Getting there & away
The busy long-distance bus station (3210 0101; www.rodoviaria-poa.com.br), on Largo Vespiano Júlio Veppo, is accessible by metro; Alternatively, a taxi costs R$8.
Destinations within Rio Grande do Sul include Torres (R$30 to R$38, three hours, six daily), Gramado (R$22, two hours, seven daily), Canela (R$24, 2½ hours, seven daily), Pelotas (R$38, three hours, eight daily), Cambará do Sul (R$23, six hours, one daily) via São Francisco de Paula, and Santo Ângelo (R$68, leito R$108, seven hours, eight daily). One overnight semidireto (semidirect) bus goes to Chuí on the Uruguayan border (R$77, seven hours); otherwise you can connect in Pelotas.
Buses travel interstate to Foz do Iguaçu (US$28, 14 hours), Florianópolis (R$32, seven hours), Curitiba (R$79 to R$85, 11 hours, three daily) and Rio de Janeiro city (R$208, 25 hours, twice daily). International destinations include Montevideo (12 hours), Buenos Aires (18 hours), and Santiago (36 hours).
Porto Alegre’s modern Aeroporto Internacional Salgado Filho (3358 2000) is located 6km from downtown. Take a taxi (R$25, 15 minutes) or ride the metro (R$2, 30 minutes).