Don't be afraid to use the subway in sao paulo, it is very clean, efficient, safe and the stations are easy to find. at workdays a train runs every 90 seconds.
the only problem is that the stations (and trains) may get pretty full at rush hours (3,5 million passengers every day), it is unconfortably full but just that, nothing to be afraid of.
there are 5 lines:
line 1- blue, runs in the north-south direction, it serves the centre too. it is the oldest one and famous for its big concrete stations.
line 2-grenn, serves the paulista avenue, the interesting vila madalena and the historical ipiranga neighborhood. it is the most usefull line for tourists
line 3- red , runs from the centre towards the eastend of the city (the giantic workers district). it's centre stretch may also be quite useful for tourists.
line 4-yellow, recently inaugurated has some stations still in construction but very helpfull if you neet to get to the other finance centre sao paulos: faria lima
line 5-purple, runs in the south and it also has a big stretch in construction, no use at all for tourists.
there aro also suburban trainlines, they are also clean and safe, although you may dislike to use then at night. anyway, you won't need to use then.
exception: the line number 9: works just like a subway line, but among the pinheiros river.
I am sorry to post a question, but this seem to be the best place to find out what I need to. My husband will be in Sao Paulo for business for a whle. I am intending to go with our 14 year old for a period of time. I have heard mixed reviews on this, and looking for opinions of those that have been there.
Will my son and I be able to safely during the day see historic/scenery via the metro? Or is this not safe??
Quando chegar a São Paulo pelo aeroporto internacional de Guarulhos (GRU), você pode economizar no deslocamento utilizando a linha de ônibus regulares AirportBus Service que leva o passageiro até a estação de metrô Tatuapé, com isso seu deslocamento até o centro ficará 90% mais barato.
When you go to Sao Paulo by airplane via Guarulhos international airport (GRU), you can take a cheap (about 90% less) bus called AirportBus Service and go to Metrô tatuapé station.
SUBWAY: offers a fast alternative, providing safety and comfort for people who want to get around São Paulo. Avoid rush hours (early morning, midday, early evenings).
Unitário (one-way single trip): R$ 2,40
Metrô/ônibus (subway + bus) (one-way single trip): R$ 4,10
Warning: DO NOT BUY TICKETS FROM STREET VENDORS! Not only it's illegal but also you may end up with a used ticket with no value.
Metro is clean, safe, and easy to use...only complaint is that the metro stations are very far apart from one another, sometimes you need to take a taxi just to arrive at a metro stop. Besides that very good and cheap way to get around the city.
To see everything in the center of S?o Paulo and Paulista (MASP, P?tio do Col?gio, Catedral da S?, etc.) the subway is the best way - traffic can be very heavy and buses are infrequent and badly mantained.
The subway is safe, regular and easy to use (just 5 lines and there are maps on every station showing where they intersect and the stations). There are also maps of the surrounding area with interesting spots marked so you can find your way around when you get off.
But it does get very crowded during rush hour...
The São Paulo Metro (subway) which I have used occasionally ( because I live comfortably very close to a Metro station ) is as good and modern as any in , say, Europe. It's surprisingly very clean , grafitti free , fast and , as mentioned , modern.... There are so far few lines ( actually only three , north - south , east - west and the short line under Ave. Paulista but they start to integrate two or three city train lines into the Metro system ) and they're now constructing full blast a new , the "yellow", line which will run centrally towards the Marginal Pinheiros , Butantã and maybe beyond.....
This is not so good for me at the moment because they had to close the street where I have my business ( see restaurant tip re tacos, tequila and live mariachi music ) and as far as I know , the street will stay blocked for at least two years or more and my turnover has allready dropped pretty much.... On the other hand once everything is finished my business will be right one short block from a super modern Metro station.... Let's see....
SP is so humongous that the fastest and cheapest way to go araound is by subway.
Don't make the mistake to get a cab if you don't know how far you're going, because you don't want to get a heart attack when hear the price.
Subway use is like anyother subway in the world..so i'll skip the instructions
For info on timetables and prices and routes check out the SP metro website.
It is more than one hundred metro station present in the main neighborhoods of the city, it has 5 lines and it is connect with the urban trains, whoch serve another cities too!
But it has one problem, during the summer the trains are unbearable, no air contioning system!!!! In none of the trains!
Marcio and I suffured in these trains in hte peak hour, it is just like Tokyo! :)
I would say it is still useful!
September 16th, 2005
If you need to connect from the main Metro to the southern lines use ORCA. It is a free shuttle.
REMEMBER: get free ticket before leaving station.
Click Here see more info on ORCA (with map)
The ORCA Shuttle gives you the following advantages:
The service is free of charge.
Transportation is provided by comfortable vans running between the following stations:
Barra Funda (Line 3, CPTM Lines A-B-D-E)
Vila Madalena (Line 2)
Cidade Universitária (Line 7 old CPTM Line C)
There are three subway lines spreading throught the City. You can use the same one way ticket (1.9 R$) as long you are inside the subway system.
The two way ticket ( with the number 2) is 10 cents cheaper.
the subways is easy way to visit São Paulo , you can go manny places n downtown by subway.
Repulica air Open Market ( Republica station)
MASP ( Trianon MASP station)
Placa da Se ( Se Station)
Open : 5:00AM
*Some stations close time is little bit late than 24:00.
The Metro is the fadstest and cheapest way to get around Sao Paulo ...ok it odesn't get you everywhere, but if you are located in Centro, then all the palces you want to visit are close by ,etro ..also try the train to the coast ..cheap, slow, but entertaining! Get thjis onew fromLuz station, or take the Metro to Bras and change trains ...no charge at Bras ..you can use the Metro ticket ...
The easiest way to get around Sao Paulo is to use the metro system. There are three main lines: the North-South line, East-West line, and the one that just travels underneath the Avenida Paulista, bedsides the 4 newest expansion lines.
The two main lines converge at Sa station, the busiest station of all. These two lines run daily from 5am until midnight. The line under Avenida Paulista meets the North-South line at Paraiso and Ana Rosa stations and runs daily from 6am to 10pm. It is usually a lot quicker to take the metro as close as possible to your destination even if it means a bit more of a walk or maybe a short taxi ride than taking the bus all the way. Metro tickets cost R$1.90 for a single ride and R$3,60 for two rides; a 10-ride ticket is available for R$ 17,00. They can be purchased from ticket machines or from kiosks at every metro station. The tickets are magnetic strips you insert in the turnstile; buying multiple ride tickets saves money and time. For more information contact the :
Companhia do Metropolitano de S?o Paulo - Metr?
Augusta St., 1626 - CEP 01304-902
Fax 55 11 283-5228 -
Phone 55 11 3371-7411
S?o Paulo - Brazil
or look at the Metro Sao Paulo Webpage:
There you will also find the Metro Systhem map for printing out! The website also offers a nice coloured map of SAo Paulo's atteactions and how to get there by metro, you can confirm it at:
If you understand a bit of Portuguese, the São Paulo Metro and Companhia Paulista de Trens Metropolitanos (suburban trains that serve a larger area than the Metro) have fairly good web sites about getting around.
The metro has a tourist map (again, only available in Portuguese).
Web Site, São Paulo Metro:
To get a tourist map and directory from the Metro's web site, select the Tourismo item from the tabs across the top of the page. To get a detailed map of each station, from the main page select the Rede (network)tab. It is then possible to select a combination of lines and stations. It is possible to do this from the menus at the left or select the station from the map diagram on the main part of the page. If you select the maps option ("mapa dos Arredores"), you then get a maps of the station area page. You have two options: A detailed map with names on streets and so forth and requires Adobe Acrobat, or the low resolution fast reference map.
Web Site, CPTM:
Unfortunately, the CPTM web site doesn't have much tourist information on it. On the other hand, the Metro is the system that goes near most of the standard tourist destinations.