Rua Augusta Arch

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Rua Augusta Arch | A mighty structure with an unparalleled viewpoint 

The Rua Augusta Arch is a historical triumphal arch that holds significant cultural and architectural importance. This iconic structure stands at the northern end of Rua Augusta and connects the bustling Commerce Square (Praça do Comércio) to the lively Rossio Square (Praça do Rossio).

Why visit Rua Augusta Arch?

  • A symbol of Portugal’s resilience: The arch commemorates the reconstruction of Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake, providing a glimpse into the city's resilience and historical evolution. 
  • A stellar example of 19th-century architecture: The arch is a splendid example of 19th-century architecture, featuring intricate sculptures and details that showcase the artistic skills of the time. 
  • A gateway to Lisbon’s historic center: Positioned at the northern end of Rua Augusta, the arch serves as a symbolic gateway to Lisbon's historic center.
  • Unparalleled panoramic views: Visitors can climb to the top of the arch, where an observation platform provides breathtaking panoramic views of Lisbon.
  • Centrally located: The arch is situated in the heart of Lisbon, making it easily accessible for tourists exploring the city center.
  • A treasure trove of history and culture: The sculptures on the arch depict important historical figures and allegorical symbols, which give insights into Portuguese culture and history.

Which Rua Augusta Arch ticket is best for you?

If you are on a budget

Go for: Entry tickets 

Duration: Flexible

Guide: No

  • Explore Rua Augusta Arch for a price that is easy on your pocket with entry tickets.
  • Save up to 10% by opting for combo tours of Rua Augusta Arch. 

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If you are an enthusiastic explorer

Go for: Combo tours

Duration: Flexible

Guide: Audio guide

  • Club your visit to Rua Augusta Arch with another attraction in one ticket! 
  • Learn about the attraction with a multilingual audio guide available in different languages. 

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Rua Augusta Arch highlights

Triumphal design

The arch follows a triumphal arch design, which is a classical architectural style often used to commemorate important events or individuals.

Central location

Situated at the northern end of Rua Augusta, one of Lisbon's main pedestrian streets, the arch serves as a central landmark connecting two major squares, Praça do Comércio and Praça do Rossio.

Sculptures and statues

The arch is adorned with intricate sculptures and statues. Notable sculptures include the central statue of Glory and the depictions of historical figures such as Vasco da Gama and Nuno Álvares Pereira.

Symbolic significance

The arch symbolizes the rebuilding of Lisbon after the devastating 1755 earthquake, highlighting the city's resilience and recovery. The various allegorical figures and historical personalities on the arch contribute to its symbolic significance.

Observation deck

One of the main highlights is the opportunity to climb to the top of the arch and access the observation deck. From this vantage point, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Lisbon, the Tagus River, and the surrounding areas. 

Plan your visit to Rua Augusta Arch

Getting there
Tips and guidelines

Opening time: Daily, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Best time to visit: Plan your visit to Rua Augusta Arch at 10:00 AM, as soon as it opens. During this time crowds are less and you can comfortably climb to the top of the arch and enjoy the panoramic views. You can visit the arch in the evening and take in the sunset from the observation deck at the top. 

Address: R. Augusta 2, 1100-053 Lisboa, Portugal. 

Find on maps. 

  • By bus: 206, 210, 711, 728
    Nearest stop: Pç. Comércio
  • By tram: E28
    Nearest stop: R. Conceição

  • Washrooms
  • Information centre
  • Audio guide

  • Visit the Rua Augusta Arch as soon as it opens at 10:00 AM to explore the attraction and climb to the top. 
  • To reach the highest point of Rua Augusta Arch, visitors need to climb up a spiral staircase. This may not be possible for people with reduced mobility. 
  • Try to find the small section of the Roman Baths on Rua Augusta Street. The baths are located beneath the Millennium BCP Bank.  
  • The Lisbon weather is very unpredictable. It is a good idea to check the forecast for the day and dress comfortably. 
  • Don’t forget to click stunning pictures of the iconic arch and marvel at the panoramic views of Lisbon and the Tagus River from the observation deck at the top. 

  • Bairro do Avillez: Located 1 km from Rua Augusta Arch, Bairro was created by renowned Portuguese chef José Avillez. It is known for its innovative approach to traditional Portuguese dishes.
  • Cervejaria Trindade: Located in a historic building that is 1 km from the arch, Cervejaria Trindade is one of the oldest beer houses in Lisbon. It serves a mix of international and Portuguese dishes. 
  • Sacramento do Chiado: Located 650 m from Rua Augusta, Sacramento provides a sophisticated dining experience with Portuguese and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.
  • Terreiro do Paço: Offering panoramic views of the Tagus River, Terreiro is located 700 m from Rua Augusta Arch. The restaurant specializes in seafood and Portuguese cuisine.

Budget: Hotel Duas Nações (290 m), Varandas de Lisboa (390 m), Santa Luzia B & B (800 m). 

Mid-range: Turim Terreiro do Paço Hotel (180 m), Lisboa Prata Boutique Hotel (240 m), The 7 Hotel (250 m). 

Luxury: Pestana Rua Augusta Lisboa (50 m), Hotel da Baixa (420 m), Lisboa Pessoa Hotel (600 m). 

Beyond Rua Augusta Arch

Lisboa Story Centre

Located 73 m from Rua Augusta Arch, Lisboa Story Centre provides visitors with an immersive and interactive experience that delves into the history and cultural heritage of the city.

São Jorge Castle

Perched on a hill overlooking the city, São Jorge Castle offers panoramic views of Lisbon and the Tagus River. The attraction is only 1.5 km from Rua Augusta Arch. 

Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa)

One of the oldest churches in the city, the Lisbon Cathedral is a mix of architectural styles, including Romanesque and Gothic. It is located 900 m from Rua Augusta Arch. 

Frequently asked questions about Rua Augusta Arch tickets

How much is a ticket to Rua Augusta Arch?

Tickets for Rua Augusta Arch cost anywhere between €3.5 to €16.65, depending on the kind of ticket purchased. 

How to book tickets to Rua Augusta Arch?

You can book tickets either online or offline. To enjoy significant time and cost savings, it is a good idea to book tickets online

Why should I book Rua Augusta Arch tickets online?
  • Convenience: It is very easy to book tickets online. Tickets can be booked at any time and from anywhere. 
  • Cheaper rates: Tickets that are purchased online tend to be cheaper than tickets that are purchased offline. 
  • Multiple options: You can choose from standard entry tickets to combo tour tickets when booking tickets online. These options may not be available for offline purchase. 
  • Cancelation policy: Tickets that are booked online can easily be canceled for a full refund. 
What do Rua Augusta Arch tickets include?

Standard tickets for Rua Augusta Arch include access to the attraction and the observation deck. If you go for combo tours, your tickets will also include a visit to either the Lisboa Story Centre or St. George’s Castle.  

What is the cancelation policy for Rua Augusta Arch tickets?

The cancellation policy varies according to the kind of tickets purchased. Entry tickets and combo tours which include a visit to Lisboa Story Centre can be canceled 24 hours before the experience for a full refund. However, the combo tour tickets which include a visit to St. George’s Castle can neither be canceled nor rescheduled. 

What is the cancellation policy for Lisboa Story Centre tickets?

Ajuda National Palace tickets cannot be canceled or rescheduled.

How long does it take to complete a Rua Augusta Arch tour?

A Rua Augusta Arch can easily be completed within one to two hours.