Tram rides can be taken all over the world. The tram, also known as a streetcar, trolley, or even a light rail is an important means of public transportation using electrical power, so they hold an advantage over other more widespread public transport solutions such as buses, subways, and trains. Their efficiency lies in that they can be scenic rides as much as important rides. Their age also keeps them remembering our history.
The very first vehicle like this was the horse-drawn tram which appeared in the UK back in 1807, yet the actual streetcars were born with New York’s Fourth Avenue Line in 1832. In Europe the very first tram using electricity opened in 1855. In Oslo, Norway this happened in 1900.
For a very long time until the 1960s when the real car revolution happened. The trams were not possible to beat in speed and efficiency. The main role was plain transportation, but with the evolution of technology and general public transport, nowadays trams have to share tracks with car traffic. But since 1990 the tram re-revolution began as the cars got more and more stuck in traffic. In the USA they are called streetcars because of their usage of the streets, but in Europe, they are seen as trams because of their efficiency if built in the middle of street avenues.
Let’s take a look at the Top 7 Interesting Tram Rides available in the world today. They are truly epic rides that are worth every coin in your pocket.
10. Tram 18 and 19 to Ljabru in Oslo, Norway
Taking this ride is easy. It is a scenic tram route in the capital of Norway. Its been there for many years as Oslo is one of the very few cities in the world where the tram network has never been touched by the car revolution in the 1970s. This means that the entire network is as it was even today.
You can take tram lines 18 and 19 to Ljabru. On the way there and back. Especially from Gamlebyen (the old town of Oslo) and up, you will have an amazing view of Oslo. Especially on the way down back you are able to take a look as the trams run slower here due to the steep hill with lots of curves. Also when taking them you will also see the newest part of Oslo too with totally new skyscrapers. With lines 18 and 19 in Oslo, you experience both history and innovation. Worthy to take a ride there for sure.
9. T2 La Seine River Tram Rides in Paris, France
Experience the La Seine river from a seat is epic. The T2 tram line in the capital of France gives you amazing views of the river. Including seeing the remarkable river you can reach several epic stations both overground and also even underground. Only normal fare prices apply here, so no tourist tax at all. It means you can visit it just when you want to.
Including riding along the La Seine river, you will also cross it near the final stop named Point de Bezons. To reach it, my advice is to take the metro line 1 to La Défense. Metro line 10 to Boulogne Point de Saint-Cloud or Metro Line 9 to Point de Sévres are also possible options, but to reach T2 from them you need to cross the La Seine river. This is one of the most epic tram lines in Paris that uses an old railway route.
8. S6 outside of Karlsruhe, Germany to Bad Wildbad
Trams can be trains and in Karlsruhe, Germany. This is more than a reality. The entire network consists of over 77.5 km of tram trains. These are trams that can also go on the railway network in Germany. In this town, you can see ICE highspeed trains and trams side by side which is a very unique experience.
From the outskirts of Karlsruhe. You can reach the Bad Wildbad town from Pforzheim Hbf outside of Karlsruhe that you can reach by using S5 and S51. Bad Wildbad is one of the hidden gems in Germany that you’ve never heard of. When I visited this area of Germany, I didn’t notice any tourists from other places than Germany. In Bad Wildbad you can Thermal bath and take the climbing rack rail line named Sommerbergbahn up to a height giving you amazing panorama views. There’s a long bridge to walk on with lots of interesting children’s playfields. Bad Wildbad is perfect for all. It is a gem waiting for your visit.
7. Gmunden to Vorchdorf-Eggenberg in Upper Austria
If you want to experience a tram that connects several small villages. Then you need to take this tram line between Gmunden Bahnhof and Vorchdorf-Eggenberg. Gmunden is the biggest city with only 14.500 inhabitants. It sits in a region with beautiful mountains and the large Traunsee lake. There is also a charming castle named Seechloss ort that sits proudly on a small island on the northern side of Traunsee lake. It is a major tourist attraction in Gmunden. The castle has stood in some form since the 11th century and has been governed by many owners during its illustrious history.
Gmunden is surrounded by several large lakes with fresh water and great nature surrounding them. But the small gems like Laudachsee shouldn’t be forgotten. This peaceful and tranquil lake is hidden away at the eastern edge of the Traunstein mountain range and is the perfect place to escape from the world. You can reach it by taking the cable from the nearby Schloss Weyer tram station up to Grünberg. From here you can walk to this hidden gem. This area provides something for everyone.
6. Gråkallbanen in Trondheim, Norway
The tram network in Trondheim opened back in 1924. At its peak tram lines were going all over the city. Today the network consists of 1 line that is 8.8 km in length. It is the only 1000 mm gauge tram line in Norway and is seen as the northernmost tram line in the world after the closure of the Arkhangelsk tramway in 2004.
Today the name of the line is Line 9 and it is the only tram line in Trondheim running daily between St. Olavs gate in the city center and Lian that is a trip destination for locals and the tramway line. The views from the tram line are great and you feel as if you’re taking the tram to the forest. It is a beautiful tram ride that is worthy to try out when you visit Norway’s 3rd largest city. From Lian, you can take nice trips to the forest or walk back to the city.
5. The Tram Line 68 in Berlin, Germany
From S Kopenick S-Bahn to the Alt-Schmockwitz village on the outskirts of the capital city in Germany, tram line 68 is considered one of the greatest tram routes in the world. It runs through the village of Alt-Schmockwitz and offers a great touch of local flavor and with Tram 68 running up until late in the night, there’s no excuse not to visit the picturesque village.
While during the 1960s, West Berlin’s tram system was shut down, leaving only two lines operational today in the western part, overall Berlin has one of the largest tram networks in the world right now, with over 30 lines in use. To reach this line the best advice is to take S3 to S Köpenick station. From here you can take line 68. Exploring the outskirts of Berlin with getting the authentic feel of how life was there many years ago can still be felt in Alt-Schmockwitz.
4. Line 50 to Pöstlingberg in Linz, Austria
From Hautplatz in the city center to Pöstlingberg you can take one of the most unique rides in the world that are 4.1 km in length. It is a mostly single-track line that previously used old tram wagons. Today they are replaced with new stylish ones that are a bit shorter. This line is named 50 and it is considered one of the most beautiful tram rides that you can take in the world. It runs steep uphill and downhill.
You can reach it with lines 1, 2, 3, and 4 with the ordinary tram lines. It is a spectacular tram ride that offers nice views, beautiful Austrian houses, and a slow one-track movement experience. Beautiful meeting stations too. It is a perfect ride for a relaxing trip in Linz with only 190.000. Also, notice how it crosses a rail track too. Recommended!
3. Berlin to Woltersdorf Line 87
With the S3 line from the city center of Berlin, you can reach this unique Woltersdorf line 87 at the Rahnsdorf station. The line crosses the outskirts border of the eastern part of Berlin. The entire line uses heritage wagons only but is in daily use. It is not seen as a touristic line, but in my view, this is a hidden gem you shouldn’t miss. The line is kept both as a great way of transportation for the village citizens but it is also used by people in Berlin to get out from the noise.
Once you reach Woltersdorf it’s like you enter a new age. It’s so silent and calm there. Nice cafeterias and a very relaxing atmosphere. Line 87 is a must thing to try in your lifetime. The trams used were used in the Eastern part of Berlin for a long time. Remember the history and get lots of relaxing atmosphere with line 87.
2. Line 18, 24, 25 and 28 in Lisboa, Portugal
The Lisbon streetcar is over 100 years and the network consists nowadays of five lines. Its been running on its streets since 1873. The numbers 24, 25 and 28, operates from east to west through the districts of Baixa, Bairro Alto, and Alfama, tying together Praca Martin Moniz with Chiado and Campo de Ourique. Line 24 was extended to Campolide in the north. It also meets the Metro at Rato station. It was reopened after 23 years of absence. Now it is fully functional again!
The vintage cars used on lines 18, 24, 25, and 28 in Lisbon will take you through narrow cobblestone streets past churches, markets, and cozy restaurants, leaving you in the Graca neighborhood from where you can easily reach Castelo de Sao Jorge for an astonishing panoramic view of the city. The streets are extremely narrow and steep, but these old trams got no problems climbing them.
Also, including old stock running on the streets of Lisbon. The town also got elevator trams named Lavra, Glória and Bica.
1. Carro Eléctrico Heritage 3 Lines in Porto, Portugal
The heritage sound of a tram or a streetcar is best preserved in Porto, Portugal. Here you have 3 touristic lines that run daily. Line 1 reaches Infrante, Line 18 runs up steep to Carmo where it meets Line 22 that reaches Batalha-Guindais. They are old streetcars saved from the devastation in the United States of America. Porto preserved history thanks to getting them. They are history running on the streets with the oldest ones from 1909 still running on the streets of Porto, Portugal.
Oldest tram was made by J. G. Brill Company of Philadelphia. The system in Porto shrank from 81 kilometers with 192 cars in 1958, to 38 kilometers with 127 cars in 1968, to 21 kilometers with 84 cars in 1978, to just 14 kilometers with 16 cars in 1996. The last remaining line 18 was the start of the current heritage tram system. After 2000 lines 1 and 22 increased the system. These are some of the finest trams rolling on any street in the world. You can feel the history while riding them. Perfect for both tourists and enthusiasts.