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Porto Alegre

Getting there & away

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Land

Bus

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).

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Air

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).

Direct flights go to São Paulo (one hour), Rio de Janeiro (1½ hours), Florianópolis (40 minutes), Curitiba (one hour) and Brasília (2½ hours), as well as Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

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