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Lisbon to Belem - how to travel to Belem in 2024

Belém is a picturesque district located to the west of Lisbon and is home to many of the city's most celebrated tourist attractions.

These include the Torre de Belém, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, along with the district also being the traditional home of the Pastel de Nata pastry.

Belém makes for an enjoyable excursion, and a whole day could easily be spent here discovering its rich collection of historical buildings, cultural landmarks, and pretty waterfront parks.

Although Belém is a wonderful area of Lisbon to visit, it is some distance (6km) from the historic centre of the city (such as Alfama or Baixa), so you will need to take some form of public or private transport to travel there.

Fortunately, there are many different transport options, and this guide aims to outline the best methods for your trip to Belém.
Related articles: Guide to Belem

Belem train railway

The train passing through Belem with the Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument to the rear

The best ways to travel to Belem from central Lisbon

There are many options for travelling to Belem, and the best choices are:
1) Ride-hailing app (Uber or Bolt)
2) Tram (route E15)
3) Train
4) Bus (route 728)
5) Taxi
6) Tuk-tuk (or other tourist transport)
Note: There are no metro lines to Belem or the western side of Lisbon.

e15 tram lisbon to Belem

The E15 tram passing the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

Quick summary of travelling to Belem

Note: Full details of each method are explained later in this guide.

Ride-hailing apps (Uber or Bolt) are the quickest and most convenient method of travelling to Belém. They remove the hassle of finding bus/tram stops or trying to buy tickets from impatient bus/tram drivers. Also, the journey time by Uber/Bolt is half that of the tram, and in a car, you're guaranteed to have a seat!

The typical Uber/Bolt fare to Belém from central Lisbon is €6 (for up to 4 people), which is the same price as two adult tram tickets.

If you don't have the Uber or Bolt apps installed on your phone, the E15 tram is the best public transport option. This tram route offers frequent departures to Belém, starting from Praça da Figueira in the heart of the Baixa district. Along its journey to Belém, the tram also passes through the Praça do Comércio, Cais do Sodré, and the Alcântara district.

The train from Cais do Sodré station is another feasible option for travelling to Belém. Compared to the tram, the train is quicker and more spacious, offering a more comfortable journey. However, during the summer months, the station can become extremely crowded, as this railway line serves all the popular beaches along the coast.

There are many bus routes to Belem and western Lisbon, and the fastest cross-city route is the 728. This is the best option if you are based in the Alfama district.

Taking a taxi will be more expensive than Uber or Bolt, but is a sensible option if you haven't installed one of the ride-hailing apps on your phone or are not comfortable using them.

A tuk-tuk or other gimmicky tourist transport will always be significantly more expensive than every other option. They can be a fun way to see the city, however they are not the best option for travelling around Lisbon.

Belem train station

The train to Belem waiting Cais de Sodre station

How about a small group tour?

One of the best ways to discover Lisbon and meet fellow travellers is to join a guided tour. We have worked with Getyourguide.com for the last six years, and some of their best tours of Lisbon include:

Travel to Belem via the E15 tram

The tram is the recommended means of travel to Belem.
The number 15 tram departs from the Praça da Figueira (GPS 38.713, -9.138 - link to google maps), passes through the Praça do Comércio (GPS 38.708,-9.136) and stops at the Cais do Sodré train station (GPS 38.706, -9.145).

The tram journey takes 40 minutes from Praça da Figueira to Belem, but the route is very scenic as it passes beneath the suspension bridge and through many traditional areas of Lisbon.

The tram service is operated by Carris, and their website is www.carris.pt/

A single fare purchased when boarding the tram costs €3 and must be bought using cash. A more cost-effective alternative is to use a 'zapping' ticket, which lowers the fare to €1.47. To use this option, credit is preloaded onto a 'Navegante' card – the card used by all public transport in Lisbon. The only issue is that you can only preload credit at a metro station, the nearest metro station to the start of the E15 tram route is at Rossio.

The E15 tram line terminates at Algés, and this will be displayed on the front of the tram.

In Belem, the best stop for sightseeing is the 'Mosteiro Jerónimos' stop (GPS 38.697, -9.204), which is close to the monastery and Praça do Império. The 'Belém' tram stop (GPS: 38.697, -9.198), is convenient if you wish to begin your sightseeing at the Museu dos Coches.

Warning: The E15 tram can get very packed and is frequently targeted by highly-skilled pickpockets. When on busy trams, always be cautious with your valuables, especially if you are stood by the door (thieves snatch items just as the doors are closing).

The interactive map below displays the route of the E15 tram, with the major stops shown in green. The map also includes the major tourist attractions along the route as yellow pins. (Note: Zoom out or in to see all the points):

Major tram stops: 1) Praça da Figueira 2) Praça do Comércio 3) Cais do Sodré 4) Cais da Rocha 5) Calvário 6) Altinho (MAAT) 7) Mosteiro dos Jerónimos 8) Largo da Princesa
Tourist attractions along the route: 9) Praça do Comércio 10) Pink Street 11) TimeOut Food market 12) Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga 13) LxFactory 14) Santo Amaro docks 15) Capela de Santo Amaro 16) MAAT museum 17) Museu dos Coches 18) Mosteiro dos Jerónimos 19) Padrão dos Descobrimentos 20) Torre de Belém

e15 tram lisbon to Belem
Travel to Belem by Uber or Bolt

There are two ride-hailing apps in Lisbon, Uber and Bolt, with both offering very similar services.

If you have either app already installed on your phone and have used them before, Uber and Bolt are the recommended means of travel to Belem.

The roads to the west of Lisbon are comparatively fast and free of traffic, and the journey from Cais do Sodré to Belem will take 15 minutes. The fare for this ride will cost around €6, but the exact fare will depend on demand.

For the drop-off point, choose the road just to the south of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, which is also close to the tram/bus stop (GPS 38.697, -9.204).

If you've never used Uber or Bolt, it is recommended to download and set up the app in the comfort of your accommodation (or even at home before your trip to Lisbon). Trying to do this over mobile networks can be frustrating.

Note: Fares are charged in Euros, so ensure you have a bank card or account that does not charge conversion fees, otherwise these can quickly rack up.

Advice: When ordering an Uber or Bolt, always try to choose a pick-up point free from heavy traffic, and somewhere the driver can easily see you. There are many complex one-way systems in central Lisbon, and if the driver misses you they may have to take a long route to return to you.

Travel to Belem by train

Train travel to Belem is a viable option, especially when the trams and buses are crowded at peak hours.

There are three departures every hour to Belem, and the train journey is faster than the tram or bus, as it does not need to contend with Lisbon's traffic.

The train departs from Cais do Sodré station and terminates at Belem station (GPS 38.696, -9.197). This station is to the east of Belem, 750m from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (and the tram stop) and 1.5km from the Torre de Belém.

The train fare to Belem requires a 'Zone 1' ticket and costs €1.35. The fare is charged to the Navegante card, which costs €0.50 for the initial purchase.

The real issue with catching the train to Belem is that the train station can get very busy in the summer as everyone heads to the beaches. There can be long queues at the ticket office, while the ticket machines are old and overly complex.

You can skip these queues by paying for the train using the 'zapping' ticket. This can be purchased from the metro station, which is on the lowest level of the train station complex.

Insight: Having a zapping ticket with at least €15 credit is extremely useful while sightseeing in Lisbon. This allows you to board any bus, train or metro without the hassle of purchasing individual tickets.

Belem train station

Belem train station

The bus to Belem

There are many bus routes to western Lisbon that pass through the Belem district.

The most useful is the number 728 route, which displays Restelo when heading westward to Belem. This is a fast, circular route that conveniently stops at the southern side of the Praça do Comércio (GPS: 38.706, -9.137) and Alfama (GPS: 38.711, -9.126). The 728 bus is the only option to travel from Alfama or the eastern side of Lisbon to Belem.

A bus fare purchased on board costs €3 (cash only) but is reduced to €1.47 when the 'zapping' ticket is used.

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