Elevador de Santa Justa

Viewing Point in Lisbon

Elevador De Santa Justa
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The Elevador de Santa Justa, nestled in Lisbon’s Baixa district, stands as a striking example of 19th-century industrial ingenuity, beautifully marrying function with the elegant art form of wrought iron. This neo-Gothic marvel not only serves as a practical mode of transport, lifting passengers 45 meters to the Largo do Carmo, but also as a testament to a bygone era when such craftsmanship was revered.

Originally a vital component of Lisbon’s public transport system, the Elevador de Santa Justa has transitioned primarily into a tourist attraction. As a result, visitors often encounter long queues and a fare of €5.30, considered high relative to other local transport options. However, for those preferring to avoid the queue, a vigorous walk up the surrounding steep streets offers an alternative path to the top.

The summit of the Elevador de Santa Justa provides one of the most exquisite vantage points over central Lisbon, making it a favored spot, particularly in the evenings. As night falls, it transforms into a romantic locale, frequented by couples enjoying the panoramic views of the Baixa district.

Adjacent to the lift, a walkway skirts the ruins of the Igreja do Carmo church, leading to the Largo do Carmo. This charming plaza is surrounded by notable attractions including the Museu Arqueológico, Igreja do Carmo, Museu da GNR, and the fashionable Carmo rooftop bar. Each offers a unique glimpse into the rich tapestry of Lisbon’s cultural heritage, awaiting exploration.

The Elevador de Santa Justa appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Lisbon!

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Visiting Elevador de Santa Justa


May to October: 7 am – 11 pm

November to April: 7 am – 10 pm


Elevator: € 5.30 (£ 4.50) (return) Viewpoint: € 1.50 (£ 1.30) (elevator not included)

Address: Elevador de Santa Justa, R. do Ouro, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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