Santa Justa Lift, Lisbon

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Travel between Baixa and Carmo Square with Santa Justa Lift, an elevator located in a Gothic tower. Built in 1902 to provide transportation between two neighborhoods in the difficult, hilly landscape of Lisbon, the elevator moves up 13 m (43 ft) from the lower streets of Baixa to the Ruo do Carmo and the upper zone of Bairro Alto. On your scenic elevator ride, you can see the Tagus River, Castle of Sao Jorga, and National Theatre D. Maria II, among other sites. Don't forget to stop on the elevator's observation deck and note its Neo-Gothic iron construction. You then can explore the adjacent neighborhoods on foot. To visit Santa Justa Lift and other attractions in Lisbon, use our Lisbon trip tool .
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  • Two weeks ago my family and I took Elevador and Milan does not exist. It was a new thing. We had 30 minutes to queue but then great splendor and joy of seeing Lisbon with its neighborhoods from above
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  • In Lisbona you can take a lot of panoramas because the city is developed in several layers. From the "miradouros" like Portas do Sol, Sao Pedro de Alcantara you enjoy the opposite sites of the city Al...  more »
  • Santa Justa elevator connecting the lower city to the neighborhood of Chiado and city high. The ticket costs 5 euros, but the queue takes at least 40 minutes, especially in the summer. This time I climbed, I preferred to walk up to enjoy more the streets, shops and local attractions. For those visiting Lisbon for the first time think it's must-see attraction, even because it is one of the postcards of the city.
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  • you can go up from the back by the museum and restaurant instead of waiting on the line for 30 minutes to take the elevator up, it's faster and you can also take the elevator down. Day pass covers this too (works for bus, tram, lift and funicular)! worth getting it for 6.5 euro if you're exploring the city :)
  • What a surprise. We have been to other viewpoints before and ware not sure if it is worth going there. It is! With a normal Bus&Tram ticket you can take the elevator. With an additional 1,50€ you can go up to the platform. From where the view is very nice. From the cathedral there is also a way that safes the elevator ride.
  • EPIC WITH THE SOUL OF LISBON It doesn't get any better than this. Right in the heart of Lisbon, an elevator that is kind of a baby brother of the Eiffel tower. It's right in the heart of the most gorgeous part of Lisbon and it is guaranteed to charm the hearts of every couple looking to get romantic! The lines to wait kind of kill the mood... but... once you get upstairs you will see what I mean!!!!! :)
  • Good views. Wait times can be too long. There is a direct route to this from one of the higher streets which cuts the wait time and gets you to the view point. The lift itself is ordinary, the views on top are the main attraction.
  • A great view over the city but queues are often very long. Try going early or late in the day. We waited less than 15 min at 21:30 midweek in October. The night view over the city was spectacular. Lift ride is included in the 24hr transport pass, just 1.5 euro to optionally go up the spiral staircase to the viewing platform (you should).

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