Not only is it a noteworthy landmark, but it is a fully functional form of public transit. It was the first of its kind in Brazil, which started in 1873.
The Elevador Lacerda spans the 85 m (279 ft) vertical cliff between:
- Praça Visconde de Cayru at the bottom of Cidade Baixa. Just opposite the Mercado Modelo
- Praça Thomé de Souza at the top of Cidade Alta. On the edge of Pelourinho
The elevator operates all day and night for a reasonable B$0.15 each way. It is very fast and much easier than talking the long way around the cliff. There are no stairs nearby.
The elevator does not offer any good views from inside, but the plaza and area nearby are very photogenic in both the day and night.
The Axe (yellow exterior) and Costa Verde (white w. green lettering) "ONIBUS" bus line can take you up along the coast for a seaside misty ride. Making stops along all beaches North and South in Salvador. The ride will cost you 2reais (currency). The bus can be boarded at nearly all locations between Praca De Se, in Pelourhino, Porto Do Barra, and along the coast. You can also jump in at any Rodovarias (larger bus depots) find a direct one or a transfer from where you are.
Enter buses at the rear and pay clerk upon entering. Later exit thru the front of the bus as you pass the driver. Carry light as buses do tend to get sardine can packed. Avoid bringing along valuables that may somehow end up easily in the pockets of others by the time you reach your destination.
Bring a small bottle of water to quench your thirst and be prepared for the unexpected but amusing adventures that occur on Brasilian public transportation.
Thank all Higher Beings for making it there without an accident, police raid, or engine collapse afterwards and jump off the bus, you're here!!! (yes jump...they don't alway come to a complete stop for riders).
I've included the Department of public salvador transportation link below...Enjoy the ride!
Buses are expensive and take more than a day.
Check this airlines out before getting a bus ticket: GOL (www.voegol.com.br), TAM (www.tam.com.br), BRA (www.voebra.com.br)
If you still want to take a bus, these are your options:
To Sao Paulo >>
Sao Geraldo (tel. (71) 3450-4488 - www.saogeraldo.com.br)
It takes 32 hours and costs about R$ 240.
To Rio >>
It takes 28 hours and costs about R$ 190.
Check their websites out to confirm prices and schedules. And even to buy the tickets on-line.