Lisbon is a unique city, it's as if time stopped in the nineteenth century - its cobbled streets, houses with chipped facades, trams, trains, everything evokes centuries of glory. It's decadent but grabs you from the first step on. The views, from the upper quarter and from the castle of St. George, are genuine postcards full of life, color and magic - ideal for a weekend.
The train station of San Bento was built in the early 9th century on the ruins of the former convent of San Bento's Ave Maria. Although the entrance of its facade is stately and old, the true gem can be found on its inside: A hall decorated with more than 20,000 pieces of mosaic that reiterates the history of Portugal.
Given the topography of Lisbon and in order to facilitate access to the higher neighborhoods there are several elevators so that residents have the opportunity to access these neighborhoods effortlessly. The 4 elevators are: Santa Justa, Bica, Gloria and Lavra (though the latter does not work today). The first is an elevator and the next two are a kind of tram.
It runs along a steep and narrow streets to end at the Mirador de San Pedro de Alcántara. The car is quite old but kept in perfect condition. Best, go early in the morning to avoid the tourist crowds, and enjoy the journey.
The tram (or the electric) is actually more than just a means of transportation, it's also a tourist attraction, due to the growing popularity of the metro and other high-speed, modern transportation. Only about a half dozen trams operate on four lines, but the tram system is not without its own charm when you're taking a ride in one of these old "electric cars" in the middle of the city. You can visit the [poi = 70777] Electric Trolley Museum [/ poi], which allows you to get up close and personal with several refurbished electric cars. There is also a modern subway line that runs through the upper Luis I Bridge to Porto that connects with [poi = 72079] Vila Nova de Gaia [/ poi], on the other side of the Duero.
Oporto has has a metro since 2003 and currently there are 5 lines with 2 more are under construction. It uses the Andante card with an embedded computer chip, thus Porto is the first city to use public transport with low cost, contactless tickets. So, the user keeps the card (in their purse or wallet) only having to pass through the scanner to validate the trip. I took the Metro from Porto Airport to the train station and a very nice subway worker helped me buy the ticket and explained how to use it. I found no problems.
The train station in Viana city center is next to the giant Estação Viana Shopping Centre and was built in the late nineteenth century, by project engineer Alfredo Soares who combined traditional elements (wood, granite and tiles) with industrial materials (iron). It's unique in that there is a closed transit platform, which is, permanently, an old metal train that's very curious. Near the entrance to the platforms there's a lift to the top of the pedestrian bridge that crosses the tracks, at the end of which is the foot of the funicular of Santa Luzia.
Lisbon surprises you, even before heading out to sightsee, just enter a subway station and you'll be surprised by the details, originality and art. As shown, Olaias station is full of color. I advise getting a metro card and recharging it again and again as it's more cost effective.
Guimarães train station is on the southern approach to the city (from the highway A-11, A-7/A-24 and N-106), on João IV Avenue in front of Hotel Boss. It's a modern building (with the appearance of being new) although not very large, there are lockers for ticket sales, a waiting room, a coffee bar, two platforms and an outdoor car park. Guimarães is the last station, it's the end of the line for Alpha Pendular, Intercity and regional trains.
Lisbon is Alfama, Barrio Alto, Fado, trams, cod, Baixa, Belem, longing - but there's also a modern and cosmopolitan Lisbon, like the renowned Nations Field. On the occasion of the Universal Exhibition, at the end of the last century, this area was completely remodeled and now has several prominent buildings. One of them, perhaps the most spectacular, is home to the East Railway Station.
Calatrava's station is located in the Oriente neighbourhood in Lisbon. It was built for "Exposicion Universal" and it is very impressive. The station and it's surroundings, with modern buildings, shopping centres and many restaurants make this area the most modern part of Lisbon. It is a must to walk around here if you're going to walk around the Alfama and Chiado neighbourhoods.