Domestic Transportation in Brazil
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
- The Metro is an efficient means of transport in large cities. Taxi drivers speak very little English, Spanish or French but it is enough to state the place where you want to go. Late at night and for a woman alone, it may be useful to ask for the taxi's official number. In the daytime, outside the shanty towns, buses present no danger; you should just have your destination confirmed by the "cobrador", the ticket inspector, or another passenger. A bus journey costs 2 BRL, as opposed to 12 on average for a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride.
- Maps of Urban Networks
Plan of the São Paulo metro
Plan of the Rio network
Plan of the Brasilia network
- Urban Transport Agencies
São Paulo metro
- Find an Itinerary
Finding an itinerary in São Paulo
- Taxi Companies
Taxi agency in Rio
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
|São Paulo - Guarulhos Intl (GRU)||28 km / 18 miles||REAL 85 / 35-60 min||REAL 30 / 45-60 min||-||Available|
|Rio de Janeiro - Galeão Intl (GIG)||18 km / 11 miles||USD 15 / 20 min||USD 2.50||-||Available|
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
- The safest and fastest is the airplane. Prices are within European standards. If you have time and a more limited budget, there is an excellent bus network all over the country. The train is almost nonexistent. There is an airport tax for travelers leaving Brazil by plane, which has to be paid in local currency at the day's rate, in dollars or in euros for a foreign company. Unless this is paid, the boarding card is not issued.
- Rail Companies
|Name||Type||Domestic Flights||International Flights|
|GOL||Low cost company||Yes||No|
|BRA||Low cost company||Yes||No|
You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Traveling By Yourself
- An extensive road network over 1.5 million km, but only 10% is asphalted. Expressways are rare, the roads are in bad condition and there are practically no road signs outside towns. Be careful and avoid driving at night.
- Driver's License
- Foreign driver's licenses are accepted but it is preferable to have an international license.
- Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
- You have to be 21, or even 25 for certain companies, you must have a credit card in your name and a valid driver's license either from your own country or an international one.
- Rental Agencies
Directory of car rental agencies
- Tolls or Taxes
- There are practically no tolls, just on the very large main roads in the States of Rio and São Paulo.
- Road Maps
Road maps by State
- Find an Itinerary
Addresses and itineraries
- Traffic Conditions Online
Traffic conditions in São Paulo
- Parking Facilities
- Rarely guarded by an officially designated agent. Free parking places in town and meeting places are often "guarded" by children who have no other source of income. It is highly recommended that you leave them some small change (from 25 centavos to 1 real) when you leave the spot. For a few reals more, some of them may wash your car.
Rules of the Road
- Minimum Driving Age
- Side of the Road For Driving
- Speed Limits
- 80km/h on most roads, from 45 to 80km/h in town.
- Safety Belts
- Obligatory and liable to a fine.
- Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
- 0.6 g/litre of blood.
- National Roads Organizations
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