So here’s the deal. This iconic yellow Tram is no hidden secret but skipping out on it is kind of like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower…well maybe more like Notre Dame. It’s crowded and is known to be pick-pocket central, but it can be a fun way to see the city. We can tell you to ride the tram early (like real early, first tram departs at 5:40am on weekdays and 5:45am and 6:45am on weekends) or late (last train departs at 9:15pm on weekdays and 10:30pm on weekends) but if you plan on taking Tram 28 the traditional way from Martim Moniz, you better pick up some extra Pasteis de Natas for your wait.
Our suggestion? Jump on the tram at Campo de Ourique (Campo de Ourique / Prazeres stop), where the line ends, and take this touristic ride in the opposite direction. You will still hit all the famous landmarks while skipping the line and most likely guaranteeing a seat! And you will end up right in the center of Lisbon ready for the rest of your day. I would call that a win win!
Pro Tip: Purchase the 24 hour public transport ticket for €6.15 which includes Tram 28 and Elevador de Santa Justa, the Gloria Funicular, and tram to Belem.