How to Get from Central Lisbon to Belém

Located 8 km from downtown Lisbon, Belém is a riverside district, home to Lisbon’s finest monuments and museums.

Places of interest in Belém include the Unesco-listed Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and the peculiar Torre de Belém. Find out how to reach this part of the city.

By tram

Unlike the historical tram 28 that runs through Lisbon’s steep hills, the modern tram 15 (or 15E) runs on a flat area of the city from Praça da Figueira in the Baixa neighbourhood to Belém and onwards to Algés outside the city limits.

Tram 15 (or 15E) departs from Praça da Figueira, the square next to the Rossio, stopping at Terreiro do Paço and Cais do Sodré on its way to Belém. Take the one headed to Algés (Jardim), which runs regularly (every 10-15 minutes). It takes about 25 minutes to get from Praça da Figueira to Belém.

Use the Viva Viagem card or buy the ticket on board.

As usual in crowded transport, watch out for pickpockets both on tram 15 and when queueing at any of the main stops – Praça da Figueira, Terreiro do Paço (Praça do Comércio) and Cais do Sodré.

By hop-on hop-off bus

The hop-on hop-off bus is another option to reach Belém and Ajuda.

If you choose the Yellow Bus service, you want to take the Tagus Tour that departs from Praça da Figueira, and visits several tourist areas, including Belém. It presents key sights and top attractions in Belém such as Museu dos Coches, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Torre de Belém and Padrão dos Descobrimentos.

An alternative is the Red Bus, operated by City Sightseeing, that departs from Marquês de Pombal. It also visits Belém’s landmarks and attractions, namely Museu da Electricidade, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Torre de Belém, Centro Cultural de Belém, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Palácio de Belém.

How to Get to Ajuda from Belém

The Jardim Botânico da Ajuda and its neighbouring Palácio Nacional da Ajuda are a 20-minute steep-walk away from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. To get there, look for buses 727, 728 and 729 west of Praça do Império.

(Praça da Figueira, Lisbon, Portugal)
(Praça do Império, Lisbon, Portugal)
(Palácio Nacional da Ajuda)