Would you like to learn some interesting facts about the historic trams of Lisbon? Trams first appeared in Lisbon in 1873. They were called Carros Americanos and were first built in the United States. It was on the 31st of August 1901 that the first electric tram (Eléctricos) departed from Cais Sodré towards Algés. Green and red trams are specifically for tourists. The green ones were recently added to the system in May 2015. Inside, the Cobrador had two roles: to validate the ticket and to get rid of the penduras, people who climbed the tram for a free ride. Around Christmas, you might spot the Christmas Tram with Santa on the driver’s seat.