I hate hop-on hop-off buses: they’re crowded, overpriced… they make no sense if you want to see the real side of a city while avoiding overtourism. That being said, let me take you on a nice, affordable and relaxing ride in my old favourite bus, the old 727.
I started using this bus back in the ’90s. Buses were slow, they got stuck in the traffic and they took too long. 30 years later, it’s good to see that they haven’t changed a thing. This is a (very) long journey that connects 2 of my favourite neighbourhoods: Alvalade and Restelo (Belem area). I would take this bus every Friday for years, making the trip from my maternal grandma’s to my paternal grandparents, where I would spend the weekend.
It’s a very long trip, but totally worth it, as it will show you the real city. Starting at Alvalade (Roma Avenue) it will go down to the heart of town passing some iconic buildings like the Campo Pequeno Bullring, Picoas and Saldanha neighbourhoods (the so-called “Avenidas Novas” or “The New Avenues”), Marques de Pombal, Rato, the beautiful São Bento Street and the Parliament Building, up through the rich Lapa neighbourhood and down by the river passing in Santos, Alcântara (Lx Factory) before reaching Belem and Restelo.
A 6.40€ day ticket will give you access to all transport. All you need to do is sit and enjoy the views. Please don’t forget to avoid rush hours as Lisboans use this bus too.