Photographer's Note

Another perspective from the Dom Luís I Bridge, this one overlooking the funicular railway that goes down the steep cliff from Batalha to the quayside at Ribeira. The entire ride takes only three minutes, but it's worth the price of the ticket (2Euros), for the view on the bridge and the river is quite spectacular. A slice of Porto.


Owned and operated by the Porto Metro, the single-track funicular uses a central loop system that is 281 metres (922 ft) long, allowing it to descend 61 metres (200 ft), with the upper 90 metres (295 ft) situated within the passenger tunnel, with the markedly steep gradient in the section below the passing loop. Two vehicles run the course, with a capacity for 25 persons each, operating at a maximum speed of 5 metres per second (16 ft/s). Due to the difference in slope along the line, the cars have self-levelling platforms, allowing the car floor to maintain itself horizontal no matter the track incline.[2] Although the journey is short (approximately 3 minutes) after emerging from the upper tunnel, passengers are able to view the landscape from the Dom Luís I Bridge, the river margins (including both quays along Ribeira and Cais de Gaia and the Port wine warehouses and traditional boats along the Douro River.

The service is commonly used by locals/commuters to access the river and metro services, including the metro at São Bento: the service runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, with extended hours to midnight on weekends and holidays.


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  • Copyright: Tomek Tabor (quovadis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 230 W: 1 N: 1323] (5711)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-12-00
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2020-03-18 22:03
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