Santa Justa Lift Tours

Santa Justa Lift
The hilly city of Lisbon might be home to the most beautiful elevator on the planet. The Santa Justa Lift was built in 1902 by Portugal-born French engineer Raoul de Mesnier du Ponsard (a student of Gustave Eiffel) as a way to connect Downtown Lisbon with hilltop Bairro Alto. The neo-Gothic wrought-iron lift — once powered by steam — is the only remaining vertical street lift in the city (the others are funiculars) and one of Lisbon’s most beloved landmarks.

Visitors can ride the 147-foot (45-meter) lift to the top of the structure for sweeping views of the city from a miradouro at the very top. From there, it’s possible to continue on foot to Largo do Carmo in Bairro Alto.

Practical Info

Access to the lift is included with a Lisboa Card, but you’ll have to pay extra for access to the miradouro on top.
Address: Rua Aurea, Lisbon, Portugal
Hours: 8:30am to 8:30pm
Admission: 5€ roundtrip
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