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Getting around

Public transport

Public transportation

Linking Cidade Alta and Cidade Baixa are the Elevador Lacerda (322 7049; R$0.05; 24hr) and the Plano Inclinado Gonçalves (funicular railway; R$0.05; 7am-7pm Mon-Fri, 7am-1pm Sat).

There are two main city bus terminals in the center that can serve as destinations or transfer points: Terminal da França in the Comércio and Lapa, behind Shoppings Lapa and Piedade. The air-con minibuses are sometimes four times the cost of a regular fare. Taxis can be taken at meter price (legal) or negotiated.

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Bus & tram

To/from the bus station

Salvador’s bus station (460 8300) is 8km east of the city center. A taxi to Cidade Alta or Barra runs R$18. Air-con minibuses (R$5) marked ‘Praça da Sé’ go to the center from in front of Shopping Iguatemi, just across the footbridge out front. For Barra, catch the Barra 1 bus in front of the bus station. Any bus that goes to Shopping Iguatemi will get you to the bus station.

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