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9 great public transit options for sightseeing

Sept. 3, 2013, 3:36 p.m.
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Lisbon's streetcars

Lisbon's trams (dubbed electircos by locals) provide some of the best street-level views of this atmospheric European capital. The first tram was built in 1901, and the last line of the city-wide network was put in place in 1959. The slow moving streetcars definitely have a classic feel, but they are actually quite useful. Locals still rely on them for transportation everyday. 

Tram No. 28, which passes through the Alfama District, is a favorite of in-the-know tourists, while Tram No. 15 heads to the famous Belem neighborhood from the heart of the city. Many of the tram lines run up and down the narrow, steep streets of Old Lisbon, with only a few feet separating the sides of the tram from the historic buildings.