Transportation & Reach
Paulo is a huge and busy city. Though there are numbers of means of
transportation in the city the roads are obviously extremely congested.
Besides the most convenient and fastest option, the subway system, there are
also hundreds of buses covering the city.
Nevertheless, with comprehensive train network, getting around the city and
the country gets quite satisfactory while various neighbourhoods in Sao
Paulo are easy to negotiate on foot.
Sao Paulo Airports:
There are three airports in the city.
Sao Paulo Railway Transportation:
- Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) or Sao Paulo International:
One of South America's prime airports, Sao Paulo-Guarulhos is
located 16 miles (30km) northeast of Sao Paulo. Used by a large number
of airlines flying to and from many international locations, the airport
has two terminals.
- Congohas Airport (CGH): Located in a very central region,
Congonhas Airport is just 14 km (9 miles) from downtown. The airport
mostly handles domestic flights and is home to the popular Sao Paulo-
Rio (Santos Dumont) shuttle. Its architecture too is worth seeing.
- Viracopos International (VCP): Located in the city of
Campinas, it is 99 km from downtown Sao Paulo. It is the second biggest
airport in Brazil but is mainly used for air cargo transport though it
also facilitates domestic and international flights.
There are four train stations in Sao Paulo.
Local Transportation of Sao Paulo:
- The Barra Funda Station. Located at Rua Capitao-Mor Goncalo Monteiro
offers a Silver Train to Rio de Janeiro.
- The Luz Station. It has trains to the interior and coast.
- Julio Prestes Station. Entertain Sub-urban trains heading to Itapevi.
- Roosevelt Station. Entertain trains to the east to Mogi das Cruzes.
- The Metro (underground train system): Considered one of the
best subway systems in the whole world, Sao Paulo Metro is the most
modern, safe, clean and efficient system.
It has four lines and it links to the metropolitan train network, the
CPTM. The four lines are Blue Line, Green Line, Red Line & Yellow
Line. There is also one special Purple Line for reaching specific places
in Sao Paulo's South Side.
These are the most popular way to get around the city. Even though the
drivers really step on it through the bumpy streets of São Paulo,
buses are not the fastest way to get around. And they can get really crowdy.
But they do reach every neighborhood, and unless you´re going to a
place that is covered by the metro, or unless you´re driving or taking
a taxi...what can you do besides getting on a bus? Tickets are R$2.00 a
piece. You can buy tickets inside the bus, or use a bus card with credits
bought before boarding. If buying on the bus you simply hand over money to
the conductor sitting one thirds into the bus, and he or she will let you
through the gate. Note that children can pass for free if they can slip
under the gate! If you are getting on several buses in a 2 hour period, you
should get a bus card to use with the first ticket you buy. This will give
you free rides on all buses in this time-period. Simply pass the card in
front of the card reader, and the gate will be open. It may not be a wise
idea for a foreigner to take buses late evenings, although buses are
generally not as unsafe as in Rio.
There are three types of taxis in Sao Paulo: street cabs,
radio cabs, and deluxe cabs. Street and radio cabs are metered, but radio
cabs charge extra for radio service and pre-arranged pick-ups.
Sao Paulo's subway, regarded as one of the best systems in
the world, is a great way to get around and avoid the city's infamous
traffic. There are two major lines: the North-South and the East- West. All
lines operate from 5am to midnight, ticket windows close at 10pm.
If you are carrying suitcases try to avoid rush-hour traffic as the busses
become standing room only.
Two kinds of cabs: Cheaper Street-hail and Radio Taxi.
often found at stands near city squares, big venues. Use your hotel or ask
reception at the museum etc. for help to call a radiocab. Cash fare.
Regular taxis will cost about US$10 (BRL 24) for a 20 min (10 km) ride,
which will get you pretty much anywhere you´ll want to go. Meter is
always on and drivers are fairly reliable and know their way around well.
Note that you can negotiate rides where the drivers will shut off the meter,
or accept a fixed price. For example to the airport or a couple of hours
tour of the city.
Fares go up after 9PM and on Sundays and holidays (all metered).
You will always be able to get a nice and safe cab outside of clubs, bars
and restaurants, no matter how late; and they won´t charge you extra