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The city's airport – privatized and renamed Porto Alegre Airport in 2017 – is 6km northeast of downtown, with two terminals connected by a free shuttle. The majority of airlines operate out of Terminal 1, but Azul departs from the older Terminal 2. In addition to major destinations throughout Brazil, international destinations include Buenos Aires, Lima, Montevideo and Panama City.

Prepaid Cootaero taxis from the arrivals hall run R$33 or so to Centro and R$38 or so to Cidade Baixa. An Uber is considerably less.

Bus

The busy long-distance bus station, 1.5km northeast of Centro, is accessible by metro; alternatively, a taxi downtown costs R$10 to R$20 or so from the pre-paid Ponte do Taxi. If your baggage is considered large, they will tack on an additional R$7.27. An Uber to Centro runs around R$10 or so off-peak; to Cidade Baixa around R$15 or so.

Two day and two overnight buses go to Chuí (R$124 to R$175, eight hours) on the Uruguayan border during the week (two less on weekends) with Planalto (www.planalto.com.br); otherwise, you can connect in Pelotas with Expresso Embaixador (www.expressoembaixador.com.br).

Buses to Buenos Aires depart at 5pm and 6pm daily; to Montevideo at 10pm daily as well as 8pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 7pm on Tuesday and 9pm and 9:15pm on Friday and Sunday, respectively; to Santiago, buses depart Monday at 7:30am.

Citral also runs buses to Canela (R$48, two hours, hourly, 9am to 8pm), Gramado (R$45, 1¾ hours, hourly, 9am to 8pm) and Bento Gonçalves (R$40.25, 2½ hours, 9:15am, 12:15pm, 5:25pm, 7:45pm) direct from Porto Alegre Airport.

Buses from Porto Alegre

Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Starting Fare (R$)

335

Duration (hr)

21

Bus Company

Flecha Bus (www.flechabus.com.ar), JBL (www.jblturismo.com.br)

Cambará do Sul

Starting Fare (R$)

46.75

Duration (hr)

6

Bus Company

Citral (www.citral.tur.br)

Canela

Starting Fare (R$)

37.60

Duration (hr)

3

Bus Company

Citral

Chuí

Starting Fare (R$)

124

Duration (hr)

8

Bus Company

Planalto (www.planalto.com.br)

Curitiba

Starting Fare (R$)

192

Duration (hr)

13

Bus Company

Penha (www.passagempenha.com.br), Catarinense (www.catarinense.net)

Florianópolis

Starting Fare (R$)

89

Duration (hr)

6

Bus Company

Santo Anjo (www.santoanjo.com.br), Eucatur (www.eucatur.com.br)

Gramado

Starting Fare (R$)

35

Duration (hr)

3

Bus Company

Citral

Montevideo (Uruguay)

Starting Fare (R$)

267

Duration (hr)

12

Bus Company

TTL (www.ttl.com.br), EGA (www.ega.com.uy)

Pelotas

Starting Fare (R$)

61

Duration (hr)

Bus Company

Expresso Embaixador (www.expressoembaixador.com.br)

Rio de Janeiro

Starting Fare (R$)

358.50

Duration (hr)

26

Bus Company

Penha

Rio Grande

Starting Fare (R$)

77.50

Duration (hr)

5

Bus Company

Planalto

Santiago (Chile)

Starting Fare (R$)

486

Duration (hr)

40

Bus Company

JBL

Sânto Angelo

Starting Fare (R$)

127

Duration (hr)

7

Bus Company

Ouro e Prata (www.ouroeprata.com)

São Francisco de Paula

Starting Fare (R$)

28

Duration (hr)

3

Bus Company

Citral

São Paulo

Starting Fare (R$)

180

Duration (hr)

19

Bus Company

Penha, Eucatur

Torres

Starting Fare (R$)

49

Duration (hr)

3

Bus Company

Unesul (www.unesul.com.br)