaduct and the south access roads. Northbound traffic, to Lisbon, is charged a toll, while traveling southbound is free. Tolls are collected through a toll plaza located in the south bank of river. [ Toll Info ► ]

The bridge carries the name of Portugal’s famous explorer whose famous voyage to India had its 500th anniversary at the time of construction. For a unique view of the bridge you can walk beneath it by following the waterfront promenade of the Parque das Nações.

Getting to the Vasca da Gama bridge

705, 708, 744, 759, 794
Oriente (Red Line)