Belém Transportation

  • The railway at Belem
    The railway at Belem
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    Tram 15

    by leics Updated Apr 25, 2014

    Tram 15 runs from Placa da Figueira in Lisbon to Belem and onwards to Alges. It's a whizzy modern tram, not one of the old ones.

    You can catch it outside Cais do Sodre railway station in central Lisbon as well, but after my latest visit I wouldn't advise that unless you are staying nearby. I don't know whether it was because a cruise ship was in port, or whether Lisbon was just full of visitors, but there were tens of people waiting at Cais do Sodre and the chances of me getting on a tram within the next hour were nil even though people were crammed on like sardines.

    My friend and I had a 6 euro Carris dayticket, so we decided to cross the tracks, take the next tram 15 back to Placa da Figueira, get off and get on again. That proved to be an excellent idea, allowing us to get seats on the tram for what turned out to be an incredibly crowded journey...a total nightmare for anyone with claustrophobia and very hot and stuffy even on a mild April day. Goodness knows what it is like when the weather is hot and sunny!

    Tram 15 runs regularly and takes about 25 minutes to get from Placa da Figueria to the stop for Belem. Even if the screens which show the route and the displays which show the next stop aren't working (they weren't when I visited in 2014) you'll know when to get off because a) lots of other obvious visitors will get off and b) you'll see the huge Jeronimos monastery building in front of you.

    You can find tram 15 timetables on the Carris website below (15E) and, if you don't have a Viagem card to pass across the terminal, you can buy a ticket from the driver.

    Do take care on the tram. All crowded situations are prime hunting ground for pickpockets and tram 15, with its continual loads of tourists, is a favourite spot. Keep cash and cards safely underneath your clothing, never ever in your pockets or bum-bags/fanny-packs, and hold your bag firmly in your arms.

    The same applies while you are queuing at the bus stop. Don't stand with your daypack facing the road which runs parallel to the tram tracks...it's far too easy to steal from. Keep it in your arms. (My thanks to the elderly Lisbon lady who tapped me on the shoulder and pointed out that my friend was doing just that. She conveyed her message perfectly well, without a word of English and without making a sound.)

    Tram 15 arrives Inside the tram Validation/ticket 'swipe' machine
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    Belém by train

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 2, 2013

    Belém is one of the stops of the Lissabon (Cais do Sodré) to Cascais rail road.

    Only slow trains stops at this station; so pick the right train before you board.

    You must buy a ticket before boarding.
    There are many tickets for sale. The most simple form is the one just for the train ride. They come in single journey tickets up to rechargable ones.
    Most visitors will benefit from travel passes; rechargable tickets that also can be used on all Lissabon public transportation means.
    Furthermore there are special combined train-bus tickets for usage on the Scotturb buses outside Lissabon.

    Most Belém sightseeing locations are within a 15 minutes walk from the station.

    Bel��m Train Station sign Train at Bel��m train station Bel��m rail road tracks
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    To Belem by train

    by slothtraveller Written May 23, 2012

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    Belem's small train station can be found on the Cascais Line that runs between Lisbon's Cais de Sodre train station and Cascais train station. This line is very scenic and many of Belem's attractions (including the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and the Monument to the Discoveries) can be seen from the train.
    When travelling on this line, you should be aware that not all trains stop at Belem. If travelling from Cais de Sodre, you should board a train that stops at all stations to Cascais. These trains say 'TODAS' on the front to indicate that they are stopping at all stations between Cais de Sodre and Cascais. If travelling from Estoril or Cascais, you can jump on any train going in the direction of Lisbon. If the train does not stop between Oeiras and Alges, disembark at Alges and get a 'TODAS' train onward to Belem.

    The railway at Belem
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    Sightseeing bus

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The Lissabon sightessing bus also services the Belém attractions. It's hop-on, hop-off, so you can combine and plan your visits to your liking.

    In summer the bus rides between 9AM and 6PM; in winter between 10AM and 5PM.

    One day ticket: Euro 15 (adult).

    Sightseeing Bus; Bel��m Sightseeing Bus; Bel��m
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    By Train

    by ncfg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A very nice way to go to Belem is by train. You have to take the Cascais Line from Cais do Sodre in Lisbon or from Cascais. At Cais do Sodre station you buy a ticket to Belem and it will cost you 0,95 cents (1in 2004). You have automatics machines to buy the tickets.

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    Belém by tram from Lissabon

    by pieter_jan_v Written Oct 4, 2009

    You can travel to Belém by tram from the Lissabon Cais do Sodré station by Carris tram #15 (Praça da Figueira – Algés-Jardim).

    Nowadays modern trams are in service.

    Tickets for a single journey (mind the zones!) are available inside from a ticket machine.

    Bel��m; tram #15 Bel��m tramstop
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    Getting to Belém

    by toonsarah Written Jun 17, 2009

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    There are a number of options for getting to Belém. One is to take the train from Lisbon’s Cais do Sodre station. All the trains from there pass through Belém, but be warned – not all of them stop there, so you’ll need to make sure that you catch one of the slower stopping trains.

    You can use your Lisbon Card or Metro pass, or buy a return ticket from the machine, and validate it on entering the platform. You need to validate this ticket at the entrance to the platform – there are inspectors on the trains who will check whether you have or not, and you can be charged a fine if you’ve failed to do so. The journey time is just a few minutes. If you are staying in Cascais or Estoril you can catch the train too, but will probably have to change on to a stopping train at Oeiras.

    An alternative for those travelling from Lisbon is to catch the number 15 tram from the Praça da Figueira Square or Praça do Comércio. There are also several buses serving the suburb. And finally, with time and energy, you can take the river walk from the Docas do Santo Amaro, near the Alcantara Station.

    VTers on the train to Bel��m

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    Coming to Lisbon & Belem by cruise

    by globetrott Updated Mar 31, 2008

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    When you are arriving by a cruiseship in Lisbon, you will in most of the cases dock next to Belem, in a short walking-distance to the Belem-tower and also next to the bridge of April 25th, that you will see on my main photograph. When you enlarge it you will see M/S Vistafjord docked at about halfway between the giant bridge and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos / The Jeronimos Monastery.
    In order to get to Lisbon, take tram 15 or one of these buses: 28, 714, 727, 729 or 751

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    the open double-deckerbuses

    by globetrott Updated Mar 31, 2008

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    The open double-decker touristbuses are run by "Carris", which is the public transportation-company of Lisbon but unfortunately these buses are NOT included in the ordinary day-tickets or the LisbonCard. These buses are doing a tour through Lisbon and Belem, with a hop-on , hop-off system
    The dayticket for these buses are 14 euros
    10,50 for holders of the LisbonCard
    From Nov-Feb. tours are only at these times:
    11.15 am + 12.15 + 01.15 + 02.15 + 03.15 + 04.15pm
    Between March and October buses will go every half hour
    between 09.15am and 08.15pm

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    Take the hop-on/hop off Belem - street-train

    by globetrott Updated Mar 31, 2008

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    The belem - street-train will take you on a roundtrip to all of the sights of Belem and you are able tohopp off, see the sights and hop on again.
    It will start its journey in front of the monastery - Museu da Presidencia da Republica - Museu National dos Coches - Museu de Arqueologia / museum of Archeology - Museu de Marinha / Maritime museum - Belem-tower - the monument for the flight of "Fairey III-B" - Padrão dos Descobrimentos / Discoveries Monument
    Tours are done daily except Monday
    at 10am, 11am and 12am and then again
    at 2pm till 06pm every full hour from April - September
    plus another tour at 7pm in July and August
    Tickets are 3 euros
    2,50 euro for holders of LisbonCard

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    Belem by Horse-carriages

    by globetrott Updated Mar 31, 2008

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    Belem by Horse-carriages might be a good idea for elderly people and it was nice to see the lovely costumes of the drivers. They are waiting close to Afonso monument & Albuquerque Park, unfortunately I have no idea about the prices !

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    by car & motorhome to Belem

    by globetrott Updated Mar 21, 2008

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    By car and by motorhome it is quite easy to get to Belem and you will find a lot of empty parking-spaces, and can do your sightseeing by walking from there.
    In Belem you will also find lots of parkingspaces for motorhomes, directely at the river and very close to the Belem-tower and the monument for the sailors. During the day there is a parking- fee, at night it is free of charge.
    Something special in Lisbon and Belem are the "parking-helpers" - see one of them at my last photograph : He holds a white paper rolled together and is mostly standing opposite of an empty parking-space. He will wave that paper, when you approach, he will help you to avoid dangerous situations and maybe block away the rest of the cars, while you are placing your car. You see them mostly in the centre of Lisbon, here in Belem they are quite rare and also not really necessary like in the narrow streets of Lisbon.
    Of course they are waiting for a tip, BUT they never push you, in fact I saw the car-owners running after them to give them some money and not vice versa !!

    a car-parking-helper in Belem
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    The #15 Trolley

    by rexvaughan Written Nov 28, 2006

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    If you are coming to Belem from Lisbon, the #15 trolley is a quick and inexpensive way to do it. We took it from Rua do Arsenal to Belem where it stops right at the monastery. The cost is about 1.20 Euro but you can buy two rides for 1.40 or a one day pass, "7 Colinas," for 3.00 at the booths on Praca da Figueira. Also, the LisboaCard covers these transports as well.

    Monastery just ahead and Casa Pasteis just behind

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    Getting to Belem from Lisbon

    by barryg23 Updated Oct 28, 2006

    Belem is about 6km west of Lisbon and there are a number of ways to get by public transport.

    We took the tram from Praca do Comercio but after a few kilometres the driver announced we could go no further so we were faced with either walking the rest of the ay or finding a bus. Luckily we saw a bus for Belem on the next street so we jumped on that and it left us outside the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

    On the return trip we took the train, which runs alongside the river, from Belem station to Cais do Sodre.

    Belem station

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    Easy access from downtown Lisbon to Belem

    by VdV Written Oct 21, 2006

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    It was very easy to get to Belem from downtown Lisbon.

    From the Cais do Sodre Metro station (end of the green line, just after Baixa-Chiado stop), exit the Metro/Train station to the main street. Cross one lane of traffic to the island in the middle of the street and take Tram #15 (Alges) or Bus #27 or #28.

    We took the tram, and I believe the fare was either 0.80EUR or 1.20EUR. You can purchase your ticket on the bus at the ticket machine; please be aware that the machine only takes 0.05EUR or above in coins (i.e., it does not take 0.01EUR or 0.02EUR coins.)

    Tram #15 to Belem
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