Getting Around São Paulo

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    Getting to US Consulate from downtown

    by Elainehead Written Mar 18, 2008

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    The US Consulate is about 13 km from Praça da República. Here's their address and website:

    U.S. Consulate General São Paulo
    Rua Henri Dunant, 500,
    Chácara Santo Antonio,
    São Paulo, SP — 04709-110

    Yes, you can go there by bus (or subway + bus). It might take about one hour (or more with traffic). If you don't speak Portuguese, it may be a bit difficult to find where to get off.

    If this is your first time in São Paulo, maybe the easiest (probably the safest as well) way would be taking the subway from Praça da República. Take the line towards Corinthias-Itaquera. Change line at Sé station. Take the blue line towards Jabaquara and get off at Ana Rosa station.

    You can download a subway pocket map from here:

    At Ana Rosa station, take the Terminal de Ônibus exit (furthest right). Take the bus "675N - Term. Sto Amaro". You will have to get off on Rue Chafik Maluf (around number 20). Here's the bus itinerary here:

    Subway + bus ticket (bilhete metrô/ônibus) fare (one-way single trip): R$ 4,10
    Subway fare (one-way single trip): R$ 2,40
    Bus fare (one-way single trip): R$ 2,30

    If you need an online map to find the US Consulate or where to get off the bus, try this website:

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  • Long Distance Bus Terminals

    by Issamu Updated Mar 14, 2007

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    Tietê is the largest and best known long distance bus terminal in the city of São Paulo, but there are actually three important terminals.

    Use Tietê to take buses to any other State in Brazil or other countries (Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay). Also, buses to a few cities near (less than 200 mi) São Paulo city, such as São José dos Campos, Aparecida, Campinas, São Carlos.

    Use terminal Barra Funda (there is a metro station there) to go to distant cities in the interior of São Paulo, like Presidente Prudente, Bauru, Marilia, Araçatuba. Phone:

    Use the terminal Jabaquara (there is a metro station there) to go to the popular beaches in the South of State, such as Bertioga, Santos and Guarujá.

    In case you don't know where to get your bus, try to ask your hotel or someone else who can communicate in Portuguese.

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    Getting Around São Paulo

    by CelloSP Updated Jun 16, 2006

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    At night, if possible, have someone call a taxi company and order you a cab (there are many such companies, and it is not as expensive as you might think, as the fare only starts running when you get in the taxi).

    Public Transport
    Street buses (R$2) and the subway (R$2.10). If you avoid the rush hour (7-9am and 5-8pm) when everything is sardine-packed, it is perfectly possible to resort to the system.

    The Subway (
    Keywords: metro Sao Paulo
    Metrô, as it is called in São Paulo, offers excellent service, albeit rather limited. It is cheap, stations are clean, trains are modern and fast. Eating and drinking is not allowed at stations/on trains.

    Street Buses (
    Keywords: transporte onibus Sao Paulo
    It is not very easy to understand the system if you don’t get the language or the city geography, but it is not impossible. The lines are named after their final destinations. There are plates next to the entry door indicating the major avenues on the route. The website offers an origin/destination service, which, again, is only available in Portuguese. Yet, rather intuitive: type in the street/avenue (excluding “rua”, “avenida”, etc.) you are on, and the street/avenue you want to get to, and it will list all lines available, and even tell you where to change, if necessary. Visit

    For more details, read my intro page.

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    by schurlif Written Oct 16, 2005

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    I may sound snobbish but I never use the public buses.... being so close to others I don't know makes me feel itchy , I prefer my car or , if not possible , I will take a taxi which are very cheap too.....
    Hundreds of thousands of Paulistanos depend every day on the bus transportation system though which seems to be highly effective. There are inumerous bus lines and companies that criss cross the city.... My cleaning woman who lives pretty far away manages to arrive on time each day changing the bus only one time. My in laws took the bus once and told me it was a bit confusing finding out where the bus was heading to , so better inform yourself somewhere before boarding the bus , you may end up at the other end of the city.....

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    by RafaelTheSecond Written Oct 10, 2005

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    The State of São Paulo has incredibly great roads, very modern and safe road,this one has a great name, Ayrton Senna, our formula one legend! :)

    It links Taubaté to the city of São Paulo, actually when you drive from Rio, this is a very useful short cut which will save one hour of your trip!

    November 2004

    The pilot Rafael in S��o Paulo

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    by RafaelTheSecond Written Jul 19, 2005

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    Santos is a big city in the sea shore and the palce where we have the biggest brazilian harbour! This is also a very important exit to our exportation. The Santos Harbour is so big that lends part of our territory to the goverment of Paraguay who has a harbour there as they do not have any exit to the sea!

    February 20th, 2005

    The Ferry Santos-Guaruj�� by RTL

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    From Sao Paolo to Foz do Iguazu with the bus

    by burger Updated Nov 25, 2004

    In a high season it is hard to find a free room on the plane. And the air connection is quite expensive.
    The other way is to take the bus. Executive bus cost 97 R$ (38 US$) (with the included tax), the special bus with the bed cost 166 R$.

    Take the subway to the Tiete stop and the bus station. Fin the office PLUMA. There is English speaking personel so the communication is quite easy.

    You can book the place on the bus on the telephone num: 33921716 but it is better to go there in person...

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    How the other 2.3% travels here!

    by morgane1692 Written Apr 19, 2003

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    Another truism from the guidebooks and travel magazines: traffic in Sao Paulo is so congested and stifling, that many businesspeople get to and from their meetings around town by helicopter! What a hoot, eh? But we had this helipad virtually right outside our balcony and saw it used quite often in the week I was there. Even when the whirlybirds weren't landing and taking off in front of our eyes, the chop-chop-chop of their whirring blades could be heard at all hours of the day. Not a nuisance at all, it just added to the big-city thrill of it all!

    the executive way to get around SP!

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    The train station at Bras.

    by benazer Updated Feb 16, 2005

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    At Bras there is a train station for suburbs of Sao Paulo and other places which metro does not cower,very crowded as always in this second biggest(I think)city in the world..

    The crowds the trains,the life.
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