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)