Getting there & away
The enormous Terminal Tietê bus station (3235-0322), with buses to destinations throughout Brazil, is adjacent to Tietê metrô station. International buses from here go to Buenos Aires (US$125, 36 hours), Santiago do Chile (US$120, 56 hours) and Asunción (US$50, 20 hours). Frequent buses go to Rio de Janeiro (US$22, six hours). Other destinations within Brazil include Brasília (US$37, 14 hours), Belo Horizonte (US$21, eight hours), Foz do Iguaçu (US$40, 15 hours), Cuiabá (US$40, 23 hours), Salvador (US$68, 32 hours), Curitiba (US$15, six hours) and Florianópolis (US$30, 12 hours). A tip for people coming into the city: try to pick buses that won’t arrive during early morning or late afternoon – traffic jams are enormous at those times.
São Paulo is the Brazilian hub for many international airlines and thus the first stop for many travelers. Most major airlines have offices on Av São Luís, near Praça da República. Before buying a domestic ticket, check which of the city’s airports the flight departs from.
Aeroporto Guarulhos (6445-2945), the international airport, is 30km east of the center. Flights to Rio (Santos Dumont airport) depart every half hour (or less) from Aeroporto Congonhas (5090-9000), 14km south of the center.