Know Before You Go
There are several ways to use public transportation to get to the site: Buses 714, 727, 729 and 751 stop at Belém. Tram 15 has a stop right outside the monastery. Additionally, Lisbon-Oeiras suburban train service from Cais do Sodré stops at Belém. Metered parking is available in the area around the neighborhood.Admission to the church is free; it's a church! You will see great long lines waiting to pay for admission: to the cloister. Of course you want to see both. Here's the secret: to the far-ish left of the main entrance is the National Museum of Archaeology. Go in there, and pay for admission to both the museum and the cloister. Visit the Gold Treasure room in the museum. You will be astounded! Then, from the far end of the museum, show your ticket and be at the head of the line for admission to the cloister. After that, exit the cloister and you will be at the free entrance to the church. The three are worth a day. After the museum and monastery, walk to the left along the Praca Imperio and Rua Belem to the cafe Pasteis de Belem. (Marked on Google maps.) Go inside to a table and have a plate of custard tarts; spinkle them with cinnamon and powdered sugar; with a coffee. Then have a nap before supper!