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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  • the most overrated site in Lisbon. the fee is huge taking into consideration you could easily walk the distance from Chiado with almost no effort and of course no waiting time. the view is also regula...  more »
  • Caution the best early morning come, otherwise, the waiting time is very long. Only in conjunction with the LisabonCard is worth in my opinion. Otherwise, it is simply too expensive.
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  • It must be seen certainly since it is striking enough. There are often many people and I personally didn't want to pay $ 5 for wait queue up the elevator so that it is a decision of each, but see it if you must see
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  • Very interesting elevator/lift that takes you up. You can pay a few euros to go up the lift, or just walk up past it and a few streets further to get a chance to see from the top. There is a viewing platform at the top which is relatively cheap and offers a great view of Lisbon and the bridge. I would definitely recommend a visit, bit be warned - if you want to ride in the lift, there are frequently queues of over an hour. I would recommend just walking round the back and accessing it near the convent/dilapidated church.
  • Definitely, we do not recommend to wait to ride up the lift. The service staff is not polite, the tourists are not given any kind of information about the sites to wait, the waiting time is not clear...and the worst: the doors and the tickets office are shut without giving any kind of explanation. This service must absolutely be improved and the staff must be taught to treat the tourism much better.
  • Great panoramic view over Lisbon roofs. Best moment to get up there is obviously at blue hour, before the sun sets (see my photo for a sample!). Bad side: long waiting time before taking off with the lift: most of tourists have the same idea at the same moment! An antique monument worth visiting
  • This feels kind of crazy, in an awesome way. You're in a neighbourhood entering this beautiful, antique cabin in that beautiful, antique elevator, the doors are closed, and when they open again you're in a completely different neighbourhood high above the lower city, with a totally different feel and stunning views. Truly unique. Of course, you'll not arrive there and be the first and only visitor. There's a considerable queue, and you'll "loose" around half an hour waiting...but this elevator is the only one of its kind in the world, there's no other. Nowhere. And it's well worth waiting for the ride.
  • Unique and interesting to look at or take a photo, but not worth riding up! Long line, moves slowly, 5 euros for one ride! (if you don't want to hike the stairs up to the neighborhood, you can take FREE lifts inside of H&M next door... and I bought a pair of jeans there for less than the cost of two tickets on this lift!)
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