Metro, São Paulo
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:
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....
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
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.
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.
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.
the Metro is one of the cleanest and most efficient I've ever seen, but unfortunately it's not so expansive . the Bus services the rest, but people told me that it could get very dangerous to ride the bus at night. Learn enough Portuguese to negotiate with a taxi driver; it's completely stressful if you don't!
São Paulo has a Metrosystem, which is only good for the very center. But it is better to leave the car outside the Centre (on a place with security)(for Example Jardins Paulista) and take the Metro which is safe during the day.
But be carefull if the train is full (pickpocket)
Getting around Sao Paulo is easy! Get the metro and you won't be disappointed. Just make sure you prepare to face the buzz of one of the most modern and hectic major cities in the world. Avenida Paulista, picture on the left, is an example of how this city never stops!
The metro is great. It takes you pretty much everywhere you need to go. Fast, clean, safe, and efficient. The major bus stations (Terminal Rodoviário - for destinations in other parts of Brazil) are situated at metro stations. There are several bus stations around the city, so be sure to know which station your bus is leaving from and at what time!
São Paulo's metrô is clean, quiet, and fast, and the easiest way to move around the city; however, it is limited to just three lines. Because of this the travel capabilities are truly limited; if you can use it to get where you want to go, though, it's great. You can also buy integrated bus/metrô tickets, as many buses stop at the metrô stations, with the names of their destinations well marked.
Stations: The north-south line has terminals at Santana and Jabaquara (the Rodoviária from where buses to Santos depart) and also serves the Tietê Rodoviária and Luz train station. One of the east-west lines has terminals at Corinthians-Itaquera and Barra Funda, and intersects with the north-south line at Praça da Sé. The shorter east-west line crosses underneath Avenida Paulista from Ana Rosa to Clinicas stopping at the Museu de Arte (Trianon-Masp station).
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??
The Metro/Subway system in Sao Paulo is a modern subway, with wide trains. The signalization is rather confusing, but I've managed to get around. The fare is R3, about 1 dollar (December 2014). People in Sao Paulo are not used to queuing, waiting to et people off, taking their backpacks off in the subway and so on. The challenging part in the metro, are the people.
Cell phones work underground and there is a decent wifi in the station.
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.