Getting there & away
The long-distance bus station (3522 3336) is 4.5km from the center of town. Destinations include Curitiba (R$80, leito – overnight sleeper – R$105, 10 hours), Florianopolis (R$108, leito R$226, 14 hours), São Paulo (R$123, leito R$190, 16 hours) and Rio de Janeiro (R$185, leito US$82, 22 hours). For service to Buenos Aires (20 hours), head to Puerto Iguazú; for Asunción (five hours), head to Ciudad del Este.
To enter Paraguay, Americans and other nationalities need a visa. Most nationalities can enter Argentina without a visa, but always confirm before crossing the border. Obtaining a visa takes about 24 hours.
Argentine consulate (3574 2969; 26 Travessa Eduardo Ramón Bianchi; 10am-2pm Mon-Fri)
Paraguayan consulate (3523 2898; Rua Marechal Deodoro da Fonseca 901; 8:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri)
To enter Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, walking across the bridge is inadvisable because of robberies, so take a bus or taxi. At the immigration posts, be sure to request your exit and entry stamps, as it may not happen automatically. From the border post, catch the next bus to Ciudad del Este (buses don’t wait for travelers to complete their proceedings) or grab a taxi.
To enter Puerto Iguazú, Argentina, again, you’ll have to request your exit and entry stamps if you are staying for longer than a day. Local bus drivers won’t stop at the Brazilian border unless you ask, and they probably won’t wait around while you finish formalities. Both borders are open 24 hours, but bus service ends around 7pm.