Bearing In Mind
Tram 28 is one of the most popular attractions in Lisbon but it’s not a tourist train. On the contrary, it is a means of public transport company Carris: defining it as a public means, however, would be an understatement. A ride on tram 28 is something like a roller coaster ride, a blast from the past and an itinerary into the hidden meanders of the city, or probably the three together. All for the price of a bus ticket.
The jarring yellow and white carriages of tram 28 have now become a symbol of Lisbon and one of the best-known postcard images of the Lusitanian capital. Some carriages originally from the early 1900s are still in circulation, but the polished wood panels and chrome finishes lend an antique charm to even the newest carriages.
Tram 28 will be able to enchant you thanks to the breathtaking views you can enjoy along the way. The Tagus River that flows towards the ocean, the Alfama mosaic of roofs, the elegant squares decorated with tiles, the wrought iron doors and windows are just some of the wonderful views that will flow before your eyes during the journey. You will shiver in seeing the vertiginous ups and downs on which the clattering carriages climb; in some places the streets that the tram crosses are so narrow that the carriages pass very close to the walls of the houses.
But this is also the train of thoughts, reflection, memories. In a moment you will find to be concentrated in something indefinable and you’ll end up centering yourself by bringing out thoughts that you thought you were now able to tame.