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" The Executivo Bus" Airport Bus to Pelourhino
Salvador airport into town you can go by : taxi, executivo, or city bus. Taxi, of course, is the most expensive, about $18 -20 US$ when we were there in Jan 04.
The Executivo Bus was about R$2.70. it is a mini bus and can be caught right outside the airport .
The end-of-the-line for the executivo is Praca da Se, at the entrance to Pelourinho, the old colonial city center. The fare for the executivo bus is either be collected along the way by a fare-collector, or collected by the bus-driver when you get off. Best to have small change.
tip: there is a place for luggage in the back underneath the bus. You might have to let the driver know yu are aware of this or else you get on with your luggage and have to try and lift it over the turnstile (like they use in the metros) and make a complete idiot of yourself in the process (like we did). If you know where you are staying you can take a short taxi ride from the Praca de Se where the bus lets you off and you will save yourself a bundle of money. We arrived at dark and found this worked well.
You can reverse the trip but leave yourself a good hour when going to the airport.
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The airport of Salvador da Bahia has mainly domestic flights but also a few international departures, for example TAP daily to Lisbon or Condor weekly to Frankfurt. For flights within Brazil you can use Varig, TAM or the Low Cost Carrier GOL.
From the airport to the city center you have three options, taking a taxi is the fastest but also the most expensive. To save money take the executivo bus to Praca de Se or a local bus.
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Arrived today, asked a taxi and it would be r$100! ($50!) I asked the bus too, it was r$2,80! ($1.40!). So I asked if the bus takes much longer and the answer was no because it's the same route and same traffic! Take the bus, it's right outside the front door of the airport! AND there's a spot for luggage!
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