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The rodoviaria (bus station) is located about five kilometers from the city center. There are direct buses to Praca de Se, but if you arrive at night it might be safer to take a taxi. From the airport take a 'Commercio'-Bus, it takes almost an hour to the bus station.
On the second floor of the rodoviaria you can find the counters of the different bus companies, on the first floor there is a small supermarket and a 24 hours left luggage. Across the street there is a large shopping center with a food court, use the pedestrian crossing.
From Salvador you have direct buses to larger cities in the country and to many destinations in Bahia.
To take the bus always ask , if you not sure where they go, Buses in salvador is very easy they are so inexpensive, 1.50 real for regular and 3.oo real for small buses with air. Praca da se goes to Pelourinho, if you want to take taxi always negociate before you get in the car. They always give price fixo. Porto da barra to Pelourinho or mercado modelo its 10 real. Airport its around 50 real to the Ondina or Barra location.
Bus & Lotasao...
You've basically three ways to go: by taxi, by bus, or by rented car . With Brazilian currency being so weak, taxis are cheap and buses are practically free (R$0.50).
In order to get from the airport into town you can go by any of the three means above: taxi, executivo, or city bus. Taxi, of course, is the most expensive. The fare is around R$50. The executivo is R$2.70, and the city bus (ônibus coletivo) is R$1.10. The advantage to the executivo is that it will accommodate as much luggage as you have.
The end-of-the-line for the executivo is Praça da Sé, at the entrance to Pelourinho, the old colonial city center. To be more exact, the bus stops a couple of blocks before reaching Praça da Sé (the end-of-the-line used to be Praça da Sé itself, but a public plaza was built there a couple of years ago). A lot of the route encompasses a beautiful ride along the orla, or seafront. And by the way, you don't pay the fare for the executivo when you board the bus. It will either be collected along the way by a fare-collector, or collected by the bus-driver when you get off.
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