catching night bus to lencois
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 10, 2013 11:24 AM Last Post By: mielikki
Oct 24, 2013 2:37 AM
catching night bus to lencoisMy flight into Salvador is expected to get in about 8pm. I was looking to catch the 11:30 pm overnight bus to Lencois to spend three days exploring the Chapada Diamantina before returning to Salvador for a stay of 4 or 5 nights. But I am now getting some qualms about things possibly going wrong.
- How easy will it be to get from the airport to the bus station? I am assuming that I will have more than enough time, but will it be straightforward to find a taxi to get me there at that hour? Any safety concerns?
- What are the chances that I will be able to get on the bus if I get to the station an hour or two before departure? (I will be there in January if that makes a difference.) From my browsing the Net, it seems I would not be able to book ahead online without a Brazilian ID and/or credit card.
- If I fail to get on the night bus, will it be easy to find somewhere nearby to spend the night to catch the 7am bus?
- Should I go for the night bus at all? I am beginning to read warnings of holdups of night trips and vehicles travelling in convoy or with guards for security. I really would prefer it, though, to have the extra time for the Chapada (as well as save on a night's accomodation.
Apologies if I am sounding too paranoid but I would still welcome any feedback.
Oct 24, 2013 6:29 AM
1"How easy will it be to get from the airport to the bus station? I am assuming that I will have more than enough time, but will it be straightforward to find a taxi to get me there at that hour? Any safety concerns?"
It probably takes about 20 minutes (on the "inland highway") from the airport to the bus station. There are usually taxis waiting outside the terminal. The route shouldn't be a problem safety wise, nor the airport because of the late hour.
Perhaps Corisco has a better idea of how tomake sure you get a legitimate white taxi and more to the point, avoid any gypsy cabs there. (I usually arrive at an earlier hour and take the executivo bus or have someone pick me up.)
"What are the chances that I will be able to get on the bus if I get to the station an hour or two before departure? (I will be there in January if that makes a difference.) From my browsing the Net, it seems I would not be able to book ahead online without a Brazilian ID and/or credit card."
True, you probably can't book online.
Usually I'd say you could expect to go to the bus station and there would be space, but January is a vacation travel month for Brazilians and I don't know what impact that might have on this specific route.
"If I fail to get on the night bus, will it be easy to find somewhere nearby to spend the night to catch the 7am bus?" The bus station is near Shopping Iguatemi, about a 10 minute taxi ride from Barra where a lot of tourist accomodations are found. I don't think there's much suitable near the bus station. I'm not sure I'd want the strees of wandering from door to door looking for a place to sleep at that hour of the night, though, in a strange city, but most of Barra is not neccessarily unsafe at that hour and it has lots of accomodation options. You could pre-select a few to have some addresses in hand..
"Should I go for the night bus at all? I am beginning to read warnings of holdups of night trips and vehicles travelling in convoy or with guards for security. I really would prefer it, though, to have the extra time for the Chapada (as well as save on a night's accomodation."
Night buses on some routes have more of a reputation for assaults. AFAIK that route is not one of them.
My only feedback is "Why Stress?" This late night arrival in a new city scenario seems as if it is causing you some worry. Can't you spend you time in Salvador first, get familiar with the city, leave yourself enough time to make sure of having a ticket (Accomodations in Salvador usually can arrange to call to order the ticket and have it delivered. You just leave the ticket price and about R$3 for delivery at the front desk and go on about being a tourist.), and then go to Lencois?
Oct 24, 2013 12:37 PM
2You'll get there with plenty of time up your sleeve. It's not a huge airport so you should be out of there inside of 30 mins tops. Any of the white taxis out the front of the terminal are fine to hail. Registered cabs are white with blue and red stripes along the side. Being a fan of cheaper airfares I've taken a lot of flights to and from Salvador at unsociable hours and I have never had a problem getting a taxi. As amobr says it should take about 20 minutes to the bus station at that time of evening.
If you can't obtain a ticket or decide to overnight it in Salvador then yes Barra is another ten minutes by taxi and the Pelourinho about 15 minutes away. There are a number of hotels dotted around Iguatemi I suppose it depends on what your budget is. The Web Hotel is the closest after that the Express. Both are reasonable options if you want to be near the rodoviária.
Oct 24, 2013 6:01 PM
3Thanks very much to both of you. The feedback will be very helpful in my thinking out my plans.
Yes, I know it would have been more sensible to spend a couple of days first in Salvador. Unfortunately, I have already locked myself into my Salvador schedule (accomodations, social contacts, etc) as it was planned from the start as my last stop in Brazil before I fly home. Lencois and the Chapada are a late afterthought after I found that I would have some extra days and started researching options, and only then found out about Chapada Diamantina. I suppose i can juggle my Salvador arrangements but it may be a bit of a hassle.
In any case, your help is much appreciated.
Nov 3, 2013 10:03 AM
Nov 10, 2013 11:24 AM
5From my experience from Jan last year (similar flight / bus time table situation) it would be smart to book the ticket beforehand, the bus was packed - this is the company I rode with
But I couldn't get the ticket booked online without Brazilian identity no. So I asked from my Lencois pousada, and they were happy to arrange it for me for very little extra cost. The ticket was waiting for me at the rodovaria RealExpresso desk.
Have fun in Chapada, I strongly recommend :)
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