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Aeroporto Pinto Martins has direct flights to/from Amsterdam, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Cabo Verde, Lisbon, Miami, Milan, Orlando and Paris as well as domestic flights through Brazil.

To & From Aeroporto Pinto Martins

A Coopaero fixed-rate taxi from the airport to Meireles or Praia de Iracema is R$47 during the day and R$70 at night. Metered Coopertaxi common taxis run R$35 to R$50 to Meireles or Praia de Iracema and R$25 to R$30 to the bus station.

A special local bus, 917, runs between the airport and Beira Mar/Av Aboliçao and costs R$10 per trip.

Using the normal services, bus 027 Siqueira/Papicu/Aeroporto and 066 Parangaba/Papicu/Aeroporto both run to Terminal Papicu in the east of the city, where you can change to the 051 Grande Circular 1 for Meireles and Praia de Iracema. Alternatively, take the 066 to Terminal Parangaba, and change there to the 077 Parangaba/Mucuripe bus, which runs to the Centro Dragão do Mar, Praia de Iracema and Meireles.

The airport is 6km south of Centro.

Bus

Fortaleza's bus station is 5.5km south of Meireles.

To Jericoacoara, several companies, such as Girafatur and Vitorino, offer direct door-to-door van transfers from Fortaleza hotels (R$80 to R$100, five hours) – most accommodations can book these for you.

Another option is Fretcar, which runs up to five buses daily to Jericoacoara (from R$73, six to seven hours) departing at 4am, 7am, 2:45pm, 4pm and 6pm from Fortaleza's bus station. A 6:30am departure (year-round) and usually one afternoon bus (2:15pm, depending on season) begin from the airport before picking up at the bus station 30 minutes later, and then at the Praiano Hotel on Praia do Meireles about 30 minutes after that. The last part of the Fretcar trip is a one-hour ride in a jardineira (open-sided 4WD truck) along sandy tracks and the beach and through dunes from Jijoca to Jericoacoara.

There are also additional services to Jijoca de Jericoacoara (R$35 to R$46, 11 daily) from where you can take a public pickup to Jericoacoara. You can check Fretcar schedules and buy tickets (advisably a day ahead) at the Fretcar office on the Beira Mar in Meireles or at the Beach Point office.

The most exciting way of reaching Jericoacoara is by 4WD along the coast – an option offered by agencies such as Jeri Off Road, which charges R$850 for up to four people.

Buses from Fortaleza

Belém

Cost from (R$)

170

Duration (hr)

24

Company

Guanabara (www.expressoguanabara.com.br), Itapemirim (www.itapemirim.com.br)

Natal

Cost from (R$)

98

Duration (hr)

9

Company

Viação Nordeste (www.viacaonordeste.com.br)

Parnaíba

Cost from (R$)

75

Duration (hr)

9

Company

Guanabara

Piripiri

Cost from (R$)

54

Duration (hr)

8

Company

Guanabara

Recife

Cost from (R$)

100

Duration (hr)

14

Company

Guanabara

Rio de Janeiro

Cost from (R$)

565

Duration (hr)

48

Company

Itapemirim

São Luís

Cost from (R$)

160

Duration (hr)

19

Company

Guanabara

Teresina

Cost from (R$)

60

Duration (hr)

11

Company

Guanabara

Ubajara

Cost from (R$)

46

Duration (hr)

7

Company

Guanabara

To & From the Bus Station

Bus 013 Aguanambi leaves from outside the bus station and runs north up Av Dom Manuel to the Centro Dragão do Mar. For Praia de Iracema and Meireles, walk left outside the bus station, turn right at the traffic signal along Av Borges de Melo and walk to a bus stop about 200m along on the far (south) side of the street. From here buses 073 Siqueira/Praia de Iracema and 078 Siqueira/Mucuripe will take you up Av Dom Manuel to the Centro Dragão do Mar, then to Praia de Iracema and (the 078 only) Meireles.

A taxi from the bus station to Meireles costs around R$25.

Car & Motorcycle

Half-a-dozen rental agencies have airport desks, including the recommended Avis and Localiza Hertz, which also has a convenient agency in Meireles. There's a slew of local rental firms on Av Monsenhor Tabosa in Praia de Iracema, including Maresia, where the owner speaks some English.