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Santa Justa Elevator (Elevador de Santa Justa)

#4 in Best Things To Do in Lisbon

Santa Justa Elevator picture in Lisbon
Santa Justa picture in Lisbon
Santa Justa picture in Lisbon
Santa Justa Elevator picture in Lisbon
Santa Justa picture in Lisbon
Santa Justa picture in Lisbon

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Price & Hours

  • 1.50 euros (about $1.80) per person
  • 7:30 a.m.-9 or 11 p.m.

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  • Sightseeing Type
  • Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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    4.0
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For some sweeping views of Lisbon – particularly St. George's Castle, Rossio Square and the Baixa neighborhood – you might want to take a ride on the Elevador de Santa Justa. Designed by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard (a former student of Gustave Eiffel – creator of the Eiffel tower), this neo-Gothic elevator is more than a century old and used to be powered by steam. The structure is more than just a means to meet a vista's end, but rather a convenient shortcut for commuters looking to get to Bairro Alto without having to work up the sweat climbing the hill. While the exterior is almost entirely wrought iron, inside visitors will find two old-fashioned cabins that take riders up to the nearly 150-foot-tall vantage point.

Although visitors were more than pleased with the views, some visitors found the attraction to be a rip-off, especially since are so many free viewpoints throughout Lisbon thanks to the city's many hills. Travelers also complained of the long lines throughout the day and suggested going either very early in the day or very late at night, but even that isn't a guarantee. Plus, because the elevator's capacity is limited, lines move slow.

A great way to skip the lines is to enter the tower from Bairro Alto and pay 1.50 euros (less than $2) to access the observation deck. To ride the elevator up to the observation deck and back down, it'll cost you 5 euros (about $6). You can find the Santa Justa Elevator in the Baixa neighborhood, situated between the Baixa-Chiado and Rossio metro stops. The elevator is open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and until 9 p.m. in the winter.

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The Ajuda National Palace served as the royal residence of King Louis and Queen Maria Pia. JoseIgnacioSoto / Getty Images

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