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    Guarulhos International Airport

    by traveldave Updated Jun 2, 2015

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    Located 16 miles (25 kilometers) from downtown Sao Paulo, Guarulhos International Airport (SAO) is one of Brazil's major international gateways. The airport handles flights from throughout South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.

    Airlines serving Guarulhos International Airport: Aerolineas Argentinas, AeroMexico, Aerosur, Air Canada, Air China, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, American Airlines, Avianca, Avianca Brazil, Azul Brazilian Airlines, BQB Airlines, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, GOL Airlines, Grupo TACA, Iberia, Japan Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, LANArgentina, LANChile, LANColombia, LANPeru, Lufthansa German Airlines, Passaredo Transportes Aereos, Puna Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Singapore Airlines, Sky Airlines, South African Airways, Swiss International Air Lines, TAAG Angola Airlines, TAM Brazilian Airlines, TAM Paraguay, TAP Air Portugal, TRIP Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, VARIG Brazilian Airlines, and WebJet.

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    Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport

    by traveldave Updated Jun 2, 2015

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    Located about 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of downtown Rio de Janeiro on Ilha do Governador, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) is served by flights from Europe, North America, Africa, and most South American cities.

    Airlines serving Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport: Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Canada, Air France, American Airlines, Avianca, Azul Brazilian Airlines, BQB Airlines, British Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Ethiopian Airlines, GOL Airlines, Grupo TACA, Iberia, LANChile, LANExpress, LANPeru, TAAG Angola Airlines, TAM Brazilian Airlines, TAM Paraguay, TAP Air Portugal, United Airlines, VARIG Brazilian Airlines, VARIG Logistica, and WebJet.

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    cable car to Corcovado Rio

    by gwened Written Nov 22, 2014

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    this is a double whammy, one on the cable car and the choices to move about once in Rio. I admit done it very few times as had car when in town or walk down the beach waterfront when here. This was circa 2010

    the public tranport for bus, metro etc for Rio with pdf file maps is here
    http://www.rioguiaoficial.com.br/informacoes-turisticas/transportes

    then you have the cable car to Corcovado, a thrill still fresh in my mind. I have done it by train from avenida Atlantica in front of rua Hilario Gouveias in Copacabana
    official site here
    http://parquedatijuca.com.br/corcovado/

    and the English site here
    http://www.rioguiaoficial.com.br/rio-de-janeiro/rio-imperdivel/corcovado-1

    funiculaire to Corcovado, cable car
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    Sao Paulo's Very Good Subway System

    by Paul2001 Written Oct 2, 2014

    A pleasant surprise when you arrive in Sao Paulo is that it has an excellent subway/metro system. During my visit is cost about R$2.75 to hop onto a subway train. There were four lines operating around the city. I believe there were two more being built to help accommodate the 2014 World Cup. There was much controversy in the news about when they raised the prices of subway travel to make up for the cost of these subway extensions. Unfortunately many people in Sao Paulo cannot afford the increase in prices.
    The trains go to most of the major attractions around Sao Paulo. They are very clean and quite safe.

    The Sao Paulo subway

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    Guarulhos airport

    by gwened Updated Sep 23, 2014

    nice airport with all facilities and amenities, , schedules was right, easy in and out. Only need a bit more to do in customs not enough federal police.
    its an international airport and connecting to other cities in Brazil and elsewhere. the parking is very convinience, and the drop off points too, there is even a big waiting room with seats before your flights,and before going past security

    http://www.infraero.gov.br/index.php/br/aeroportos/sao-paulo/aeroporto-internacional-de-sao-paulo/facilidades.html
    you can read many facilities in portuguese above from the airport govt site.

    The airport now has a webpage and in English here with services how to reach and get out
    http://www.gru.com.br/en-us/Transport-Directions

    nice airport guide and layouts of the airport terminals 1,2 ,3 and 4.
    http://www.gru.com.br/en-us/Airport-Guide

    things seems to have improve after the World Cup, and really for the last few years I get pickup at the airport so no need to use these services.

    for exchange currencies; you have these
    Cotação,Boarding Area 1, Boarding Area 2, Arrivals 2, Mezzanine 1 Mezzanine 2
    American Express – Foreign Exchange, Departures floor of the Passenger Terminal 1 – wing A
    Confidence Câmbio, Arrivals floor of the Passenger Terminal 1 and 2 – wing C
    Banco Safra, Departures floor of the Passenger Terminal 1 – wing B AND Arrivals floor of the Passenger Terminal 2 – wing C
    Banco Santander, Arrivals floor of the Passenger Terminal 1
    Bradesco;Departures floor of the Passenger Terminal 1 – wing A
    Banco do Brasil, Departures floor of the Passenger Terminal 1 – wing A

    Terminals transfers is done as such
    The terminal complex at Guarulhos Airport now consists of four passenger terminals: T1, T2, T3 & T4 - with T1/T2 close together in the center, T3 to the left & T4 (after Cargo terminal) to the right, currently served by shuttle bus.
    TErminal 3 has moving walkways allow for direct connection of transit passengers. The Main terminal connects by elevated walkway to Terminal 2's parking garage.Terminal 4 in the arrivals area has outside bus stops 152 - 154. A shuttle bus takes you to Terminals 1 & 2.

    T3 gate 35 awaiting flight inside terminal 3 across to car parking at airport and go! inside stores at airport past security the waiting area before security
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    Fly with GOL.

    by cachaseiro Written Feb 8, 2013

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    GOL is a relatively new brazilian airline that was started in 2000 but it has grown very quickly and has now bought the former state own airline VARIG.
    It started up as a budget airline but is these days more of a regular airline with good service onboard.
    I have flown them a few times and have been very happy with them.
    They offer free wifi just like some other airlines around the world do, but as the other airlines aroun the world it's a bit shaky to say it in a friendly way, but it provides something to pass the time with even if it is slow.
    But all in all this is a very decent airline to fly and i would certainly recommend them

    GOL Airline.
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    bus to foz do iguaçu

    by gwened Written Jul 15, 2012

    very easy I lived in the city for 3 months and it is fantastic. Get to see the ilha do mel from there and ride the sierra verde train to the coast as well ruta de gracia is wonderful nature at its best.
    http://www.ilhadomelhostels.com/
    www.serraverdeexpress.com.br

    The rodovias bus terminal is across from covered market there and well set up. Here is the bus company that does the run best in English, the counters are inside lower level.
    this is the official site in portuguese, ihave on schedules just change the date you want
    https://vendas.rodoviariaonline.com.br/index.php

    hope it helps
    http://www.catarinense.net/en/
    Catarinense is the bus company

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    how to get around Curitiba

    by gwened Written Jul 2, 2012

    The bus system of Curitiba, is a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, and plays a large part in making this a livable city. The buses run frequently—some as often as every 90 seconds—and reliably, and the stations are convenient, well-designed, comfortable, and attractive. Consequently, Curitiba has one of the most heavily used, yet low-cost, transit systems in the world.
    It offers many of the features of a subway system—vehicle movements unimpeded by traffic signals and congestion, fare collection prior to boarding, quick passenger loading and unloading—but it is above ground and visible. for bus transport information see the webpage http://www.urbs.curitiba.pr.gov.br/PORTAL/tabelahorario/

    you have good roads and easy to move about, I lived here for 3 months with a car and it was sublime. Coming from São Paulo use BR-116 South. From Florianópolis use BR-101. From Porto Alegre use BR-116 North. Recently, the city installed around 140 traffic radars. the webpage to help is here http://www.urbs.curitiba.pr.gov.br/PORTAL/rodoviaria/index.php
    Best parking is at
    R Com Araújo, 263
    Centro - Curitiba - PR
    Tel: (41) 3026-83
    Ricardo - Tel: (41) 3026-8366

    and the one I used the most whe not at hotel is at
    Av Sete de Setembro, 4848 Garagem
    Batel (Praça do Japão) - Curitiba - PR
    Tel: (41) 3022-83

    there is a nice tourist line that takes you to see the main points of interests before deciding on what to see indepth later on ,webpage http://www.urbs.curitiba.pr.gov.br/PORTAL/linha_turismo/

    The Afonso Pena airport was done from 1945 by the US air force, and then developed into the 10thbusiest airport in Brazil for passenger services;its really a magnificent modern airport. see it all here http://www.infraero.com.br/index.php/us/airports/parana/afonso-pena-airport.html

    taxi information is here, http://www.urbs.curitiba.pr.gov.br/PORTAL/taxi/ ,and the cost is explained here in Portuguese, http://www.urbs.curitiba.pr.gov.br/PORTAL/taxi/InformativoTarifa.pdf

    the Serra verde train ride is great, I took it once, even if not a train person, the ride is nice and beautiful scenery to Paranaqua
    webpage http://serraverdeexpress.com.br/

    bus arriving bus terminal Rodoferrraria or train bus station Curitiba buses of Curitiba popular gas station chain the bus terminal arrival/departures st level
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    Rio Cidade Service Tour

    by herronjk Written Jan 3, 2012

    When arriving at the cruise ship terminal in Rio, the access from the customs hall to the transportation services is very difficult indeed, as there are steps to manage. Trollies are not permitted up the steps. What to do? The lovely people at Rio Cidade Service Tours were on hand, not only to assist in carrying the luggage, but with handling our transportation to Ipemena.

    Be warned, taxis in Rio are small, and usually have a huge gas cylinder in the boot, so often luggage simply wont fit. We were treated to a general tour of Rio in our mini-bus, all for a very minimum fee.

    Going to the airport at the end of our stay, we were quoted around $120US dollars for a suitable taxi. We contacted Rio Cidade Service Tours and they took us for $60US. That included a beautiful modern car, guide and drivier. Do they drive fast in Brazil, yes, but they got us to the airport without incident. Even after tipping another $20US we were still in front, and went in luxury.
    Definility recommended. www.riocidadeservicetour.com.br

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    Fly Brazil

    by Franklennrocha Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    New Airlines in Brazil, prices very goods " AZUL LINHAS AEREAS "

    Prices : in Reais

    Campinas (SP) to Porto Alegre - RS$ 159

    Campinas(SP) to Salvador (BA) - R$ 219

    Porto Alegre(RS) to Salvador (BA) - R$ 349

    Embraer 190 and 195 News Equipaments

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    Flight Schedules Online

    by mangueirense Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Infraero website recently got a new recourse to people about searching for flights, you can see all flights from brazilian airports online (departures and arrivals) under:
    http://www.infraero.gov.br/sivnet/index.php?ai=&lang=usa
    Just click and choose your airport!

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    Bus

    by Subria Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Brazil has a very good bus network connecting almost every town in the country. It is very cheap and there are frequent buses, but remember that Brazil is a very large country. For example a bus trip from Salvador to Rio takes you about 30 hours. At the rodoviaria (bus station) you can buy tickets at the counters of the different companies. It is better to buy them some days in advance becuase a lot of buses are fully booked.
    For times and prices have a look at the website below.

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    AirPass

    by peace_prevails Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the best deals globally available to travelers is the TAM AirPass.

    Here's the skinny:
    4 stops at any of the major cities in Brazil for US$400 total. (To give you an idea of what a bargain this is - One ticket from Rio to Fortaleza if you buy if in the country would cost 4x this much - and that's just one stop).

    The Catch:
    You must book this from OUTSIDE OF BRAZIL. Contact TAM directly or 'your local travel agent' - gawd I hate that phrase.

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    Brazil Air Pass

    by rui_bijie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Brazil Air Pass offered by VARIG Airlines (member of the star alliance) and TAM is the most practical and economical way to travel within Brazil.

    Restrictions:
    Available only to foreigners and Brazilians residing abroad holding a round trip ticket to Brazil.
    Only one Air Pass per passenger.
    The air pass is valid for 21 days from the date of the first used flight coupon.
    Flights must be booked and confirmed for whole itinerary before departure, no open coupons allowed.

    For domestic routes see website!

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    Brazilian traffic signs: Proibido Ultrapassar

    by rui_bijie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Especially for Europeans the Brazilian traffic signs can be confusing. For example the ban on passing (German: Ueberholverbot; Portuges: Proibido Ultrapassar) is different; and there is no sign for the end of the "no passing area".

    Check the DNIT (Ministerio dos Transportes) website below for details!

    Proibido Ultrapassar

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